Anyone who has ever owned a border collie will tell you that they are one of the most wonderful dogs you could choose to have as a pet. With a lifespan of anything between 12 to 17 years, they can become a true part of the family in a loyal and cuddly fashion. They have so many attributes that make them an appealing companion, which is why they are one of the most popular breeds of dog.
Originally bred as a working dog for herding sheep, they are still a staple on many farms, as an employee that always shows up on time and gets the job done. Considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds of dog, they thrive on learning new skills and completing tasks, able to pick up commands and think independently if required. It is fascinating to watch a border collie at work, with their ability to crouch down and move along silently, all the while moving a flock of sheep into the desired location.
Unfortunately the border collie is not hypoallergenic, but is no more likely to cause allergies than any other dog. If someone in your family suffers from asthma or any other allergic condition, try to keep your border collie regularly groomed so that they do not shed large amounts of fur inside the house. And when you bring your collie home for the first time, keep any medication close by, just in case.
A border collie is born with a desire to learn new things and undertake a variety of tasks. Their intelligence lends them well to acting in television and film - who remembers Fly, the devoted mother figure border collie in Babe? It is important to be consistent with training however, as they can get bored quite easily and pick up bad habits rather than good ones!
With their quick thinking and athletic nature, the border collie is one of the most decorated breeds when it comes to breaking world records. From walking a tightrope to slalom challenges, this clever dog has tried it all and come out on top.
Border collies are an incredibly loyal breed of dog, especially if they have been by your side since they were a puppy. They will follow you everywhere without question, be loyal to you and pick up on your emotions. They have also been known to be a little possessive of their owner should someone new come into the fold, such as a new husband or wife. The collie will not be aggressive with them, but will simply tolerate them until they can be the centre of your world once more!
A border collie is affectionate by nature and will love spending time with children. They long to play and can be quite boisterous at times, so very young children may need to supervised with your collie, just in case they accidentally get knocked over in all the fun!
As with most dogs, your border collie will be good with cats if you socialise and train them properly. As a natural sheep herder, border collies are generally good with other animals, although your cat may not be impressed with the amount of energy that your dog brings into the house!
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