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Thank you for considering Border Collie puppies from our network of the best Border Collie breeders. The Border Collie was originally bred to be a working dog and thus, has a lot of energy that needs to find an outlet. Thus, it is important for any family that adopts one of these dogs that they find a way to direct his energy. If you can find a way to do so, you will find the Border Collie a wonderful family pet with a seemingly uncanny intelligence and sensitivity to his human family’s needs.
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If you have been thinking about adopting a Border Collie, then you know the process of finding the right one can be incredibly challenging. We have made it our mission to make it easy for our users to find Border Collie puppies that fit their family’s requirements. We connect you with reputable breeders offering purebred Border Collie puppies for sale so that you can make the right choice. And to ensure that you make an informed decision, we offer useful information about the breed in addition to our Border Collie for sale listings.
Before you consider taking a Border Collie into your home, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the basic Border Collie dog breed info so that you can decide if the breed is a good fit for your family. The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog that was originally bred to be a sheep herder and thus, has levels of energy and stamina that belie his size.
His high energy is the most important Border Collie characteristic that you will have to deal with if you decide to adopt a Border Collie puppy. But if you engage his energy and intelligence, you will discover a wonderful family companion who is eminently trainable and can even be useful around the house.
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Facts - Overview
The Border Collie dog breed was developed to be a working dog, and this is obvious if you’ve ever spent time with one of them. While he can be affectionate, the Collie is not one to be coddled. He wants to be actively engaged in doing a job, not marking time on the sofa as a couch potato. In fact, his instinct is to herd, and it is already part of his basic nature. You’ll find that your new puppy, when left to his own devices, will want to herd, whether what he is herding is children, other pets or even cars.
The Border Collie is not a big dog, and his energy levels are out of proportion to his size. The average Collie has an average height of one foot-six inches to one foot-ten inches and an average weight ranging from thirty to forty-five pounds.
This combination of high energy and the urge to herd means that the Border Collie will need some consideration depending on who's adopting him. You have to be willing to keep up with your Collie and direct his energy to positive tasks such as engaging in dog sports like catching Frisbees. Thus, he is best suited for active families where he can join in the fun.
For the right family, however, the Border Collie makes a wonderful pet. His intelligence makes him easy to train. In fact, there are some who say that the Collie is so sensitive that he can actually anticipate what you want before you even ask. As long as you provide him with the mental and physical stimulation that he needs, he can adjust to living in virtually any residential situation.
Of course, early socialization is important to ensure that the Collie puppy grows up to be a well-adjusted adult. A dog that is not socialized may become either too timid or too aggressive. But if you expose him to new places, people and situations from a young age, he will learn to adjust to them easily. You can learn more useful Border Collie breed info, we have included sections on the breed’s health, temperament, care, grooming and history.
Facts - Personality
As befits a breed that was bred to be a working dog, the Border Collie personality is highly intelligent and alert. In fact, he’s so bright and learns so quickly that you may find it difficult to keep up with him and ensure that he stays challenged during training. This is why the breed is not appropriate for most families who want a dog who will be a docile pet. The Border Collie is an active dog who is always looking for something to do and not every family are able to deal with that.
But if he is adopted by a family who understands his needs, they will find the Border Collie to be a great addition to the household. The breed is very sensitive to the feelings of his owners and this makes training easy. But training has to start as early as possible to ensure that the breed adjusts well to being a part of your family. You must start establishing your dominance as early as possible to ensure that your dog does not take the alpha dog position, which can make training harder.
Another important aspect of the Border Collie temperament that you need to consider is his herding instinct. They have a tendency to try to herd groups of children and other animals if they feel the group is becoming unruly. This is why you should always have your Border Collie on a leash when outside since they may chase after people and nip at them in an attempt to herd them.
Facts - Care
Border Collie puppy care can be difficult for families who are not prepared for the physical exercise requirements of the breed. Since the Border Collie was bred to run across the fields to herd sheep, it should not be difficult to see why the breed has a high energy level. Thus, the Collie will not adjust well to living in more confined residential spaces and if you choose this breed, you should have at least a secure, fenced-in area for him to run around in. It is particularly important to keep him away from the road since his instinct is to chase cars.
In addition, another important aspect of Border Collie care is keeping them from becoming bored. Since the breed is very intelligent it is important that you keep them mentally engaged in addition to meeting their exercise requirements. This is where Border Collie training comes in. You need to start obedience and house training as early as possible, in addition to socialization. Make sure that your training uses positive reinforcement methods that emphasize rewarding the puppy when he learns what you are trying to teach him. Never use harsh treatment or punishment as part of your training since this can turn your Border Collie either fearful or aggressive and make training more difficult.
Facts - Grooming
As expected from a breed that was developed to be an outdoor working dog, the Border Collie has a coat that does not require a lot of grooming and maintenance. Border Collies have water-resistant double coats whose outer coat can be rough or smooth. Rough outer coats have medium-length hair and feathering on the belly, chest and legs. Smooth outer coats, on the other hand, has short hair all over with minimal feathering. Although the most common color is black with a white blaze on the legs, feet, face and neck, the Border Collie may be any color except white.
Knowing how to groom Border Collie by yourself can save you a lot of money. Border Collie grooming of the coat only needs to take place once a week to prevent matting and ensure that coat oils are distributed evenly. Since he sheds more heavily during shedding season, you should brush more often to remove loose hair and prevent shed hair from spreading around the house. You only need to bathe your Border Collie every four months or when he starts to smell bad.
While you’re grooming, check your dog for signs of potential health problems. Look for inflammation, rashes, sores and tenderness on his skin, the feet and around his mouth and eyes. The eyes should also be clear with no redness or any signs of discharge.
In addition, you need to brush his teeth at least two to three times a week in order to prevent tartar buildup and other oral health problems. If possible, brush his teeth daily in order to prevent gum disease and halitosis. Make sure that you also trim his nails periodically. Although an active dog’s nails will likely wear themselves down, if you can hear the nails clicking across the floor, you need to trim them.
Use a guillotine-style nail clipper to trim your dog’s nails. Make sure that you don’t trim back too far since there are blood vessels in the nail that can be injured and cause bleeding. If you are unsure how to trim your dog’s nails, you can ask your vet for instructions or ask him to do it for you when you take your Border Collie for his regular visit.
Facts - Health
There are a number of Border Collie health concerns that you need to be familiar with if you are considering adopting a puppy. These include:
Hip dysplasia. This is a common condition that appears in many dogs which is usually inherited from their parents. When a dog has hip dysplasia, their thighbone does not fit into the hip joint snugly. Although some dogs who have the condition show signs such as pain and lameness on the rear legs, others may display no symptoms. However, the condition can eventually result in arthritis as the dog matures.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy. PRA is not a single disease but rather a family of eye conditions. Dogs who have this condition see gradual deterioration of their retina which can result in partial or total blindness.
Before getting a purebred Border Collie puppy from a breeder, ask him for health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the Canine Eye Registry Foundation for the parents to ensure that they are not passing on these conditions to their offspring.
To ensure good Border Collie nutrition, make sure to feed your puppy high-quality food that is specially formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of puppies, as well as for medium-sized dogs. Make sure to follow the recommended feeding guidelines on the package to ensure that your dog is getting enough food without eating too much, which can lead to his becoming overweight.
Facts - History
The Border Collie history dates back to the earliest days of what is now Britain, where herding dogs were widely used to shepherds to guard and herd their flocks. Each region had its own herding dog and the Border Collie was named after the region between Scotland and England, with the Collie derived from a Scottish word that refers to sheepdogs.
The Border Collie as we know him today started in 1860, when dog shows featuring Scotch Sheep Dogs were already being held. Queen Victoria saw one of these dogs when she took a trip to Balmoral, and her support of the breed contributed to its popularity. In 1876, Mr. R.J. Lloyd Price instituted sheepdog trials in which Border Collies demonstrated their proficiency at folding sheep back into a pen.
The history of Border Collie in the US started in the late-nineteenth century when the breed was exported to North America along with livestock. Scottish shepherds who immigrated to the US helped popularize the use of Border Collies to herd both sheep and cattle. The North American Sheepdog Society was founded in 1940 as a registry for the breed. At present, the largest registry is the American Border Collie Association. The Border Collie was awarded the Herding Group designation by the American Kennel Club and became eligible on October 1995 for full recognition status.