Basics of Dog Breed : Border Collie
Posted on September 27 2018
The Border Collie is a naturally elegant dog with harmonious proportions. Agile and enduring, he is always ready to take action.
||Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
|Shape of the head:
The Border Collie has been known since the 17th century . He was not considered a race properly speaking. But most Border shepherds, a border area between England and Scotland, had what was recognized in 1982 as a race. If it is multi-centenary, its official recognition is paradoxically established only in the 20th century. The breed standard was recognized by the FCI in 1977.
His hair : short or of moderate length. Its hairs are very dense, providing excellent protection during inclement weather.
Its color : we find this race with all possible colors of dress, but the white must not be dominant.
His head : the skull is not large, proportional with the muzzle quite short, but strong. Occiput little marked. Net stop.
His ears : semi-erect or straight, they are of medium size.
His eyes : almond-shaped, they are well apart. They are usually brown, except in blackbirds that can have one or two blue eyes.
His body is athletic with a well-lowered chest and arched ribs.
Its tail : naturally pendulous, very bushy and the tip bent up, it must reach the hocks.
Weight and size
||Between 18 kg and 28 kg
||Between 48 cm and 52 cm
||Between 18 kg and 28 kg
||Between 50 cm and 55 cm
A Border Collie dog is classified as a medium-sized dog .
Behavior and character
The Border Collie is an excellent sheepdog . Gathering what is scattered (like a flock) is a real obsession. Instinctively, this breed protects his family as well as his territory. A good training can make it a very good pet or put it at the top of the ranking in competitions of agility and / or obedience.
Lively and intelligent , he constantly needs to move , it's genetic. It is therefore important to channel this energy and teach it docility as soon as possible. He has been trained to be suspicious of strangers , but is socializing very quickly.
The Border Collie is one of the strongest breeds. However, screening is necessary to detect possible defects such as atrophy of the retina , hip dysplasia , drug sensitivity or torsions of the stomach .
Maintenance & Hygiene
The Border Collie is not a difficult dog to maintain from the point of view of hygiene and health . However, to avoid digestive disorders, care must be taken to ensure that it is not physically spent after eating.
The coat should be regularly brushed . A wire brush with rounded tips will undo the knots that form in the coat. A quarterly bath is more than enough.
The Border Collie needs to frolic constantly . The ideal is to offer him a large outdoor space to allow him to give himself thoroughly. Otherwise, several outings a day will make him happy. Nevertheless, he will find his full development in the work of the flock.
The Border Collie is not made for an apartment living . He needs to spend his energy, which requires several walks during which he can run to the point of losing his breath.
Price and budget