5. WORKING ETHICS
If you need a dog that loves working and does everything it can to work all day long, the Border Collie is the breed for you. They love to work, and if you don’t provide work for them, they will find a job of their own. You may not like it, but at least they’ll have something to do – or so they think.
If you’re a farmer with sheep for them to herd, that’s the absolutely best scenario any Border Collie could think of. That’s what they were bred to do; work from the moment they go out the door, until the moment they come back in the evening. That’s a Border Collie to you, and that’s how they like it.
So if you want a dog who can work non-stop for a whole day, please follow us further on this channel to see if the Border Collie is for you.
4. ENERGY LEVELS
As said previously; these dogs love to work. Their energy levels are rocket high, and they need to be busy as much as possible. If you can’t provide herding opportunities for them, but like canine sports, this breed could be the perfect choice for you. You’ll need to spend extreme amounts of time training and keeping them busy, but if you enjoy to engage in canine sports like agility, obedience et cetera, oooh, with a Border Collie, you really could excel in these activities.
And they need much more than training. They also need enormous amounts of physical exercise. If you enjoy hiking, biking, running, climbing in the mountains or other sorts of adventures, your Border Collie would love to come along. You’ll never have a better companion than your Border in an active, athletic lifestyle.
3. CHALLENGING MENTALITY
If you like a dog who has its own will, who will follow your command but make its own decisions while doing so, the Border Collie is most definitely a good choice for you. With their origin as herding dogs, they learn very quickly to follow your directions, but unless other breeds who may be more evenly submissive, the Border Collie can be dominant towards the flock they herd. This can mean that they may be just slightly more difficult to train sometimes, so you need to be creative.
But some people really do enjoy challenges with their dogs, and if you are one of these people, I really think you should consider the Border Collie as a possible fit for you.
2. SIZE AND LIFESTYLE
The Border Collie is one of the smaller medium-sized breeds. That means they are easier to bring along than, say, a Newfoundland, a Great Dane or an Irish Wolfhound. This is of course very handy if you live in the city; not only do they not take up your whole apartment, they are also easy to take on the bus, in the car, on walks in the streets…
And if you live on a farm or on the countryside, they are large enough not to stumble on when they sit behind your feet, yet small enough not to take up too much space in the stable or for that matter, on the bed.
1. Now, I’ve discussed some of the traits in the Border Collie that may suit you. Now, let’s talk about how you may suit the Border Collie.
Like I said in the beginning of this video; the Border Collie is a working dog. They have more energy and drive than most dogs, they are even known to become extremely nervous and destructive if they don’t get to work. This does require quite a lot of you.
You need to be able to put your dog to work in one way or another. You also need to be able to raise your dog, who will be needy, yet independent, submissive, yet strong-willed and able to make decisions on its own. You need to know how to train a dog who can outsmart you any given second, and a dog who always wants to do more.
If you are one of these people who can provide all of this for a Border Collie, then I really think that’s reason enough to consider the Border Collie as a breed for you. They really are not easy dogs, but when you succeed in raising and training them properly, you’ll have the best friend you could ever ask for.