The Border Collie is often thought of as a”workaholic” because of its desire and need for a particular job. Whether it’s herding sheep, fetching the ball, or learning obedience and agility, a Border Collie has a superior intellect and fast learning capabilities. In fact, Border Collies are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. One of their most recognisable features are their intimidating and hypnotic eyes, extremely useful in herding sheep without the need to nip or bark at them. A Border Collie owner must be up to the task and prepared for a top-tier, high stamina and high energy partner in crime.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Whether it's a city home with a well-fenced backyard or a farm with acres of land, Border Collies are most suited in an environment which lets them have their own space. Potential owners must be up to the task of tending to their mental and physical requirements as they are often a burden to owners who don't know what they are getting themselves into. These dogs are far from cuddly, couch potatoes, quite the contrary in fact. Allowing them to participate in dog sports or other activities is a great alternative to their natural instincts of herding sheep.
Common Health Issues
Border Collies are one of the few breeds that have very few health problems. Even the concerns that are known to the breed are rare and not serious, such as developing bone issues. This however can be prevented from proper feeding during their rapid growth period. Other health concerns include the following: Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Epilepsy, Collie Eye Anomaly, Allergies, and Osteochondrosis Dissecans.