The Border Collie Dog, The Most Intelligent Dog

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The Border Collie Dog, The Most Intelligent Dog

The Border Collie was developed to gather and control sheep in the borders between Scotland and England. They are known for their intense stare. They are a dog with energy, stamina, and working drive, all which make a premier herding dog. Today they herd sheep on farms and ranches around the world.

If you have ever seen a Border Collie herd sheep, you are watching a master craftsman, with his intense stare as he approaches the sheep, his almost intuitive response to the shepherd’s command, and the skillful manner in which he maneuvers the sheep exactly where the shepherd wants them to go. It is awe-inspiring.

The Border Collie, a medium-sized dog at 30 to 45 pounds, has a seemingly supernatural amount of energy and stamina — a trait that was developed when he was required to work all day in the hills and valleys of the rugged Scottish borders, running up to 50 miles or more a day. When it comes to the ideal working dog, it doesn’t get much better than the Border Collie.

The Border Collie is a herding dog, which means he has an strong urge to gather a flock. That flock could be sheep, children, cats, squirrels, or anything that moves, including cars!!  This instinct to nip, nudge, and bark, along with his energy, cannot be trained out of him. He must have a task, whether it’s actually herding sheep or competing in dog sports. A brisk walk or a game of fetch daily isn’t enough activity for the Border Collie.

That said, for the right owner, a Border Collie is a wonderful dog to live with. His intelligence and tractable nature make him easy to train. He’s sensitive and, according to those who know him well, he has an uncanny ability to know what you’re going to ask of him before you ask it. If he is well socialized and trained from a puppy he can adapt to almost any living situation that provides the mental and physical exercise he needs.

The Border Collie is a good match for an owner who is as active as he is, especially one who’s eager to get involved in dog sports. With the right training, this breed excels in any activity he tries, including sheepdog trials, agility, flyball, flying disc, advanced obedience, freestyle obedience, or tracking.

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