Border Collie


Brief History
As suggested by its name, the Border Collie had its origins in the border country between Scotland and England. The breed can be traced back in excess of 300 years. Introduced into Australia in 1901, and despite not being and “Australian Breed”, it is recognised that Australia is the Country of Development for the Border Collie.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 12 to 14 years.

Intelligent, athletic and faithful, with a desire to please, Border Collies are very much “people dogs”, but boredom through being left alone all day may result in the dog finding things to occupy its time which may not be to your amusement.

General Breed Description
The Border Collie is a medium sized breed, appearing well proportioned, graceful and in perfect balance throughout. He is capable of enduring long periods of activity. There are many accepted colours – black and white, blue and white, chocolate and white, red and white, tricolour and blue merle.

Coat and Care Requirements
Borders have a double coat – a moderately long, medium textured topcoat, and a short dense undercoat. This provides good insulation and weather protection. Maintenance of the coat is relatively easy if groomed on a regular basis – weekly recommended. He may be bathed occasionally, as required.

Height: Males 48 to 53cms (19 to 21ins), Females 46 to 51cms (18 to 20ins).

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Border Collie is a very fit and healthy breed, with some hereditable diseases, however, much work has gone into the development of DNA testing to help eliminate these issues.

Borders are a suitable breed for someone who is prepared to exercise them on a regular basis. The breed grows quickly and may be a little too energetic for very young children or elderly people. Active adults or older children make more suitable owners for this breed. As will all dogs, young children and dogs should never be left unsupervised.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to Dogs Australia Breed Standard: