Border Collie Breed Profile


The Border Collie is a very well behaved breed of dog. They are highly excitable, as well as intelligent and hard working. By hard working, I mean that they love to follow rules to the letter and they are extremely trainable and love to work. Border Collies have been used for year for farming duties such as herding sheep and even keeping geese and ducks off golf courses!

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is generally okay with children, provided that they are raised with children. In their excitement and high energy, they may knock down children when they are playing. These dogs like to horseplay.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of a Border Collie is around 12 to 13 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for one of these dogs is around 27 to 45 lbs.

Common Diseases

Luckily, this breed of dog has only a few known health problems. These health problems include but are not limited to hip dysplasia, PRA, epilepsy, deafness and a flea allergy.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking This breed of dog can be difficult only because these dogs prefer to run around in the outdoors and may find being inside a house to be too stifiling. As far as shedding is concerned, they are only an average shedder, requiring a brushing only every other day.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of dog is not suited for apartment or condo environments. They need a yard to play in with an owner with lots of love and attention to give. Best suited for a farm or for a place with a huge yard to play in.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning this breed of dog does not come too cheaply. Depending on your geographic location, the price range could be anywhere from $400 and even more.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog is not usually aggressive unless they have been abused or neglected. They are, however, extremely highly energetic and as such, love to horseplay. Because of this horseplaying trait, they should be supervised when playing with children.

Noise Factor

Not Documented.

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