The Border Collie is an active service dog, best suited to country life. In a confined space and without sufficient physical activity, this dog will feel unhappy and show destructive tendencies. They are extremely intelligent dogs that learn quickly and respond well to praise.
Because of their herding instincts, Border Collies tend to protect their family and territory, and they make excellent guard dogs. They can look after the children in the family. Although they get along well with the children and pets they have grown up with, they can be withdrawn and even irritable towards strangers and try to grab their heels like they would grab sheep to graze.