Are Border Collie Puppies Good for You?


Border collie puppies are some of the most adorable dogs on which you will ever lay eyes. These adorable creatures are designed so that you can love them and put them to work. But the truth is that there are many different beliefs out there about border collies and Border collie puppies. Some believe that they make wonderful family pets that belong in the house with ample time spent outside exercising and running around, and some believe that this particular breed does not make a good house pet. The difference in opinion is not something anyone can change, and it’s really all in how you approach the situation. So what we’ve done, in an effort to dispel the myths and the truths, is seek information from Border collie breeders that have been working with these puppies for many years, vets, and dog experts. It’s time to get down to the truth and find out whether or not border collie puppies should be adopted/purchased for family life or for work. Please note that if you already have an opinion on this subject, it may or may not agree with those of other Border collie experts.

Border Collies Need Jobs

It is absolutely true that Border collie puppies need a job – and this is not something that goes away as they grow older. These are dogs born and bred to work. If you do not give them a job to do, they will find one of their own. And while this sounds like many people’s dream animal – the Border collie’s idea of a job to keep him or her occupied is not dishes or laundry. Typically, this dog will end up in more trouble than you imagined if left to its own devices. It’s not a dog that you can just buy or adopt to keep at home with you to play with and have fun. It does need a job. Of course, ever individual dog is different. Some people who own this breed will disagree that their dog is perfectly happy to sit around the house and do nothing. But according to vets and Border collie breeders, this is not the case as a whole.

They’re Very Intelligent

This is another truth. While most dog experts believe that all breeds are smart and that the smartest are equivalent to a two-year-old child, there are many who believe that the Border collie is a lot smarter than that, and provide this breed with an advanced level of intelligence. Others prefer to disagree. However, there is a general consensus that this breed is one of the most intelligent that you will find in the dog community. For example, many Border collie breeders and owners note that their puppies are so intelligent that they can learn a new trick or command in just a matter of minutes and will then perform it over and over again throughout the course of its life. This may or may not be true for all dogs from this breed, but it does seem to be a truth that many people agree with more so than not.

They are Natural Herders

This is true; this is a dog that is designed to make sure that livestock moves. It’s also a breed that typically prefers to make anything herd. Professionals agree that Border collie puppies and adults will herd just about anything that moves. And because this is the truth, many of these dogs will need constant care when out in the yard. The reason is that they will try to herd traffic and cars if they are allowed, and this is never something that ends on a good note. In fact, a vast number of Border collies lose their lives because they are attempting to herd moving vehicles, which is never a good idea.

If you decide that this is the breed for you – and it is a wonderful breed -, you will want to spend a great deal of time with the dog doing ‘work’ such as playing fetch. This dog likes to work, and this is a job for it. You throw something, and the dog will chase it, retrieve it and bring it back to you to repeat the process. The good news is that this sort of kills two birds with one stone; you get to exercise the dog and you and you get to work the dog, which this breed loves.

Are You Ready for this Breed?

Now that you know what some of the most common myths and truths are regarding Border collie puppies, you need to know whether or not this is the right breed for you. You should ask yourself a few basic questions, such as whether or not the family wants a dog, if you have the time and financial ability to raise a dog, if you have the patience for a dog, and if you prefer an active dog such as this breed. If you don’t have several hours a day to spend walking and playing with the dog, this might not be the breed for you.

But if you have a big yard and livestock, this might be an excellent breed. And that’s not to say you can’t get a Border collie just for fun to live in your livestock-free yard. You can find chores and jobs for the dog to do to keep it happy and exercising. This is a very active dog, so it’s probably a good idea that you are a very active person. One of the biggest considerations you should make is whether or not you will have time with the dog or if you are away from home for work or other activities too often. This is not a dog that does well on its own, which means that you should go ahead and make sure you’re not working 80-hour weeks. This is a great dog for anyone who has the time to care for it, exercise it and give it the kind of attention it needs.

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