About Border Collies
The Border Collie is a well balanced, medium-sized dog of athletic
appearance that displays grace and agility in equal measure along with
The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is clear that after
the development of dogs used by man to hunt, sheepdogs of various kinds
were created worldwide to protect the flocks. Since Biblical times,
flocks of goats, sheep, and cattle were the measure of individual
wealth. The development of a reliable dog to drive and protect these
flocks was a primary concern.
Border Collies are recognized worldwide as the premier herding
dog, known for its obedience, trainability and natural appearance. They
were given a Herding Group designation and became eligible for full
recognition status in 1995.
Males should be 19-22 inches tall, females 18-21 inches. There are
two varieties of coat- Both have a soft, dense, weather resistant
double coat. In puppies the coat is short, soft, dense, and water
resistant, becoming the undercoat in adult dogs. The rough coat is
medium to long, texture from flat to slightly wavy. The smooth coat is
short over the entire body, may have feathering on the forelegs and
fuller coat on chest. The most common color is black with or without
the traditional white blaze, collar, stockings and tail tip, with or
without tan points. A variety of primary body colors is permissible,
except for all white.
They're not at all a dog for the lazy dog owner- these dogs love to
move and crave work. They excel in agility and obedience work and
should always have plenty of opportunities to vent their energy. A
weekly trip to the park is not
enough- these dogs need daily activity, especially when young.