Border Collies are always on

One of the points that is sort of tough to explain about living with the Border Collie breed is how aware they are of whats going on and how involved they get. Border Collies are always on unless they are sleeping. It’s difficult to lay out but I’ve heard having one of these dogs in your life akin to having a 5 year old in the house. It seems to be a good comparison…ask me in about 5 years when our newest family member is about 5 years old and I’ll let you know. If you’re looking for a family dog that hangs out on it’s bed most of the time snoozing this is not the breed for you. If you’re looking for a full on participant in daily life then you might be on the right track.

I found this video and thought it was not only pretty¬†amusing¬†but a pretty good peek into what it’s like to have one around. You’ll note how in tune he is to the smallest weirdest stuff…

…see the thing with the soda can? When is the last time you knew of a dog that was even aware of a soda can let alone interested in one? It’s not the best example but it sort of outlines the point: these dogs are going to be “on” most of the time. They are going to want to know what you’re doing and how they can be involved. If you ignore the dog, or don’t provide enough exercise and stimulation, you’re going to regret it. These dogs have energy and intellect to spare and you’ve simply got to accommodate for it.

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  1. says

    Hahaha! What a great video. Neighbours of mine as a kid has a border collie named Scooter. She was a lovely thing and definately always “on.”. She ended up being knocked up by the boxer on the farm next to them and had 9 beautiful little pups.
    I can still remember her hearding all her puppies and us kids together while we played in their yard. I loved her personality and when I was considering what sort of breed of dog I wanted, the border collie was on my list because of my experience with Scooter. I knew however, that their drive was a bit higher than I could handle which is why I chose the dobermann in the end.

  2. Miss Cellany says

    That video is scary, the dog looks completely neurotic.
    I must have an atypical BC because mine isn’t obsessive over random things like this, and rarely looks this energetic inside the house.

    He’s a rescue, so I’m not entirely sure of his parentage but he looks like the working sheep dogs rather than the show lines (a farmer that use to raise and work sheepdogs also told me he looks like a “real sheepdog”). The only time I see him super focused / intent is when he’s seen a large 4 legged animal (ok, fine, also when he gets a new squeaky toy). At all other times he’s alert but not nuerotic, calmly watching everything that goes on around him and listening for words that he recognises (not just commands, he’ll pick up on anything he recognises in normal speech not directed at him – we can’t use certain words around him, especially those related to bathing him).

    He definitely has an off switch, he’s not ‘on’ all the time. I couldn’t live with a dog that needed constant attention – I’m single and work full time. I know you’re supposed to give them a job to do but I’m quite happy with the jobs he’s taken on for himself. He evidently decided to make it his job to assist me. That means involving himself in my household chores; he warns me when I’m burning the cooking, tells me when there is someone at the door (without barking, he never barks inside the house) tidies up his own toys (he has a toy box for all his toys) and attempts to help me in the garden (actually he’s no help there, he just eats grass, expects the ball to be thrown and tramples the flowers but hey ho, it’s the thought that counts?).

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