Meet the Breed: The Border Collie
The Border Collie is an active working dog that is highly intelligent. Because the breed was developed for herding and not for appearance, there are several variances in looks. Coat length may be short and smooth or about three inches long. The ears may be erect or slightly bent at the tips. The coat can be black and white, tricolor, red and white, black and gray, yellow, yellow and white, sable, and all black.
The Border Collie hails from the British Isles, most likely from the area of the border between Scotland and England. Due to it's hard-working nature and herding skills, the dog was exported all over the world with colonists including to Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas.
The Border Collie is widely considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds. They are very active and thrive when given plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They are highly trainable, as can be seen in the video below. If appropriate mental and physical outlets are not provided, a Border Collie may become neurotic or destructive as they seek their own sources of entertainment.
Breed Club Links: United States Border Collie Club, Inc.
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Photo courtesy of Corrado Dearca.
Meet Paige, a super-smart, well-trained Border Collie! Just to give you an idea of what these brainy dogs can do!