Border Collies are energetic dogs that want to work. They were originally bred to work sheep and are happiest when they are working. They are known for staring at the sheep and giving them the “eye,” to intimidate. |
They are especially good ranch dogs for herding cattle. They are often used at rodeos during the bull riding events to help herd the bull back into the shoot. They take on the massive bulls by nipping at the heels. They are quick and agile so they can quickly get out of the way of the bull’s head and horns. Border Collies have also been used to chase wild birds, such as Canadian Geese off small airport runways and golf courses.
Description: Border Collies are medium sized dogs and come in a variety of colors. Although most are often black and white. They have a double coat of fur so shedding is a problem. I know this from my personal experience. My daughter has a Border Collie and is constantly picking up dog fur.
Intelligence: Border Collies are very intelligent. They are known to be the most intelligent dogs. They learn commands very quickly and are quite easy to train. They are very loyal and protective of their owners. I have known one that sat outside and guarded his owner’s boots all day until the owner returned home. They do make good guard dogs.
Exercise: They can be very demanding dogs that need a lot exercise and mental stimulation. They do not make good dogs for apartment living because they need room to roam and work. They can be quite destructive if not given the needed attention and exercise.
Health and Grooming: Border Collies are generally pretty healthy, especially if you get them from a reputable breeder. It is best to use a high quality dry pet food made of natural products and grain free. It is also important to have regularly scheduled veterinarian exam visits to keep the shots up dated, toenails clipped, teeth and ears checked. Border Collies should be brushed at least once a week to help prevent matting of their fur and also to help control the shedding problem.
Those who feel it is time to own a pet, remember these important facts: Check the local or online Pet Adoption Centers first. There are thousands of pets needing adoption every day; If you are unable to find your perfect pet at the Adoption Center, then you need to conduct research and find a reputable pet breeder from whom to buy your pet. Do not buy from a puppy mill; Always spay and/or neuter your pet; and Be sure to devote quality love and time to care for the pet.
FYI: If you want to help find homes for pets that need adoption, you can go online and view profiles of pets who need adoption. You may then share the profiles via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Email. Perhaps there is someone within your social network who is in need of a pet and is ready to adopt
Dogs are wonderful companions. They can bring so much enjoyment to an individual or a family. Yes, owning pets means taking good care of them with food, shelter, and affection. However, the unconditional love and devotion they provide in return is well worth the effort. There is nothing more rewarding than coming home and being greeted by your dog with a happy face and wagging tail. Regardless of how bad your day has been, your best friend, your dog will be sure to cheer you up.
Remember, only those who have love, passion, time and dedication to care for pets should own pets. Pets are not something that should be bought or adopted one day and forgotten the next.
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