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Border Collie

Border Collie Facts

Common NameBorder Collie
OriginGreat Britain
Average Size50cm (20in)
Average Weight20kg (45lbs)
Average Lifespan20 years
ColourBlack, White, Brown, Red
Average Litter Size6
TemperamentIntelligent, devoted and affectionate
TrainingShould be trained from an early age in obedience

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Border Collie

Border Collies are an intelligent, biddable breed with an instinctive desire to work closely and intensely with a human handler. They are very well behaved and can be very excitable dogs.

Although the primary role of the Border Collie is that of the working stock dog, dogs of this breed are becoming increasingly popular as pets. True to their working heritage, Border Collies make very demanding, energetic pets that are better off in households that can provide them with plenty of exercise and a job to do.

Border Collies are now also being used in showing, especially agility, where their speed and agility comes to good use. However, in an appropriate home, with a dedicated, active owner, a Border Collie can be an excellent companion. Participating in dog sports is popular with Border Collie owners.

The Border Collies range of skills and high intelligence also make it an excellent detection dog which is commonly used by police, customs and other government agencies.