The Border Collie perhaps is best known by the term Sheepdog due to its prowess sheep-herding ability. However, this breed herds almost anything with legs, including livestock and humans, too. The modern-day Border Collie originated between England and Scotland during the late nineteenth century, traced to its predecessor, Old Hemp . This strain is best described as highly energetic, athletic, and hard-working, to say the least. And if you’ve personally spent time with a Border Collie, or 2, or 3, then you would recognize that this wild and remarkably intelligent K-9 was undoubtedly destined for one purpose and one purpose only — to have a job, while serving people wholeheartedly.
Built-in their DNA, the Border Collie breed seems to live up to their reputation as the bona fide workaholics they are; wanting employment above all else. And this has shown true in recent times. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Border Collie once again saved the day when an area of public beaches in Lake Michigan became infested with E. coli Bacteria, due to a staggering amount of occupying, poop dropping seagulls. To solve this problem, scientists looked to the Border Collie to chase off these pesky birds without injuring or killing them. “They control very well,” says Elizabeth Alm, a microbiologist at Central Michigan University and lead researcher on this project. Adding, “You just kind of point and say ‘go’ and they take off. Then they chase away the gulls and you whistle them back.” Subsequent findings have shown that the use of the Border Collie in this region, in comparison to other parts where dogs were not used, the sum of bacteria had substantially lowered; indicating that the Border Collie breed is a true success regardless of how big or small the job.
Border Collies are loyal, obedient, devoted, and bond strongly with their owners. At times, they seem “clingy,” shadowing your every move, demonstrating not only their herding instinct, but also their affection for their master and their friends, alike. However, this breed is not for the faint of heart, since they need much attention and a sprawl of land to burn off an enormous amount of energy.
These fun-loving pooches also are oodles of fun! They love playing “catch” with a stick, tennis ball, and especially, with the disc-shaped Frisbee. With their eyes sharply focused on the object at hand, these extraordinarily spirited hounds fervently run, skip, and fearlessly lunge at their target; not halting until they’ve taken possession of it.
Service Dog to the Handicapped
In addition to taking on various roles, the Border Collie is also an excellent assistant to the handicapped, facilitating them with central, basic duties. As per WebDVM, “Border Collies have even been trained quite successfully as seeing eye dogs for the blind,” showing positive results with a variety of everyday jobs. And this is possible because of the extensive vocabulary this brainy breed is capable of learning; hence, voice commands from owner to dog. In a March 2010 report by Fox News, a Border Collie named “Chaser” learned a whopping 1,000 words, or more; thus, placing the Border Collie one step above the rest
Granted full recognition by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1995, the Border Collie demonstrates that it can handle not only its traditional role of herding livestock, but also trusted with improving the lives of the handicapped, helping them with day-to-day tasks. And, they are fun and act as excellent companions, adding plenty of fun-filled hours of entertainment to the lives of their owners, making this breed the ideal pet.