The Border Collie has a widely dispersed reputation for being one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Couple that with tireless energy and remarkable agility and you have a legendary herding dog, spectacular competitor, or just a faithful and fun-loving companion for the outdoors. This breed will amaze you with its ability to perform and its capability for lots of mischief. Without proper training and having lots to preoccupy it, the Border Collie has a tendency to be destructive.
The Border Collie originated in the UK as a sheepdog and is still used today as such in many parts of the world. It has proven to be a very versatile and useful breed and is very entertaining to watch play or work.
The coat of the Border Collie can vary in length from a smooth to a moderately long and wavy. The colors of the coat can vary as well from the most common black & white to red & white or even merle colors. It does shed and will need frequent brushings if kept in the house.
Border Collies are medium sized weighing approx. 25-45 pounds and standing approx. 20-22 inches at the shoulder. It is an active and generally healthy breed if cared for properly and bred responsibly. Their life span is usually over 10 years.
If you are looking for a companion for the farm or for long jogs or hikes, you will find the Border Collie breed hard to beat. However, if you are looking for a companion to watch your favorite show while sitting on that luxurious leather recliner, I would suggest another breed.