Facts about Border Collies

Facts about Border Collies

 

Facts about Border Collies!

Border Collies (AKA Collies) are the most intelligent dog breed in the world – and we can see why! And so will you after you clue yourselves up with some amazing facts about Collies!

Their Name & Origin. - Originating in Scotland, the breed’s name 'collie' is a Scottish word that is commonly used to describe sheepdogs. Since the canine thrived in the areas on the border of England and Scotland, this pooch was soon lovingly christened the 'Border Collie'. It is believed that James Reid, the secretary of the International Sheepdog Society, coined the name while describing the dogs in letters to colleagues.

Although the Border Collie was bred along the border between Scotland and England, they do not come from either a Scottish or English breed.

Instead, the Border Collie is actually a mix of a Roman herding breed and a Viking Spitz-variety herding breed. The Border Collie then illustrates the multicultural history of England.

Believed to date back to the 1700s, its ancestors are thought to be other breeds of Collie, such as the Scotch Collie and Bearded Collie, and possibly even a Spaniel.

Their Coats. - Border Collies aren’t all the same. Some sport a coarse coat with hairs growing approximately three inches long, commonly with a lush tail and mane. Whereas other types of Border Collie have shorter and smoother coats, which measure roughly one inch long.

he smooth coat is popular because it is short and coarse, making it less of a shedding problem during the seasonal changes that happen.

There is also a medium-length and feathered rough coat that requires brushing about 2-3 times per week. Because these dogs love to be adventurous, you’ll be picking out tangles, debris, and matting quite often.

Both of the coats are weather-resistant double coats that are surprisingly dense for a dog of this size. During the shedding season, you may need to do daily brushing.

Collies Are Clever & Fast Learners. Dogs are pretty smart as a species in general, but no breed can beat the border collie in intelligence. The bright pooches were bred to be independent problem solvers capable of solving complex tasks.

There is arguably no other breed right now that is as versatile with its learning capabilities as this one. It takes some time to teach them how to perform specific actions, but then the dog will not forget them if you provide the correct cues. They can learn to do almost anything, which is why they can be such a terrific companion.

Border Collies Can Outthink You! - Because these dogs are so smart, it means they pick up on everything and learn very quickly. This means you need to train them right away before they develop any bad habits, such as barking, nipping, or whining—behaviours many border collies default to when they're bored.

Train them young and make sure they're focused on the task at hand, as their attention tends to wander.

They’re a Hardy Breed - As a breed, Border Collies are one of the healthiest and hardiest breeds that you can find in the canine world. Part of the reason for this resiliency is the fact that breeders have not really tinkered with the genetics over the past couple of centuries as they have with most of the other ones. You can expect an average lifespan of approximately 12-15 years.

There are some health issues that are common to this breed, so you will want your Border Collie to go through a hip and eye evaluation before taking the pup home.

The breed tends to suffer from epilepsy, deafness, and progressive renal atrophy more often than others. These dogs need regular ear checks to avoid infection, and then they should have their teeth regularly brushed.

They’re a Herding Breed – This is probably one of the most known facts about Border Collies -they were originally bred as herding animals.

Traditionally, Border Collies were used as herding dogs. Herding sheep was their main job. That does not stop Border Collies from being able to herd just about anything. Chickens, sheep, cows, pigs, and babies, the Border Collie can do it all!

This modified predatory behaviour incorporates the beginning of the hunt (stalking, crouching, nipping), but without the killing. Border collies make particularly good herders thanks to their independence and intelligence.

Please do bear in mind that everything in this post is strictly advisory and has been gathered from various reputable sources from the internet. We’re not vets, and you should always seek professional advice if you ever have concerns.

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Jun 26 2021
by Claire