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Border Collie


Overview

The Border Collie is a herding and working dog breed developed in parts of the Anglo-Scottish border region. It has an average lifespan of between 10-17 years. It's generally alert, intelligent and tenacious. Border Collie weighs 17 kgs for males and 14 kgs for females. The males have an average height of 52cm while the females average 49cm.

Adult Size

  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Excessively

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long
  • Wrong Dog to Leave Alone

Breed Group

  • Herding Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat
  • Rough Coat
  • Smooth Coat

Colors

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Blue Merle
  • Brindle
  • Gold
  • Lilac
  • Red
  • Red Merle
  • Sable
  • Saddleback Sable
  • White & Black
  • White & Blue
  • White & Blue Merle
  • White & Red
  • White & Red Merle
  • White Ticked

Drools

  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Highly Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 17-20″
  • 21-23″

Full Grown Weight

  • 31-35lbs
  • 36-40lbs
  • 41-45lbs

General Health

  • Pretty Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Tolerates Hot Weather Well

Good With Children?

  • Good with Kids
  • Great With Kids
  • Very Good With Kids

Grooming

  • Doesn’t Require Grooming
  • Requires Occasional Brushing

Intelligence

  • Genius
  • Smart
  • Very Intelligent

Personality

  • Affectionate
  • Very Affectionate

Playfulness

  • Playful
  • Very Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Optional)
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (Optional) Optigen test – OFA
  • Congenital Cardiac Database (Optional) OFA Evaluation
  • Congenital Deafness (Optional)
  • DNA Repository: Participation in the OFA/Chic DNA Repository
  • Elbow Dysplasia – OFA Evaluation
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (Optional) Optigen CL test
  • Shoulders (Optional) OFA Shoulder Consultation
  • Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (Optional) TNS

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 12 years
  • 13 years
  • 14 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train
  • Very Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately