Border Collie Breeders

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Border Collies have never been bred for their look, but rather for their ability to herd livestock. The result is a very agile, graceful and obedient companion, one who is ready to work at any time of the day. Border Collies are very high energy and will continue to grow with you throughout their lifetimes.

Buying a Border Collie

Because Border Collies are bred solely on their ability to herd livestock, it is important that you find a breeder who is not interested in anything other than the dog’s ability to herd. This means that the breeder has a commercial livestock operation. This should be a viable business and not a few hobby sheep to keep the dog trained up.

When trying to find a Border Collie, titles and registrations are not necessarily important. What are important are the dog’s ability to work. A breeder who is concentrated on titles or registration or who ridicules others for not having their dogs registered does not have their head in the right place. The Border Collie breed standard was developed long before the American Kennel Club recognized it as a breed.

Breeders will often try to impress you with titles or with impressive lineage. While competing in and winning competitions is usually impressive, these titles can backfire on the breeder. Border Collies are in a class all by themselves and a title in a competition that features different dog breeds means very little. Competitions that feature only Border Collies, such as events sanctioned by the United States Border Collie Handler Association, are the kind of competitions that you’re looking for when looking for good Border Collies.


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