Wilhelmina Border Collie McFadden

The workaholic of the dog world, the Border Collie is the world’s premier sheep herder, prized for its intelligence, extraordinary instinct and working ability. Medium-sized and athletic, the breed controls stock with stalking movement and an intense gaze known as “eye.” The Border Collie coat can be rough or smooth and includes any color in bi-color, tri-color, merle, sable, or solid patterns.

In the border country between Scotland and England, Border Collies (first classified as the “Scotch Sheep Dog”) were invaluable to shepherds by allowing them to maintain large flocks of sheep. The breed as we know it today has been around for more than 100 years. In the second half of the 19th century, Queen Victoria spotted a Border Collie and became an active enthusiast. At this point, the divergence between our modern Collie and the Border Collie began.

This high-drive breed is extremely energetic and requires exercise beyond just a walk around the block or a romp in the yard. They thrive when they have a job to do and space to run. Due to their tendency to herd objects and people, they do best with mature, well-behaved children. They love their families, but may be somewhat reserved with strangers. They are seasonal shedders, and require regular brushing.

If you are considering purchasing a Border Collie puppy, learn more here.

Blue merle Border Collie pup at 15 weeks start...

Blue merle Border Collie pup at 15 weeks starting to use the eye. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Herding Group; AKC recognized in 1995.
Ranging in size from 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder.
Sheep herder.

Border Collie Society of America
Secretary Corresponding : Linda Ramas
Address: 5685 TIPPLE RD, ROCKFORD, IL , 61102-4433
Website: www.bordercolliesociety.com
Email: lulusdogs@hotmail.com
Club Type: Specialty

The Border Collie is AKC’s 139th breed.

The Border Collie was featured in the hit movie, “Babe”.

“Collie” is a Scottish dialect word used to describe sheepdogs, including Border Collies.

The 18th century poet laureate of Scotland, Robert Burns, accurately described the essence of the Border Collie, describing it as “honest” and “faithful”.

The Border Collie was first classified as the “Scotch Sheep Dog”.

In the second half of the 19th century, Queen Victoria spotted a Border Collie and became an active enthusiast (at this point, the divergence between our modern Collie and the Border Collie began).

Border Collies are famous for their work in sheepherding, including sheepherding trials; a Border Collie fancier, Mr. R.J. Lloyd Price, is credited with the institution of sheepdog trials in 1876.

By Carol McFadden

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