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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

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 Younger Children


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Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Border Collie Temperament, Training, and Breed Information Guide

Border Collie Temperament

This is an intelligent energetic and responsive dog, being affectionate with friends and family but reserved with strangers.

Border Collies have an instinctively high work drive and work intensely with a human handler. They are demanding, energetic and totally focused.

 Border Collie’s are the Type ‘A’ personalities of the canine world, always wanting to work no matter what the activity is. They must have plenty of exercise and there is no sitting around in the yard or house for this breed.

 A workaholic to the core, the Border Collie can become neurotic, destructive and obsessive if it gets bored, leading to all sorts of behavioral problems.

The  Border Collie’s temperament make them sponges for affection and hogs of the lime light, and they will watch you intently almost willing you to give them something to do.

Decidedly people-oriented, Borders need to receive very good socialization as a puppy and It can take longer for these dogs to mature physically and emotionally, so expect to see puppyish characteristics, both cute and not so cute to continue until they are 3 or even four years old.

Training : Border Collie training. can be rewarding and frustrating in equal measure, being the smartest of all dog breeds means their trainer has to be up to the task!

Patience is definitely a virtue when it comes to Training Borders, due to their high level of energy, but they do respond really well to obedience work, agility, fly ball, herding trials and other games.

The Border's main raison d'etre is herding sheep and for this task their stamina and patience is legendary. Known for their hypnotic eye, the Border's herding skills are second to none .

Children and Animals:  Border Collie temperaments are naturally friendly toward children and other dogs but may try to herd them and can be compulsive, they will however be prone to chasing livestock, cats and other fast moving animals. There are also many other dog breeds that are good with children.

The Border Collie was developed in Britain in the rugged border country between England and Scotland. Bred to herd sheep and work closely with their human companion without nipping or barking. Borders work by calmly staring at the sheep (giving the eye) intimidating them into moving.

Known for their intense focusing stare and relentless energy levels to get the job done. Borders are still widely used in Britain in their primary herding role, but have in recent years gained a lot of popularity in America where they excel at canine sports, especially agility.The Border Collie was recognized by the AKC in 1995.

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The Border Collie Temperament Is Tenacious, Focused, Active,Intelligent And Keen.   

Border Collie Information and Breed Notes

Protection: Moderate,wary of strangers can be aggressive toward strangers if not socialised.

Grooming The Border Collie has a medium/long coat, and needs to be groomed (combed and brushed) at a minimum of once a week. Although, they are considered to be fairly low maintenance since their coats actually shed dirt fairly well. A good brushing about 2 - 3 times per week will keep the coat looking nice and tidy. You might want to do this more often during shedding season, to keep it off your carpets


The Border Collie is generally hardy . Some problems that have been seen are:

• hip dysplasia: Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) can cause mild to severe lameness.

• osteochondritis dissecans: a degenerative disease of the joints, associated with over-nutrition and too-fast growth of puppies.

• Progressive Retinal Atrophy: manifests as night blindness, slowly progresses to total blindness.

• Collie Eye Anomaly: can cause blindness, but is not a progressive disease

• Epilepsy: a neurological seizure disorder. There is no test for this.

• Deafness: Congenital Deafness can be a problem.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 Ideal Border Collie Owners are experienced and active. Who can provide an intelligent dog with a job to do along with plenty of play, obedience and socialisation.

Not recommended for the inexperienced or stay at home owner. Those who cant provide enough for them to do, small children.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. ,For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

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 The American Kennel Club and Others

…”an Obediance star…Unlike most dogs, they love repetition and precise regimentation.Their attitude is’ Oh boy, this is the 405th time I’ve retrieved this glove. Lets see if I can do it better next time..”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match

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