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.
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|
|White & Black||202|
|White & Blue||288|
|White & Blue Merle||363|
|White & Red||214|
|White & Red Merle||506|
|White & Gold||208|
|White & Sable||215|
|White & Seal||294|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|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|