The Border collie is a medium sized dog, pretty sturdy but in no way big. They have a long-ish coat and are generally black and white in colour although they also come in tri-colour, black, white and brown. The border collie is a master sheep herder, they work hard and love the job that they wee bred for. A well trained Border collie is about as rock steady as it gets when it comes to dogs. They can focus like no other breed.
In recent years the Border Collie has also become a beloved pet outside of farming circles. But beware that this is not a breed for the faint of heart, they are incredibly intelligent, they are considered to be the most intelligent of all breeds and have amazing memories. Of course this means that they will require quite a lot of stimulation.
The collie has boundless energy, they are bred to be about and about for working for hours every day. If you are not going to be able to commit to getting your collie out for exercise then this is not the breed for you. A combination of a lack of exercise and stimulation will be a big problem with a collie, they will be bored and restless and will turn to destructive behaviours.
The coat will need brushing daily and a trip to the groomers every once in a while to tidy the coat will do no harm either. They are a pretty healthy breed over all but all prospective owners should ensure that their new pup is tested for collie eye by the breeder
When you mention a border collie most people think of sheepdogs and it's true that the first collies I handled were working dogs on a farm. I loved them and fell in love with the breed. They were all individuals and each had their own little quirks but I found them to be easy to train in some respects and difficult in others. Now that I have my own border collie I notice the same traits.
Sasha is a wonderful dog. She's friendly and willing to work at any time of night or day. She gets on well with other dogs and is endlessly patient with our collie cross puppy. She's very easy to train if you want her learn something new. She works well in rally obedience and is a fast and able agility dog. She'll dance if you want her to dance and she'll willingly learn new tricks. Most of all she's a loyal and loving companion. Like a lot of collies she likes a good lean and will spending some time leaning on you during the day or evening. This is something not often mentioned in border collie reviews but they all do it.
Now for the more challenging side of border collies. Their breeding is such that they have a slightly obsessive nature. If a border collie gets fixated on something you will have the devil's own job to distract the dog and it can lead to annoying or even dangerous habits. As an example a border collie may learn that it's fun to chase a lightbeam. They do it a few times and before you know it the dog is spending more and more time looking for lightbeams. Anything that reflects will catch the dog's attention and if you aren't careful it can turn into an obsession. It's something you have to be aware of in the breed and nip in the bud. However, this can also be a useful training tool.
If you buy a toy that your dog loves you can use it to train the dog. You will need to keep the toy in a safe place and only bring it out now and again to keep you dog hooked. If you have a typical border collie you'll soon find that the dog becomes a bit obsessive about the toy. Give the toy a name and make sure your dog knows the name and responds. Now if you want to call your dog away from something distracting you will only need to use the toy to bring him or her back.
Most people say that you have to work a border collie and this is true for a lot of dogs of their breed. If you want a happy dog make sure that it has something to do. Sasha carries things round the house for me and will help out at any time of day. She also does rally obedience and goes to regular classes with other dogs. She'll enter her fist ever rally competition in September this year. However, her main occupation is agility. She goes to training classes and we go to agility shows and compete on a regular basis. I have some agility equipment at home so that we can practice during the week. If you do agility with a dog it's important not to overdo it. It's a great activity for dogs but it also puts a lot of stress on their bodies.
If you want a collie but you don't think you want to take up any formal activities you can always work the dog at home. How about teaching the dog some tricks or teaching it to dance. Sasha loves to dance in the privacy of our living room and she doesn't mind that I look like a baby elephant with two left feet. Another thing you can teach your collie is to herd a gym ball. This is quite a good sheep replacement and it will keep you both occupied for a while. There is a sport called Treibball where dogs have to herd gym balls and put them into a goal. If you Google it you'll find lots of information.
Occasionally you may find a border collie that has absolutely no inclination to work and is happy to be a pet. Sometimes farmers give away collies that have failed their sheepdog exams. If they don't have that work ethic they won't be much help on a farm. I've known two such collies. One found a good home as a pet and the other one lived on the farm in our village and spent his life plodding round after the children. He never did a day's work in all his fifteen years.
Another thing you may find with border collies is that they can be noisy. Some of them are quite vocal and if they don't have enough to occupy them they will let you know.
Just one other thing. Border collies have very expressive faces. When they're happy or pleased to see you they may smile. The lips are drawn back to show the teeth but this is in no way a sign of aggression. The whole body seems to sink and go waggy, the ears are laid back and to me the dog looks quite soppy. Unfortunately some people have rehomed their dogs or even asked for them to be put down after mistaking the lovely collie smile for an aggressive face.
Collies come in all shapes and sizes and colours. They can be less than 17 inches at the shoulder or more than 22 inches. The dogs tend to be a bit heavier than the bitches but most border collies have a fairly light build compared to dogs like retrievers. A healthy border collie can live to fifteen years or more so if you take on a puppy you will need to be able to provide care, companionship and work for many years to come.
Please think carefully before you take on this breed. If you have children they must be taught to respect the dog. Collies are easily wound up and when they get into an excitable state they can start snapping at the air! It isn't aggressive but if the dog catches a child or an adult they can do a lot of damage with those teeth. This can also be true with any breed and it's always wise to stop children from annoying a dog or getting it over excited.
Collies can be hard work but for me they are totally rewarding in every way. All they want to do is to please you and I all I want to do is to make them happy.
Dear Farm ownersWe own a sheepdog Border Collie that we took from a farm and after 6 months living with us we have clearly understand that this dog is a working dog and it has very strong instincts for work with sheep.He is now 9 months old and very healthy and active.WE do not have the time he needs for his daily walk ( more then 2-3 hours ) If you need a working dog we will be very glad to give him to you as he will be at his natural environment and much more happier.Email me to email@example.comWith regardsGeorgia De Silva
Border collies are the dog for all all dog lovers! If you're looking for a life long companion then you've hit the jackpot. Collies are loving caring animals with beautiful temperaments and a wonderfull attitude towards their owners and all around them.
If there's one thing you can be sure about with a collie is their devotion and unpretentious love. They are great with children and will soon become a part of the family. They are a great all rounder, they can be fun, exciting and great playing games in the garden e.t.c. Whilst at the same time being very cuddly and affectionate.
The only downsides to collies, if you can call them downsides can be a need of regular walks, a lot of love and serious amounts of affection.
To conclude, collies are loving, caring animals with a great temperament and a huge, warm heart.
Don't just get a dog... get a Border Collie!!!
I write this review as I am spending the day with my collie Jess who is now almost nine years old. When my husband and I split up and I moved into rented accommodation I was told that I couldn't really have pets and as such I sadly had to leave her with him. I am currently thinking hard about actually requesting to my landlord that I take her on and as such having her today provoked me to write a review.
Border Collies are still used by farmers to hoard sheep and I believe they are also used in some police forces due to their intelligent nature.
Jess as a puppy
We bought Jess when she was around twelve weeks old. She cost us £150 nine years ago and I am not sure what the current price would be for a collie. We chose her in the end because she had a really cute little pink spot on her nose which she shoved to the front so we could see her.
We got her home and we were all excited to have her. I have always had dogs in my life but had never trained one from being a puppy so it was all quite new to me never mind my then husband who had never had a dog before!
The training her to go to the toilet outside did take a few days and of course we had accidents along the way. We used to put paper down for those first few days just in case she didn't make it outside.
Now I have to say Jess was possibly one of the most privileged pups I have come across! She had all manner of toys, treats and even a little racing car bed to sleep in! Thinking back it must have cost us a packet! Even though she had all those things her most favourite thing to play with was one of my old slippers and a Winnie the Pooh teddy bear.
The first night we had Jess home we left her downstairs with a big teddy bear and went to bed. Then began the howling! We let her howl for a little while but me being soft decided to go down and see to her as she was just so small! I guess here was the first mistake! Border Collies are incredibly intelligent dogs and once I had come down once she knew she had me! After this she ended up sleeping in our bedroom. This went on for around three years until I became pregnant and booted her out again!
One thing that we noticed with Jess was that she had separation anxiety from us when we went to work. I used to arrange for my mum to come and visit her, walk her and feed her whilst we were out but she still developed an anxiety being alone. As a result of this she howled a lot and chewed anything she could-namely woodwork and the wallpaper but in a couple of instances she got hold of a camera and a mobile fun! Needless to say she wasn't in my good books then! I know some people use dog cages to contain their pets whilst they are out but this wasn't something I wanted to do with Jess and so we kind of had to just ride it out. I would say this stage lasted around a year sadly.
Jess as she got bigger
As I mentioned earlier Border Collies are an incredibly intelligent animal. As such it was really easy to teach Jess the basics of sit, lie down, roll over and paw with just a few treats. It hasn't been so easy to train her not to pull though! She is strong and as soon as she sees the lead come out gets very excited and will drag you out of the door. She is manageable but I would never let a young child hold on to her.
Jess's favourite place to be walked is to a field where she can be let off and have a good run around chasing a stick! She is obedient and knows that she has to come back when shouted, though sometimes she will try and push her luck and make me go and get her! Again, I think this is simply an intelligence thing and she sees it as a game!
Jess has also developed a love for playing football! It is hilarious to watch as she will actually put her paw on the ball and "kick" in before chasing it and doing it again! Much to my annoyance though she has to bark at the ball the whole time she is playing!
Recently I have had a few issues with my ex and the state in which Jess had gotten into. She developed a skin condition which meant that she was losing some of her hair. I managed to get it under control with some regular bathing, brushing and cream and she is on the mend again now thankfully.
Jess in general
Jess is an average sized collie and weighs around the 20kg mark. She has long hair which needs a lot of keeping on top of or it can become matted underneath and just look a bit tatty.
Jess has always been fed a dry food diet with the odd pouch or tray thrown in for good measure. She is currently eating Iams when she comes to my house which she adores. I would recommend that you get quite a heavy bowl for food and water as she can flick them around the room otherwise. We always tended to feed her just the once a day, in the mornings and she would save some for later in the day. As with any dog you need to make sure there is fresh drinking water available at all times too.
Jess is loyal and so affectionate and is good with children. Initially when we had my son she was very aware of him and did not like the noise he made-I think she was confused at the time and as such we needed to get a baby gate just to put a bit of separation between them but she soon got over the phase and is fine with him now.
I don't know if it is a trait of the collie but Jess is very excitable when guests come and will have a bit of a jump around-this is just something to be aware of. They do have a lot of energy and really you need to be committed to giving them the walks that they need to wear off some of this energy-especially when they are younger dogs.
I would have no doubts at all in recommending a Border collie to someone as a pet. They are kind, loyal and fun to own if you can give them the right kind of attention and home.
I am writing this review for anyone who is thinking of getting a border collie as a pet.
I've had my border collie for 3 years now and we got him when he was only a few weeks old.
Border collies are medium sized , not too big and not too small. They are extremely intelligent and full of energy , compared to some other dogs border collies are also much less in price if you are buying from a newspaper ad.
If you are thinking of adopting this type of dog please be aware they need a lot of exercise , my father is a fitness fanatic and when he takes Taz on one of his crazy 6 mile walks , the dog is still not tired .
If you live in the city , I don't feel a border collie is for you as the dog will not have enough scope to exercise in . If you live near long walkways and country space and love the outdoors ,a border collie would be a great choice .
These type of dogs were first used for herding sheep and although my dog has not been brought up as a working dog , he still crouches when he sees a bird in fields etc. These dogs are also very strong and have incredibly strong front legs and are also often hard to pull back on the lead if not trained properly .
Collies are usually good with children but because they are so bouncy , strong and energetic , it is possible that they may be dangerous to very small children for this reason.
Overall , collies are great companions and are best suited to energetic people with a lot of time on their hands , they also need a lot of love and attention so if you feel you can give this to this type of dog , you should definately consider buying/adopting the beautiful collie breed.
My best friend, Beau is my black and white collie. I was never allowed a dog growing up so as soon as I got my own house I sought to getting a dog. I always loved the look of border collies, my uncle having had the for many years. It took a lot of research, and patience to locate my perfect dog. Having never had a dog, I knew I had to have a puppy for my first dog, and I also had to have a black and white long haired collie. I loved them. It took a lot of patience and wasted car journeys, almost being conned by a puppy farmer selling border terrier pups as collie pups, a farmer selling a 16 week od huge terrified farm dog, until I found my soul mate, three hours from home. It was meant to be.
He was the perfect pup, well behaved, never cried, never barked, toilet trained quickly, never destroyed anything. As he was my first, I however made a few mistakes that have taken a long time to rectify. Beau is, as many collies are, very sensitive so certain methods of training are essential. Due to a combination of their intelligence and my own beliefs I feel that only positive re-inforcement training should be used.
I finally found a fantastic trainer, who herself has 4 collies at the moment, has had several over the years, and fosters and rehabilitates them for battersea dogs home. After only a year of the right training, Beau has learnt so much. And so have I. He has 99% recall, will do all the basic commands, sit, stay, wait,down, fetch, as well as other tricks such as nudge (knock down skittles).
It is true that Border Collies are a working breed and so need stimuluation, as well as training once a week in class for an hour, we also now do basic fun agility, and tracking. Although he is very good, we have 3 long walks a day, as well as training.
Being a herding breed, even if your collie doesnt have the herding instinct, like Beau, they often have the instinct to chase. As is my experience. Beau loves his ball, goes mad for it. Which is good from the point of view that you can use this to tire the dog out, its not particularly good when walking near a football game. Nothing is more embarrasing than chasing a very very fast collie after he has grabbed the football. Beau also chases birds.
He is a gorgeous dog and my soul mate. I feel lucky to have him, even though at times it is hard work!
Border Collies are a medium sized energetic dog that has come from a background as being a working dog. Initially used by shepherds and farmers as a method for herding their sheep border collies have developed into an extremely intelligent dog that requires a lot of work and attention if they are to truly live their life to their full potential and avoid getting bored. Border Collies generally have a short sleek coat however other varieties are available which in fact have been bred to have a longer coat as this is preferable for some owners. The breed usually comes in the traditional colour of black and white although yellow, yellow and white, sable and all black varieties are also available but have a tendency to be more difficult to acquire. The breed are born with extremely strong teeth so it is advisable that you are aware of this in the case that you have young children and the dog starts to mouth the children which could later develop into biting.
The positives and negatives to this breed are that they are extremely well natured and are rarely aggressive towards people that they recognise although can sometimes be over protective of the owner if they are unsure of the person who they are meeting although are usually quick to realise as to whether the person is a threat or not. Their intelligence is both a blessing and a curse for owners. It is a blessing because their high level of intelligence means that they are good to train and are quick to realise what the owner is trying to teach them however if the offer of a treat is removed for performing a task the dog can quickly start to ignore as it has realised that it knows how to do it and therefore no longer needs to perform it. Although I suspect for experienced owners this would be less of an issue as they would be able to deal with such behaviour. The breed is extremely energetic as they originally would have run round fields all day they therefore require a lot of exercise around 1.5-2 hours a day which may be far too much of a time commitment for some people. If however you have a large family with plenty of people available to offer walks then this breed would be absolutely ideal for that environment and would love all the attention.
Having owned one for almost a year now I have become very aware at just what a challenge this breed can be sometimes, I think that they would hugely benefit from the presence of an older dog to help keep them inline and demonstrate how they should behave, however if you were an experienced dog owner then would easily cope. Despite the highs and lows of owning this dog its has been some of the most fun that I have had in my life. It is a new challenge to focus my attention on. Although it may not have been the best idea having this dog as our first I do not regret it one bit it is just much slower progress than it would be for most owners.
Border collies i have a huge totally biased, positive opinion of due to owning one for 13 wonderful years.
ABOUT THE BORDER COLLIE
Border collies are often described as the most intelligent dog and i have to say that i would agree.
They are extremely energetic, have great stamina, are very loyal and obedient.
Border collies are commonly used as herding dogs on farms, as part of search and rescue teams and companion dogs.
The natural lifespan of a border collie is between 10 and 17 years.
Border collies are a medium sized dog usually 48-56 cm tall that comes in a variety of colors the main one being black and white though they also come in red and white, tricolor, merle and occasionally all one color.
They have a double coat a smooth outer coat and a thick fleecy undercoat and generally either light or dark brown eyes though occasionally blue, usually with the merle coloring.
Border collies are massively active in both body and mind and require a considerable amount of exercise and mental stimulation.
The breed has an instinctive desire to work closely and intensely with humans , true to their working backgrounds.
Collies can make demanding pets who need almost constant stimulation they are well known to be good at flyball, agility, chasing a ball or Frisbee and will do this all day long if you have the energy to keep up.
They are however probably one of the most loyal dogs you could wish to meet.
Border collies descend from droving and gathering breeds mostly from the Scottish /England and English/Welsh borders including the Cumberland sheepdog. First mention of the 'collie' or 'colley' type dog fist appeared at the end of the 19th century.
ME AND MY COLLIE
I Had the opportunity just over 13 years ago to rescue a Border collie who had for the first year of his life been chained up in a back garden and vary rarely taken for a walk.
I grabbed this opportunity with both hands and brought him home. Only after vet checks, injections and taking him out did we realize the affects of this (i can only describe it as) cruelty had had on him. He had lots of issues he was petrified of men, other dogs, walking sticks, zimmer frames sudden movements to name just a few, also he was not house trained.
It took us 2 years of patience, love, understanding and reward based training to iron out most of his problems before i became pregnant with my first child. We were worried as he had not been exposed to very many small children though he had learned to adore older ones.
We had no need to worry as he became the perfect family pet who absolutely adored our first and second children both who he taught to walk by letting them hold on.
Don't get me wrong in the first couple of years we had a whole host of problems including boredom on his part at which time he decided to do some housework in the form of tearing up an entire sofa. A big lesson learned on our part to keep him active and give him plenty of jobs to do.
I could not have wished for a more lovable, loyal, protective friend who sadly passed away aged 14 on the 6th of January this year.
Overall i would recommend a border collie undoubtedly to anyone who has enough time, energy and love to give what this dogs need.
However i cannot stress enough do not get one of these dogs if you are not willing to do at least 3 hours of running around a day minimum. They are highly intelligent and need this simulation and it breaks my heart to see so many of these adorable pets in rescues from no fault of their own.
If I had the chance I would go back to living in the country, I don't exactly live in the middle of a city but I would love to have a small hold or a farm. I am a very big Animal lover and already have a dog and 3 cats but would love to have more. Before Scarlet baby came along my Animals were my life, now Scarlet and the Animals are my life.
We had our dinky tabby cat first called Bella, then our Collie Smokey came along a year later and again a year after that my RSPCA rescue's Ruby and Mia came along. Ruby is a long haired Black and White that was rescued from someone trying to set her on fire and Mia is a practical Burmese Tortoise shell who was dumped at the side of the road when she was a tiny kitten.
When I decided to have a dog though it was a really difficult decision for me to decide what breed. I love big dogs with my favourites being Boxer's, German Shepherd's, Collie's, Doberman and Great Dane's. But I had to be realistic as to what would fit in my house I was living in at the time. As I had grown up with Collie's and Sheepdogs, I knew there temperaments, how to look after them and their behavioural tendencies. So I started looking for a Welsh Collie.
Welsh sheepdogs are bread for there working capabilities with Cattle, Sheep and Horses. A Collie will vary in size, colour and look with the most common colours being Black and White, Red and White (more like a Chocolate colour) and Tri colour. The coat itself can be either long or short and is quite smooth to touch. A collie is an extremely active dog and need a lot of exercise and stimulation if they are to be kept as pets. They are extremely intelligent and loyal dogs which with a small child in the house I am extremely grateful for.
Smokey however is very rare. We came across him at a friend's house when he was only 4 weeks old. His parents are well known working dogs around our area and are black and white in colour with all of his brothers and sisters being the same colour. Smokey however, is long haired and Ginger in colour. I have never seen another Collie the same colour and have even been offered a lot of money for him but he is my baby and I will never part from him.
Taking him to the vet to have his very first injections we were told that he has an undershot bottom jaw. It doesn't affect him in anyway, he just always seems to sit with his tongue hanging from the side of his mouth or a little tiny bit that stick out the front. To me I find this just adds to his character. He also suffers from sever eczema which he needs cream for but it can be controlled with ease.
He is now 4 years old and I have had some heartbreak with him. As with all Puppies Smokey went through a chewing stage. But this stage seemed to end up with him ripping the stuffing out of my sofa, chewing the window frame, eating the underlay under my hall carpet, chewing skirting boards, eating shoes, chewing the corners off my table and generally trashing my house. It took what seemed forever for him to grow out of this stage but it was only 6 months. He hasn't chewed since, well as long as you don't leave your socks for him to eat.
I was devastated when at the age of 2 he was run over by a car. As I saw the bleeding heap on the floor that was my dog I had to stand and watch the driver of the car just drive away and leave us on a country lane. Smokey was on a short lead when a maniac came around the corner and hit him, I was lucky it wasn't me aswell. He was fine after he'd had some of his teeth filed down and he a stitch put in his eye and I am so glad that here is still with me to tell the tale.
He is though the most loyal Animal that I have ever known and even with all the heartbreak that I have been through in the last few weeks he has never left my side. Even when I had to split assets the Dog and Cats stayed with me. He is the most loyal, calm and gentle friend I could ever ask for. At night he sleeps under the bed unless he hears a noise which leads to him moving to sleep outside Scarlet's door to protect her.
If Scarlet is out in the garden then Smokey is out in the garden aswell. He is so over protective of her and if someone tries to talk to him that he doesn't know he will warn the stranger to stay away. Scarlet however uses his over protectiveness to her advantage, so when mummy tells her of she will go and sit behind him leaving me unable to tell her off. She may only be 21 months but she knows how to bat her lids at her loving furry friend. But I am thankful that Smokey will always protect her if her mummy wasn't able to.
Having him in the house with me every night makes me feel at ease. If he hears people passing he will let them know this a house with a dog. The Postman still laughs that Smokey's bark makes him sound so big and nasty which he isn't at all. Every morning the Postman brings him a treat so Smokey greets him with a wagging tale and usually his ball for the Postman to throw for him. I just know I will always be safe with him and that is all I can ask for.
As for intelligence he is a very bright dog. Can open and close doors, bring you the post and his lead when it is time for walks. He has between 3 - 5 hours exercise a day which seems to wear him out thank goodness as he does have a lot of energy. We play a lot of hide and seek which he can now do with ease. All I do is hide his ball that he has had since he was a pup and he finds it within Seconds. Collie's are renowned for Agility training aswell which I am yet to try Smokey on. But I wouldn't change my Ginger fur ball for the world.
I would recommend a Collie to anyone
There are no doubts that Border Collies are beautiful and highly intelligent animals, but I would not recommend them for the 1st time dog owner.
We are very experienced dog owners and do find our 11 month old Border Collie quite a handful. He is brimming with energy and if that is not directed towards something positive, he gets very vocal and will start to play in a rough, nippy manner. Border Collies need a lot of exercise and stimulating play. I have found that our Murphy is amazing at hide and seek i.e. we send him out of the room and hide his ball. He then comes in and we tell him to 'find it' and he has a great time doing that very quickly. We are teaching him to catch a frisbie at the moment but although he loves catching, he never wants to bring anything back.
There is no doubt that they are very strong willed, so you really have to keep at it and make sure you stay in control.
In my opinion, if you are an experienced dog owner, have lots of time and energy and are willing to take the time to teach this very intelligent animal - a Border Collie could be the ideal dog for you.
Well, what can I say my dog is the most insane, maddest, frustrating dog in the world, but I love him sooo much!
Just to let you know before buying any dog you should be fully aware of the commitment you are making, it will be hard if you have a young family and a dog or puppy, making sure it isn't on its own for too long, etc. It isn't anything to take likely, so please take this into consideration before buying or rescuing one as they are not always the easiet, which is why so many end up in RSPCA and other likes.
I bought my border collie as a pup and to be honest it is one of the best things I have ever done. Border collies in general are well known as being energetic and this is certainly true, they need walks at least once a day and long runs in the park or roams through the woods are good. As for all this energy they also need quite large gardens to run around and play in, it would be cruel to have a dog if you have next to none of a garden. I wouldn't reccomend them to the older age group because of all the energy and time they consume.
They are also well known for this obidience, but believe me THIS TAKES WORK! Just because they are well known for this doesn't mean that they are immediatley the best dogs in th world and know exactly how to behave. Saying that though they are very quick learners, I got my border collie at just 7 weeks and by 10 weeks or so he already (sort of) understood sit and stay, whereas when I had huskeys or other dogs before it took so much longer!
They typically need feeding about twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. When they get older they do not need to be fed as much though, as they simply do not need the intake.
The colours of Border Collies is typically known as the Black and white sheep dog look, but they do come in other varities of colours, min being a browny ginger and white.
Despite the endless amount of attention and energy these dogs have they really are very affectionate and are the best companion. They will listen to your troubles (without telling you that you are wrong!), sit by you and most of all love you and I mean really LOVE YOU. They show so much affection for their owners and you can really tell this in everything they do.
So if you are looking for a fun and loving dog then I'd reccomend a Border Collie, but make sure you are certain as no decision should be taking lightly! I think these would suit families with 8/9 year olds and teenagers!
We have three collies. A bitch, Beth, who is six years old and two puppies from here litter she had back in October 2007. A dog, Jake, and a bitch, Tess.
This breed is not for anyone who is not energetic and is not willing to give up some time each day to giving them the attention they need. Not necessarily walking for miles but give them the mental stimulation they need. The best method we found to fulfil this is training.
We got Beth at twelve weeks old and a week later got a golden Labrador, so Beth was pack leader from the start. In training Beth wasn't up for being put in her place. Same applied to Tess. Being dominated wasn't enjoyed one bit. But after the initial stubborn streak and began listening they got such a good mental and physical workout. We have found this calms them also. They seem to be calmer. They appear more comfortable and content within their home once they have been training.
We did unfortunately have some destruction from the youngsters. A door frame got shredded and a skirting board was munched on but this was through boredom and purely having nothing to do.
Border collies are fantastic dogs if they get the exercise and mental stimulation they need so no to increase the chance of any ruining of household items.
They are very affectionate dogs that want to please their master.
Our three border collies are Welsh collies and I know with them especially if you begin to shout at them you will lose them - in the sense they will begin to ignore you. When getting Beth and any advice we have obtained over the years, one thing we were told that applies to this breed, and in my opinion, any breed. If you hit them then some of the trust and bond you have with your dog will be lost.
A great breed for people who have the time, love and room for a very energetic dog. Love this breed!!
I am not a huge dog lover by heart. I dont like it when they come near me, jump up at me, slober all over me and scratch me, and god forbid get my things dirty!! However, I was bought up with a Border Collie which I loved very much and therefore out of all the dogs I have ever heard about or come across, this is by far my favorite.
Border collies, are slender, with medium legnth hair covering their body and ears. They are a mixture of black and white. Their ears are perky and upright and they have a very alert look to their face. They are medium sized dogs.
Their temporament and personality are very particular. They are also known as sheep dogs as they are famous for rounding sheeps. Border Collies are most commonly owned by farmers who train the dogs to round up their sheep at the end of the day to bring them in.
Border Collies are highly intellegent and require a high level of mental stimulation on a day to day basis along with physical walks. They are quite highly strung, which some say makes them unsuitable for having with children, except I was a born into a family with a Border Collie, named Emma. Emma was a fantastic family dog, she was great with children, and even guarded my cot!
Not all collie dogs are the same, their personality and temperament can differ depending on the way they are handled / reared.
We got our Boarder collie from a local farm, as a pup about 3 years ago. Boarder Collies are a very intelligent dog. We found them to have a very high toy drive which has made training of him very easy. I would even go so far as to say he almost trained himself. These dogs are full of energy and require a lot of exercise. I would not recommend these dogs if you do not have the time or willingness to dedicate to them.
They do make an excellent companion and become a valued member of the family. I have had several dogs during my upbringing including springer spaniels and other cross breeds, but non them are as obedient or loyal as the boarder collie. I would definitely recommend these dogs if you have the time and I would certainly have another one.