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 $725.00. 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: $725.00
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,300.00 to $4,500.00

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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 2019

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 9886 Border Collie dogs.
  • 1. Daisy
  • 2. Duke
  • 3. Buster
  • 4. Jake
  • 5. Buddy
  • 6. Annie
  • 7. Ranger
  • 8. Rover
  • 9. Bella
  • 10. Friskie
  • 11. Terresa
  • 12. Tia
  • 13. Randy
  • 14. Hank
  • 15. Bandit
  • 16. Barbie
  • 17. Ace
  • 18. Lilly
  • 19. Puppy
  • 20. Rosey

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Member Since: November 2006
Location: Waco, Texas
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We raise ABCA Border Collies & AKC Italian Greyhounds with champion bloodlines in both breeding programs. Our pups are born & raised in our home & yard. They're loved & handled constantly by our 2 children & our 3 nieces who live next to us. I handle every pup daily from birth to get them used to human touch. We've had a lot of luck producing very happy & well socialized pups since we started this process. All of our BC's & IG's have been CERF tested. You can see pics and pedigrees of our girls and boys on our website. We've owned BC's for 16 yrs & trained them on cattle before we got out of the cattle business. We've been raising them for 12 yrs & strive for excellence in intelligence, athleticism & herding ability. We've only been raising Italian Greyhounds for 5 yrs now but we have totally fallen in love with them. We began showing one of our pups in AKC sanctioned dog shows in 2010 & my daughter & I plan to keep several pups each year for showing. We strive for excellence in not only conformation but in personality as well. We're located in central TX about 2 hours southwest of Dallas. My husband & I own a small 110 acre ranch near Hico, TX. We no longer raise cattle but still have horses & we really enjoy the peace that living on a ranch affords. Please feel free to call us at any time if you have any questions. (254)796-2729 or (254)967-3206

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Anonymous asked:
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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Are Border Collies easy to train?

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For a better Border Collie, come to a careful professional Border Collie Breeder who offers you references for well bred pups. Ask to talk to more than one family, and check out the actual registrations of the parents and do not let any one tell you that registrations are several hundred dollars more, as they are only about $15 for each pup in Canada and registration should not be an issue. Border Collie training is usually putting a command (name) to an action that the dog already has ... get him to do the thing consistently and he will soon understand the command with the action. This does not mean that they will not obey... that is when they wish to do what you are asking so you have to be a "good" master and have the dog want to obey your commands.... that does not mean spoiling the dog but rather that you provide a consistent positive atmosphere that makes him want to do what you ask. They are (or should be) focus on you at all times. I would suggest that you take an obedience course, to assist you in learning cues in learning commands and also do not worry if your dog does not care about the treats... a good border collie is not treat oriented... but rather the work is the reward.

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Do Border Collies shed?



Yes, the Border Collie breed does shed. They are considered a 4/5 on the shedding scale. They would need to be brushed twice to three times a week to keep shedding at bay.


Short coat Border Collies shed a great deal. I have raised and bred very high pedigree rough (long) coats for many years. They do not shed a great deal. They mat up in their undercoat and need to be brushed once a week to prevent big knots / matting, as well as to keep the coat shiny and healthy.

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I just bought a male Border Collie puppy who is 2 and a half months old. I have had him about 1 month and he continues to bite everything. I cannot hold him without him biting me. He tears up the rugs, shoes, everything in sight. I swat him with a rolled up newspaper and tell him "No!". What is the problem here? My next issue is he knows where the potty pads in the kitchen are and will poop and pee there but he finds a way to pee on the carpet/floor. When he goes on his pads, I praise him. When he goes on the carpet I grab him put him on the pad tell him you go potty here! What's it going to take to stop these two problems?

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As for the potty training, you have to use positive reinforcement training methods. Do not yell at your Border Collie, he has no idea and your tone of voice is telling him that it is bad to use the puppy pads because that's when you are yelling at him. If he makes a mess in the house, use an enzyme cleaner such as Nature's Miracle. This will clean the soiled area and take away the scent on the puppy's level. With normal household cleaner's, he can still smell his pee/poop. Now, have a timer go off every 2 hours during the day and take him outside or to the pad to use the toilet. Praise him and give him treats when he does. He shouldn't have accidents now if he is blocked off in his own space, in a crate or attached to you all day.


Swatting your puppy is healthy as long as the punishment is appropriate for their size and age. Even the Mother snaps and nips at the pups. Always associate a word with the punishment so they can learn its result is bad! Biting is a stage yes you got it early but encourage chewing on hard chew bones and punish for things not chewable. Remember puppies are like little children, they only learn what you teach them or they will teach themselves bad habits


I disagree about swatting and shock collars. As long as you are training and not beating/torturing the dogs they are effective training methods to show certain actions aren't acceptable. As you said, the other person said biting is a stage all puppies go through and without brothers and sisters biting her back she won't realize when playing is overdoing it. A small swat on the nose (not hard) or sticking your finger that she's biting slowly to the back of her throat will cause her to gag and they will get the picture that it's not fun or enjoyable to chew fingers. Border Collies are extremely intelligent dogs. Potty training can take up to 4-6 months to be consistent and there could be occasional accidents after that. Again they are intelligent so if you leave them in the house all day. Imagine leaving a six-year-old by themselves all day without television, you're going to come home to a mess and when you are there they will act out to get attention.


Would you swat your child for teething? No you'd give the baby a toy to chew on. Same thing for a puppy.


You do not have to hit the dog to get him or her to understand what the proper behavior is especially a Border Collie. I am on my second dog and a more obedient, responsive dog would be hard to find. If you hit, you are just displaying your lack of control.


Never use harsh methods or physical punishment with a Border Collie. Use very consistent, one-word commands and do it the same every time. This includes body/hand movements, eye movement. Borders are extremely intuitive, intelligent, and sensitive. They can understand a huge vocabulary. Being so intelligent, I have had pups/dogs (especially males) that simply do not want to listen to you. Consistency is the key with a Border Collie. A well-bred pup can be trained in 2 days, and I have 100s of customers that have reported such of the pups I have bred.


BC's are not to be swatted, hit, slapped, or struck. They are far too intelligent of a breed and will hold a grudge. Be firm and don't allow hand play. You must be the alpha in your pack. Consistency is everything. Pee pads teach the BC it's OK to relieve themselves indoors which it is not. If you can't dedicate the time to properly train an intelligent dog, get a cat. Most BC's are capable of understanding of up to 250 commands. Since you don't know what you're doing, get into the nearest class before you become frustrated and the BC ends up in a rescue.


My Border Collie responds to "bad dog". That's more than enough punishment for him, He's super smart and a real lover. He loves to play ball, tug of war and frisbee. He gets sleepy around 10 pm and goes up to our bedroom where he has his bed and goes to sleep. He jumps on the bed in the morning to love my wife first, then when she gets up he comes over to me to love me. One could not have a better companion.


I totally disagree with the first respondent that a Border Collie not leave mom until after 8 weeks of age! After many years of breeding different breeds of dogs, and now being a dedicated Border Collie breeder.... all our pups that go to the owner at 6 weeks of age have far less issues than any older dogs..... the Bitches do very little with the pup after they have stopped feeding them (weaned) and if a dog weans at 5 weeks after that time their interaction is limited to trying to avoid the pups as they will constantly try to nurse.... regardless of how much growling and holding their head in their mouth to stop them..... Give the pup something appropriate for his size to chew on.... teach him to do business outside only.... TAKE THEM FOR A WALK! you have to teach them that they only go outside... if there is a place where they have gone on the carpet they will continue to go there as it smells~! you have treat the carpet ... then you have to start to exercise and take the dog after you feed the dog outside to do its business.... dogs need to know they go outside! I have pups here that have been easily trained to go only on newspaper... they are now graduated to an outdoor kennel and only poop on the newspaper... but you also have to change the paper or clean the area up daily!!! Scoop the poop even at home! You can teach them to go where ever you want but you have to do the work! This is not a toy... .it is just like having a new baby! It is a job to train and you have to be on the ball all the time.... You can tell if you pay attention when they need to pee... you can teach them to ring a bell when they need to go out@! GET RID of the pee pads and do your job... and take them outside. You will soon have a good owner and a good dog! :) :)


First of all do research on whatever do you get.. bc they are very intelligent and there's no need to hit or yell. There's something that you might be doing that is giving him mixed messages. Puppies bite, teeth, and cheese. Every puppy. If you aren't sure what to do, talk to your vet.

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