Impressively skilful herders
Original Name : Border Collie
Type : Lupoid
Male size : Ideally, 21 inches
Female size : A little smaller
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : United Kingdom
Well proportioned, smooth outline characterized by grace, elegance and perfect balance, combined with sufficient substance to give an impression of endurance. Any coarseness or weediness is undesirable.Border Collies are renowned throughout the world for their skills with the flock. Their very special gaze seems to bewitch sheep and even the odd stray goose. These canines are very active.
Moderately broad skull without pronounced occiput. The cheeks should be neither full nor rounded. The muzzle tapers to the tip of the nose but is moderately short and strong.
Longer than the height to the withers.
All colors are acceptable, although white must not be dominant.
Medium-sized and medium texture, set well apart and carried pricked or semipricked and sensitive to the slightest sound.
Moderately long, the bone reaching at least to the hock.
Two varieties, moderately long and short, with dense topcoat of medium texture and a soft, tight undercoat.
These sheepdogs have a reputation for tenacity and hard work and obedience. Sheep farmers laud their dedication, vigilance, responsiveness and all-round intelligence. Border Collies must never be anxious or aggressive. Those that don’t look after sheep are fond of many different activities, from flyball, agility and obedience to dog dancing. Ideal for those looking for a dog with its primary instincts intact that is always looking to get the job done.