15 Interesting Facts About Border Collies

The Border Collie is a herding dog that originates from the border area between England, Scotland, and Wales. Hence the name “border”, which translated means “border”. The breed is bred to herd sheep and is considered by many to be the best herding dog in the world. Initially, the breed was very different in itself, depending on the terrain and task. The herding dogs were associated with specific regions and named after them. Towards the end of the 18th-century shepherds began holding herding competitions and in 1906 the International Sheepdog Society (ISDS) was founded. In addition, the first pedigree for the breed, now known as the Border Collie, was created.

Today, the breed is an incomparable herding dog, helping to round up and guide sheep around the world. At the same time, the Border Collie is a preferred breed for dog sports such as agility, obedience, and rallying because of its high level of intelligence and willingness to cooperate.

#1 The Border Collie is an incredibly intelligent breed who, due to their background as herding dogs, works instinctively and intuitively with their owner.

It is a highly specialized breed of dog that can direct 100 sheep with its eyes alone. The breed is not suitable for an inexperienced owner, but for the active and experienced handler, the Border Collie makes a perfect companion. He is a lively, strong, and cheerful dog that functions well in everyday life. He is approachable and cooperative and willingly accepts challenges.

#2 The breed has had issues with sensitivity to noise, a slightly sensitive mind, and individual dogs not doing well in new environments. These are intentionally bred out of, so it’s important to see the parent stock before committing to a puppy.

#3 Because the Border Collie is a purebred herding dog, they can also apply their herding instincts to other moving objects such as bikes, runners, cars, and more.

This is called unwanted herding and it is extremely important to consistently train the dog to avoid this. Keep in mind that dog herding is self-reinforcing and a reward in itself. Unwanted guarding must therefore always be stopped immediately.

Judy Taylor

Written by Judy Taylor

Judy Taylor combines her love of science and writing to educate pet owners. Her articles on pet wellness, published on a variety of platforms, reveal a deep passion for animals. With a teaching background and shelter volunteer experience, Judy brings expertise to the fields of writing and compassionate pet care.

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