Today our breed feature is on the handsome/beautiful Border Collie. These pups sure are adorable, and come with an interesting history!
What They're Famous For: Border Collies are known for their impressive herding capabilities. You might remember the Border Collie, Fly, in the pig movie Babe. Fly was a fun-loving Border Collie in the movie who herded sheep with a passion. "Fly" from the movie really did accurately represent what Border Collies are famous for: herding sheep.
History: Surprisingly, the Border Collie wasn't officially recognized by the American Kennel Club as a breed until the year 1995. The Border Collie became distinct from the Collie way back in 1860 when Queen Victoria took a liking to the breed. "Scotch Collies", as they were called then, grew in popularity and became a top choice for farmers.
Size: Medium. Border Collies stand at about 18 to 22 inches tall and have a muscular but lean build that weighs them in at about 30 pounds.
Appearance: Border Collies come in two varieties when it comes to their gorgeous fur: those with medium-length coats and those with short coats. Border Collies come in a variety of colors as well but they're most known for their black-and-white, medium-length coat. They also have a distinct "herding eye", meaning that they have an intelligent, intense gaze.
Who They're Perfect For: Border Collies are ideal for those who don't want a big dog and also don't want a small dog. Their medium size makes them the perfect companion whether you have a big or small house. Border Collies hate being alone, so they're not the best dog for busy people. If you want to teach your dog tricks, they're perfect for you because of their quick brain and keen intelligence.