Border Collie - Dog Breed Characteristics & Care

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The Border Collie is an active service dog, best suited to country life. In a confined space and without sufficient physical activity, this dog will feel unhappy and show destructive tendencies. They are extremely intelligent dogs that learn quickly and respond well to praise. Because of their herding instincts, Border Collies tend to protect their family and territory and make excellent guard dogs. They can look after the children in the family. While they get along well with the kids and pets they've grown up with, they can be withdrawn and even irritable towards strangers.

Brief Information

Breed GroupHerding Dogs
Height18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder
Average weight30 to 45 pounds
Lifespan12 to 15 years