Border Collie

Growth Size

Border Collies grow to a height of 48 – 55cm, and a weight of 12 – 25kg.

Lifespan

13 – 16 years.

Temperament

Border Collies make fantastic pets if cared for correctly. Beautiful and highly intelligent these guys need extensive daily exercise and mental stimulation. Your Border Collie should be treated like one of the family and be included on outings as they become troublesome when bored! They are exceptionally agile and love to play Frisbee, swim and jog.

Training Difficulty

Training and socialisation should start from a young age and continue for two years for extra training and mental stimulation.

Recommended Owners

This agile, enthusiastic breed will make a great companion for those with an active lifestyle.

Origin

Developed in the Border Counties of Scotland, Border Collies were bred as working dogs. They were brought over to Australia when the country started its sheep farming industry. Border Collies are one of the earliest dog breeds to come over to Australia, with records dating back to the mid 1800s.

Diet

Two meals a day for adult dogs. This should be made up of 1 and a half to 2 cups of high quality dog food (split between the two meals). Combine this with raw bones for stimulation and dental health.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

To keep your Border Collie’s coat gleaming you will need to brush it regularly. Only bathe or dry shampoo when required, as over washing will strip the coat of its natural oils.

Comments

Border collies with 'merle' patterned coats (mottled colour on white) quite often have different coloured eyes – a condition called heterochromia.