For anyone who wants a highly intelligent working dog or dog for competitive sports, a Border Collie is hard to beat.
The Border Collie is a medium size energetic working dog with a body slightly longer than it is tall. They come in a variety of colours with a double coat that is either short and sleek or rough.
They originate from the England / Scotland border and were bred to herd sheep.
They make excellent working dogs and are supremely good at agility, obedience, flyball and pretty much any other canine sport. They are hard working and thrive on praise but are also capable of independent thought. However, they will bore easily if not challenged. They will get on well with people and other animals with the right training. They have a lot of energy and tremendous stamina but must have plenty to exercise body and brain every day.
They need regular grooming although professional grooming is generally not needed. They can be prone to hip dysplasia, epilepsy and deafness and are often allergic to fleas.