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Border collie

The border collie is probably one of the most popular dogs today. Their many qualities make them extremely versatile dogs, which stand out for their character, intelligence, loyalty and predisposition for training among others. They are also considered excellent sheepdogs. In fact, the popularity of border collie dogs began when Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom adopted several border collie dogs, thus associating this breed with royalty.

I we’ll show you curiosities about border collie that are sure to surprise you. Whether you are an experienced owner, a lover of the breed or a simple curious, in this article you will find curious facts about border collie dogs that you will love to discover.

1. The border collie is the most intelligent dog in the world
I’m sure you’ve heard this statement before, but why do they say the border collie is the smartest dog? It’s all down to the famous psychologist Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence of Dogs of 1994, which lists the world’s most intelligent dog breeds. This book is a worldwide reference for millions of people who want to adopt a dog.

The world canine intelligence ranking is based on three points:

Instinctive intelligence
Adaptive Intelligence
Work intelligence and obedience
The most intelligent races can associate and develop an order with less than 5 repetitions and, generally, always obey the first request, something simply incredible. After several studies, Stanley Coren proved that the border collie was the most intelligent dog in the world.

2. Border collie needs a lot of exercise
The border collie is a particularly active dog. Failure to provide sufficient walks and/or physical exercise can lead to a variety of behavioural problems such as destructiveness, hyperactivity, anxiety and even excessive vocalisation.

The ideal is to offer about four daily walks in which we combine walking, exercise, socialization and encourage sniffing behavior. All this will have a direct influence on the welfare of the animal. Also, we should not forget mental stimulation through obedience, canine skills and games.

2. Border collie need a lot of exercise
3. The history of border collie is very old
Although we do not know the true origins of border collie, we do know that it is a very old breed. In fact, it developed in the British Isles between the 5th century BC and the 1st century BC. Thus, it receives its name from the native tribes of that time.

The word «collie» means «useful» in Gaelic, suggesting that the border collie was used to perform certain functions, most likely grazing. On the other hand, the term «border» comes from «Borders», i.e. «border», specifically from the 17th century border between England and Scotland.

However, the dog breed border collie was not recognized internationally by The Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale until 1976.

3. The history of border collie is very old

4. The border collie is an excellent grazing dog
As we have already told you in the introduction, the border collie dog has many qualities, including the ability to graze, which stands out as race number 1. The work as a shepherd dog was one of the first functions that received the dogs, thanks to this animal no longer attacked the flock, but guided, observed and controlled it as much as the human.

While it has a natural instinct to guide, grazing is a technique that must be worked through education and training, so you should never let a border collie graze if it has no experience, because it could harm the animals of the flock unintentionally.
4. The border collie is an excellent grazing dog
5. The border collie as a watchdog
it was worth highlighting the active and alert character of the border collie, which makes them fantastic guard dogs. But don’t get confused, we’re not talking about attack and defence, but about their willingness to patrol and warn their guardians in the presence of strangers.

– 5. The border collie as a watchdog
6. The border collie is commonly confused with the Australian shepherd.
Since the border collie and the Australian shepherd are grazing dogs with a strong physical resemblance, it is not surprising that they are often confused. We must know that the border collie is a direct ancestor of the Australian shepherd, however, we can differentiate them by the ears, which are usually erect or semi-erect in the case of the border collie. Likewise the Australian shepherd does not have so much variety of colors.

7. The border collie can have one eye of each color
Heterochromia is a genetic difference that dogs, cats and even people can experience. This causes the color of the eyes to be different and it is a hereditary phenomenon. The border collie can show complete heterochromia, i.e. a blue eye and a brown eye, but may also experience albinism, in the form of white spots around the eyes.

8. The colors of the border collie mantle are unique
The border collie can have bicolour, tricolour, merlé, white, black, grey… But not only that, this race can develop short hair or long hair, in addition to multiple colors. It also shows a very dense undercoat layer that allows it to maintain its temperature in colder climates. But for both types of border collie the variety of colors is immense. While the most desirable are merle blue and tricolor border collie, all of them stand out for possessing great beauty.

9. The border collie is a very faithful dog
This may seem obvious, as all dogs are faithful, however, the border collie breed has the distinction of being extremely faithful to its keepers. It is faithful to its guardians because it understands empathetically what they may feel, so it will quickly return the love that its owners can give it. However, he can be reserved and shy with strangers.

9. The border collie is a very faithful dog
10. The border collie is the perfect dog for children
This characteristic is derived from the previous one: the border collie is very faithful and very intelligent, making it ideal for children. In addition, it is an obedient, organized and tireless dog. Attention, it is perfect for energetic and non-sedentary children who do not move too much. The border collie is ideal for children who have time.