Border Collie

USD $600-$800 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 38
Origin England Scotland Wales
Other Names Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$800
How much does a Border Collie cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $600 to $800 on your Border Collie if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Border Collie from a shelter.
Size Large
Weight Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg),
Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Height Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm),
Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. And FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Purpose Sheep Herding
Date of Origin 1800s
Ancestry Roman Herding Dogs, Spitz-type Herders

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Feathered, Moderately Long, Short, Straight
Coat Colors Black, Black & White, Blue merle, Blue merle-tricolor, Brindle, Gold, Lilac, Red, Red merle, Sable, Sable Merle, Saddleback Sable, Slate merle, Tan, Tricolor, White & Blue, White & Blue Merle
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Amber, Blue, Brown, Hazel
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Brindle, Brown, Cream, Gray, Red, Sable, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Dematter, Flea Comb, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Alert, Defensive, Energetic, Intelligent, Loyal, Protective, Respondent, Responsive, Tenacious, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Yes
Therapy Dog Yes
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Yes
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Allergies, Collie Eye Anomaly, Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia, Osteochondrosis Dissecans, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 90 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Cups Per Day 2.5 cups
Daily Cost $1.75 - $2.25
Monthly Cost $52.50 - $67.50


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Border Collie have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies (Once a year.)


The Border Collie is a medium-sized breed of dog that is known for its intelligence, agility, and loyalty. This breed has been around for centuries and is still popular today due to its many desirable traits. The Border Collie has a unique appearance that sets it apart from other breeds. It has a long, thick coat that can be either black and white or red and white in color. Its ears are pointed and its eyes are bright and alert. The Border Collie also has an athletic build with strong legs and a deep chest.

When it comes to size, the Border Collie typically stands between 18-22 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 30-45 pounds when fully grown. This breed can live up to 15 years with proper care.

The personality of the Border Collie is one of its most attractive features; they are highly intelligent, energetic, loyal, loving dogs who thrive on human companionship. They have an intense work ethic which makes them great working dogs as well as family pets; they excel in activities such as agility competitions or herding livestock on farms or ranches.

Border Collies are friendly with other dogs, children, strangers, and other animals if properly socialized from an early age; however they may be wary of unfamiliar people or animals if not properly socialized early on in life. They do best when given plenty of exercise to keep them mentally stimulated; without enough physical activity they may become bored or destructive which can lead to behavioral issues such as barking excessively or chewing furniture/clothing items around the house.

The temperament of the Border Collie is generally calm but alert; they make excellent watchdogs due to their keen sense of hearing but will not bark excessively unless provoked by something unusual happening in their environment (such as strangers entering their home). They are also very loyal companions who will form strong bonds with their owners over time if given enough love and attention throughout their lives.

When it comes to health concerns associated with this breed there are some common issues such as hip dysplasia (a genetic condition affecting the hip joints), eye problems (such as progressive retinal atrophy), epilepsy (seizures), allergies (skin irritation caused by certain allergens), hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland) among others which should be monitored closely by your veterinarian throughout your pet’s life span for early detection/treatment purposes if necessary .

The adaptability level of the Border Collie is quite high; this breed does well in both rural settings where there’s plenty of room for running around outdoors as well as urban environments where space may be limited but regular walks/exercise sessions can still be provided daily . As far as benefits go , owning a Border Collie means having an incredibly intelligent companion who loves being active , loves learning new things , loves spending time outdoors , loves playing games , loves being part of a family unit ,and most importantly loves being loved unconditionally .


The Border Collie is a breed of dog that originated in the Anglo-Scottish border region of the United Kingdom. The breed was developed for herding sheep and cattle. They are considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs and are often used in dog sports and working trials. The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog with a moderate amount of coat that can be either short or long. The coat is usually black and white, but can also be red and white, blue merle, or tricolored.

The Border Collie breed almost became extinct due to the popularity of other breeds of dogs such as the Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever. However, the Border Collie breed has made a comeback in recent years and is now one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the United States. The ancestry of the Border Collie is thought to include several other herding breeds such as the Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Kelpie, Bearded Collie, Briard, Welsh Sheepdog, and Old English Sheepdog.

The Border Collie was recognized as a separate breed by the Kennel Club (UK) in 1915. In 1930, the firstBorder Collies were imported to the United States. Today, the Border Collie is considered to be one of the most versatile breeds of dogs and can be found participating in many different activities such as agility, obedience, flyball, herding, tracking, and even acting.

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