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Border Collie

General Description

This is a medium sized dog with a double coat. The colours can vary a lot from Black tricolour(black/white/tan) and red tricolour(red/tan/white), red and white, but more commonly white and black. The coat texture is also varied from short and smooth to thick and bushy. In general a well proportioned dog.

General Health

A lot of border collies are allergic to fleas and some can be prone to epilepsy. But generally a hardy breed.

Hereditary Illnesses

A common illness is an eye condition called Collie Eye Anomaly. Can be prone to hip dysplasia.


Character and Temperament

A very intelligent dog that is also sensative, making them easy to train with praise. When training in place these dogs are extremelly obidient and excel at agility. They have high energy levels and a lot of stamina. They need socializing well as a puppy to ensure they do not become too shy. these dogs will want to get it right 100% in training and will never tire of trying to please.


No special requirements


A simple walk each day is not enough for this breed. They need long walks where they are challenged. Mental stimulation is as important as the exercise so games with balls etc will benefit them greatly.


Regular grooming to keep their coats in good condition. Check ears and coat regularly for ticks.


The Border Collie originated from Northumberland. Used as a herder beacuse of its hardy, untiring stamina.


One of the most trainable breeds and participates in a lot of agility and performance trials, police work and search and rescue.


Average Dog Size

19 - 22

Average Dog Weight

30 - 45

Average Bitch Size

18 - 21

Average Bitch Weight

27 - 42

Average Life Expectancy

12 -15

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