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Is A Border Collie The Right Breed For You?

Border Collie
This is a Border Collie. Would you like to adopt one? Watch this video first.

Are you thinking of adopting a Border Collie? Then this video is for you.

Katie from 3LostDogs.com made this informative video to help people in your position make a decision as to whether you should get a Border Collie or not.

And if you’re not thinking of getting a Border Collie? Well, watch the video anyway. You’ll learn a lot!

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Cathy
Cathy
9 years ago

Fantastic video! Very informative. Thanks for taking the time to create this for people considering adopting this type of breed.

Michael Haslam
9 years ago

I got my Border Collie Indy 13 years ago without knowing anything about the breed, I made him a promise he would get an active life and I kept it, even now he’s a work in progress, he’s constantly curious despite the old bones. I keep learning too. I couldn’t imagine having any other breed now.

Michael Haslam
9 years ago

I got my Border Collie Indy 13 years ago without knowing anything about the breed, I made him a promise he would get an active life and I kept it, even now he’s a work in progress, he’s constantly curious despite the old bones. I keep learning too. I couldn’t imagine having any other breed now.

Bythebayjane
Bythebayjane
9 years ago

I love your video, I’m sharing!

Info
Info
9 years ago

Love your video. I am owned by 3 Border Collies and it breaks my heart to see people who adopt them thinking they come pre-trained. It takes a lot of work, patience and time to train a Border Collie. And they are smarter than most people, so they will take advantage of a weak leader.

P.S. My middle Border’s name is also Merlin!

Keely
Keely
9 years ago

Sometimes I think the hardest part about discussing with people what breed of dog they want when it comes to intelligence and trainability is exactly what this video points out, most people don’t understand what those things really mean in terms of a dog. Kudos to Katie for trying to remind folks that calling a dog highly trainable doesn’t mean they are easy to train, a border collie may quickly learn the behavior you’re going for, but in that same 10 or 15 minutes they may have acquired 4 signaled responses that you weren’t going for. The same focus that gives them a learning advantage is also the same focus that means they were paying more attention to their owner’s actions than the owner themselves. Solid video, wish more former BC owners would’ve had a chance to watch this first.

Mal Pond Wally
Mal Pond Wally
9 years ago

GREAT video, thank you.
Our B.C. “Walter” was on his way to the pound, being a cull out of his litter because of his half tail. My husband brought him home at 6 weeks old, he is now 15 and going strong. Walter and my husbands personalities are exactly the same! We had no problem EVER with this dog and if we had known anything about the breed we would have taught him more, instead he taught us that he is the best dog in the world.
In all the 15 years he has had us, we’ve never once had to look for him. He is dedicated (to a fault)…. I often wished we named him “Velcro”.
Do the B.C.’s a favor, people, if you can’t spend every minute with your dog…… this breed is NOT for you.

coastcruiser
coastcruiser
9 years ago

Great video! A border collie, aptly named NITRO owns me. I drive a truck for a living. He knows all my routines and knows almost every park in the city. He is very social and very well behaved. Training is easy. He picks up on my ideas very quickly. There is definately commitment on my part, something i thought long and hard about before I got him. I spend a minimum of 4 hours a day on “one on one” activity with him. Absolutely NO regrets

Chenili
Chenili
9 years ago

Katie’s my niece (I am SO PROUD!) and the most highly informed dog trainer I know. This is one of my favorite videos of hers. She and her dogs are amazing, and her advice is honest and useful, always. 🙂

Kenn Bell
9 years ago
Reply to  Chenili

Katie rocks! Tell her the Dog Files thinks she’s awesome!

Martha Thierry
8 years ago

Thanks for giving an honest and informative look at border collies! I love that my dog keeps me active and occupied. She is a gift, a friend that always wants to do something and tireless companion, but I know she wouldn’t appeal to everyone. It’s so important that dogs get into the right homes and Katie has helped both people and dogs from frustration and rejection. Great to visit with rescues and do your homework before adopting.

robert
robert
7 years ago

are they a protective dog?

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