Dog Breed Guide: Border Collie
Posted on January 5, 2015 under Dog Breeds
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|
|Bacterial Eye Infection||$90||$196|
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