The Border Collie is a breed of dog that was originally bred to help herd sheep. It's an energetic fun dog and is considered the most intelligent of the dog breeds.
This is a medium dog of strong bone, slightly longer than it is tall, combining grace, agility, substance and stamina. Its trot is smooth, ground-covering and tireless, moving with stealth and strength. It is able to change speed and direction suddenly. Border collies must be able to display incredible agility even after working for long periods. The coat can be either smooth or rough. The smooth coat is short all over the body; the rough coat is medium to long in length and flat to slightly wavy in texture. Its expression is intelligent, alert, eager and full of interest, a reflection of its temperament.
Border Collie's coats come in a variety of colors. Black and white is the most common, but they also commonly come in black/white/tan, red/white, and black/red/white. There are other colors, too, such as red/gold or just a single color, but they are less common. Their coat is medium length and doesn't shed too much.
The Border Collie was originally bred in the late 1800s in the border country between Scotland and England.
The border collie is a bundle of mental and physical energy awaiting its chance to be unleashed on the world. Among the most intelligent and obedient of breeds, it is nonetheless a disastrous house dog if it is not given a challenging job every day. Given sufficient exercise, it is a dependable and loyal companion. It is intent on whatever it does and tends to stare, which can be unnerving to other animals. It also likes to chase other animals. It is reserved, even protective, toward strangers.
Border Collies are one of the most intelligent and athletic of dogs. As a result, they are a favorite in many dog sports competitions, especially sheep herding.
The Border Collie can make a great pet for the right owner and family. The most important thing is that they get lots of exercise, attention, and stimulation. Without this they may go a bit crazy and start acting up and chewing up the house.
Border Collies were imported to America in the twentieth century, where they became popular working dogs and pets. Their speed and stamina makes them top competitors in dog sports such as Flyball and Frisbee.