Posted by: paperbacks | September 19, 2007

Border Collie

Border Collie

Description: These are medium-sized, extremely high energy dogs. They are intelligent and easy to train, and generally get along with other dogs and children. However, Border Collies are bred to be working dogs, able to keep moving all day. To be happy, they need a lot of attention, activity, and exercise. They like to have a job, and this means something like farmer or agility training. If not, they can become bored and destructive. Border Collies do not make a good family pet if they do not get the treatment they require! Make sure to meet both of the parents of any puppy you consider buying, as there are many negative traits that can come out.

Some people first buy the Border Collie, then discover the joys of sheep herding. Some even end up getting sheep to go along with the dog.

Other activities that Border Collies are perfect for are agility training and Flyball.

Health Problems: Prone to hip dysplasia, Collie Eye Anomaly (CAE), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, deafness, and allergy to fleas.

Exercise/Living Conditions: It cannot be emphasized enough that Border Collies need huge amounts of attention and exercise. They need a family with the time and space to keep them entertained.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Grooming: Border Collies need frequent brushing, and should be bathed when needed.

Border Collies In Agility
North American Flyball Association
Border Collie Rescue

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