Border Collie Temperament: From Hard Worker To Pampered Pet
A border collie is a working dog with a strong work ethic. They are loyal, friendly and affectionate towards their owners and other dogs. A good example of such a dog would be Jack Russell Terrier or Great Dane.
However, there are many breeds like the Labrador Retriever which have similar characteristics but do not qualify as “working” dogs because they are bred for companionship rather than work purposes.
The term “pampered pet” is used to describe a breed which is well cared for and enjoys life. Such breeds include Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, Miniature Schnauzers and others. These animals may be small in size but they are very intelligent and have a high level of intelligence compared to other pets.
Some of them even learn tricks! The reason why these types of pets are called “pampered” is because they are usually given all kinds of goodies and treats from birth to keep them happy.
There are some breeds which are considered “hard workers”. These dogs tend to be hard working due to their nature. Examples of such breeds include Great Danes, Mastiffs, German Shepherds and Rottweilers.
These animals have been bred for physical strength rather than intelligence so they must be trained constantly.
Breeds such as the Border Collie are a strange combination of both. Such dogs have been bred for their working abilities and intelligence. As a result, they tend to be very intelligent and easy to train.
At the same time, however, they were bred to work all day so they do not easily tire of activity and must keep mentally stimulated to prevent them from getting bored.
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