Supremely intelligent and brimming with energy

This highly intelligent, graceful dog is born with an instinct to work and responds extremely well to training, which is why they are often used as a mountain-rescue or sniffer dog. Border Collies make loyal, faithful pets that thrive on company and stimulation.

Vital Stats

Size: Medium
Coat: Requires weekly brushing
Exercise: 2+ hours a day
Life span: 12+ years
Breed group: Pastoral
Temperament: Intelligent, energetic, alert
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Exercise 2+ hrs Life span 12+years

Border Collie Temperament & Personality

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.

Border Collie Training & Exercise

Originally bred for herding sheep Border Collies need lots of exercise and mental stimulation to avoid problem behaviour.

Border Collie Grooming

Originally from the border region between Scotland and England, this breed has a thick double coat to protect them in all weathers.

Border Collie Nutrition

As they were traditionally prized for their working ability, adult Border Collies can reach a range of weights and sizes and so their nutrition requirements vary.

What to know before you buy or rehome a Border Collie

Considering welcoming a Border Collie into your home? Before you buy or adopt one, here are a few important things to remember.

Border Collie insurance considerations

One of the top 5 claims that we see for Border Collies is behavioural conditions, and unlike some other insurers our policies are designed to cover behavioural conditions if this is a treatment recommended by your vet. When choosing insurance for your Border Collie make sure you check what breadth of cover is being offered as not all dog insurance is the same.

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