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Border Collies As Pets

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Do Border Collies make good pets, or are they best to be a working dog? The answer to this question all depends on the type of person you are, and the time and effort you are willing to put into your Border Collie. Border Collies may be a beautiful animal, but they are a high maintenance breed. They crave lots of attention, yet need work so they do not become too destructive indoors. If you are willing to put lots of time into your Border Collie, then this may be an ideal dog for you. However, you may choose to use the Border Collie as a working pet and an advocation to your normal day life. However you may choose this Border Collie to be, it will always need high maintenance. Most people choose the Border Collie for work, though a few have them as companion animals.






Border Collies As Pets

Are Border Collies sufficient working/pet dogs? The answer may be contained within these few pages of report. Though no one may be considered right or wrong, the contents of this report may justify the answer you may want, or may not want to hear. It is only what you make of it.

Here are a few of the frequently asked questions about Border Collies. Do Border Collies make good pets? No, is the answer most often found because Border Collies are thought of as the working breed that need plenty of physical and mental stimulations. Do they have good temperaments? Yes, they can be one of two things. Shy and sensitive or hard and dominant. Are Border Collies easy to train? Yes they learn rapidly how to do something, but on the downside they may also learn how not to do what you want them to. About how much exercise may be needed? Working dogs need their work, where as pet dogs need plenty of mental stimulations. Are they destructive indoors, and neurotic? They are extremely destructive if not given work to do. They will often “herd” traffic and/or people. Are there any health problems people should look for in Border Collies? Collie Eye anomaly Test for P.R.A. (Progressive retinal atrophy), test a pup as early as 6 - 12 weeks, in order to not risk future blindness. Hip-score testing is also required for hip displacia (Border Collie FAQs, 1999).

A few of the best assets about Border Collies are that they are top of the line herders, with extreme intelligence and activity. This breed is one of the most sharpest dogs around. They have “loony streaks”, a sense of humour, and gentle natures. A few of the draw backs include, the intelligence and hyperactivity are very hard for the normal everyday person to handle. They often need designated “tasks” or chores” to keep them busy. Border Collie Materials has given us a new insight from both sides of the Border Collie world (Border Collie Materials, 1999).

Speed and motivation are two of the greatest assets of the Border Collie. They are always anxious to do something, so agility tests their strengths. Border Collies are able to work great distances from their handlers, being commanded only by whistles. With their speed, grace, and sheer athletic ability, they are ideal for agility tests (Agility and the Border Collie, 1994).

The physical features and characteristics of the Border Collie, also make this breed stand out. Border Collies look well balanced with a muscular athletic build and graceful motion. They have a moderately long tail with an upward swirl to the tip. They have a broad or moderate skull with a blunt muzzle. Their eyes are oval and wide-set. Ears are medium wide-set and semi-erect. Breed Information has given us a mental image of how a Border Collie now looks (Breed Information -Border Collie, 1999).

Border Collies originated from England, Ireland, and Scotland in the 19th century. Their uses included mastering the herd with their “hypnotizing” eye. They had a steady, intelligent, trainable, attentive temperament. They weigh in at 40 - 50 pounds in a male and 35 - 45 pounds in a female. The colour variations include, black and white; black, white and tan; grey and white, or solid black. This information from Border Collie helps us on the breed background and adds to the mental image we received before (Border Collie, 1999).

Here are a few things you may want to ask yourself if you are capable of supplying before you decide to buy this breed. Border Collies are eager to learn. Their daily activities include playing, working, herding, obedience, agility, searching, fetching, and flyball. They are a people oriented breed (Thinking of Getting a Border Collie, 1999).

This is by far the most important information to find out before deciding your Border Collie is to be a household pet. Border Collie people hate the word “pet”. “Companion animal” may be better, yet is still a bit pretentious. The most often line heard from Border Collie owners today is “We now herd sheep and compete in trials, but originally our Border Collie was for a pet.” A strictly trial dog and strictly trial handler are using only a tiny bit of the abilities that characterize the Border Collie. Starting as the guardian of the flock and home, Border Collies then caught rats, provided as a companion on lonely moors, and even aided in hunting. The speed and athletic ability found in this breed makes them excel at Flyball and Agility. Their sharp eye for movement makes them take to frisbee-catching with enthusiasm and talent. Tracking and Search-and-Rescue make use of the same scenting ability that finds sheep buried in snow banks on the moors. The communicative nature makes them wonderful for obedience (Border Collies As Companions, 1993-94).

Here is some brief information on the Border Collie over all. Border Collie have a life span or normally 10 to 14 years. Their normal environments are a house with a well-fenced yard (Border Collie in Brief, 1999).

Here is a bit more of an in-depth look at the Border Collie breed over all. Border Collies are intense workaholics. They are able to run over a hundred miles a day over difficult terrain, and do it again the next day. They have a tendency to herd anything and everything that moves. If your Border Collie is a companion animal it would be like an extra shadow, always underfoot, watching constantly, overly-protective. They thrive attention, are very affectionate, and people oriented. Border Collies do not mature until 2 or 2 and a half years of age and are still considered puppies. They have secret talents such as their “eye” that is able to “hypnotize” any herd into doing what the Border Collie wants.

In conclusion to this report, Border Collies may be an ideal pet for you, depending on your life style. On the other hand most people like this breed, strictly for herding. It all depends on what type of person you are.






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Border Collie
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Border Collie In Brief
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Border Collies FAQs
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Border Collie Materials
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Ed & Alison Gebauer
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Eunice Morgan
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Thinking of Getting a Border Collie
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