This highly intelligent dog has an inborn instinct to work, and responds readily and eagerly to training. He was originally used for working sheep in the hills and mountains, mainly in the border counties of England, Scotland and Wales, but his prowess as a working sheepdog has now spread countrywide throughout Britain and even farther afield.
Source: The Kennel Club
Links to Breed Descriptions
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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This and other breed videos are available in full length here
Border Collie Extended Breed Standard - The Border Collie Club of Victoria Inc in collaboration with the Australian National Kennel Council
JUDGING THE BORDER COLLIE- From a Working Perspective - Janet E. Larson.pdf
Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Border Collie Club Of Great Britain: http://www.bordercollieclub.com/
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
In The Eyes Of The Artist - The Border Collie
(Internal) In The Eyes Of The Artist -The Border Collie
The International Sheep Dog Society: https://www.isds.org.uk/
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Finland: Database: Border Collie: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=297
3. Border Collie Goniodysgenesis and Glaucoma Database: https://bc-glaucomadatabase.synthasite.com/
Statistics by country: https://bc-glaucomadatabase.synthasite.com/statistics.php
4. Adune Border Collie Database: https://www.anadune.com/
"The Anadune Border Collie Database contains information on 263,509 dogs and 12,610 shows, covering all forms of competition including show, obedience and agility. The database is intended to be an aid to all breeders and owners of Border Collies. "
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Border Collie Breed Health and Conservation Plan v. 3 Sept. 2021: http://www.bordercollieclub.com/bhcp.html
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: BORDERCOLLIEN ROTUKOHTAINEN JALOSTUKSEN TAVOITEOHJELMA:2016-2020
Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation: Border Collie: https://pbhfuk.wixsite.com/pastoral/border-collie
Kennel Club Border Collie Breed Health Survey ( September 2017)
(Internal) KC BC Breed Health Survey.pdf
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation (PBHF)
Border Collie Breed Council (UK) https://bcbreedcouncil.wixsite.com/bcbc
RVC Study page
Pre-screening Survey - The Big Brainy Border Collie Study Pre-Screening (Study 2)
Arginine to glutamine mutation in olfactomedin-like 3 (OLFML3) is a candidate for severe goniodysgenesis and glaucoma in the Border Collie dog breed.
Border Collie collapse (BCC) -- Canine Genetics Lab - University of Minnesota
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Australia: National Border Collie Council
Canada: Canadian Border Collie Association
UK: Border Collie Club of Great Britain
USA: Border Collie Society of America (BCSA) http://www.bordercolliesociety.com/
Finland: Suomen bordercolliet ja australiankelpiet ry: http://www.sbcak.fi/