Your Border Collie needs your attention just as you crave theirs. It’s important you respond to them and notice if they are feeling lonely – here’s some helpful tips for you.
Originating in Scotland and Northern England, Collies form a distinctive type of herding dog, that has spread through many parts of the world (especially Australia and North America.
The things you can be sure of are that Collies are very active and agile. They are intelligent and obedient (when trained) and most types of collies have a very strong herding instinct.
Physically they are medium-sized, fairly lightly-built dogs, with pointed snouts.
While still used as working dogs today, all Collie breeds can also make wonderful companion animals as they are affectionate, loyal, and trainable.
However, Collie dogs are not suitable as pets in sedentary families. Their high intelligence and energy mean that you must keep them physically and mentally engaged or they will become unhappy and develop behavioral problems.
The following are the Collie breeds and their descendants
The Border Collie is a herding dog that was originally bred to work with sheep, although cattle herders have used them to control animals much larger than themselves. They have an oval head and floppy ears, and their colouring is generally black and white, although this can include others and even merle.
Although many Border Collies are still widely used as working animals, they have become very popular pets as they are affectionate and great with children.
Other types of Collie breeds
In the USA people generally think of Rough Collies when the word collie is mentioned (probably due to the success of Lassie on-screen!) while in the UK most people will think of a Border Collie.
However there are a bewildering number of breeds that are either collies or bred from collies. Due to their history as working dogs, their appearance can vary dramatically, but those that have been bred more as pets or show dogs show fewer differences.
There are other types of herding dogs that are also considered Collie breeds, even though this does not appear in their name.
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Australian Kelpie
- Australian Shepherd
- Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
- Bearded Collie
- Blue Lacy
- Cumberland Sheepdog
- English Shepherd
- German Coolie or Koolie
- McNab Shepherd
- New Zealand Heading Dog
- Old English Sheepdog
- Scotch Collie
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Stumpy Tailed Heeler
- Welsh Sheepdog
Please note that not all of these dog breeds are officially recognized by all breeding standards agencies.
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