‘Aussie’ working dog?
We often think of a Border Collie as the quintessential Australian working dog, rounding up sheep on the farm. But the breed actually originated on the border of Scotland and England (thus the name – who knew!). Border Collies were introduced into Northern England during the droving days of the 18th century and didn’t even find their way to Australia until 1901! It wasn’t until the 1950s it became known as the Australian working dog. The Border Collie has contributed to the Australian sheep industry as a farmer’s friend for many years.
Energetic and loyal
Border Collies have all the characteristics of a working dog – intelligent, agile, active and faithful with an inherent desire to please. They can also show great patience and control. With all that energy, they will need daily exercise and will relish partaking in games such as catch, frisbee and perhaps an ocean swim. The benefit of an energetic dog – great exercise for all the family!
Border Collies are a moderately-sized breed (standing up to 50cm on average at the shoulders), and are also athletic and muscular, hence why they make such great workers! Their almond eyes and intense gaze will show how intelligent they are, but be careful! They may use it to guilt you into giving them extra treats. Although many of us think of Border Collies as Black/White, they actually come in many colours and coat patterns: Black/White, Blue/White, Chocolate/White, Red/White, Tri-Colour Black/Tan/White and Blue Merle to name a few!
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