Dog Breed Guide: Border Collie

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A Border Collie with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Border Collie

Height (to base of neck): females 18-21″ males 19-22″

Weight:  females 27-42 lb, males 30-45 lb

Color: Black and tan, tri-color, merle, sable and black with white markings.

Origin: Scotland and Northern England

Coat: The coat is very dense and can be smooth, rough or medium.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Is a Border Collie the Right Dog Breed for You?

Border Collies were developed as a breed for herding purposes.  They are highly trainable, quick and agile.  They love to work and do best with a ‘job,’ such as obedience, tracking and agility.  They can also excel in search and rescue, narcotics and bomb sniffing and guide dog work.  They do not do well as sedentary house pets and can become destructive when bored.  They are very friendly and are good with children.  They are average shedders and should be brushed daily.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Border Collie 

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
Arthritis $1,001 $10,005
Skin Allergies $277 $1,655
Lipoma $462 $2,182
Ear Infection $129 $280
Bacterial Eye Infection $90 $196


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