KC Group Pastoral
Weight 14 - 22kg
Average lifespan 10 years
Good with children? Unknown
Good guard dogs? Possibly
Moulting level Medium
Exercise requirement Lots
Jogging partner Yes! Top dog!
Colours Variety of coat colours allowed; however, white should never be dominant
Temperament Keen, alert, responsive, intelligent, and loyal
Generally the Border Collie is a healthy breed, but inherited disorders include:
Collie eye anomaly is a hereditary disease that causes abnormal development of the choroid - a layer of tissue under the retina. Puppies can be tested for it from six weeks of age. It can cause anything from minor visual impairment to total blindness.
Osteochondritis dissecans is a disease that affects the developing bones and joints, most commonly the elbows and shoulders, in growing dogs from four to nine months of age.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder, which causes fits.
Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joint is, or has become, unstable; the conditionvaries in degrees of severity.
The Border Collie is listed under the Kennel Club/British Veterinary Association/International Sheep Dog Society Eye Scheme and the KC/BVA Hip Dysplasia Scheme. The average hip score in the Border Collie is 13 (each hip is scored individually and the two figures are added together to give the dog's final hip score). Breeders are advised to use only breeding stock with scores well below this figure.
A breeder should be able to provide documentation proving that this has been done. It is also highly recommended, but not compulsory, that parent dogs are given a DNA test for CEA.