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“A Border Collie is certainly not for everyone”

Written on: 26/06/2015 by Reddogtrainer (5 reviews written)

Many people buy or adopt Border Collies because they like the idea that they are intelligent, often mistaking that they will be easy to train. This is not true. I own a Collie x Springer, and as a dog walker and trainer I have worked with a lot of Border Collies. What I see a lot are people who have bought Collies for a 'fun', 'easy to train' dog. Little did they know that Collies need an incredible amount of exercise every day, a ton of daily mental stimulation, and lots of positive, force… Read Full Review

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“Border Collie ownership. FULL commitment required...”

Written on: 22/06/2015 by CalvinCompton (1 review written)

My fiancée and I purchased our first home around 2 years ago and decided to get a dog. My family had always owned miniature dachshunds and she had a border collie when she was younger. We both love dogs and she convinced me to get a border collie puppy. We both thought we knew what we were getting ourselves in to by researching/previous dog experience but we really had no idea. Our border collie's name is Violet and she is now around 1.5 years old. These dogs are definitely only for people… Read Full Review

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Written on: 26/06/2015

Your dog is only young still - she will start to calm down a bit after she is 2 - 3 years old, depending on whether you got a dog from a working or a show line.

I have had two BC's and now have 2 BCxSpaniels and each one was different in terms of liking water and mud, being clean, being licky and exercise.

You are correct in saying that they have boundless energy - a good collie does the work of 5 men on a farm and can operate on just a few hours of sleep. They also attach themselves to one person in the family but are quite obedient to all members of the family.

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“Advanced Dog Owner Dog”

Written on: 09/11/2014 by maryallen (1 review written)

BC's can be either the worst dog you ever owned or the best. It depends on how much time you have to put into them. That's why I call them the advanced dog owner breed. If you get a puppy the first two years are critical. They must be exercised, socialized, and trained at something that challenges their cunning minds. And this requires many hours of each day 7 days a week. If you 're getting your first BC I highly recommend getting a female. They tend to be a bit less jacked up and more… Read Full Review

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“AMAZING,INTELLIGENT DOGS”

Written on: 22/03/2014 by 105House (1 review written)

Border collies have been bred for years, originated as sheep rounders they are playfull and need a garden. They are smart and brave and very sociable and friendly… Read Full Review

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“Absolutely the perfect dog!!!! I have my own and she...”

Written on: 17/09/2013 by llyy (1 review written)

Absolutely the perfect dog!!!! I have my own and she is the best, obedient, loyal, dog friendly dog. Good with all people. Doesn't bark at strangers at the door. Good with all our other pets. Very trainable and very loving… Read Full Review

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“most amazing dogs in the world especially with kids”

Written on: 13/09/2011 by shepbodie (1 review written)

i have had a border collie girl that was beaten up as a stray dog and brought her into my house she was my best friend for 16 years we never left each others side....I since took a while to get another collie and as an interverted person and a single mum of two gilrs 9 years later I was ready to get another collie for my kid was getting older brought a collie from a puppy mill and brought her for $350 and reported them and kept her for 2 years after my new born baby was born i say another pup… Read Full Review

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“Border Collies are THE most intelligent of all dog...”

Written on: 12/09/2010 by Walks Far Man (32 reviews written)

Border Collies are THE most intelligent of all dog breeds. Because of this they are the easiest to train. However, a word of caution here, they also learn bad habits very quickly, so it's imperative that you know what you're doing. You must be committed to this breed as they are no good if your ideal dog is one that will lay on the settee all day never wanting to go for long walks. You would be better off with a Greyhound for that.

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“Border collies make absolutely wonderful pets. They...”

Written on: 23/07/2010

Border collies make absolutely wonderful pets. They are definately not for owners who want a dog but don't want to train or play with them as they are incredibly inteligent and NEED to be doing something. I have trained mine from day one - she only toilets in a certain place (an easy to clean patch of yard 3feet square - never on the lawn, there are areas in the garden she is not allowed on but I only have to tell her once that it's 'not allowed' and she never does goes or touches anything… Read Full Review

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“I always said I would have a border collie when the...”

Written on: 30/04/2010

I always said I would have a border collie when the kids had left home, so we had a lovely little puppy, and called her Jesse. She is now 6 months old, and I can say that she is with-out any doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Both my wife and I love her to bits and she does everything we ask of her and more, she is very intelligent, loyal, and fits in well in our house knowing exactly her place,
I walk her regularly, and am training her to be well behaved with good manors, she… Read Full Review

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“Two weeks ago we took on a rescue tri colour collie...”

Written on: 28/06/2009

Two weeks ago we took on a rescue tri colour collie from a dogs home; she is 9 months old and totally gorgeous. Never thought about a collie before until we found her (previous dog was Newfoundland) but being well prepared for all the exercise entailed was a help. They are highly intelligent and she has picked up on lots of commands already. Being slightly timid at first she has now relaxed and is very loving. Having said that I would not recommend to anyone who does little exercise or who… Read Full Review

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“i have 1 border collie who has just given birth to 6...”

Written on: 18/12/2008

i have 1 border collie who has just given birth to 6 beautiful puppies. Sacha is playful and very intelligent but can also be quiet and very loving and loyal. I recently lost my other border collie due to old age and her was 1 in a million. I personally would never have another type of dog… Read Full Review

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“We have two Border Collies; a 12 year old dog called...”

Written on: 10/11/2008 by Jezzi1984 (3 reviews written)

We have two Border Collies; a 12 year old dog called Barney and a 12 week old bitch called Dita. Barney has been a wonderful dog, practically trained himself and has always been pleasant and a delight to have around. We got our new pup because we thought she might help to keep ageing Barney young, which has worked a treat. The pair of them are great entertainment but often a bit too clever for their own good- especially when they work together. Admittedly, there have been times when I have just… Read Full Review

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“Our border is 2 now and is the complete opposite to a...”

Written on: 12/05/2008 by alanwilson04 (3 reviews written)

Our border is 2 now and is the complete opposite to a typical collie you read about, he was brought up with a strict training regime from day 1 so that he understood when to be excited or not. All he does in the house now is rest and watch unless you invite him over to play or go the park.

When starting toilet training he took about 3 months to show any sign of not going in the house
When toilet training started kicking in in his system he had it sussed in a week.

Sometimes I've noticed… Read Full Review

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“Border Collie's are very loving dogs. They are loyal,...”

Written on: 28/06/2007 by wabbithunter (1 review written)

Border Collie's are very loving dogs. They are loyal, and they would do just about anything for you. I wouldn't recommend a Border Collie to somebody who can't exercise them much… Read Full Review

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“Sassie is a Border Collie / Labrador. She's is a...”

Written on: 28/08/2006 by SaraCanning (1 review written)

Sassie is a Border Collie / Labrador. She's is a beautiful dog, very good around children and she has a very good nature. She's one and half years old and is a very big dog. We love her dearly, she gets on with our cat too… Read Full Review

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“I have recently bought a smooth haired Border Collie...”

Written on: 19/04/2006 by jackiel (10 reviews written)

I have recently bought a smooth haired Border Collie puppy. He was 8 weeks old when I got him, and he is now coming up to 5 months old. He was very easy to train commands, but very difficult to house train. He seemed to have a fear of outside. We gradually got over this by spending lengths of time out in the garden with him, and slowly he will now go into the garden on his own. He is very loving, and always wants attention. He is very curious as to the Guinea pig I also have. They have met on a… Read Full Review

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“We have 3 Border Collies who are very affectionate but...”

Written on: 15/02/2006 by alisone (1 review written)

We have 3 Border Collies who are very affectionate but also independent. They love walks and playing fetch or just running around. This breed does need plenty of exercise but as we live on a farm they have planty of space to run around all day. I do love this breed as they are very intelligent but very loveable… Read Full Review

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“I know of several owners who keep Border Collies...”

Written on: 12/01/2006 by ivan1890 (23 reviews written)

I know of several owners who keep Border Collies simply as pets and who highly recommend the breed. I also note with pleasure the numerous favourable reviews of the breed on this site. But, I can only speak from my own personal experience which I now honestly summarise.
First, let me explain that having effectively ran an informal 'dogs rescue centre'for several years; being familiar with many breeds of dog; and having twice personally attempted to permanently rehome two dogs of this breed I… Read Full Review

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Magnetic's Response to ivan1890's Review

Written on: 18/01/2006

You obviously really know Border Collies! I have owned BCs for 37 years so, like you, have some experience. I have kept them as purely domestic pets - but agree that, for most people, this would be a mistake. They are certainly the most intelligent of dogs and think nothing of inventing games to keep themselves amused. They take a lot of controlling because they are not like other dogs in that they will not do ANYTHING to please their owner - quite the reverse - they prefer to train their owner to do anything to please THEM!

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“I have two dogs, a Border Collie and a Border...”

Written on: 06/09/2005 by cathyjones (2 reviews written)

I have two dogs, a Border Collie and a Border Collie/Labrador cross.
When I first took them to the vets, she said to me, "very intelligent dogs. You don't need to train them, just give them the book to read". HAHA. Perhaps I picked the daft ones! The Labrador cross is brilliant! She has the Collie colouring, but has the shape of a Labrador, and the attitude. These dogs are fantastic, but they do take a lot of effort. Bear in mind that they are working dogs, but they are sweet, and… Read Full Review

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“I have a Labrador crossed with a Border Collie, and my...”

Written on: 02/08/2005 by expert (5 reviews written)

I have a Labrador crossed with a Border Collie, and my dog shows many Collie characteristics. She is unbelieveably loyal, which is great when she greets you, but not so great if your out of the house for long periods of time, as she gets very upset. Also, she is quite agressive towards other dogs when they come up to me, as she wants to protect me. She is clever, and quite easy to train, but this means you have to exercise her a lot to keep her occupied.
Overall Border Collies are one of the… Read Full Review

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