19-22" (48-56 cm) 30-45 lb (12-20 kg) Double coat that varies in length. Outercoat can be long, medium or short. Innercoat is short and dense. All colours and mixes of colours acceptable: black and white, blue and white, chocolate and white, red and white, blue merle, tricolour (black, tan, white).
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The Border Collie was bred to herd. Sheep herding was a significant occupation in the border country between Scotland, England and Wales. When Romans introduced herding with dogs, herders began selecting canines for the task and interbred a variety of specialized breeds to produce the best working sheep dog, generally called a Collie. In 1894, a dog named Old Hemp, who was considered the ideal sheep dog, became the founder of what is now known as the Border Collie. Prized for his trainability and”eye” (the hypnotic way he stares at sheep to will them to move as desired), the breed was imported to North America in the early 1900s where it became an essential working farm dog.
Considered one of the most intelligent breeds, the Border Collie can think for himself and is first and foremost a working dog. He needs mental stimulation to be happy, whether working with sheep or in obedience and agility trials. Because of his herding instinct, a Border Collie tends to herd anyone and everyone around him. This makes him more appropriate for older children.
Hollowshot Border Collies, Maxine Netherway. Hollowshot Border Collies. I am a Breeder of Merit with the American Kennel Club and bred Show Champions, Working dogs and sport dogs all successful in their field, for the pet home they have a wonderful temperament and known for their off switch. Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0. (705) 696-1926; email@example.com; www.hollowshotbordercollie.com.