The ‘Busy’ Border Collie: Breed Info and Facts About Border Collies

border collie dog breed is a busy working breed

Do you already own a border collie and want to learn more about this breed? Maybe you’re interested in adopting a border collie into your family and want to find out if they are good around children, whether they are easy to train and if they bark a lot. This guide to border collies will answer these questions and many more.

Do Border Collies Bark a Lot?

The border collie is a barking breed. Pretty much anything that moves quickly — people on bikes, skateboarders, cars driving by, people jogging, squirrels — will cause a border collie to bark. Although barking is a dog’s way of communicating, if you ignore them, they become persistent. One reason a border collie may bark excessively is they are high-energy dogs that enjoy staying busy. They were bred to be herding dogs, so boredom is not acceptable to a border collie. This breed needs to be challenged with plenty of daily activities to help reduce the need to bark at everything.

How to stop border collie from barking?

Exercise your high-energy border collie every day. A regular routine that combines physical exercise and mental stimulation will leave them less likely to bark for no apparent reason.

With time, patience, and consistency, border collies can be trained not to bark.

First, figure out what causes your dog to bark and try to eliminate those stimuli. If you can’t remove the sights and sounds that make your dog bark, you can try distractions. For example, if your border collie barks and chases cars, which is typical border collie behavior, keep them inside and out of sight during busy traffic times. Close your curtains and blinds to prevent visual stimulation. If distractions and removing stimuli aren’t possible (or don’t work), try taking him for a run or a game of fetch or Frisbee in the morning to tire him out. Take him for another walk in the afternoon to help chill him out for the evening traffic.

Additionally, use our train, treat, repeat training method that we describe in our guide to dog barking. A positive reinforcement followed immediately by firm voice commands with the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool will help your training.

Dog training is not a solo act. You must make sure everyone in your household knows the train, treat, repeat method for stopping unwanted behaviors and rewarding positive behaviors. Without consistency among everyone in your home, the very smart border collie will know who is an easy mark and who’s tougher on discipline!

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Facts About Border Collies 

Border collies are intelligent, energetic, and affectionate. This strong athletic breed excels at agility training, obedience competitions and herding events. Border collies are extremely energetic and require more than a mere walk in the park to satisfy his need for exercise. They do well with active, outdoorsy-type owners. Border collies need plenty of space to work off their energy, so a large running area is a must. Because of the border collie’s herding traits and gathering behaviors, they might not make for a good family pet if you have small children.

  • Size: The average height range for border collies is 18-22 inches and the weight range is 30-55 pounds.
  • Life expectancy: A healthy border collie lives an average 12-15 years.
  • Coat: The double-coat of border collies is dense and weather-resistant, which can be rough or smooth.
  • AKC group: Border collies belong to the AKC herding group.

Are Border Collies Easy to Train?

While border collies are extremely intelligent and highly trainable, they need early socialization and obedience training throughout their lives to ensure they are happy and well-rounded. Without physical exercise and mental stimulation, a border collie can display destructive behaviors. Although a firm trainer and positive reinforcement increase the odds of successful training, this breed can be overly sensitive to sounds and touch, so physical corrections aren’t necessary. Border collies require a crazy amount of exercise to satisfy their need to work, so a 45-minute walk before a training session might help him focus. Incorporating games into training sessions might prove helpful as well.

Do Border Collies Need Grooming?

Regardless of whether your border collie has a smooth, short coat or the medium-length rough coat the grooming needs are the same. Regular brushing with the BarxBuddy Self-Cleaning Dog Brush once or twice a week helps prevent tangles and matting. Border collies are seasonal shedders that will require daily brushing to remove the dead hair from the coat and reduce what hair you find on your floors and furniture. As with all breeds, border collie needs routine nail trims with the proper tools, like the BarxBuddy nail clippers. Don’t forget to frequently brush your pet’s teeth to ensure good oral health and overall well-being.

What If My Breed Is a Border Collie Mix?

Border collie mixes can bring all kinds of uniqueness to your pet. Thanks to inheriting traits from both parents, your mixed breed might retain the border collie loyalty and herding tendency. On the other hand you might find your mix is more laid-back and does not require an excessive amount of exercise to keep him content.

Here are some popular border collie breed mixes:

  • Bodacion — border collie + dalmatian
  • Borador — border collie + Labrador retriever
  • Border beagle — border collie + beagle
  • Border collie pit — border collie + pitbull
  • Border collie Pyrenees — border collie + Great Pyrenees
  • Border heeler — border collie + blue heeler
  • Border Jack — border collie + Jack Russell terrier
  • Border point — border collie + pointer
  • Border-Aussie — border collie + Australian shepherd
  • Bordoodle — border collie + poodle
  • Borgi — border collie + Pembroke Welsh corgi
  • Golden collie — border collie + golden retriever