The Border Collie breed is acknowledged as the finest sheep-herding breed in the world. It was developed from various drover breeds in the border region between Scotland and England. The Border Collie was bred for his intelligence, work ethic, stamina and trainability. The coat is most often black and white but other colours, including solid, bi- and tri-colour, merle or sable, are permissible. White should never predominate.
Temperament: A friendly, loyal, responsive and extremely intelligent dog. They are confident and strong-willed and need early socialisation and training. They become devoted to their owners and need plenty of attention and activity. He is a tireless dog and possesses a strong desire to work.
Lifestyle: Needs a secure garden with a high fence. A very strong herding instinct. Not a breed for everyone – needs an active handler to provide the right amount of exercise.
General care: The waterproof, short- to medium-length double coat requires a moderate amount of grooming.
Exercise: High level of exercise. The breed is swift and agile and needs an owner dedicated to providing the right mental and physical needs for the Border Collie. This dog needs a ‘job’ – without exercise and stimulation, he will become bored and frustrated, leading to difficult behaviour problems.