Border Collie

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 6in - 1ft 11in
Weight: 30-55lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 14 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train5/5
  • Can Be Alone1/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Border Collie Information

Border Collie breedIf you want a smart, hardworking dog who is also an affectionate friend, consider a Border Collie. Currently the 39th most popular dog in the United States, the Border Collie is a well known breed, with a love of staying busy and the tendency to “herd” those around him, due to his natural instincts. This pup is incredibly smart and very active, so you should have adequate space and time to play with them.

Even though these dogs are independent and high energy, they like to be around people and are known to snuggle up on your lap. They come in a variety of colors – black, blue, red, white and every color in between.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Border Collies be apartment dogs?

Border Collies don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Border Collies be left alone?

Border Collies are extremely social and need lots of interaction with their owners. They don't like being left alone and will likely become destructive or anxious if left for long periods.

Are Border Collies good with kids?

Border Collies can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Border Collies friendly with strangers?

Border Collies tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Border Collies get along with other dogs?

Although Border Collies will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Border Collies bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Border Collies bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Border Collies shed a lot?

Border Collies shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Border Collies need a lot of grooming?

Although Border Collies require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Border Collies need a lot of exercise?

Expect Border Collies to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Border Collies easy to train?

The Border Collie is smart and extremely trainable. They will learn commands quickly and love the bond of training with their owner.

Can Border Collies handle cold weather?

Border Collies do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Border Collies handle hot weather?

Border Collies do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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