In the border country between Scotland and England, Border Collies (first classified as the “Scotch Sheep Dog”) were invaluable to shepherds by allowing them to maintain large flocks of sheep.
The breed as we know it today has been around for more than 100 years. In the second half of the 19th century, Queen Victoria spotted a Border Collie and became an active enthusiast. At this point, the divergence between our modern Collie and the Border Collie began. The Border Collie was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1995.
- Thrive when they have a job to do and space to run
- Love their families, but may be somewhat reserved with strangers
- Extremely intelligent, with a keen, alert expression
- 27 to 45 pounds
- 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder
- Due to their tendency to herd objects and people, they do best with mature, well-behaved children
- Not recommended for apartment life
- Very active indoors and do best with a big yard
- This high-drive breed is extremely energetic and requires exercise beyond just a walk around the block or playing in the yard
- Seasonal shedders, they require regular brushing
- 12 to 15 years
- To adopt a Border Collie, contact Border Collie Rescue.