Border Collie

Border Collie

Border Collies are highly energetic and work oriented herding dogs, whose stamina is matched by their intelligence and alertness. If you want the smartest dog out there, then you have come to the right place!

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 19-22in

Female: 18-21in

Weight

Male: 30-45lb

Female: 27-42lb

Fun Fact

Border Collies are known for possessing an incredibly intense stare used to intimidate livestock.

About this Breed

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 Border Collie we recognize today. Today the Border Collie is considered one of, if not the, best sheepherding dogs. The AKC recognized the Border Collie as an official 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, Border Collies can be difficult house dogs, directing their energy on less productive activities such as chasing anything that moves or digging. This work-oriented breed requires a high level of both physical and mental stimulation. Border Collies generally have a black and white double coat that sheds moderately. As you can imagine, this breed excels at many sports including obedience, agility and tracking. The Border Collie ranks as the 38th most popular breed.

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Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Jack
  2. Cooper
  3. Buddy
  4. Bear
  5. Charlie
  6. Finn
  7. Duke
  8. Milo
  9. Max
  10. Ollie

For Females

  1. Luna
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Molly
  5. Bella
  6. Maggie
  7. Rosie
  8. Stella
  9. Sadie
  10. Penny

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. Texas, United States
  3. Washington, United States
  4. Colorado, United States
  5. Utah, United States
  6. Oregon, United States
  7. New York, United States
  8. Illinois, United States
  9. Pennsylvania, United States
  10. Missouri, United States

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