meet theBorder Collie


Training &Temperament

They thrive when they have a job to do and space to run. Due to their tendency to herd objects and people, they do best with mature, well-behaved children. They love their families, but may be somewhat reserved with strangers. While a well-trained and socialized Border Collie makes a superb companion and working partner, this does not happen by accident. Some Border Collies can tend to be uncertain or noise-sensitive when young. All dogs require proper socialization as they are growing up to gain confidence in a variety of settings to help them mature into calm, well-behaved adults. All dogs should be trained to use a crate, as this is the safest way to protect the dog and your belongings when the dog is home alone or unsupervised. Inside a crate is also the safest way to ride in a car. Puppy training classes provide a head start on the training and socialization process. In addition to classes, expose the puppy to different people, animals, sights, sounds, and experiences by taking him everywhere with you during his entire puppyhood. This will result in an adult dog that can cope in a variety of environments with assurance.

  • Children


    88% agree

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  • Training


    94% agree

  • Time Alone


    44% agree

Did You Know?

The Border Collie is AKC's 139th breed.

The Border Collie was featured in the hit movie, "Babe".

"Collie" is a Scottish dialect word used to describe sheepdogs, including Border Collies.

The 18th century poet laureate of Scotland, Robert Burns, accurately described the essence of the Border Collie, describing it as "honest" and "faithful".

The Border Collie was first classified as the "Scotch Sheep Dog".

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).

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Blue 037
Blue Merle 050
Brindle 057
Gold 091
Lilac 504
Red 140
Red Merle 276
Sable 164
Sable Merle 166
Saddleback Sable 505
White & Black 202
White & Blue 288
White & Blue Merle 363
White & Red 214
White & Red Merle 506
White Ticked 507
Seal 261
Slate 281
White & Gold 208
White & Sable 215
White & Seal 294


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Tan Points 029
White Markings 014
White Markings, Brindle Points 441
White Markings, Tan Points 030
White Markings, Ticked 439
White Mkng, Brindle Pt, Ticked 442
White Mrkngs, Tan Pts, Ticked 440
Merle Markings 035