New Brunswick, NJ
Life Is To Be Enjoyed...
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"In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured."
-- Gordon B. Hinckley
The Border Collie is the reigning "workaholic" of the canine world. Incredibly intelligent and energetic (not to mention intensely adorable), they have a reputation for thriving on praise alone. These dogs are perfectionists with an innate need to please.
One of the most trainable breeds in the land (they are often cited as the most intelligent of all dogs), Border Collies frequently take top honors in agility, obedience and Frisbee competitions, as well as in herding trials. They are also commonly employed to perform narcotics and bomb detection, search and rescue missions and general police work.
True to their working heritage, these dogs make VERY demanding, but loyal and loving pets. BCs are NOT small apartment dogs; they need plenty of room to run and burn off steam. They also require lots (and lots) of physical and mental stimulation and are happiest when given a job to do, such as playing fetch or rounding up your kids at the park after playtime has ended. (Kidding sort of.)
These action-loving herders will quickly grow bored (and potentially neurotic) with nothing to do. If there is insufficient activity, a cooped up Collie will find destructive ways to entertain himself - like chewing up your favorite chair or digging a hole under the fence in the backyard. (They are known for their Houdini-like escape tactics.) As with many working breeds, Border Collies can be motion-sensitive and may occasionally chase vehicles. Luckily this dangerous trait can be subdued with proper training.
Border Collies typically coexist well with children and most other dogs, but it's best to provide ample supervision when they are introduced to small non-canine pets.
June 17th, 2013
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