Australian Border Collie Puppy – Facts and Info

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Australian Border Collie Puppy

Facts About Border Collies & Lots of Info Too

Hey, all you Border Collie lovers and wanderers alike; I’ve lined up a pile of info about Border Collies just for you! We’ll talk about show breed standards, Border Collies in history, genetic issues and even the best toys for your pet. We’ll also hit on the best Border Collie dog food and whether or not this is the right pet for you and your family. You can use the table of contents below to skip to any areas you are specifically drawn to on the page. Let’s get started!

History of the Australian Border Collie Puppy Breed

Sheepdogs and Collies, Oh My!

Scottish Sheepdogs were first allowed into the show ring in 1860 in England’s second show. At this time Collies and Sheepdogs were all part of the same group of dog breed. Queen Victoria showed interest in the Collies, and this is when the difference between the two breeds began. While Shepherds have gone on to many different types of work, the Border Collie is the one that’s stayed true to its roots of herding sheep and staying a real working dog. In 1995 the Border Collie was given full herding group designation.

It was Mr. R. J. Lloyd who first widely displayed the intelligence of the Border Collie breed in 1860. Using only hand signals and whistle cues he wowed a crowd as his Border Collies worked a group of sheep.

Australian Border Collie Puppy Breed Standards

AKC Breed Standards for Showing Border Collies

The following are the Border Collie breed standards according to the AKC for the show ring. Please remember that the dogs who don’t make the cut for the show make excellent pets.

Appearance
The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog that appears energetic, alert, eager and extremely intelligent. These dogs show agility and grace at all times while working or playing.

Size
The height for a male at the withers should be 19-22 inches, while females should be 18-21 inches. The most important thing for Border Collies in the show ring is balance and proportion throughout the body. This is more important than exact size.

Head
The Border Collie ears should be evenly spaced and erect or semi-erect on top of the head. The eyes are brown except for in Merles when they can be blue or partially blue. Any blue in the eyes of a black Border Collie is considered a flaw. The dog’s face should appear eager, alert and intelligent.

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Neck
The neck should appear long and muscular and broaden out to the shoulders.

Top line (back)
The back of the dog should appear long and level with a slight arch over the loins.

Chest
The chest is deep and broad showing great lung capacity.

Gait
The trotting gait is free and loose with minimum foot lift. The dog should appear to cover maximum ground with minimum steps or speed.

Australian Border Collie Puppy  Personality Traits

What are those dogs thinking?

If I had to describe the Border Collie in one word it would be… eager. No, wait… tireless. No, wait… agile. Well, you get it. This is an active dog breed. I can’t say it enough; if you are a couch potato, the Border Collie breed is not for you. This dog craves training and duties. Even if it’s just interactive games. The Border Collie is constantly eager to learn and work.

If you don’t give your Border Collie a “job”, he will find one himself. This could be in the form of destructive behavior or herding of people with nips and small ankle bites.

Never sneak up on or wake a sleeping Border Collie. They are guard dogs by nature and getting caught off guard like this may cause snapping or overprotection by your pet. In this case the proverb “Let sleeping dogs lie” applies!

Should I Get an Australian Border Collie Puppy?

Questions to Ask Before Adopting an Australian Border Collie Puppy

1- Can we afford to get a puppy or older Border Collie?
The first year of any puppy’s life is the most expensive. With shots and boosters and spay or neutering and the regular costs of dog food and toys, you can see the bills piling up. Adopting an older dog can be expensive too. You still have to deal with things like flea control, and possible health issues later in life.

2- Do we have time for a Border Collie?
No matter what age the Border Collie breed need attention and training and work. If you have a busy lifestyle that keeps you out of the home a lot, leaving the dog alone, this is not the breed for you. If you are a couch potato that wants a dog to lay down with you, this is not the dog breed for you. If you love to walk and train and play with a dog this is the breed for you!

3- Do we know or are we willing to learn how to train a Border Collie?
Whether you are adopting a puppy or older dog you need to be able to train the dog. A Border Collie is born to herd. If you don’t harness that energy early they will herd people (especially small children) with nips and possibly ankle bites. Ouch! You must be willing to learn how to and follow through with training your Border Collie.

Australian Border Collie Puppy Training

Working Border Collies

Watch the beautiful Border Collie in action. Whether it’s herding sheep or gathering toys by name, this dog breed is just plain awesome to watch.

Best Dog Food for Australian Border Collies

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I still can’t say it enough; stamina and energy are the hallmarks of every single Border Collie. All that energy they put out needs to be replaced with the right dog food. There are several choices you have when choosing the right dog food for your Border Collie including a raw dog food diethomemade dog food or premium kibble. Just stay away from anything you can buy in a regular grocery store. Grocery store brand dog foods are not going to have enough meat in them to supplement the energy your dog is putting out. The fillers may even cause your Border Collie to become obese.

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Grooming the Australian Border Collie Puppy

An Easy Dog Breed to Groom

Even though the Border Collie breed is easy to groom, there are a few things you need to know. Firstly, Border Collies are a double coated dog breed, meaning they will shed their undercoat twice a year. This means they do shed and at a time they shed a lot. You can reduce this shedding by daily combing. I also wrote an entire page on how to control shedding in dogs you can read.

Other than daily combing and brushing there is not a lot of grooming to be done. Border Collies should be bathed about every 12-16 weeks or as needed. Brush and comb the dog completely before bathing and remove all mats. Be careful not to bathe your dog too much as this will dry out the coat by removing the natural oils.

After the bath and blow dry clean the dog’s ears with dog ear cleaner and paper towels or cotton swabs. Be sure to dry the ears completely. Report any bad smells or excess dirt in the ears of your veterinarian.

Next, brush and comb the entire dog and trim away any stray hairs. Hold the tail by the tip away from the body and comb it out, then trim any stray hairs.

Don’t forget your dog’s dental health! Daily tooth brushing is the best way to protect your Border Collie from early tooth loss. Use dog toothpaste and a toothbrush to brush away any plaque and food particles. Start early with the dog and make it a daily routine and the dog will cooperate once he gets used to it. The toothpaste should taste good to them too, as it comes in flavors like beef or chicken.

Known Genetic Issues in Australian Border Collie Puppy Breed

BCC in Border Collies and Other Genetics

 While the Border Collie breed is generally hearty, there is one affliction that can happen genetically and that is Border Collie Collapse (BCC). This is also called Exercise Included Collapse (EIC). What it basically means is that within a very short time (about 15 minutes) the Border Collie starts to lose control of their legs or appear extremely wobbly and slow in reactions or even collapse to the ground. These episodes last up to about 30 minutes. The only good thing is that the dogs afflicted with BCC usually recover after an attack rather quickly and are back to 100%. The bad news is that these dogs must be retired and limited in exercise at all. There is no cure for BCC at this time.
Border Collies, as are all Collies, are also susceptible to an eye condition called chorioretinal dysphasia or Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA). Roughly 80% of all Collies have the recessive gene for this disorder so it’s not a disqualification in the show ring and often does not result in any loss of eyesight. In the worst case scenario, a dog afflicted with CEA may suffer a detached retina in one or both eyes.

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