Is a border collie right for me?

Is a border collie right for me? Topic: Is a border collie right for me?
June 24, 2019 / By Abaegayle
Question: So my house and garden is medium sized and near by there is loads of parks and fields, I would dedicate 4-5 Hrs a day for exercise/training, Also i have 2 cats which have the nicest personalities ever. Also i am quite interested in agility, fly ball and obedience and would like to take it to training classes and if its good at it maybe enter it in competitions. I would defiantly take it to training classes and teach it loads of cool tricks. Also im quite a active person. So is a border collie right for me?. Oh and which have to nicest temperament males or females? Thanks!
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Sonnie Sonnie | 2 days ago
Border Collies are at the tip top for the most intelligent canine. That tells you this breed requires serious challenges and constant work. I suggest checking into a local BC group if you can find one in your area or at least hook up with a BC blog. Also, attend agility trials & talk to people who own these magnificent dogs. Do serious homework BEFORE you take that leap. It sounds like you have what it takes but only YOU will know if you can and will follow through after you have talked to people who take owning this breed seriously. I do not have a male/female preference. Some people do. I don't think it matters much but ask around the BC families. Consider asking about having cats also. I know one person who owns a BC mix with cats. She has never had a problem but then again, it is really has much to do with the cats and the temperament of the dog.
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Sonnie Originally Answered: Is a border collie right for me?
Border Collies are at the tip top for the most intelligent canine. That tells you this breed requires serious challenges and constant work. I suggest checking into a local BC group if you can find one in your area or at least hook up with a BC blog. Also, attend agility trials & talk to people who own these magnificent dogs. Do serious homework BEFORE you take that leap. It sounds like you have what it takes but only YOU will know if you can and will follow through after you have talked to people who take owning this breed seriously. I do not have a male/female preference. Some people do. I don't think it matters much but ask around the BC families. Consider asking about having cats also. I know one person who owns a BC mix with cats. She has never had a problem but then again, it is really has much to do with the cats and the temperament of the dog.

Osbourne Osbourne
Sounds like you have the basics under control. A border collie may be just right for you. The sex of the dog really doesn't determine temperament though. Temperament is determined by genetics and training and socialization. That said, a male dog that is un-altered and unable to fulfill the urge to breed can sometimes become aggressive, or have other behavioral problems. I recommend you have the dog spayed or neutered. And you might want to check at your local shelter, the ones here always seem to have border collies.
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Lenny Lenny
Your lifestyle sounds suitable for the breed, but I will warn you about temperament - these dogs are WIRED and flighty and spastic and soft. I love them, but I am too hard-temperamented in my own personality to mesh well with one - most can't take a hard correction and the nervous energy and the "eye thing" drive me crazy. Make sure to spend some time just hanging out in a house with a Border or two to see how they change the "vibe" of the whole home. There are many other lovely breeds that are less "intense" or more resilient that could equally well fit your lifestyle - the Brittany is a very lovely breed that is about as athletic and intelligent as a Border, but less twitchy. The other end of the temperament spectrum are Australian Cattle Dogs, which are also just as athletic and intelligent, but "stubborn" is too gentle a word for their personalities. So... not just lifestyle, but think about your training style and personality and the personality of your household. Good luck!
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Jairus Jairus
OK. Reality check time. Are you REALLY going to dedicate 4-5 hr's a day to your dog? Not just for the first few days or weeks? Borders are sweet tempered, but 'busy' and bossy dogs. They get their way by charm and insistence and you might well find the dog is training you. They love to play and do tasks if rewarded with praise, but do poorly if bored. If introduced to the cats early they will probably be accepted as 'family'. Trouble is, they will be expected to play, and some cats won't like that much.
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Fonz Fonz
I would say yes. You sound like you've done some research and you have the motivation and dedication to have a Border Collie. A Border Collie seems to fit your lifestyle. Temperament doesn't really come down to gender.
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Fonz Originally Answered: has anyone ever had a border terrier dog before?
Border Terriers are wonderful dogs, smart, sweet, sturdy. They love kids, they don't shed, they love their owners. Borders are hunting dogs so they only bark when they come upon prey, in their mind, they are not excessive barkers at all. We have two and they run in the back yard all day and almost never bark. If you want an uncomplicated breed of medium size, with a big heart, it's the dog for you.
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