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Border Collie

Breed origin: Border country between Scotland and England.
Original purpose: Independent sheep herding.

AKC recognized: 1995
AKC group: Herding

Size: Height: males 19 to 22 inches; females 18 to 21 inches
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Color: All colors or combination of colors and/or markings, including solid color, bi-color, tri-color, merle and sable.

Life span: 11 to 13 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Border Collie is energetic, intelligent, keen, alert, and responsive. Their herding ability is legendary and truely amazing to watch. However, as a pet, they can be difficult to live with given their extremely high level of energy and strong tendency to herd objects and people (including cars). Their high exercise (both mental and physical) requirement is beyond what most families can provide. Often called the "workaholic of the dog world", they thrive when they have a job to do and space to run. They are affectionate toward family and friends but may be reserved toward strangers.

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OK for inexperienced owners? No

OK in apartments? No

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Intelligent? Extremely

Energy/Activity Level: Extremely High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: herding, obedience, agility, flyball, tracking, disc, search and rescue

Exercise requirement: A lot of exercise required. Much more than just daily walks and play sessions in the yard.

Grooming requirement: Regular brushing required. Seasonal shedders.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, Collie eye anomaly, epilepsy, elbow dysplasia, deafness, hypothyroidism, neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Border Collies (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Michael DeVine
Published in 2007
96 pages

Understanding Border Collies
By Barbara Sykes
Published in 1999
157 pages

Your Border Collies Life (Your Complete Guide to Raising Your Pet from Puppy to Companion)
By Kim Dearth
Published in 2000
336 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Border Collies
By Robyn L. Powley
Published in 1998
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Border Collie Society of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Border Collie Society of America Rescue

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