Border Collie

A.K.A. : Scottish Sheep Dog, Welsh sheep dog
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Overview: The Border Collie enjoys working; if not actually herding sheep, he needs to be in the company of an athletic owner who will allow him to work out often. He's intelligent and eager to please, so makes a fine companion for active and attentive owners.
Breed Group: Herding
Weight (lbs): 30-45
Height (in): male: 20-23, female: 18-21
Colors: Black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan.
Coat: Can be either smooth or rough. The smooth coat is short; the rough coat is medium to long and flat to Slightly waby.
Character: Border Collies are intelligent, determined, and brave. They form a very close attachment to their family and are always eager to please.
Temperament: This breed gets along well with other pets and children, as long as there is sufficient activity to keep everyone occupied.
Care: The Border Collie requires at least weekly brushing.
Training: This breed is very intelligent and eager to please, thus making training a very pleasurable and rewarding experience for both dog and owner.
Activity: The Border Collie needs to stay active to keep from being bored (and, therefore, behaving badly). He needs plenty of exercise or specific tasks on a regular basis.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Health Issue: This breed is hardy, but some are prone to hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and eye disease. Some are allergic to fleas or prone to epilepsy and deafness.
Life Expectancy: 12-15
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