Focused, intense and willing to please, the Border Collie is smart, alert and responsive. He thrives on having a job and enjoys working alongside his owner regardless of the arena.
Most Valuable Player
The Border Collie was first called the “Scotch Sheep Dog,” having originated in the U.K. border region between Scotland and England more than 100 years ago. He was a shepherd’s most valuable assistant in helping to protect large flocks of sheep for long days on rugged terrain. In the latter half of the 19th century, Queen Victoria fell in love with the breed and became a loyal enthusiast, thus increasing the Border Collie’s popularity. In 1995, the Border Collie was officially recognized as a member of the Herding Group by the American Kennel Club.
Give the ‘Herding Eye’
The Border Collie is a well-balanced, medium-sized dog displaying equal parts grace, power and agility. The breed’s hallmark is his intelligent expression and intense gaze, often referred to as the “herding eye.” Combining style and agility with soundness and strength, the Border Collie moves effortlessly and is seemingly tireless whether gaiting in a gallop or a moving crouch. His body is muscular yet nimble; his head relatively flat with a slightly tapering muzzle and ears that fall forward or outward to the side when semierect. The Border Collie has a dense, medium-length, weather-resistant double coat, of which the top coat can be rough or smooth. Males stand 19 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder, while females are 18 to 21 inches tall.
Highly driven and extremely versatile, the Border Collie requires vigorous daily exercise and prefers to have a job to keep him occupied. This known workaholic is energetic and affectionate with his human companions, though he may be somewhat reserved around strangers. Due to his innate herding instinct, the Border Collie is best suited for families with older children. He is a quick learner and makes for a superb pet with proper training and socialization. Blending intelligence, athleticism and trainability, the Border Collie is a triple threat on the agility course and also excels at obedience and flying disc.