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    Top 5 Things To Know About Border Collies

    Articlegeneral dog adviceFriday 22 July 2016

    Border Collies can make great pets and they certainly excel as working dogs but there are certain things you need to know before you acquire an individual from this breed.

    A lot of Border Collies end up in rescue centres because people have been attracted to a Border Collie without realising the amount of care they need.

    To find out about this breed, read on.


    Border Collies Are Highly Intelligent

    They are regarded as the most intelligent of all dog breeds but this can be a problem to owners who don’t know how to deal with the intelligence of Border Collies. These puppies will need hours of physical and mental stimulation throughout their lives and a lack of this can mean that they become destructive. These dogs, however, excel at obedience and agility tasks.


    Border Collies Are Very Energetic

    Border collies puppies were bred to be working dogs and herding sheep involves hours of running per day. Those who buy a Border Collie need to be able to replace that exercise and stimulation. The activity levels of this breed can be focussed on exercises such as Frisbee, fetch or agility trials.


    Border Collies Have Very Strong Herding Instincts

    They have strong herding instincts and this can be an issue, especially around small children. A Border collie puppy that has been taught their place within the family ‘pack’ will make a great pet but those that haven’t may start ‘herding’ children, etc. For safety, it is best to avoid adding this breed to your family if you have children under 12.


    A Border Collie Is Very loyal

    Yes! They do make excellent pets because they are very loyal to their owner. Any person who respects the dog and treats him correctly will be rewarded with a hugely friendly and lovable pet. Border Collies love to be around and please their owner.


    Border Collies Are Fairly Healthy

    Border Collies can be prone to hip dysplasia and cancer but on the whole, they are quite healthy dogs that with the correct care, can live into their late teens. The average life expectancy for this breed is between 12 and 13 years or so.

    Border Collies can be scared of loud noises such as fireworks, thunder and the vacuum cleaner.


    Although these dogs are not suited to all households, they can make fantastic pets for somebody who is able to provide the necessary care. If you feel you are interested in owning a Border Collie, you can search for BBorder Collie puppies for sale on Dogs and Puppies. 


    Related content:

    Border Collie Breed Guide


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