Border Collies are an adorable breed. He is a very alert dog with a great deal of energy. He is very tenacious and extremely responsive. He is a relatively small breed, and he can grow to up to 1 foot, 10 inches tall. He can weigh between 30 and 45 pounds. He was originally bred to work on farms because he could use his hypnotic stare while he would crouch low and sneak up on sheep. After that, it was very easy to move the herd. If you are considering adoption a Border Collie, you should be careful of all the myths about there about this dog. There are several myths that could keep you from adopting a Border Collie or a Border Collie of a certain age. To learn more about the myths to watch out for, read on.
Myth #1 – Border Collies Stop Being Puppies Stop Being Puppies When They Are a Year Old
Many people believe that by the time a Border Collie turns one, that he is no longer a puppy and that he will calm down a great deal. This is not true. You cannot expect your Border Collie to stop acting like a puppy until he is three or four years old. Some don’t calm down until they are four or five.
Myth #2 – A Border Collie’s Behavior is Based On His Gender
Some people think that if they get a female Border Collie that she will behave a certain way and if they get a male, he will behave a certain way. This is not true. The Border Collie’s characteristics and personality are not based on his gender. These things vary from dog to dog, just like humans.
Myth #3 – Border Collies Are So Smart They Can Train Themselves
Yes, Border Collies are very intelligent, however, they do need to be trained when they are young. Regardless of how smart the dog is, he cannot teach himself to go to the bathroom outdoors. He also cannot teach himself not to bark and bite. You do need to properly train a Border Collie, but due to his intelligence, he is easy to train.
Myth #4 – All Border Collies Are Yippy Dogs
Yes, some Border Collies are yippers, however, with proper training, he can be broken out of this habit in no time. Any dog can be a yipper or a barker if not trained properly. This characteristic does not describe all Border Collies and only Border Collies.
Myth #5 – Border Collies Need To Be Adopted As Puppies In a Home With Children
Many parents of young children believe that if they are going to adopt a Border Collie, that they need to adopt a puppy. This is not true. A Border Collie of any age would be a great addition to any family. As long as his new owners are kind and patient, it shouldn’t take long before he is fitting right in with his new family.
Border Collies are a fun and intelligent breed of dog. If you are considering adopting one, you should. Now that you know the truth and the myths, it should make your decision to adopt one that much easier.