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Border Collies require considerable daily physical exercise and mental stimulation.

Border Collies are an intelligent breed. It is widely considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds on
earth. The breed has an instinctive desire to work closely and intensely with a human handler. Although the
primary role of the Border Collie is that of the working stock dog, dogs of this breed are becoming increasingly
popular as pets.

True to their working heritage, Border Collies make very demanding, energetic pets that are better off in
households that can provide them with plenty of play and exercise with humans or other dogs.Due to their
demanding personalities and need for mental stimulation and exercise, many border collies develop neurotic
behaviors in households that are not able to provide for their needs. They are famous for chewing holes in
walls and digging holes out of boredom. As a result, an alarming number of border collies end up in shelters
and rescues every year. One of the prime reasons for getting rid of a border collie is their unsuitability for
families with small children, cats, and other dogs, due to their intense desire to herd, bred into them for
hundreds of years and still one of their chief uses outside the household.

As long as the Border Collie is in the herding/working position (crouched down, tail tucked between legs, eyes
firmly fixed on the matter in hand) it considers it work.[citation needed] Their tails are about as long as their
body.

A Border Collie's tail, based on position, shows the mindset the dog is in.[citation needed] A raised, wagging tail
is called a "gay tail" by shepherds because it usually indicates the dog is excited and not concentrated on work.
The tail lowered or tucked between the legs indicates the dog is focused and ready to listen/work.

Border Collies are now also being used in showing, especially agility, where their speed and agility comes to
good use.

Though they are common choice for household pets, Border Collies have attributes that make them less suited
for certain people who have small children and cannot give them the exercise they need. As with many working
breeds, Border Collies can be motion-sensitive and they may chase vehicles occasionally or a small child in the
garden running around as these are both very similar to herding sheep.
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Border Collie (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
Not only the hardest working and most
dedicated sheepdog in the world, the Border
Collie rightfully has been hailed as the most
intelligent dog on the planet. Once only seen
working on ranches and farms, this remarkably
athletic and trainable dog has grown out of his
pen to become a popular choice as a pet dog.
Indeed, he is an exceptional choice for the right
owner who is able to exercise and stimulate this
clever and ever-active dog; for many, the
Border Collie is second to none.

This new volume - written for every fan of the
Border Collie - proves an excellent introduction
to living with a Border Collie, including reliable,
current information about feeding, healthcare
and puppy selection. Owners no doubt will
welcome the author's helpful chapters on
house-training and obedience lessons,
everyday care, exercise and basic
problem-solving techniques based on
positive-training.
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