More About Border Collies, the breed and their origin.


Border Collies are Super Clever

The Border Collie is one of the most intelligent of all dogs. The border collie breed has an instinctive desire to work closely and intensely with a human handler and are used on farms to assist with the herding of livestock. The border collie breed are now also becoming increasingly popular as pets and are exceptionally loyal companion animals.

Border Collies were made in Scotland

The Border Collie is descended from droving and gathering breeds originating on the Scottish-English and Welsh-English borders, including the Cumberland Sheepdog. Mention of the “Collie” or “Colley” type first appeared toward the end of the 19th century.


Border Collie a dog of many colours

In general, Border Collies are medium-sized dogs without extreme physical characteristics and a moderate amount of coat, which means not much hair will be shed.

The border collies double coats can be anywhere from slick to lush, and can come in many colors, although black and white is by far the most common. Black tricolor (black/tan/white or sable and white), red (chocolate) and white, and red tricolour (red/tan/white) also occur regularly.

Border Collies Eye color varies from deep brown to amber or blue with occasionally one eye of each color. The ears of the Border Collie are also highly variable. In general a dog’s appearance is considered to be irrelevant, it is much more useful to identify a working Border Collie by its attitude and ability than by its looks.

Border Collies LOVE to work

Border Collies require considerable daily physical exercise and mental stimulation. Border Collies are happiest with a job to do. However, a job to a border collie isn’t necessarily working livestock. An activity such as Frisbee, chasing and retrieving a ball, or just simply playing chase will also suffice.

At Chrisri our dogs are best suited in their instinctive role – that of a herder. These photos tell their own tale of the dedication, concentration and pride of this unique breed on a task well done.