Border Collie Puppies
Have you been looking at Border Collie puppies, wondering if they’re the right breed for you?
Here’s everything you need to know about these great dogs.
Where To Get Border Collie Puppies
It’s sadly unlikely that you’ll be able to find a Border Collie puppy in a shelter. These dogs are very popular, even though many people don’t realize their energy levels can make them very high maintenance! If you’d be happy with a slightly older dog or a mixed breed, then you can look around, but don’t expect to find a purebred puppy.
You might be able to in a rescue, but rescues are usually very strict about requirements. This is especially true for a breed like this that requires an owner that can really keep up with them. VDCbordercollie…
For the most part, you’re going to be looking at a breeder to get your puppy.
While purchasing from a breeder is fine as long as they’re ethical, you’ll want to really do your research and make sure this is the case. Backyard breeders will breed puppies that have health issues and temperament problems because they weren’t selective about the parents and they didn’t take the time to socialize them.
In general, if your breeder won’t let you meet the parents of the dog, won’t answer questions or seems evasive, doesn’t want you to see where your puppy was raised, or sells you the puppy before it’s eight weeks old, it’s a red flag. They should also come with AKC papers and shot records. Hodor…
The average price of a Border Collie is $600. If you’re looking at any price lower than this, it’s a sign the breeder is unethical and you’ll just have to pay more in vet bills later.
The Border Collie is very recognizable! A medium-sized dog with pricked ears, you can usually see their black and white long coat from a mile off. Black bi Australian Shepherds are often mistaken for Border Collies, but there are a few differences to look out for (such as an Aussie’s floppy ears). Patchesofplace…
Border Collies are, at heart, working dogs. Their energy levels are extremely high and they don’t do well as apartment dogs or couch potatoes. Bearded Collies need a ton of energy outlets and enrichment — not just physical, but mental. Although they do need long walks and space to run if possible, mental puzzles and giving them jobs to do are just as valuable as physical exercise. You can achieve this with snuffle mats and puzzles.
They are very clever dogs and love to learn, so you can be sure your puppy will pick things up quickly. They love to perform, so you can teach them party tricks to amuse your friends and they’ll like doing it!
Due to their high intelligence, however, there’s a chance your puppy will get bored easily — and a bored puppy is a destructive puppy, so make sure they have plenty to do. Otherwise, they’ll start trashing your things! Niebo…
Border Collie Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Your Border Collie will need a series of shots that begins when they’re eight weeks old — or a little earlier, such as six weeks old if the breeder gave them some shots early. These protect them against parvovirus, distemper, etc., which can be picked up from other dogs and can be fatal. They will also need a rabies shot when they’re sixteen to eighteen weeks old. It’s illegal for them not to have a rabies shot.
Afterward, they will need a veterinary check-up once a year. They will also need to be kept on preventative flea and worm medication.
Border Collies are generally healthy dogs, but it’s important to keep up with veterinary check-ups just in case, as purebred dogs can end up with hip dysplasia or other conditions. Ziggy…
It’s a heated debate in the dog world: what diet is best?
If you do choose to feed kibble, it can be healthy, and it’s convenient for most owners and less expensive than raw! However, you should avoid grain-free food, as this has been linked to heart disease in dogs. Make sure you read and research the ingredients and ask for your vet’s advice on the food, as they will be able to advise you on the best one.
If feeding raw, there are a few things to remember. Dogs are omnivores and need more than just meat, which is a mistake many people make. Many subscription services can make these up for you. Don’t try and do it on your own if you have no experience doing so and have done no research! Orhnee…
You should clean their ears and teeth often to prevent infections and health issues. You should also clip their nails every six to eight weeks, or when they start to tap on the floor — that’s a sign it needs to be done! For this, you can use nail clippers or a Dremel, but the key is introducing them at an early age with lots of high-value treats and praise.
Their coat means they need to be brushed a lot, preferably every day. You will have to trim their coat too but should resist shaving it, even in summer. It will never grow back quite the same, and it’s unnecessary.