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Border Collie Breeders

If you are after a family pet that suits your active lifestyle but also loves your companionship, the ideal companion for you is a Border Collie. Here’s everything you need to know about this beautiful breed.

About Border Collies

Border Collies are beautiful, active and easily trained dogs that love to be around people. In fact, Border Collies are actually one of the most trainable and intelligent types of dogs available, which is why they are becoming so popular as guide dogs, or police detection dogs.

History

The Border Collie originated in the Border country between England and Scotland. It is descended from dogs that were used by the Vikings to herd reindeers and British droving breeds but it also has spaniel added. It has been traditionally used as a working dog as it is great at herding animals such as sheep and cattle.

Appearance

Generally speaking, Border Collies are a medium sized dog that has a body just a little bit longer than it is tall. They are double coated (have an undercoat and a topcoat) and they are most commonly known for their black and white colour although they are also available in tri colour, red and white, black and gray, yellow, yellow and white, sable and completely black. The coat can be short and sleek or coarse and rough.

Personality

The Border Collie is an extremely intelligent, alert, loyal, and sensitive dog. They have a natural working instinct as they were bred to be a working dog but they are highly responsive to training. Border Collies love to be around people and they really are a people dog so they are not the best choice if you want a dog that will spend most of its time doing its own thing. They love to have other dogs with them for company but it is ideal to get a dog that is of the opposite sex.

Caring for Border Collies

As with any other pet, you should always ensure that your Border Collie is provided with fresh water at all times and has access to the appropriate foods. These foods can be purchased from the vet, pet stores or supermarkets but you should aim to buy the best foods that your budget allows. Good nutrition will ensure that your Border Collie lives a longer, healthier life. The Border Collie is a double coated dog, meaning that they have a short, dense undercoat, and a medium to long topcoat. Regular grooming will keep the coat in good condition and also keep it easy to groom. It will also help to keep any shedding under control! Weekly combing and brushing is recommended. Border Collies only need to be bathed when necessary (if they are dirty, etc).

Health

The average lifespan for a Border Collie is 12 years but they can live for up to 14 years with the proper nutrition. The Border Collie is a healthy, robust dog but they can be prone to health problems such as hip dysplasia, PRA (Collie eye anomaly), and epilepsy. A good breeder will breed their dogs in order to minimise the risks of these problems occurring. Border Collies can also often be allergic to fleas but this is easily overcome by using flea control products to stop fleas occurring in the first place.

Suitability

The Border Collie is an extremely active and intelligent dog that needs to run around so they are suited for people that have larger backyards or acreages, or people that are prepared to take their dog on long, daily walks. They will not be suited to you if you want to keep your dog in an apartment or in a small backyard without daily exercise. They are good for families but you should be cautious if you have very young or elderly family members as they can be too boisterous for them.

Training

Training is important for Border Collies as these dogs have a strong herding instinct that can be very dangerous if not controlled (they can chase cars, try to herd younger animals and children etc). Because they are so intelligent, Border Collies are ideally suited to being trained. The best way to train your Border Collie is through copious amounts of praise as they thrive on positive reinforcement. They just want to make you as their owner happy. Border Collies can be trained to excel in competitive spots such as agility, obedience, sheepdog trials, and Frisbee. They are also suited for police work, search and rescue, and narcotics and bomb detection. You can even successfully train a Border Collie to be a guide dog.

Buying and Owning a Border Collie

If you have decided that a Border Collie is perfect for you, here are some tips for when you bring it home. Caring for a dog is a real commitment and you will need to be sure that your dog is regularly wormed using an oral or spot on treatment, that they are treated for fleas (especially with the likelihood of a flea allergy), and that you have the correct grooming equipment. The breeder should be able to provide you with a list of preferred items for the previous and they should also provide you with a vaccination record as well as telling you when the next vaccination is due. If your Border Collie is not already desexed by the breeder, you should have this done by your vet as soon as the appropriate age or weight is reached. You should also register your dog with the local council as soon as possible. Ensure that you have all the items that you need such as food and water bowls, beds, and leads. You can also prepare your home and backyard by removing easily chewed things from your puppy’s line of sight and ensuring that your fencing is strong and sturdy.
 


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