The Canine Chronicles Directory
Border Collies are well proportioned with a smooth or coarse medium length coat,
and a thick water-resistant undercoat. The coat's color is generally black and white,
tri-color, red and white, black and gray, merle, sable, or all black. All white
is not acceptable when showing this breed. The skull should be somewhat broad with
a distinct stop, but without a pronounced occiput. The muzzle tapers to the nose.
In brown-colored dogs, the nose is brown, in merle or blue colored dogs the nose
is slate and all other dogs, black. The oval shaped eyes are wide-set and moderately
sized. The eye color should be brown. However in the merle dogs, the eyes can either
be blue or one brown and one blue eye. The medium sized ears can either be carried
erect or semi-erect and are broadly set upon the head. The jaw should be strong
and the teeth should have a scissor-like bite. The strong neck should be a good
length and broadens at the laid back shoulders. The deep muscular hindquarters have
well turned stifles and let down hocks. The feet should be oval with close, arched
toes. The tail is low set, reaching the hock and is raised when the dog is excited.
The tail should never be carried over the back.
Border Collies are alert, lively, responsive, and concentrate intensely when working.
They develop close bonds with their owners and will follow them wherever they go.
They love children and generally get along with other dogs. However, they are sometimes
aggressive with dogs of the same sex. They are not recommended for families with
small children since they are instinctive herders and will herd the children. They
should also not be trusted with non-canine pets. Due to their keen minds, they must
have something to occupy them at all times or they will become mischievous and destructive.
If left alone for long periods of time they can become neurotic causing extensive
behavioral issues. They can sometimes become willful and nip whoever is not doing
what they want. They should be socialized during their developmental years to prevent
shyness. This breed has a reputation for being an escape artist and should only
be released in well-fenced areas. Border Collies are great at dog sports such as
obedience, agility and Frisbee™.