Border Collie

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Life expectancy

The Border Collie has a life expectancy of between 13 and 16 years




Adult size

Female Between 19 and 20 in
Male Between 20 and 22 in

Adult weight

Female Between 33 and 44 lb
Male Between 33 and 44 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Border Collie costs between £360 and £580

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More details about the Border Collie

Border Collie: Origins and history

The Border Collie’s history is perhaps the strangest in all of the dog world. He is an ancient breed, as proved by quotes from the 17th century that refer to this dog by his current name, during a time period in which “breeds” did not exceed according to its current definition. In reality, “Border Collie” has quite a general meaning; the word “collie” refers to all Scottish sheepdogs, while the term “border” refers to the “borders”, a large geographical zone located at the border between Scotland and England. What’s extraordinary is that, at the beginning of the century when the need for working dogs in England came about, all the Border shepherds had almost identical dogs, which is what we call a “type” in the dog world. However, the shepherds never instigated a breeding process, as they were only interested in getting the work done. Therefore, the breed wasn’t officially recognised until 1982, making him one of the oldest official breeds, but also one of the newest known to us.

FCI classification of the Border Collie

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Training a Border Collie

Many people think that an intelligent dog equals a dog that is easy to train; however, it is not quite as simple as this. On the contrary, intelligent dogs can be more difficult to train if they do not see sense or coherence in their training sessions. 

However, if his training is adapted, coherent, fair and respectful of the principles of positive education,  the master-dog relationship will be very enriching.

If all of these criteria are respected, he will be a pleasure to educate thanks to his speed in understanding what is expected of him. If you achieve this, his educational capacities will be almost limitless.

Border Collie: Purchase price

The price of a Border Collie varies depending on his origins. You should budget around £580 for a dog that’s registered with the KC. The highest quality Collie breeds can be sold higher if they hold rankings in competitions.

As for your monthly budget, you should set aside between £30 and £50 to cater to the needs of this energetic dog, taking into account his diet and other expenses related to his well being.

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