Border Collie

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Border Collie

Border Collie Overview

Border Collies are loving, fun dogs with energy to burn and smarts to spare. Don’t let their black and white coat fool you, there’s nothing drab about Border Collie life. They’re widely considered to be the smartest breed in the world, but they’re not just nerds, they’re also among the best canine athletes. They were bred to be the ultimate sheep dog, so that means they are fast learners and independent problem solvers. Their herding instinct is so strong they won’t just herd sheep—they’ll herd cats, other dogs, bikes, vacuum cleaners, kids, anything that moves! Puppy dog eyes aren’t just for begging for delicious treats, the Border Collie can actually control herds of sheep with its trademark stare. They may be medium-sized, but they are big time workaholics. If they don’t have a job to do, they will find one, so make sure you give them plenty of stimulation. Border Collies are easy to train, and fast learners. They are very loyal and friendly to people they know, but can be reserved around strangers. They’re great with older kids and active families—a great addition to spice up your life.

Did you know?

A Border Collie from Quebec City holds the world record for “Fastest Unwinding Of A Non-Electric Car Window” with a speed of 11.34 seconds.

Border Collie Stats

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Service dog Service dog

Popularity ranking**
18-22 in / 30-55 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
12-15 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-4 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed Regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Border Collie

To fuel their hardworking, high energy lifestyle, Border Collies need a high protein, nutrient-packed dog food. Adults need to eat a cup and a half to two cups of dry food twice a day. An active Border Collie will need about 900-1000 calories per day, while one that is working as a herder will need about 1400. Because this breed is so active, it’s a good idea to find a kibble that includes glucosamine to maintain healthy joints.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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