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Speedy2662 06-23-2014 11:55 AM

Border Collie Q&A
Recently Jaxx's mom has been wondering about Border Collies, so I thought that I'll make a thread in case anyone else is wondering.
Feel free to ask any questions and I'll try to answer them :)
The answers will be answered based on Zack's behaviour (and of some other BC's I know)

Originally Posted by Jaxx's mom
Have you noticed him calming down a little as he gets older? Jaxx hasn't calmed down at all, and he is 1 year 7 months.

No. Zack is about 1.5 years old and he is still very hyper and energetic. If you get them good exercise (let's say about an hour or a half per day) they'll be the best and calmest dogs in the world :) If you don't, they can get themselves into trouble, for example stealing, chewing, etc - it's just them being bored :p
I have heard they calm down when they're a bit older - 3 years old maybe? :)

(I'm not a professional as most of you know, I'm trying to answer referring to Zack and trying to help some people out if they're curious about getting a BC.)

Thanks! :D

misslesleedavis1 06-23-2014 12:19 PM

People comment on how remarkably calm dex is for a bc, so even go as far to say "such good shape for a senior" lol he is 3 :) its because he is engaged in an activity for a few hours a day. I broke my tail bone a couple winters ago and andrew was busy with work, his personality changed, he chewed up a bunch of stuff and paced and panted tons because I was not as mobile as I should have been and he was not as exercised as I would have liked him to be.

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Jaxx's mom 06-23-2014 12:35 PM

Thanks so much! :) I sure hope they start calming down, lol.

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blackshep 06-23-2014 01:12 PM

I do flyball and the BC's I run are very, very, VERY active even as older dogs, they just don't seem to slow down. Part of it is the bloodlines, the flyball dogs are pretty 'hot' and come from the working lines. The show line's are bigger bodied and seem to be much more mellow.

This is a breed you definitely need to work mentally and physically to keep them happy.

Speedy2662 06-23-2014 04:12 PM


Originally Posted by Jaxx's mom (Post 5679305)
Thanks so much! :) I sure hope they start calming down, lol.

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No problem!
If you / anyone else has some questions about Border Collies please reply and I'll try to answer them :D

Mikelia 06-23-2014 06:25 PM

Mine is going on 6 years old (she's a mix but all bc brain) and she is still crazy. I love her, and she is a wonderful housepet but she still needs to be kenneled or she will find something to get into. We recently moved to the country so she is a lot busier than when we lived in a basement apartment and she is finally starting to not lick her feet. She has licked her feet for years, I started agility as a job for her to try to stop it but unless we were constantly in class/trial it made no difference. It took moving to 350 acres, a bigger house and 6 years of maturity for her to finally settle down to a normal house dog. And she is much too smart for her own good lol.

Liesje 06-23-2014 06:35 PM

My experience is the same as blackshep. I too do flyball and four of the people on my team foster BCs for a rescue so we constantly have BCs. We have one on our team turning 1 year this week, he has a hole in his heart and is still crazy! They are super smart, a different kind of smart than a GSD. I'm not really sure how to explain it. I couldn't live with dogs like that, but they are fun to watch when they are being trained with someone that "clicks" with that sort of dog.

mssandslinger 06-23-2014 07:52 PM

me and my BF have been thinking very heavily on getting a BC. I have always loved the breed.

blackshep 06-24-2014 07:34 AM

I thought this was a good piece on Dogs 101 to give a good overview of the breed.

Dogs 101: Border Collie : Video : Animal Planet

If you're committed to working them and challenging them, they are just the sweetest and most loyal dogs, but boy oh boy, you'd better be prepared for it! Prepare for the worst, hope for the best!

There are certainly BC's who can settle in the house, but as a rule, they don't have the off switch that a GSD has and have a tendency to get neurotic and OCD, like Mikelia's experience.

I should take a vid at our next flyball practice when they first let the dogs out to give you an idea of the energy before they get worked. lol

DJEtzel 06-24-2014 03:05 PM

I may be biased, but my Border Collie rocks! ;) by DJetzel, on Flickr by DJetzel, on Flickr by DJetzel, on Flickr

Only real downside is that he is noise sensitive. Great on/off switch, great drive, great athlete, great with other dogs, loves people, very smart and loves offering new behaviors. Quiet in the crate- great travel companion!

He'll be two in July.

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