Known for their high intelligence and boundless energy, a Border Collie is a great pet for an active family.

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A Border Collie is not for the faint-hearted and is sure to keep you on your toes. Bred for sheep herding, they are a highly intelligent breed, known for their tenacity and obedience. A happy Border Collie requires regular interaction, play and training. On the plus side, they will be high-fiving you in no time at all– when they’re not running rings around you with energy to burn. They thrive on regular exercise, so daily walks and games of fetch will keep them stimulated.

This breed is most suitable for people who have plenty of time to spend with their furry family member. If left alone for too long, a Border Collie can become bored and destructive. A popular cross breed is a Border Collie cross Kelpie, although these dogs are even more active and full of energy.

Fun fact: When herding, the Border Collie uses

‘hypnotic’ eye contact to bewitch the sheep, rather than barking.

Fluffy, long-haired and medium-sized, a Border Collie tends to shed. Regular brushing and grooming is required. Their gorgeous coat is super shiny, which makes the effort worth it. Border Collies make good pets and are not hypoallergenic. They stop growing around 12 months old, reaching their mature height of 50-55cms.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion. Border Collies are considered to be one of the healthiest breeds with hardly any problems.

Size

A Border Collie is a medium-sized breed weighing between 14 and 20kgs, with a height between 50 and 55cms.

Space

A house with a yard is ideal.

Energy Levels

Like a marathon runner, always on the go. Daily vigorous exercise is a must.

Difficulty of Training

Regular, daily training will go a long way.

Family Suitability

Whether you’re a family, partner or single pet-parent, a Border Collie is a great choice, but they are not so great for seniors or people with limited mobility.

Compatibility with other Pets

If taught from a young age, a Border Collie can get along with other cats or dogs.

Need for Company

High, as the more time you can give for training, playing and exercising the better pet you will have.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?

No

Coat and Grooming Needs

Regular brushing and weekly baths are necessary. They usually have a medium long coat in black and white, but other colours such as brown, blue merle, red, and tricolor with white can also be found in some Border Collies.

Shedding

Border Collies shed and need to be brushed.

Tendency to Bark

A Border Collie has a moderate tendency to bark.

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