Border Collie Characteristics
Outgoing, friendly and affectionate with friends, the Border Collie is reserved with strangers. They are highly intelligent, very motivated, enjoy working, and may become neurotic if not given enough to do.
Bred as a sheep herder, the Border Collie is a tried and true working dog. They take their jobs very seriously, whether that be herding sheep, performing in agility contests, or simply learning a new command.
Border Collies have an unnatural amount of energy and stamina. They are definitely not couch potatoes and they always need a job to do. They possess a “workaholic” attitude that can be overwhelming to someone who is looking for a laid-back dog. Because the Border Collie is a herding dog, they have a strong urge to gather a flock such as children, squirrels, cats, or anything else that moves.
Their instinct to nudge, nip, and bark must be redirected as it cannot be trained out of them.
They are not usually nervous or aggressive, though. If given a task such as competing in dog sports or herding, though, it is manageable.
Border Collies are very intelligent and sensitive which makes them easy to train. They have an uncanny ability to know what you are asking of them before you even ask it. They make great pets for people who live an active lifestyle or for those looking to compete in dog sports.
Border Collie Major Health Concerns
The Border Collie is one of the healthiest of all breeds. They have no known genetic defects, although deafness and allergies may occur in older dogs.
Border Collie Interesting Facts
Border Collies are often cited as the most intelligent of all dogs.
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