The Border Collie is bred for brains and activity, they are high energy dogs and are especially suitable pets for active, energetic owners. They make wonderful companions shadowing you from place to place.
Bored Border Collies are excitable, and may be destructive, chewing chair and table legs or even doors. If you leave one outside and ignore it you could have a swimming pool dug in next to no time ! So be prepared to exercise both their bodies and their minds. They will retrieve anything and like to play football. So take them for long runs and to obedience classes.
These intelligent dogs are unfailingly loyal. They adapt well to the family and will watch over the homestead as if gaurding the flock.
They are a medium sized breed with dogs standing 21-22 ins and bitches from 18 ins. Border Collies have a well balanced, muscular, athletic body and have a graceful motion. Their coats are medium to smooth weather resistant, and come in many colours including Black & White, Blue, Red & White, Tricolour, Red Merle, Blue Merle, with or without tan markings. The head has a broad skull with a moderately short blunt muzzle, oval wide set brown eyes, and medium sized wide set erect or semi erect ears. The tail is moderately long and set low with a slight swirl to the tip.