The Border Collie is a well balanced, medium-sized dog of athletic appearance, displaying grace and agility in
equal measure with substance and stamina. Their hard, muscular body has a smooth outline which conveys the
impression of effortless movement and endless endurance -- characteristics which have made him the world's
premier sheep herding dog. They are energetic and alert.
In temperament, the Border Collie is highly intelligent, alert and responsive. It must be receptive to training. They
are reserved with strangers. Their ability and eagerness to learn is legendary. The Border Collie is one of the
breeds that exemplifies the work ethic. Border Collie puppies have a short, soft, dense, water-resistant coat that
becomes the undercoat in adult dogs.
The Border Collie is intelligent, alert and responsive. Affectionate towards friends, he may be sensibly reserved
towards strangers and therefore makes an excellent watchdog. An intensive worker while herding, he is eager to
learn and to please, and thrives on human companionship. Any tendencies toward viciousness or extreme
shyness are serious faults.
Did You Know
The Border Collie was recognized by the AKC for inclusion in the Miscellaneous Class in 1955. As of 1997, the
top Obedience Trial Champion, by lifetime points, is OTCH Heelalong Chimney Sweep owned by D & K Guetzloff
(7239 points). Open Registration for the Border Collie will end on January 1, 2001. The AKC will accept dogs
registered with the American Border Collie Association (ABC), the American International Border Collie (AIBC),
and the North American Sheepdog Society (NASD).