Border Collies: A Great Family Dog

Author: Alison Gaynor | November 23, 2021 | Updated July 21, 2022
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Border Collies are an amazing breed of dog and I am not just saying that because I own one! They were bred as working dogs, so they are extremely intelligent, focused and energetic. Let’s break down some common questions to see if a collie would be right for your family.

What Does a Border Collie Look Like?

These dogs normally have black and white coats with white markings on their face, chest, belly, paws and the tips of their tails. They can also come in a variety of other patterns and colors, such as tan, red or blue. They can have long coats and beautiful eyes of various colors.

Are Border Collies Smart?

Yes! My collie is a perfect example of just how smart they can be. She knows tons of commands, has caught on to the daily routine and sometimes can anticipate my actions. Other collies have been trained to be movie stars, professional show dogs, agility dogs and many other pup jobs that other breeds may not be able to keep up with.

Do Border Collies Shed?

Oh goodness, do they! Due to their long coats and their thick fur, collies shed a good amount. I would recommend investing in shedding shampoo, combs and a good vacuum if you get one.

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How Long Do Border Collies Live?

Generally, they live between 10–17 years. Keeping them in shape and well-fed can ensure they live a long and happy life.

How Big Do Border Collies Get?

This breed can range from 30 to 60 pounds. They were bred to be shorter, so they can nip the ankles of the livestock they are herding.

Are Border Collies Hypoallergenic?

No, some examples of hypoallergenic dog breeds include Afghan Hounds, Poodles and Schnauzers.

Do Border Collies Bark a Lot?

That all depends on the dog! Most collies do tend to bark because of their history as a working dog. Some may bark at the doorbell for what seems like hours while others will only bark when they sense danger. My collie, Ziva, tends to only bark when she hears something approaching the house and will rarely keep barking past the command “Enough.”

Do Collies Like To Snuggle?

Most of them do not like snuggling their owners as much as, say, a Golden Retriever. They prefer to stay close, but have their own space. Although each dog is different—some may like to invade your personal space for some belly rubs!

Summing It Up

Collies can be a great family pet when they are given the opportunity to release their energy and use their brains in ways that keep them out of trouble at home. Keeping a collie in a cage or in a house for extended periods of time can lead to them keeping busy in a negative way (i.e., chewing shoes and herding the cats).

Yet, when these dogs are able to fully express themselves, they can be seen as loving, loyal, energetic—an amazing dog to have in your household.

Remember, adopt don’t shop!

About the Author

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Alison Gaynor

My two dogs are the loves of my life! My Golden Retriever, Cody, is the sweetest dog you’d ever meet and Ziva, my Border Collie, is so smart. Learning more about dogs and sharing my experiences is why I decided to start writing![...] Author Details

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