|Size:||Medium in size, can grow up to 56cm in height and weigh between 12 to 20kg|
|Coat:||This breed’s weatherproof double coat makes it suitable for them to be out in any conditions. They need to be groomed at least once a week.|
|Exercise:||2+ hours a day for adult dogs. Border Collies can get easily bored and possibly destructive if they’re not exercised enough.|
|Life span:||12+ years|
|Breed group:||Pastoral dogs such as the Border Collie were originally bred to herd sheep and cattle, and to help move stock to the market. As such they have a strong natural instinct to herd.|
Border Collies are supremely intelligent and brimming with energy.
This alert, agile breed is incredibly quick, both mentally and physically. Developed to be excellent shepherd dogs, Border Collies relish the chance to learn and let off steam, making them good dogs for active, outdoorsy households. They generally enjoy the company of other dogs, and will get along with cats and children if introduced well from early on.
As they were traditionally prized for their working ability, adult Border Collies can reach a range of weights and sizes. The best indication of how big Border Collies get comes from their parentage. If possible, check with your breeder to get an idea of how large your pet may grow.
With so many variations in size and weight, it can be a good idea to ask for advice from your vet or breeder on the best food for your Border Collie – many recommend feeding a high-quality pet food twice a day and adding extra protein if your Border Collie is a working dog. Try to stick to the portion size guidelines on the back of the pet food packaging, as with the right diet and exercise these dogs have a long life span.
Do Border Collies make good pets? Yes, with good training they can be a wonderful addition to your family. Keep in mind that they are working dogs at heart and, without a high level of exercise and mental stimulation, Border Collies can grow bored and mischievous.
Exceptionally responsive to positive reinforcement training, Border Collies are quick to housetrain and learn commands. Since they love to chase and herd other animals, they should be well trained before you let them off the lead in the countryside. Our guide on recall training and other puppy training tips can help to ensure they’re kept safe.
Originally from the border region between Scotland and England, this breed has a thick double coat to protect them in all weathers.
Border Collies commonly have black and white or red merle (tan and white) coats, and have two main coat types – smooth and rough, which some dog lovers refer to as ‘short haired’ and ‘long haired’. Although their amount of hair can vary, Border Collies are generally agreed to be heavy shedders, especially during moulting seasons. Regardless of their coat type, your Border Collie will need to be groomed at least once a week, but they rarely require trimming or trips to a professional groomer. Find more of our dog grooming tips to help your pet stay in the best condition.