Country/Region of Origin: Great Britain
Life span: 13 – 17 years
Weight: 27 – 45 pounds (12 – 20 kg)
Gestation: 61 – 65 days
Health issues in Border Collies:
- Hip Dysplasia. This is normally a genetic problem where the hip-sockets don’t develop into the correct shape to hold the ball joints comfortably. The deformed socket makes rotation of the joint area uneven and very painful for the dog. Surgery is required in most developed cases of Hip Dysplasia. For more on the Surgical procedure for Hip Dysplasia “Click Here”
- Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA). This is also a genetic disorder that causes abnormal development of the choroid layer which is just below the retina. Detection of this condition is not very noticeable but reduced eye size and eyes sunken into the sockets are conditions that may develop as a result of CEA. CEA can lead to partial blindness and event total retina-detachment. Unfortunately there is not treatment or cure for CEA.
- Skin problems such as fungal infections, Sebaceous Adenitis, hot-spots and skin parasites.
Interesting Facts on Border Collies:
The Border Collie originates from the border of England and Scotland, hence the name “Border” Collie.
The Border Collie has the title of “the worlds smartest dog”.
These dogs were originally bred for herding sheep which they do a superb of.
A properly bred is capable of working all day. Border Collies are real workaholics.
This dog will try heard anything such as people, cars, other animals or just about anything else in groups.
A Border Collie holds the Guinness Book of World Records for opening a car window (11.34 seconds)