Are You a Border Collie person?

Find out if this athletic dog breed is for you

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So, you may be wondering, How do I keep a non-working Border Collie happy? There are many exciting ways to keep your Border Collie active, even though he may not be used for herding. If you are active yourself, agility work with your dog can be great fun for both of you. Border Collies excel at this canine sport, in which dogs are timed as they navigate an obstacle course. Flyball is another fun activity in which many Border Collies participate with success. Teams of dogs compete in this relay-race sport, and you can imagine that Border Collie teams are tough to beat. Of course, there is also obedience training and competition. However you decide to exercise your Border, he will need a couple of hours of activity each day. To be a suitable owner, you will have to find this time.

Whether you are a do-it-yourself enthusiast or hire someone to do it, you will have to make your yard safe and secure for your new canine arrival. This includes sturdy high fencing, well embedded into the ground. You will need to check, and possibly repair, the fence with certain regularity. Border Collies are extremely clever at figuring out how to escape. They can often get over or under a gate and can easily learn to nudge latches and push gates open, so staying one step ahead of your clever canine should keep you handymen busy! You likewise must free your yard of any potential doggie dangers like tools, fertilizers and poisonous plants.

In having chosen a Border Collie, you will hopefully be the sort of person who enjoys caring for a dogs coat. The breeds coat is not excessively long, but it is rather abundant and will need regular grooming. You must be prepared to devote some time to this aspect of your Border Collies care. If yours is a show dog, you will need to bathe the coat more frequently than if your Border is kept just as a pet. Regardless, Border Collies enjoy romping outdoors, so you must be prepared to do a bit of hairdressing so that the coat does not become matted, dirty and full of debris. If housework is one of your pleasures in life, you will probably enjoy your Border Collies shedding season, for you will have a lot more vacuuming to do!

So now that you've acquainted yourself with the ups and downs of Border Collie ownership, you must honestly assess if this breed is right for you, and vice versa. As devotees of the breed will attest, the Border Collie is a most rewarding companion for those who can give him what he needs.

Next step: Border Collie Overview

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Border Collie © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Tara   Philadelphia, PA

5/29/2012 5:58:31 AM

I have a 3-year-old black lab/border collie mix named Winnie who definitely has more collie than lab habits. For example, she loves to herd people; especially when we're hiking. She will run ahead on the trail then come back and circle around the entire group. Her high energy level makes her a perpetual puppy and keeps my husband and I endlessly entertained. She's also wicked smart! Even though she's well past being a puppy she is very teachable and willing to learn. But because she's so smart she also gets bored quickly so if she doesn't feel like learning something she won't. A good example of this is the fact that it took me five minutes to teach her to sit and wait for her food but four months to lay down on command. I've also recently learned that she makes an excellent mountain biking dog. Her lab side, however, makes her a water magnet. If there is a body of water nearby she will find it, take a swim, then drink until her little belly bulges. Winnie is a goofy dog but we love her to pieces.

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Katherine   Snow Hill, MD

9/28/2010 7:17:55 AM

I love border collies . I have one that is a little over 13 years of age . They are great pets . It is true that they do take their mouths and will grab at your hand if they see you doing some thing they are not ok with but its usally only when they are young adult dogs .By the time they are 13 years of age they dont usally do that . Its just to get your attention to stop what your doing . They never bite and never will if you dont train them to . They do go blind later in life . They also have issuse with dry skin so reglur bathing is a must . They shedd a lot as well and need to be brush almost every day Use shampoo for dry skin for a dog . They also need to be protected against heart worms . But they are well obent dogs once train whats expected of them . They will while still young run off if you get out of the habit of walking them . So walking daily is a must in order to avoid such behavor from them when their still young . They like to keep a ruteen that you have . They dont like it changed to much to offten or they get annoyed because it confusses them .

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Alexandra   Halifax, NS

10/3/2009 1:48:54 PM

I LOVE BORDER COLLIES! I've had one in the past and now i'm getting a border collie puppy. If you have a big yard for them to run around in or play fetch, your border collie will thank you!

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janet   bethlehem, PA

9/3/2009 4:36:00 AM

good article thank you

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