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About Border Collie

The Border Collie breed was famous in the hilly border between England and Scotland. Shepherds used these dogs to control sheep in the grazing fields. Their energy, stamina, and sharp eyes made them qualify for the herding job. Today, they are still used in ranches and various dog sports. If you want the breed as a family companion or for herding, there is a Border Collie for sale near me variety here.

As you book one of the Border Collies from the ads above, here are some details about the dog to remember.

Border Collie Overview


Males (19-22 inches) Females (18-21 inches)


Males (31-55 pounds), Females (26-42 pounds)


Double rough and smooth varieties. The rough variant is medium length, while the smooth type is short.

Coat Color

Standard colors include black and white, black tricolor (black, white, and tan), bicolor, merle, and solid, excluding white


Hardworking, alert, intelligent, and energetic



Litter Size

4-8 puppies


England and Scotland border region


12-15 years

Border Collie History

The Romans introduced the dog breeding culture in Britain after conquering the island in the year 43. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius, the legions occupying Britannia brought their primary source of food – the livestock. Everywhere the livestock went, dogs followed. These herding dogs were one of the parent breeds of the Border Collie.

During Rome's long and slow fall, Viking raiders flooded into Britain. They brought their dog breeds, too. They were smaller, spitz-type, and quicker. The Viking-owned breed was used to develop the present Icelandic Sheepdog. The same breed was crossed with the Roman herding dogs to bring up the beginning of Border Collie development. It was an agile and compact dog that became equipped to work in the rocky and hilly Scotland and Wales highlands.

The Border Collies evolved to become the best herders. How they creep, crouch, and run is something that admires can watch all day. That is why shepherds favor it when they need a grazing helper. The dog has been on the British Isles for centuries, and they are kings in agility competitions. They are also highly recognized for their intelligence. The AKC herding group recognized the Border Collie in 1995.  

Other Names for the Border Collie

The following names are also associated with the Border Collie:

  • Welsh sheepdog
  • Highland Collie
  • Northern sheepdog
  • Scotch Collie
  • Border

Related Collie Breeds Available

Apart from the Border Collies for sale available here, we also have other types of collies. They either share the same genes as the Border type (due to cross-breeding) or have the same characteristics. They include:

  • Rough Collie
  • Bearded Collie
  • Smooth Collie
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Border Collie Lab mix
  • Australian Shepherd Border Collie mix (Aussie Border Collie mix or the Border-Aussie)
  • German Shepherd Border Collie mix
  • Border Collie Husky mix
  • Border Collie Pitbull mix
  • Golden Retriever Border Collie mix (or Golden Border Collie)
  • Great Pyrenees Border Collie mix
  • Miniature Border Collie (or Mini Border Collie mix)
  • Border Collie Rottweiler mix
  • Blue Heeler Border Collie mix

You can check the Border Collie puppies for sale near me that our breeders have since the variety is enormous here. Whether you want a pure breed or a Border collie mix, we have what you need to represent the collie breed and culture.

Available Border Collie Colors

This is a dog breed with many colors. What we highlighted in the overview table reflects what is typical. Border breed colors include the following:

  • Blue
  • Blue Merle
  • Black
  • White and black
  • White and blue
  • White and red Merle
  • White ticked
  • Red
  • Red Merle
  • Sable
  • Saddleback sable
  • Gold
  • Brindle
  • Lilac


Border Collies have a height range of 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder and weigh a maximum of 55 pounds. The females' weight is, however, lower at about 42 pounds maximum and shorter. The coat texture is double, and it comes in two varieties. The rough type is medium in length, rough on the outside, and smooth on the inside. The Border breed with such a type has longer hair on the legs, belly, and chest areas.

The short-haired Border Collie has the smooth type with less feathering. The colors are more here. You can check the color list above to understand what to find on this collie type. The color variations available on Pets for Sale Today include the following:

  • Blue merle Border Collie
  • Red Border Collie
  • Red merle Border Collie
  • Black Border Collie
  • Merle Border Collie
  • Tricolor Border Collie
  • Lilac Border Collie (quite rare)

Other variants exist and define how Border Collies look. What we have described above is what you find in the US and England. What breeders and dog owners have in Australia and New Zealand differs. You get a breed with a long double coat, a longer and shorter body, soft dark eyes, and ears that are semi-pricked. Breed standards, on the other hand, have definitions that include a slightly curved tail that stops at the hock, and the fur must be lush.

Character Traits

The Border Collie is an exciting dog that can also be a piece of work. First, it's a breed known to be alert, hardworking, energetic, and intelligent. This dog learns so quickly that it can be challenging for you to keep it challenged.

It's also a breed that would always like to be busy. Otherwise, you may get the pet bored, and that's when it becomes a nuisance. If you don’t engage this dog in activity, it will start to dig, bark, and chase other animals and cars. If you want a house dog that can lie next to you, you better search for something else. This dog can graze, so don't expect some all-day cuddling. It only does that if it has the mood for it.

Due to the intelligence parked in this dog, it’s always alert with every cue you show it. Nowadays, only a few people herd the sheep, so Border Collies are finding something else to do. If you keep it in your compound, you will find it chasing other kids and pets. That is why it suits those with ranches and livestock to keep. It is also friendly when it knows your friends but will become shy and reserved toward strangers.

Taking Care of a Border Collie

Training and Exercise

A Border Collie requires early socialization training from the puppy stage to seven months old. It would help if you exposed it to different people and situations so that it can learn to interact. Obedience is also vital here to keep the dog happy and mentally stimulated. Their intelligence makes them easy to train, and if you have field activities, that serves the dog much better.

Due to their herding nature, it’s best when they deal with older children. If your children are too young, this is not the dog for them. Regarding exercise, this dog expects a daily routine of running and jumping, among other activities. They are helpful when they have a job, so they suit those with animals to graze or some sports activities for the dog.


An active dog requires nutritious food, which applies to the Border Collie. It can be home-prepared or manufactured, but it's advisable to consult a vet for the best portions. This dog can also get overweight if you don’t watch the calorie intake. The best part is that it’s an active dog that will keep the fat burning.

Treat it as you train, but don't overdo it to prevent the dog's obesity.


This dog does not require all the grooming techniques to keep it neat. What you can take care of is weekly brushing of the coat to avoid matting if your Border Collie is the rough kind. For the rest, brushing is necessary to keep the oils well distributed. The only time you need to brush frequently is during the shedding season.

Bathing can be done when necessary. It can be once after every 3-4 months or when the dog’s smell is worse. Brushing can be done twice or thrice in a week. It helps to get rid of bacteria and tartar buildup. Trimming the nails can be done once a month or when necessary. For the ears, you can clean them once every week as you check if there is a bad odor from them. If you detect a foul smell, that could be an infection loading. As you keep the dog neat, check out if there are any rashes, redness, or inflammation on the nose, eyes, mouth, and skin.

Border Collie Health Issues

The Border Collie's lifespan is between 12 and 15 years (or more). However, the following health conditions can affect how long and well a Border lives.

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Collie eye anomaly
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Addison disease
  • Elbow dysplasia

To keep your Border Collie healthy, you need to take it for a yearly checkup. Any early signs of a disease or abnormality should be treated on time to keep the active dog healthy.

Is a Border Collie the Dog You Need?

Here are the benefits and flaws of living with this breed.


  • An active dog that will keep you entertained
  • High intelligence
  • Easy to train
  • Excellent in grazing and dog sports competitions


  • It needs daily heavy exercise
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Chases other pets and cars, especially if not given proper exercise

What is The Cost of a Border Collie?

The Border Collie price ranges between $800 and $1500 for a puppy. High-quality ones can shoot to $3500. The cost here depends on the breeder's location, age, pedigree, and the quality of information, especially from the puppy's parents. Check the Border Collies for sale near me at the top for more price information and purchase. There are pure breeds and cross-bred ones from reputable breeders within your reach.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can a Border Collie stay indoors?

This dog breed is not meant to stay in the house. A Border Collie was developed to be on the shepherd’s side. It, therefore, belongs to the fields and not the house. Being a house dog means it will become stubborn.

2. Are Border Collies Noisy?

This is a barking breed since it’s easily stimulated. Border Collies are always alert, meaning they bark at anything that arouses their wits.

3. What is the difference between Border Collie and Border Collie mix?

A Border Collie is a pure breed. The parent breeds involved Roman herding dogs and the Viking spitz-type dog breed. A Border Collie mix is a breed that comes from crossing a Border and another breed. Examples include the Blue Heeler Border Collie mix and the Border Collie Lab mix.

4. What are the Border Collie disadvantages?

They are brilliant dogs that also think independently. That means they may do as they wish. If you don't exercise them daily, they may start irritating behaviors such as chasing and digging.

5. Where do Border Collies originate?

Border Collies originate from the rocky highlands of the Scotland and England border. They were developed for sheep herding purposes after Britain was introduced to the dog breeding culture after the Roman and Viking invasions.

Wrapping Up

The Border Collie dog breed excites those who need super active dogs. It's known as one of the pure breeds since it's a long time since its development. If you would like to own one today, proceed to the ads above and check for a Border Collie puppy for sale near me. There are color and mix varieties ready for picking from well-informed breeders. The prices are also within the Border affordable range, so your pockets will not be scared. Our sales will also help you get Border Collie breeders near me if you want to get a dog within your location.