Caring for a Border Collie is a fantastic experience. Our dog is one of the most intelligent representatives of this species, and additionally has inexhaustible energy and needs constant stimulation, not only in movement but also intellectually. Only a guardian equally motivated to act consistently and enjoys spending time with the dog daily can meet these challenges.
Border Collie – a shepherd dog
The history of the development of the Border Collie breed is impressive. The features of these four-legged companions have been developed since ancient times in Europe, later mainly on the border of England and Scotland - from this fact, even their name: "border", which means edge. Inexhaustible energy, the need for movement, intelligence, contact with the guardian and other animals - all these properties were needed when they cared for herds of sheep and cows. They helped maintain discipline, especially when directing the herd to a suitable place, e.g. a market.
The most exciting information is that Border Collies - before they got this official name, were so much appreciated for their qualities and skills that they were afraid to be codified and entered on the list of registered breeds in cynological associations. Dogs are brilliant, strong, resilient, and hardworking were ideal companions in the everyday work of human beings. Therefore, appearance was not the most important of their features for a long time.
What do we like dogs of this breed for?
Border Collies are a breed of dogs that are faithful man's companions. They do not tolerate loneliness well and need constant contact, fun and stimulation with us. This lively companion is very fond of the presence of other people and animals. High intelligence - in most rankings, recognized as the most intelligent breed in the world - makes him learn quickly. The results are spectacular because a dog of this breed responds to commands with 100% efficiency. Learning is one of the essential stages in the development of these dogs. Any negligence can, unfortunately, very quickly result in inappropriate behaviour. Lack of a sufficient dose of exercise will make him feel frustrated and induce him to keep particularly undesirable. Border Collie dogs experience extreme separation anxiety, which can manifest as troublesome barking or destroying objects in the owner's absence. The most effective method of learning is positive reinforcement. Border Collies are susceptible dogs, so punishment is not the best way to motivate them.
At the same time, he does not show aggression or a hunting instinct. Due to their excessive need for exercise, they even require learning to rest. After a dose of effort during a walk or training, the guardian should put his dog in rest mode by sending him to the lair, e.g. from the BB Republic offer, to calm its emotions. Most people like Border Collies for their looks. They reach an average height of 48-56 cm and weigh 14-20 kg, placing them in the medium-sized dog group. A profuse, mostly dark-coloured coat is one of their strengths.