Border Collies: The most intelligent breed of dog

Border Collies, commonly known as ‘Collies’ or Scottish Sheepdogs, are the most intelligent breed of dog on this planet. They are suited to active couples and families due to their high energy and need for mental stimulation. If you’re thinking about welcoming a Border Collie into your life, it’s wise to spend some time researching reputable breeders before you make a lifetime commitment. Rehoming centres such as The Dogs Trust are always a great place to start looking for your new best friend.

Is a Collie the right dog for you?

It’s without doubt that Border Collies require plenty of mental stimulation and exercise on a daily basis. Collies are herding dogs and have worked with shepherds for centuries, rounding up sheep, originally in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Of course, families with children may notice their Collie attempting to herd their children, so this is something to keep an eye on!

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This breed is better suited to active families who spend a lot of time outdoors. Border Collies are very active and alert, always ready to respond to commands, making them a pleasure to train as either a working dog or family pet. They also prove a hit at agility shows, whether at a professional level or simply for fun, with a wonderful track record of awards at many notable dog shows. Give a Border Collie something to do and they couldn’t be happier!

Their intelligence can often see Collies paying a visit to the vets sooner than you’d like. They are quick to learn how to open cupboards and doors, which can lead to snacking on food that dogs should definitely not ingest.

They can also get bored easily and do not like to be left alone for prolonged periods of time as they are prone to separation anxiety. They’ll find ways to entertain themselves through chasing, herding and destructive behaviour. One key sign of boredom is a pacing, restless Collie. Keep your Collie busy and they’ll be just fine.

Appearance and health

The Border Collie’s appearance is a double coat – a dense topcoat with a softer undercoat to help protect them against the elements. In regards to grooming, they’ll need specific attention every 4-8 weeks with more regular brushing during their shedding seasons through Spring and Autumn. Their average weight is around 12-20kg.

Collies often live between 10-14 years. The number of health problems are pretty small as they are a robust breeds, but there are a number of hereditary conditions to be aware of:

Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA),Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (TNS), Ceroid Lipofuscinosis or Storage Disease (CL), Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA/CH), Multi Drug Resistance gene (MDR1), Imerslund-Gräsbeck Syndrome (Cobalamin Malabsorption or Vitamin B12 Deficiency), Hip Dysplasia.

There are tests available for all of these conditions.

Dog insurance for your Border Collie

As with any pedigree or cross-breed, it’s always a good idea to have a pet insurance policy in place to help with unexpected vet fees.

If you’re introducing a Border Collie puppy to your home, why now take a look at our four weeks’ free WalkawayCover* created especially for new pups aged 8 weeks to one year?

*Puppy must be between 8 weeks and 1 year old and is subject to a CVS health check. WalkawayCover covers illness and accidents instantly. Not all breeds of dog are eligible.

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