Helping cats and dogs live their healthiest lives.
Sacred Birman kitten and Yorkshire Terrier adult standing in black and white on a white background
Breed Library

Border Collie

Border Collies are renowned throughout the world for their skills with the flock.

About the Border Collie

Characterised by grace, elegance and perfect balance, combined substance and endurance, Border Collies are intelligent, loyal dogs.

These high-energy working dogs make affectionate companions. Their exercise and training requirements mean that Border Collies are best suited to owners or families with experience owning a working breed.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
United Kingdom
Group
FCI Group 1, AKC Herding Group
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Hard-working / Enthusiastic / Alert / Obedient / Intelligent / Confident

Key facts

  • Enjoys training
  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Needs an experienced owner

Like & share this page

A healthy start to life

Puppyhood is a time of massive physical and behavioural change, and a steep learning curve for new owners. Find out how you can provide your puppy with the best start to life so they develop into strong, healthy dogs. 

Learn more
Dachshund puppy in black and white eating from a red bowl

Lifetime of health

Get advice and information on how to provide the best care for your dog at every stage of life.

Learn more
Content Block With Text And Image 2

Preparing for your new Border Collie puppy

Thinking of getting a new puppy? Learn how to care for your new Border Collie with our puppy guide. Make sure you have all the essentials with our checklist. Give your puppy a healthy start to life.

View puppy guide
Image of Border Collie adult running

Our puppy range

Looking to buy premium food for your puppy? Royal Canin has developed a range of dog food formulas to support your puppy's growth and development. Learn more about our puppy range.

View puppy range
Image of puppy range packshot