Newest Review: ... with a great temperament and a huge, warm heart. Don't just get a dog... get a Border Collie!!!... more
a fantastic breed
Member Name: emms_apples
Advantages: want to please their owner, affectionate
Disadvantages: need plenty of time spent on them
We have three collies. A bitch, Beth, who is six years old and two puppies from here litter she had back in October 2007. A dog, Jake, and a bitch, Tess.
This breed is not for anyone who is not energetic and is not willing to give up some time each day to giving them the attention they need. Not necessarily walking for miles but give them the mental stimulation they need. The best method we found to fulfil this is training.
We got Beth at twelve weeks old and a week later got a golden Labrador, so Beth was pack leader from the start. In training Beth wasn't up for being put in her place. Same applied to Tess. Being dominated wasn't enjoyed one bit. But after the initial stubborn streak and began listening they got such a good mental and physical workout. We have found this calms them also. They seem to be calmer. They appear more comfortable and content within their home once they have been training.
We did unfortunately have some destruction from the youngsters. A door frame got shredded and a skirting board was munched on but this was through boredom and purely having nothing to do.
Border collies are fantastic dogs if they get the exercise and mental stimulation they need so no to increase the chance of any ruining of household items.
They are very affectionate dogs that want to please their master.
Our three border collies are Welsh collies and I know with them especially if you begin to shout at them you will lose them - in the sense they will begin to ignore you. When getting Beth and any advice we have obtained over the years, one thing we were told that applies to this breed, and in my opinion, any breed. If you hit them then some of the trust and bond you have with your dog will be lost.
A great breed for people who have the time, love and room for a very energetic dog. Love this breed!!
Summary: beautiful breed