Australian Cattle Dog
The Border Collie
The Border Collie originated in areas between Scotland and England and was often referred to as the Scottish Sheep Dog for its use to herd sheep, cattle and other live stock. The beautiful, intelligent breed weighs 35 to 50 pounds and has a shoulder length of 19 to 22 inches. This breed has the multitude to learn a plethora of tricks and tasks while maintaining its keen sense of strength.
Heads are usually broad with the shout and head the same length with eyes set wide apart. Ears are also set wide and high on top of the skull. One or both ears can sometimes droop at the tips but remain agile. Eye color can be brown to lighter colors and sometimes tied to coat color. It is not uncommon to have one or both eyes blue if the body color is lighter.
The head strong Border Collie is not the type of dog you keep in doors all day long. This intelligent breed likes to work, used mostly for livestock control. The Border Collie captivates the attention of the herd by keeping its head low while maintaining eye contact, enabling it to react quickly to any movement to keep the herd under control.
Border Collies tend to chase or control anything that moves. Small children running in the back yard are often targets as are bicycles or moving cars. Nipping the legs or heals are the Collies way of controlling sheep but can be frightening to children so care must be taken to control this behavior early in the dogs life. Training this breed is fairly simple yet creating a routine for this breed is important. Often this breed will become disobedient and can cause damage to furniture if neglected or left alone for a long period of time.
Owners are encouraged to provide social interaction through dog social groups or through play groups with other animals. This allows the puppy to realize the difference between other animals or people that are require a defensive view. Owners often seek this breed because of their friendly demeanor and find that with the proper exercise they are ideal with children.
If you have the time to spend training and working with your Border Collie you will be amazed with amount skills the dog can learn even in later life and the stamina they have to perform what they have learned.