Border Collie Dog Breed Information Center

Border Collies are known for their loyalty, courage, and love of family. They have been used in military operations since World War II. They were first bred to work with farm animals such as sheep and cattle. Since then they have been used in search and rescue missions and even in bomb disposal units. Their ability to track explosives makes them useful for these tasks too! Nowadays, there are many breeds of dogs that do not just perform well but excel at certain jobs or activities. These are called “specialty” breeds. A specialty breed is one that performs better than other types of dogs in its type’s job or activity. For example, a labrador retriever is a good dog for tracking down lost objects because it has excellent scenting abilities and a keen sense of smell. However, if you want your Labrador to be able to retrieve a dropped phone from the bottom of the ocean, you will need another kind of dog that does not have those same skills.

So, what is the difference between a border collie and other kinds of dogs?

The answer: they both belong to the Canis lupus familiaris (wolf) family. Wolves are known for being very intelligent and loyal. They live in packs where each member contributes to maintaining the pack’s social structure. The wolf pack consists of several generations of wolves that have lived together for years. The most powerful member is not always the Alpha Male or Female. The wolves display complex social skills and take part in several complex social hierarchies.

Loyalty, Intelligence, Playfulness and Bravery are just a few of the traits that make up a Border Collie. It is one of the most intelligent dogs in the world and can easily be trained to obey basic commands such as “sit”, “stay”, “fetch”, “down” and “come”.

Border Collies were bred to herd sheep, so they are naturally drawn to moving objects. They will often nip at the heels of their owner if they sense that person is not paying attention. This can be a problem when dealing with small children or the elderly. However, if trained properly and given enough exercise, Border Collies make excellent pets for active families. It is also important to note that contrary to popular belief, Border Collies are not “one person dogs”.

Sources & references used in this article:

An inversion disrupting FAM134B is associated with sensory neuropathy in the border collie dog breed by OP Forman, RJ Hitti, L Pettitt, CA Jenkins… – G3: Genes, Genomes …, 2016 –

Clinical features of ceroid lipofuscinosis in border collie dogs by VP Studdert, RW Mitten – Australian Veterinary Journal, 1991 – Wiley Online Library

Exclusion of EDNRB and KIT as the basis for white spotting in Border Collies by R Protopapas

Progressive retinal atrophy in the Border Collie: a new XLPRA by D Metallinos, J Rine – Genome biology, 2000 –

Use of intravenous lipid emulsion to treat ivermectin toxicosis in a Border Collie by T Vilboux, G Chaudieu, P Jeannin, D Delattre… – BMC veterinary …, 2008 – Springer

Pectinate ligament dysplasia in the Border Collie, Hungarian Vizsla and Golden Retriever by DL Clarke, JA Lee, LA Murphy… – Journal of the American …, 2011 – Am Vet Med Assoc

Survey with follow-up of 67 dogs with testicular sertoli cell tumours. by JAC Oliver, AB Ekiri, CS Mellersh – Veterinary Record, 2017 –

Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis in Border Collie dogs in Japan: clinical and molecular epidemiological study (2000–2011) by AD Weaver – The Veterinary Record, 1983 –