All About: The Border Collie



The border collie is a medium-sized dog that is very athletic, highly intelligent and has loads of energy. It descends from the sheepdogs on the British Isles and is named after the border between England and Scotland. This breed is extremely driven, loyal, and hard-working. Border collies are happiest when they are working or playing, and will only settle down for cuddle time when the workday is done.

A hugely popular breed, border collies can make excellent companions for very active households. Their tendency to herd may make them less ideal for very small children, but they can be trained to act properly around children. Older, gentle kids can do quite well with the breed. Overall, this is a much-loved and celebrated dog breed that bonds closely with its human companions.

The border collie originates from sheepdogs on the British Isles and was developed on the border of England and Scotland (after which it was eventually named). The border collie has remained true to its origins as a hardy, diligent, working dog. In the mid-1800s, Queen Victoria became quite fond of the breed and likely contributed to its legacy as the ideal sheep-herding dog breed.

Over the years, the border collie has upheld its reputation as a highly intelligent worker. The breed was brought to the sheep ranches of Australia and New Zealand in the past century. Border collies have been highly successful at herding, agility, Frisbee, and many other activities. The border collie was officially recognized by the AKC in 1995.