Border Collie Advantage and Challenges
Border Collie Physical Characteristics
Border Collie Personality
Considered the ultimate herding dog, the Border Collie is a bundle of energy, constantly in motion. This breed offers two coat varieties to choose from: a coarse, straight haired coat approximately 3” long, and a sleek haired 1” long version.
Border Collie History and General Information
History and Origin
In 1894, a Northumbrian farmer on the Scottish/English border cross-bred his two sheep herding dogs in an attempt to create the perfect herding dog: A dog as intelligent and protective as any big guardian dog, but with the friendliness and desire to please that characterizes the more passive sheepdog. Hailed by many as the ideal herding dog, the Border Collie was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995.
Highlyintelligent and responsive, this hardy, agile sheepdog can handle any type or size of herd. That means if you haven’t got a dozen sheep or 100 head of cattle in the backyard, be prepared for your Border Collie to herd your kids, your baseballs and anything else that moves, including speeding cars. Not a healthy hobby, this tendency has caused many a premature doggy death – make sure your Border Collie has a big backyard, and make equally sure that it’s never allowed out into the world to roam off-leash, for its own protection.
Border Collie Health
While generally a hardy breed, some Border Collies are prone to hip dysplasia, PRA and an eye disease common to Collies known as Collie Eye Anomaly. Many Border Collies are allergic to fleas and some are prone to epilepsy and deafness.
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