Border Collie breed profile

Ringer, Owner: Dave StoneRinger is a rescue from WI Border Collie Rescue. He is a flyball champion and has earned is working toward his AKC Master Agility and Master Agility Jumpers with Weaves titles. : Border Collie breed profile
Ringer, Owner: Dave Stone
Ringer is a rescue from WI Border Collie Rescue. He is a flyball champion and has earned is working toward his AKC Master Agility and Master Agility Jumpers with Weaves titles.
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Training and intelligence
Border Collies are very intelligent and very trainable. However, the key here is finding activities to use up both physical and mental energy, so the dog is happy and has no need to think up ways to amuse itself. For anyone who wants to compete in obednience, few breeds can beat the Border Collie for willingness to work and speed.

Temperament
Border Collies are born to herd, and even with no sheep to look after, they are still driven to be active. They are very devoted to their family, and excel at obedience and agility activities. They can be very focussed on what they want to do, and can be very effective in communicating what they want you to do.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Not having a high level of agression, Border Collies are usually friendly with other people and most dogs. They do have protective instincts, and some can be shy, so socialisation is important.

Grooming and shedding
Border Collies are medium shedders, and a weekly groom will help keep the coat tangle free.

Exercise
Border Collies have very high energy levels, and need a lot of exercise. Occupying them adequately is quite a challenge as they have energy, stamina and are very clever. Don't underestimate the commitment you make in taking on a Border Collie; significant amounts of exercise will be necessary every day no matter how tired or busy you are, or how bad the weather is!

Need for company
Border Collies are not couch potatoes, and the only thing worse than lounging around, is lounging around alone. They need company and will not take well to being left alone for long periods as they will become bored and destructive.

General
The huge popularity of the Border Collie breed shows that the effort you need to put in to keep this breed happy is well worth it. Remember their breeding though, which often results in them trying to herd their people, especially children.

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Books

The Border Collie: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet

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Not an AKC-recognized breed, but beloved as one of the most intelligent dogs. ....


Understanding Border Collies

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The Border Collie is an extremely versatile breed, faithful enough to be a loyal friend, honest enough to be a hard worker, and intelligent enough to be an asset in rescue and other services. This comprehensive, illustrated book gives essential advice on how to become the pack leader by understanding ....


The Complete Border Collie (Book of the Breed)

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This book goes beyond the conventional form of most breed books to explore each activity that showcases the Border Collie as a star. Dog sports, such as Agility, Flyball, Obedience and Herding Trials, as well as working activities such as sheep or cattle farming, are discussed in detail. ....


Living with a Border Collie

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The Border Collie was specially bred as a hardy work dog on the farm or ranch, and it also makes a fine pet. But it becomes unhappy unless it has lots of space for roaming. Covers such questions as Is the dog appropriate for an owner who merely wants a companionable house pet? Is it an active animal ....



Photos

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Gale and Emma

Gale and Emma with their dogs at the fun dog show.

Gale and Emma with their dogs at the fun dog show.

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Fantastic Friday

Rusty's celebrating!

Rusty's celebrating!

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Rusty plays nicely

Rusty knows how to play fair.

Rusty knows how to play fair.

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Jenny Deakin and her dogs

Jenny Deakin helps owners understand their

Jenny Deakin helps owners understand their "grumpy" dogs and help them to live happy lives.
Photo credit: Ollie Deakin.

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Rocco

Rocco is a fun loving five year old Border Collie who loves to play. He is worried by strangers and dogs but has slowly been building up his confidence at the centre and has met a few dogs that accompany him on his walks.  Rocco would enjoy walks in the countryside and needs an adult only home as he would prefer to be the only pet. Rocco is a real water baby and even has a pool in his kennel in the summer! He misses the water so much in winter that he'll head straight for a dip in the river when out on walks.
Rocco is at Dogs Trust West Calder.

Rocco is a fun loving five year old Border Collie who loves to play. He is worried by strangers and dogs but has slowly been building up his confidence at the centre and has met a few dogs that accompany him on his walks. Rocco would enjoy walks in the countryside and needs an adult only home as he would prefer to be the only pet. Rocco is a real water baby and even has a pool in his kennel in the summer! He misses the water so much in winter that he'll head straight for a dip in the river when out on walks.
Rocco is at Dogs Trust West Calder.

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Rusty sleeping on a chair precariously

Rusty sleeps in some interesting positions.

Rusty sleeps in some interesting positions.

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Rusty stretching out

Rusty making the most of having the couch to himself.

Rusty making the most of having the couch to himself.

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Crowded couch

Our couch can get very crowded!

Our couch can get very crowded!

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JRT watching Rusty

That Jack Russell Terrier was keeping an eye on Rusty!

That Jack Russell Terrier was keeping an eye on Rusty!

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Zoe

Lovely Border Collie Zoe practises the benching scene for the Safe and Sound Team display for Crufts 2012.

Lovely Border Collie Zoe practises the benching scene for the Safe and Sound Team display for Crufts 2012.

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