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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Border Collie

Border Collies originated in the English and Scottish borders, hence their name, and were originally bred for guarding and herding sheep.

Border Collies show a large range in size (18 - 21 inches, up to the shoulder), weight (30 - 45 pounds) and coloration because historically they were bred as working stock and focus was placed on performance, not looks.

The life expectancy of this breed of dog is between 14 - 16 years. 


Border Collies can be almost any color, including red and completely white.

Old Hemp (1893–1901) is considered the father of the modern Border Collie and it was from him that the working style of herding sheep commonly seen among the breed was developed.

The first dog to star in an American movie was Jean the Vitagraph Dog, a Border Collie mix, who made his first film in 1910.

The most popular Border Collie stud was Wiston Cap, the dog who appears on the International Sheep Herding Badge; he is posed in the pose that is characteristic of herding Border Collies.

There are many types of Collies, including the Bearded, Scotch, and Border Collie. Some collie types don't even include “collie” in their name. However, Lassie, a Rough Collie, helped make the Collie one of the most popular breed types in the world.

Border Collies have been called by other names including 'working collie', 'farm collie', and 'old-fashioned collie'.

Border Collies are used for more than just herding; they also make good tracking, search and rescue, and therapy dogs.

Border collies are considered the most intelligent breed of dog, in front of poodles and German Shepherds.
 
Proof of Border Collie intelligence is Rico, a Border Collie study subject who could recognize more than 250 objects by name.


A border collie named Chaser is believed to have the largest vocabulary in the animal world. She has been taught by her owner to identify and retrieve 1,022 toys by name.

The record for the "fastest car window opened by a dog" in the Guinness Book of World Records is held by a Border Collie named Striker; his record time is 11.34 seconds

Source http://www.terrificpets.com/articles/102120465.asp

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