Border Collie Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Border Collie Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Breed Info Summary

Breed Suits: Active lifestyles, companionship, families

Shedding/Non-Shedding: Moderate

Size: Medium


The breed's origins may be traced back to the Scottish and English Border Regions. Shepherds who had obtained these dogs later in the border regions of Wales and England fostered traits into the breed that made them incredibly handy in the countryside of both regions. Old Hemp, owned by Adam Telfer of West Woodburn in Northumberland, was the first dog we now 'identify' as the first Border Collie. 

Border collies quickly gained popularity across the country, and subsequently the world.


The Border Collie is a bright dog with an instinctive desire to work and a high level of training responsiveness. These dogs are excellent friends since they are smart, alert, loyal, and sensitive. They make excellent sheepdogs and excel at obedience, agility, and tracking, in addition to being lovely family pets. They are 'people dogs,' and need to engage with the rest of the family.

They are happiest when given a task to complete. If they aren't assigned a job, long walks or exercise — they may make up their own job specifications. This could include hunting socks, digging holes, or chewing furniture, which might not be exactly what you were hoping for! Border Collies are highly intelligent and loyal dogs who enjoy routine and working with their owners.

Pros and cons to consider


  • They are an incredibly smart breed
  • They love to learn
  • Loves active lifestyle


  • Persistent desire to stay active
  • Territorial by nature
  • Easily bored

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