Border Collie Resource

Border Collie

Britain’s Border Collie is often considered the finest sheepherding dog in the world, bred strictly for working ability rather than appearance. This is a medium-sized dog, with females usually averaging 35 to 45 pounds, males averaging 45 to 55 pounds. Coats range from short to medium long and are normally black and white, or red and white, sometimes with tan marks. Occasionally blue or red merle-colored puppies appear in litters. Weekly brushing should keep the coat tangle-free. Borders are known for using their eyes when herding, controlling the sheep with an intense stare that shows they mean business. Border Collies are high-energy dogs, having been bred to cover many miles a day in their native Scotland. Border Collies require and thrive on activity, so be prepared to keep them occupied. They are best suited to homes with yards and families that will take the time to train and work them. Border Collies excel in obedience, agility, flyball and, of course, herding. They’re good with children and make excellent watchdogs.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Most often black with white blaze on the face, neck, feet, legs, and tail tip, with or without tan points; may be any bi-color, tri-color, merle, or solid color except white

Soft, dense, weather-resistant double coat of two types: rough (medium-to-long with flat or wavy texture) or smooth (short over the entire body).


Brush weekly or when necessary.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years
AKC Group:
Herding Group
UKC Group:
18 to 22 inches
30 to 45 pounds
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Obedience, herding trials, herding (sheep)