Border Collies

 

Our Border Collies are a very important part of our farm.  Not only are they wonderful pets, and companions, they have truly become our right hand when working stock.  Whether it is cattle, sheep, or goats, these dogs have the temperament and ability to  handle all kinds of stock.  They are highly trainable and will continue to amaze you in their ability to learn and their willingness to please.

Character: Intelligent, determined and brave, the Border Collie forms a close bond with its family and is also eager to work (or play). Border Collies are exceptionally energetic, loving, and likeable. They may be our favorite breed (shhhhh! – we love all puppies the same).

Temperament: The Border Collie gets along quite well with other pets and children, provided it has plenty of activity to keep it occupied. It may get along more easily with dogs of the opposite sex. Border Collies should be socialized with small, non-canine pets when young to overcome the prey instinct. They may snap, especially as adolescents.

Care: The Border Collie must have its coat brushed and combed weekly, but more often when shedding. Bathe only when necessary. Border Collies can live outside in cool or warm climates, provided sufficient companionship is provided. They will become destructive if ignored or insufficiently exercised, especially if left alone for long periods. They have a life span of 12-15 years and litters of 5-7 pups.

Training: The Border Collie’s tremendous intelligence and desire to please make training fairly simple. Border Collies are sensitive and live for their master’s praise. They are very obedient and agile, able to be taught a great variety of tricks. They are eager to learn and play sports and games.

Activity: If not given work to do, the Border Collie will become badly behaved. Having originated as a sheepdog and cattle-herder, the Border Collie is highly work-focused and most happy when given specific tasks on a regular basis. Border Collies especially love active sports such as Frisbee. They are not suited to apartment life.