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Member Name: NATS
Date: 17/01/01, updated on 17/01/01 (98 review reads)
Advantages: Loving and happy family pet
Disadvantages: Walkies in winter ! ! !
This particular breed of dog is not for the light hearted or for those who want an easy time, you know the type, those who want a dog that’s easy to look after.
The Border Collie is hard work. They are one of, if not the most, intelligent of dogs.
They are of a medium size when full grown, which means they are not as big as a Labrador but not aren’t small either. In other words they are large enough to scare of any intruder.
I have a female who is approaching the ripe old age of one, she is happiest when in the company of my two year old and they are more like best friends rather than pet and owner. We have a substantial garden so she gets quite a lot of exercise out there but if you are considering purchasing a dog of any kind (especially a Border Collie) you need sufficient fencing, I say this because a part of my garden is segregated by a 4 foot fence and this she can clear with ease! They are well known for being very nimble and trust me when they want to they can jump anything!
As I mentioned above my son and Bella (our dog) get on brilliantly, I couldn’t have wished for a more soppy dog, which as a parent is always a concern. The last thing you want is to find your dog and kids don’t get on. The Border Collie can be sly, they will crawl across the room on their tummy to get to what they want, especially when they know their not allowed it! This is more mischievous than sly and a well-trained dog will stop eventually.
I purchased her from the NCDL and I would recommend them to any one who wants a dog who is healthy, they insist you go to a lesson where they explain what type of dog you have i.e., its behaviour, what vaccinations etc it has had and if they haven’t neutered the dog then they issue you with a voucher which any Vet will honour. They also microchip every dog they have which is part of the package!
Back to the Border Collie thing…..
The intelligence of them is i
ntense, they love to learn, and the more time you spend with them, teaching them, the happier they are.
The main thing you need to remember is, this breed of dog has been bred to work, and the type of work they are meant for takes a lot of intelligence and thinking for themselves. Without that stimulation things can go wrong and you and your dog will be unhappy.
You give them the attention, love and affection they crave then you will have a wonderful family pet that will not only protect you and your loved ones but will also give you their respect. Which what its really all about.
I would thoroughly recommend the Border Collie to anyone with or, without a family, that wants a pet not just a fashion accessory.