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Border Collies

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Border Collie

All About Border Collies

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Average Height & Weight

A Border Collie is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 20 to 23 inches.

Weight: 30 to 45 pounds.

Females – Height: 18 to 21 inches.

Weight: 30 to 45 pounds.

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Border Collie


Typical Coloring

Border Collies are commonly bi-color, tri-color, merle or sable.





If your office were hiring a dog, they’d want a Border Collie. This breed is hard-working, intelligent and at times intense, always intent on finishing its task as directed. They are also obedient, contributing to their reputation as excellent work dogs.




Activity Level

Border Collies are a high-energy breed with high exercise requirements.

They like to run, and they do not do well in a confined space such as an apartment. They also like to herd when given the chance. Offering some sort of daily mental stimulation is also key to a well-behaved Border Collie.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concern for Border Collies is canine hip dysplasia. Progressive retinal atrophy, lens luxation, Collie eye anomaly and patent ductus arteriosis are less common but still occur within the breed, while cerebellar abiotrophy, ceroid lipofuscinosis and deafness are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Border Collies have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.




Border Collie

Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Border Collies generally do best with older children. They can have trouble with other pets, often chasing dogs and smaller household pets, which makes them a better fit for one-pet families.





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