Border Collies are highly energetic and work-oriented herding dogs, whose stamina is matched by their intelligence and alertness.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
About the Border Collie
The Border Collie was bred in the border country between England and Scotland as a herding dog to control sheep. They were highly sought after dogs by local shepherds, who were fond of their energetic and intelligent nature. Sheepdog trials began in the late 1800s, in which this breed of sheepdog impressed and was bred further, developing the breed we recognize today.
Today the Border Collie is considered one of, if not the, best sheepherding dogs. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1995.
Border Collies have a high stamina level, matched by their desire to be kept busy. While being a loyal companion dog, the Border Collie mainly thrives on activity. If not given sufficient exercise, they can be difficult house dogs, directing their energy on less productive activities such as chasing or digging. This work-oriented breed requires a high level of both physical and mental stimulation. As you can imagine, this breed excels at many sports including obedience, agility and tracking.
As of 2022, the Border Collie ranks as the 30th most popular breed, according to the American Kennel Club. They generally have a black and white double coat that sheds moderately.
Border Collies on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share Border Collie ancestry.