The Border Collie is recognized by many as the finest sheep-herding dog in the world. They have long been valued by farmers in the border region between Scotland and England.
Border Collies are medium sized dogs with strong and muscular bodies, though they do not appear heavy. The breed is found in a variety of colour combinations with either a smooth coat or rough coat that requires regular brushing. Famously energetic and highly trainable, Border Collies excel at athletics and sport activities like agility, disc, dock-diving, fly ball, Treibball, and more. This breed is fast and tireless, with an incredible desire to work. They do better with mature children rather than young ones who might bring out the breed’s herding instinct or get bowled over in play.
They are considered to be the smartest dog breed on certain measures, and can learn many words, skills and tricks with good training. Boredom from lack of mental stimulation or exercise can lead to destructive and neurotic behaviours. Although becoming increasingly popular as household pets, Border Collies are suited to families that truly understand their specialized needs in regards to exercise, play and training.