Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Border Collie

Border collie
Other names-none.
Use-Sheep herding, herding, agility and other sports, obedience, jogging/hiking companion, search and rescue.
Best known for-High energy, highly obedient.
Physical description- slightly longer than tall they are very quick and graceful. Ears can be folded or pricked.
Coat- they can be short haired or long.
Color-they come in a very wide variety of colors; the most famous being black and white but they can be solid, bicolor, tricolor, merle, or sable; they are not allowed to be all white.
Height- 18-22 inches.
Weight-males are 30-45 pounds and females are 27-42 pounds.
Temperament- all-though they are very willing to please they need a hard job to keep them form destroying everything.
History-they come from the border area of England, Wales, and Scotland. In a 1873 sheep dog trial, it was noted that a dog named Old Hemp, herded using "the eye" rather than barking or nipping. This impressed the shepherds of that time and Hemp be came the father of the Border Collie; later when a standard was drawn up no rules where made addressing looks, just work type. It was brought to the U.S. in 1915.
Climate-they have been bred to adapt to allot of climates.
Health/care-hip, cancer and eye problems should be looked out for; but usually long lived.10-15 years.
Reproduction-the average litter size is 4-8 puppies
Work- the Border Collie is used when there is plenty of herding to do; this is not a weekend farmer’s dog.
Availability-not all that high on the A.K.C. ranking, but breeders raise them for work not show. Very easy to find.

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