Border Collie

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Breed Group: Herding
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Originating during the 19th century, the Border Collie was so named due to their home of development on the border of Scotland England. This breed was prized for their outstanding herding abilities of any type of livestock. Today the Border Collie is a popular farm worker, family companion, and talented show dog.
The Border Collie is medium-sized, exceptionally athletic, and possesses great endurance. This breeds obsession is their livestock work. They are high energy, confident, and determined. They are light on their feet, have a flowing movement, and are extremely versatile.
This breed is intelligent, responsive, and devoted to their master and work. The Border Collie is extremely sensitive and thrives on human interaction. They are not recommended for the novice, sedentary or apathetic dog owner or for a home with a two-career family. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time and will suffer separation anxiety or become destructive. Border Collies do best in a home with older considerate children. They typically get along with dogs they have been raised with but should not be in a home with cats or other small household pets. This breeds inherent work ethic will lead them to attempt to herd anything and everything that moves.
The Border Collie requires weekly brushing. Special attention should be given to the coat during shedding. Bathing or dry shampooing should only be done when necessary. This breed is prone to PRA, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, deafness, Collie Eye Anomaly, and allergies to fleas.
The Border Collie comes in two coat varieties: rough or smooth. Both varieties are double coat and weather resistant and are close fitting and thick. The outer coat is either wavy or straight and coarse in texture. The under coat is dense, short, and soft. The rough coat variety has fur of medium length. The chest, forelegs, underside, and haunches are feathered. The coat on the face, front of legs, ears, and feet is smooth and short. The smooth variety has fur of short length over the entire body and there may be slight feathering on the chest, ruff, haunches, and forelegs. The color of the coat comes in all colors or combination of colors and markings. They may be solid, merle, sable, bi-color, or tri-color. Border Collies are average shedders.
Early socialization and obedience are recommended. The Border Collie is easily trained and does best with praise, consistency, fairness, respect, and firmness. Due to their extremely sensitive nature this breed must never be treated in a harsh or heavy-handed manner. They are exceedingly talented in herding, police work, competitive obedience, search and rescue, Frisbee trials, and Flyball. Border Collies are also used successfully as therapy dogs and guide dogs for the blind.
The Border Collie has an inordinate amount of energy and requires more than physical exercise. They thrive on work, play, mental stimulation, and close contact with their owner and family. They are not recommended for apartment or city dwelling. They do best on a working farm or in a rural secluded setting where they are able to romp, run, and roam freely and safely.
30-45 lbs
Male: 20-23; Female: 18-21 inches
black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Border Collie puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Border Collie varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Border Collie puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Border Collies sold is $700.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Border Collie with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,800 upwards to $6,100 or even more for a Border Collie with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Border Collies sold is $600.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $700.00
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,800.00 to $6,100.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 11292 Border Collie puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Border Collie puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Border Collies true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Border Collie Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 11292 Border Collie dogs.
  • 1. Daisy
  • 2. Duke
  • 3. Buster
  • 4. Buddy
  • 5. Bella
  • 6. Jake
  • 7. Ranger
  • 8. Rover
  • 9. Annie
  • 10. Tia
  • 11. Friskie
  • 12. Terresa
  • 13. Hank
  • 14. Bandit
  • 15. Blue
  • 16. Max
  • 17. Randy
  • 18. Rosie
  • 19. Ace
  • 20. Barbie

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2J 2K Ranch
Member Since: September 2016
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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We are now accepting reservations with a deposit for our 2021 Border Collie, Maremma Sheepdog, and Bordoodle puppies. We're a breeder of in-home raised, temperament tested, health guaranteed puppies who will steal your heart and become your next best friend! We're an AKC Bred with Heart Breeder, a Code of Ethics Breeder & a member of the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America, a certified BAB puppy evaluator, members of the American Border Collie Association, the American Kennel Club, and a member of The Missouri Pet Breeders Association. Explore our puppy nursery & learn about our Advanced Puppy Kindergarten, Curriculum, and Evaluations. Our registered Border Collies are DNA tested, OFA and/or PennHIP certified for hips, elbows, patellas, heart, and eyes. Our Border Collies are beautiful, intelligent, well-balanced, and make perfect companions for the active family home. 2J 2K Border Collies are socialized, confident, and happy. Your fur baby will come home with a certificate of health issued by our licensed veterinarian, high-quality puppy food, a toy, treats, a soft puppy blanket, starter leash & collar, microchip, vaccination record, one-month free health insurance, a health guarantee, registration papers, & contract. We will help you choose the right puppy for your needs. Because we handle our puppies from birth, we know them well, and we love to help match each puppy to the perfect home. 2J 2K Italian Maremma Sheepdogs are calm and good-natured around people and pets, yet a fierce protector of their flock. You will find our Maremmas contentedly guarding chickens, sheep, cattle, horses, and guinea fowl. The Maremmas residing on our farm descend from working Italian bloodlines. Our Maremma's do not carry the gene for Degenerative Myelopathy. Their hips are X-rayed, evaluated, and scored with PennHIP and OFA, and they are OFA CHIC certified. They also have elbow and heart certifications with OFA. We carefully chose our Maremmas and traveled extensively, bringing home LGD's from proven working parents. Our male's Dam is a direct Italian import (by a fellow breeder who went to Italy). Our puppies have a low inbreeding coefficient. We strive to preserve the Maremma's future vitality by being conscientious of lineage. 2J 2K Maremma Sheepdogs make beloved livestock guardian dogs. We start our puppies on socialization, potty training, leash training, crate training, and basic commands, using ENS, ESI, Puppy Culture, and the BAB curriculum. Maremma puppies grow up in our home, the barn, sheep pastures, and chicken pen. Please contact us for an application. Delivery Options include picking up your puppy in person, your puppy flying in-cabin with one of our professional flight nannies, or we will personally drive your puppy to you. We’d love to hear from you! Visit our website at,, or to apply for a puppy. Please email us at Thank you!!

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Anonymous asked:
We have 2 great Border Collies, Arlo 6 & Josie 1.5yrs old. We plan on breeding them. We have a perfect location and lifestyle for this breed. What are the most important questions to ask any potential puppy parents?

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First of, please do not breed your dogs. I know Arlo and Josie are both sweet, loving, wonderful pets to you; but there is no need to put your dogs through a pregnancy. Breeding should only be for the betterment of the breed. To ensure you are breeding for the betterment of the breed, you should have had all medical checks required for the Border Collie breed done by 1 - 2 years old. They need to be cleared for hip and elbow dysplasia, CEA (Collie Eye Anomaly), epilepsy, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), a hearing test on both parents + puppies when born, Glaucoma, Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (TNS), and Border Collie Collapse. This testing is not cheap, but a dedicated breeder will not skip any of these tests to ensure their puppies are not going to suffer later on in life. Secondly, your dogs should be registered purebreds with a true kennel club such as the AKC, CKC, or UKC. Thirdly, your dogs should be titled / advanced in at least 1 aspect of what the breed was intended for and a confirmation title to confirm your dog meets the set standard put forth by the breed. These include but are not limited to herding or sheep dog trials, agility, therapy work, confirmation show, obedience sports, protection sports, racing sports, pulling sports, ect. Lastly, remember that if you bring them into the world, you are responsible for them forever. Not at the end of 8 weeks. A responsible, respectable, and a dedicated breeder will ensure through a contract that their puppies are healthy from genetic issues for their life, and that all dogs no matter the age be returned back to the breeder if the owner can not keep them for any reason. If you do not do this, then you are a part of the problem of breeders allowing their dogs to end up in shelters. A breeder is responsible for every pup they produce for life. If you can not do that, then please do not breed your dog. Enjoy them, love them, and find a breeder to help or work with as a volunteer to get your puppy fix.

Anonymous asked:
We just rescued a 2 month old Border Collie puppy. We are having trouble with her biting. I’m on blood thinners so we have a problem. She is out of control! Help!

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Firstly, you need to get in touch with your local Positive Reinforcement Trainer and sign her up for classes as soon as possible. Secondly, there are a couple things you can do in the mean time before she goes into classes. Understandably, your puppy is young and inexperienced with new things and you. Using her mouth is a natural way for her to figure out new things. Have a small bowl of treats around in different parts of the house at all times, or have some in your pocket. When she does bite onto you, yelp loudly and turn away from her. Ignore her for 5 seconds (count in your head), if she goes to the front of you, turn away again and count again. Once it has been 5 seconds of her not biting, say "Yes", "Check", "Good" or anything like that in a happy voice and give her a treat. This will encourage her not to bite and she will understand quickly that biting gets her ignored but having four paws on the floor and not biting will get her a treat.

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What is the purpose of the thick mane on a Border Collie ?

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Not all Border Collie's will have the thicker 'mane' around the neck. The short coated Border Collie of course does not have it. The long haired Border Collie will sometimes have it, sometimes not. It seems to depend on the linage of the dog. The purpose of many breeds that have thicker fur on their necks is for protection, protection from other dogs, predators that the dog may come in contact with, ect. The Border Collie is a herding breed of dog that not only works with animals that can kick and injure them easily, but they may come in contact with predators that want to eat the animals the Border Collie is herding. Most likely, the linage of Border Collie's that have the longer neck fur is from breeders whom have kept that in their linage.

Anonymous asked:
I have my 1st Border Collie so I don't know much about them. My question is when you buy a female if you don't buy the breeding rights, explain that to me please.

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Okay, first off your question is not complete. But I will try to figure out what you were trying to ask and go from there. A responsible, reputable and knowledgeable breeder is going to aware of their breed and want to ensure that the puppies are going to the proper homes. Only puppies that are of sound conformation that could pass on good genes to enhance the breed should be sold with breeding rights. When a dog is purchase from a breeder without breeding rights, it means that you do not have the right to breed that dog. Male or female, it does not matter. It means, that by the contract between you and the breeder from whom you've purchased this dog from; you understand that you cannot breed that specific dog no matter the circumstances. When the dog is of the proper age to be altered (spayed/neutered), then you will do so and let the breeder know. Many breeders have physical contracts now to ensure that the people whom have purchased the puppies will complete this task at the appropriate age. Also, breeding rights for a dog tend to cost a little more and the breeder will have a section in the contract stating that you have breeding rights.

Anonymous asked:
I have a Border Collie that I didn't adopt, he adopted me. He kept digging out of his yard and would jump over my fence into my yard. I took him back home several times until finally his owner gave up and let him stay here. My question is why does he stay in my yard when he could jump my fence anytime?

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Thousands of years ago man and wolf became inseparable and we started selective breeding to create the dog and the hundreds of breeds we have today. That bond between a person and a dog is just as strong today as it was back when we needed them for protection and to help us hunt. Dogs have an uncanny ability to sense good people from bad, ill intentions, weather, ect. He chose you, he see's something in you that he wants in his life. Maybe his owners were not bonded with him or neglected him. Whatever the case, he has chosen to become a part of your family or pack. Love, accept and encourage him because he obviously see's something in you. Or maybe you have a squirrel in your yard that he plans on catching one day? It's better to think of the former in my opinion.

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Updated: 7/6/2022