Border Collies thrive when they have a job to do and space to run.
This high-drive breed is extremely energetic and requires exercise beyond just a walk around the block or a romp in the yard. 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.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Border Collie is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Using a pin brush owners should be able to give their dog a daily brushing to keep the coat free of mats, tangles and other foreign objects. Plus, brushing and grooming is a great bonding experience for you and your Border Collie. They are seasonal shedders which will also require additional brushing. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Border Collies rule the championship levels of this fast-paced sport. Having an outlet, a job to perform, like agility—or herding or obedience competition—is key to Border Collie happiness. They’re affectionate with friends but, as the breed standard says, “may be sensibly reserved toward strangers.” These are amazing dogs—perhaps a bit too amazing for owners without the time, energy, or means to keep them occupied.
Border Collie &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Border Collies are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Border Collie can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.