Borders Collies are an intelligent and energetic breed of dog in the herding group. They blossom with an active and mentally stimulated lifestyle. Border Collies are a breed that’s eager to please and very easy to train. You will want to follow some easy tips in caring for this hard working breed.
Border Collie Grooming
A Border Collie will only need to be bathed once every couple of months, as their skin has a tendency to be dry and bathing often will make it dry. To minimize shedding, brush your dog several times a week. This helps remove dead hair and brushing stimulates oils in their skin.
Because of their active lifestyle, Border Collies usually do a great job of keeping their nails short and worn down. However, if your dog does need it’s nails trimmed, trim only the very tip of the nail, never trimming above the pink part of the white nail or the dark part of a black nail. To keep your Border Collie’s ears free of dirt and to prevent ear infections, wipe their ears gently with a soft cloth and ear cleaner, usually twice a month. It’s very important to brush your dog’s teeth every few days to avoid tooth decay and periodontal disease, making sure to get the back teeth.
Health and Vaccinations
Border Collies will need to be taken to the vet at least yearly for their physical check up, short updates to maintain their immunity to diseases, heart worm tests and checked for any other health concerns. Also, make sure to consult with your veterinarian about flea and tick control products.
Training, Exercise and Toys Specific for this Breed
Your Border Collie will need to be trained for obedience at an early age. Because dogs in this breed are so highly intelligent, they can find trouble and be destructive if bored and untrained. As Border Collies are a dominant breed, you will want to socialize your dog around children. They are known for herding and may nip at a child’s heels if untrained. Teaching children to stop running and to stand in place will also prevent nipping. Border Collies love to chew and may even destroy furniture, so provide chewable toys and bones for them. They love physical exercise and enjoy playing ball, frisbee or hiking. They also excel at obedience, agility and other forms of mental stimulation.
Diet and Nutritional Needs
Since Border Collies are so active, make sure to feed them with a high quality dog food with meat being the first main ingredient. Most Border Collies are fed twice a day, but you may want to consult with your veterinarian about their specific needs.