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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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 $650.00. 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 $1,300 upwards to $4,500 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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Median Price: $650.00
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,300.00 to $4,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 10336 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.

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Most Popular Border Collie Names for 2020

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 10336 Border Collie dogs.
  • 1. Daisy
  • 2. Duke
  • 3. Buster
  • 4. Buddy
  • 5. Jake
  • 6. Ranger
  • 7. Annie
  • 8. Bella
  • 9. Rover
  • 10. Friskie
  • 11. Terresa
  • 12. Tia
  • 13. Hank
  • 14. Randy
  • 15. Barbie
  • 16. Ace
  • 17. Bandit
  • 18. Blue
  • 19. Lilly
  • 20. Rosie

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Welcome To J-Tail Border Collies of Lancaster, Pennsylvania! Hope you enjoy your visit. We offer ABCA and AKC registered purebred Border Collie puppies from OFA certified (Good or Excellent) and CEA Normal parents of U.S and imported champion bloodlines. We thrive for good temperament, intelligence, work ethics along with being well rounded family companions. We specialize in raising only BC puppies and no dog here is a kennel dog. Our dogs run on the ground/grass and interact with us from day break to dusk and sleep inside at night with the leisure of using their doggy doors to come in and out as they please.All of our dogs are current on vaccinations and are taken to the vet at least on a yearly basis for checkups. Here at J-Tail Border Collies our BC’s are what we live for, they are our family companions and part of our everyday lives! I would like to offer the same great experience to select homes that I received back in my early teen years, a border collie puppy. From that day I have been astounded by the breed ever since. Our puppies are given love and care from the day they are born till the day they are ready for their new home which is never sooner than 8 weeks. At 3 weeks of age they begin interacting with visitors and introduced to sounds that they will encounter throughout their life such as a vacuum cleaner, thunderstorms, traffic,sirens, ect. At 5 weeks of age we begin crate and potty training. By 8 weeks they will be ready for their new owners to continue training and spending daily time and actives so they grow up to be a great part of the J-tail Border Collie family. We strive to give our puppies the best start in life so that they can grow up to be a healthy, happy part of their new family. If you are interested in our puppies, we require an application to be filled out in order to help ensure our dogs go to the best homes possible. We have the right to refuse to sell a dog to anyone, without any reason given. ALL OUR PUPPIES ARE SOLD WITH LIMITED REGISTRATION(NON-BREEDING RIGHTS) Our puppies are sold with a 1yr health guarantee*(contact for details) NuVet vitamins must be given to keep health guarantee valid. Feel free to email with any questions you may have at: or call or text 484-772-6148 Feel free to email us regarding any questions you may have at: or call/text: 484-719-9992 LIKE US ON FACEBOOK TO SEE THE MOST UP TODATE PIC/LITTER J-TAIL BORDER COLLIES (CURRENTLY OVER 8,000 LIKES!) Here at J-Tail Border Collies if you purchase from us; for any reason we will take our Dogs, Puppies, Adoptions back.

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Anonymous asked:
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.

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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.

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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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I have a 13 yr old Aussie mix and a 16 month old border collie/lab mix. Both females. My Aussie doesn't want to play as much anymore. My border collie loves her and can't do anything without her. Have a chance at getting a 10 week old female border collie. Both could grow up together. Is that a good idea?

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There are pros and cons to getting two dogs at the same time that are close to the same age. Pros include that the two dogs will most likely bond and play with each other; helping out your 13 year old so she doesn't get bothered to play all the time. Also the two dogs can grow up together and being close in age means that they will match each others energies quite easily. But some cons include that like-aged dogs tend to pass away around the same time and that can be very difficult for an owner. As well; if the two dogs bond too much it can be hard to separate them if need be to walk one at a time or take one to a vet without the other getting anxiety. Another con is that the two puppies can bond so well that they become stand-offish to the owner as they do not need praise from the owner as the other puppy is there to play with/get positive reinforcement from all the time. Training two puppies at the same time an be very daunting and challenging, most people do not have the time for training two puppies. With the age difference between the 16 month old and the 10 week; it may be fine as long as you work with the dogs individually so that they know who is the owner and bond to you as well as to each other. Just make sure you have the necessary time to commit to both puppies and your eldest dog as well.

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So I want to buy my first dog and I'm very interested in the Border Collie. My boyfriend and I are extremely active and the puppy would never be home by themselves. But I keep hearing such horror stories about this breed. Should I be that worried or attribute that to poor ownership? Thanks



The Border Collie is a great breed of dog for the right person, couple or family. They are extremely active and need 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours of running exercise a day. No matter what. No matter if it is raining, snowing, super hot out or if your sick. So unless you can make sure that you will always put the dog's needs before your own, this is not the breed for you. They are very intelligent and can/will get out to go running on their own if they are left alone too long without exercise. They can become destructive if they are not trained and exercised. As long as you can commit to 3 hours of dog-time a day at least, plus training classes; then go for it! If not, you may want to look at rescuing an older Border Collie, a cross or a different breed altogether.


I have bred Border Collies a long time, have pups all over the world doing amazing jobs. While I agree with the comment about consistency in exercise, I believe there misunderstanding out there about this breed I love and know so well. They are extremely intelligent, intuitive, understand a huge vocabulary, and can be trained in a matter of a day or two in basic obedience. Like an extremely smart child that gets bored in school and misbehaves, yes they WILL find an outlet on their own if their needs aren't met! Yes, they will get destructive! You have to consider the bloodlines of the pup, understand that strong working lines going back many generations represent a pup that should be working a ranch. Not the right fit for you. When I breed a litter, I determine which pups are most suitable for different pursuits. I have many pups that went on to be therapy dogs because of their calm, social nature. I have many that I knew were best suited for herding, and would ONLY place them in an environment where that was how they would spend most of their time. However, if I got an application from you, like 80% are, I would be able to pick a few pups that would fit your situation perfectly. I would want to know what you mean by active? Though someone is home all day, what will they be doing with the dog? They by far need MENTAL stimulation. They have a genetic disposition to herd that must be met. Mental stimulation can be as simple as playing frisbee, ball play. Engage mind and body. I have customers that set up their own agility course in the backyard! They can be awesome pets, you need to find a knowledgeable breeder with proven lines, Many references that can attest to their dog's temperament as suitable for a great pet. I have rescued many that were mixed with another breed and spent years training them before I would place them with no concerns. Rescues are a risk, you don't know what you are getting. They can be the best dog on earth (many ARE), or have baggage and genetics you have no clue about. Overall, this is an amazing breed that I could give you 100s of references that would attest are the best pet they have ever had. But as the other person said, there is a commitment required to educate yourself, dedicate to meeting their needs (I don't agree with running 3 hrs a day, I am sorry that is useless if their mind isn't stimulated), training, and seeking creative outlets for their herding instinct. Look into obedience, agility, or herding classes. Train them as therapy dogs And take them for a run and some frisbee. ABCA dogs tend to be working lines, AKC dogs tend to have lines more suitable as pets in general.


I would definitely agree with this breeeders bc comment. Border Collies are the greatest breed out there, (in my opinion) but they definitely need some sort of "job" to be happy and not get themselves into trouble trying to find there own "job" (because they will do that). A border collie can excel at anything they put their mind too. They definitely need that mental and physical stimulation to thrive.


I got my first dog when I was 10, from the "pound" in Portland, Oregon. My Border Collie was from a litter of 8 and came from a sheep ranch in eastern Oregon. Sheppie was 8 weeks old and was the best Christmas present ever. We lived in town, and she did just fine. When she was little, we kept her in the basement when I was at school, so when I got home I had messes to clean up. My parents were amazed that I did all that was required and then some. She was easy to house break, but she was mostly an outdoor dog at our house, but she would visit some of our neighbors during the day when I was in school and she was allowed in to sleep by the wood stove and have a biscuit or 2. I still had her when I got married. She died right before I had my 1st baby, of kidney problems due to having been given stale pastries by my step mother over the years. Over the years I have had 6 border collies. I love the breed and find it comical that people are so uptight about raising them. I would take Sheppie on bike rides with me, where she ran along side of me. I am much older now so my last dog loved to chase and retrieve tennis balls. I would throw her ball up over the roof of the house, from our 2 story deck, down into our orchard, That gave her PLENTY of exercise. Must mention that my best dogs came from animal shelters or the pound.


BORDER COLLIES from the proper BLOODLINES! are a great treat to work with.... the problem dogs come from miscellaneous breeds mixed in... where a pedigree gives you information that says here is the family lines that this dogs comes from... it is not a dog of mixed up genetic messages... that make a dog have confused instincts... take a cross from a dog who is a front herding or heading dog....and a healer or one that instinctively comes from the back of a cow... to herd... now you have a dog that is confused and does not know what to do.... just like a dog that excessively barks.... a well bred Border Collies does not bark excessively either.. unless they are very very stressed! They do not tear your home apart unless you have crossbred or interbred brain issues.... a well bred dog will have work time and down time... a dog will know the difference. They have instinctual cues.... this is what happens when you have dogs that are just dogs... not dogs with carefully chosen bloodlines that will provide you with consistent behavior patterns, personalities, and instinct. With 7 litters of the same bloodlines... we have seen what happens with good genetic matches from well balanced parents (using dogs who are healthy and taking into account their individual traits and matching with a compatible dog) this provides for a well balanced pup and given a stable competent homelife will provide a family with a healthy happy companion who does not tear apart their home or destroy their belongings. We do suggest that any family take the dog to obedience class.. for the family as much as the dog. As well as try to find a dog sport that they all enjoy (dog & family) or have a job for the dog to do. Many of our dogs have more than one occupation. They are active herding dogs (their own farm or herding competition for fun) OR search & rescue OR agility OR service dog/cancer companion/autistic support OR active family group where the dog is with multiple family members through out the day, and has ample interaction and activity. BUT that being said.... all dogs also require some personal down time to regroup, and should not be sleeping in the bed with people or on all the furniture or jump on people, as that does not show them that they have boundaries or give them some guidelines for life... Border Collies REQUIRE direction... they crave our direction .... they want us to tell them what to do and when .. so rather than thinking you are being mean ... by being firm... you are providing a sense of control in their environment. You can check out our website for references on what a well bred Border Collie will do for your family and life.... we have 61 pups from Del'Mar Skeet and 31 from a match with Nell... all who have wonderful families & none are horror stories of the sort that people talk about with this breed being hard to handle or terrible to own... as they are not confused mutts.


I had a Border collie for almost 15 years and she was one of the best pets I have ever had, But as stated you have to work their mind and body, if you dont they will. That could mean they tear up your yard, your shoes or whatever they get ahold of .They are very very smart and if you get one take the time to find one that fits your life style. Mine was very laid back and did not have a strong herding instinct but she had her times of I need more work. I would advise doing obedience training to make things a little easier and socialize them. Great dogs for the right family . They will steal your heart


I got my first Border Collie as a throw away in a military post landfill. She was 1 year old and her name is Lady. Lady had a collar on with no ID. We had to assume that a military member dropped her there thinking someone would take her home with them. Another puppy, a Chow-Lab mix was dropped 3 days later and I caught my supervisor talking to the environmental supervisor about putting them both down with a 22 rifle. The post animal control unit would not go off the main post to get them. I told my supervisor that I would take both home with me and find a home for the Chow mix. A co-worker over heard the conversation and he took the Chow mix and I took the Border Collie. I had her checked out at my vets office that afternoon. In just a few days I built an outdoor kennel, had a privacy fence put up and bought a small kennel for the garage. She did have a few bad habits because I believe she was abused. Before she realized this was her permanent home, it took her about three months for her to raise her tail out from between her legs. She would chew up anything she could get a hold of so I bought her some nyla-bones. She also was allergic to chicken based foods. I had to put her on Lamb and Rice Science Diet and added a tablespoon of yogurt to a cup of food to keep her stomach settled. I figured out 2 cups of food a day keeps her weight leveled out to 50 lbs. Lady is now 12 years old and healthy. She runs every day to catch her rope or ball and I taught her to count with me. You would have to see her video to see what I'm talking about. Even at her age she is very energetic and wants to be where my wife and I are all the time. She tries to heard us. If I am downstairs and my wife is up she will run back and forth and bark at us until one of us gets up and goes to the other where she can be with both of us. Sometimes it's annoying but Lady usually gets her way. She loves to have her belly rubbed at night before she goes to bed, so I have to lay down in the floor to rub on her. Even with all the problems that came with her I wouldn't change a thing about her. The Border Collie is a wonderful breed, but you do have to have patience and understanding with them. Smart, intelligent, that's all an understatement. When I talk to Lady it's like talking to another person. I have learned as much from her as she has from my wife and I. I love Lady and will miss her when she is gone.

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