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Border Collie

Border Collie

The athletic Border Collie is a working dog, originally bred for herding livestock, especially sheep, in Northumberland, United Kingdom. Whilst Border Collie’s are still busy herding livestock all around the world, they also make great family pets. 

Border Collie’s are a medium to large breed dog and their size ranges from 46-56cm (height) and weight from 17 to 20kg, with females tending to be a bit smaller than males. 


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Northumberland, United Kingdom

Bred for

Working dog, bred for herding 


Medium-large, 46-56cm (height)

Weight: 17 to 20kg


Black and white, Tricolour black or tan, merle, blue, Australian red 

Life expectancy

13-16 years 


Medium to long, sheds 


Obedient, intelligent, energetic 

Exercise requirements


Best suited for 

Active singles or families 

Apartment Friendly

Yes, if they receive plenty of exercise, although they are best suited to large properties 


As a working dog, Border Collie’s are highly intelligent and athletic with a high exercise requirement. Daily walks are required, especially when the Border Collie is not working on a farm are required. These clever pooches thrive and excel in agility training. Socialisation with other dogs, people and animals from a young age is vital to help your dog grow into a well-adjusted adult. 

This active intelligent pooch is well suited to any prospective pet parent and with the correct training and attention, and they also make excellent family pets. 


The Border Collie may have a rough or a smooth coat and the grooming requirements will vary depending on coat type. Generally, brushing the coat with a pin brush two to three times a week will keep the hair lustrous and matt free. Prevent parasites by ensuring your Border Collie is on flea and tick control all year round.


When choosing a food for your Border Collie, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Border Collie’s are prone to joint disease so a food that supports healthy joint function. Make sure your Border Collie always has a supply of fresh, clean water available. 

Common health concerns 

Border Collie’s are prone to Arthritis, that often manifest as lameness, reluctance to jump or exercise and pain.

Additionally, accidents including fractures are also common. Fractures can occur after exercise or play, secondary to motor vehicle or other accidents or secondary to neoplasia (cancer). All fractures require immediate veterinary attention. 

The five most common reasons for a Border Collie to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data (from 2019) include:



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Accidents- fractures 




Skin conditions 




Gastrointestinal diseases 




Neoplasia (cancer)



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Most popular Border Collie names

According to PetSure data (from 2019) the most popular Border Collie names are:

  1. Bella
  2. Charlie
  3. Molly
  4. Max
  5. Archie
  6. Toby
  7. Buddy
  8. Bailey
  9. Ollie
  10. Ruby

Most popular female names  

  1. Bella 
  2. Molly
  3. Ruby
  4. Luna
  5. Bonnie
  6. Millie
  7. Maggie
  8. Jessie
  9. Lucy
  10. Rosie

Most popular male names

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Archie
  4. Toby
  5. Buddy 
  6. Ollie
  7. Bailey
  8. Jack
  9. Cooper
  10. Milo

Did you know?

Chaser, a Border Collie from South Carolina, could identify and retrieve 1,022 toys by name!

Where can I get a Border Collie?

Check out your local breed specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to visit your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 


  1. Bow Wow Meow, Border Collie Breed Profile, Accessed on 16 October  2020
  2. American Kennel Club, Border Collie, Accessed on 16 October 2020
  3. Wikipedia, Border Collie, Accessed on 16 October  2020
  4. Purina Australia, Border Collie, Accessed on 16 October 2020

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

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