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The Border Collie is the world’s premiere sheep herder and is named the most intelligent dog of any breed, ranking above the Poodle, German Shepherd and even the Golden Retriever. The Border Collie hails from the border country between Scotland and England, where it helped shepherds maintain large flocks of sheep.
The Border Collie has a high herding drive that is instinctive in nature, and therefore will be likely to herd regardless of the situation. Many a person (or dog) have been herded in and around their homes by vigilant Border Collies. Because of their immense intelligence and high energy, Border Collies need extensive mental and physical daily exercise. If not given a proper outlet for their energy, their thoughts can turn to more mischievous or destructive habits. Their long coats require occasional maintenance.
Although the most intelligent of all breeds, Border Collies are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Border Collies are prone to include eye issues such as collie eye anomaly and cataracts; hearing problems such as deafness; thyroid diseases such as hypothyroidism; and hip problems such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Border Collie has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad eyes or his mother’s poor hearing, you’re covered.