Border collie

Generally about Border Collies

The Border Collie is the most intelligent breed according to the etologists.
By the reason of it many people believe that a Border Collie is natural genious,
but it is not true. Having such a clever and obedient dog needs mental stimulation
as well as daily exercise.

Most of them are not couch potatoes, without getting their needs, they become
bored and to reduce their plenty of drive they can be even destructive. You can
avoid this with daily exercises, enough time to let it run, play and giving mental
stimulation as well. It is worth to go to dogschool with your dog.

Before choosing the Border Collie, it is better to think about if it is the
suitable breed for you.

Thanks for the translation for Gabriella József
(Racka Fan Club Border Collie kennel)

(Rass daughter- Poseidon Waiting for Me)

Health - illnesses

- CEA, CL, Dysplasia, Glaucoma, PRA
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General appearance
 Well proportioned, smooth outline showing quality, gracefulness and perfect balance,
combined with sufficient substance to give impression of endurance. Any tendency to
courseness or weediness undesirable.

Tenacious, hardworking sheepdog, of great tractability.

 Keen, alert, responsive and intelligent. Neither nervous nor aggressive.

Head & skull
Skull fairly broad, occiput not pronounced. Cheeks not full or rounded. Muzzle, tapering to nose,
moderately short and strong. Skull and foreface approximately equal in length.
Stop very distinct. Nose black, except in brown or chocolate colour when it may be brown.
In blues nose should be slate colour. Nostrils well developed.

Set wide apart, oval shaped, of moderate size, brown in colour except in merles where one or
both or part of one or both may be blue. Expression mild, keen, alert and intelligent.

Medium sized and texture, well set apart. Carried erect or semi-erect and sensitive in use.

Teeth and jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth
closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Of good length, strong and muscular, slightly arched and broadening to shoulders.

Front legs parallel when viewed from front, pasterns slightly sloping when viewed from side.
Bone strong, but not heavy. Shoulders well laid back, elbows close to body.

Athletic in apperance, ribs well sprung, chest deep and rather broad, loins deep and muscular,
but not tucked up. Body slightly longer than height at shoulder.

Broad, muscular, in profile sloping gracefully to set on of tail. Thighs long, deep and muscular
with well turned stifles and strong, well let down hocks. From hock to ground, hindlegs well
boned and parallel when viewed from rear.

Oval in shape, pads deep, strong and sound, toes arched and close together. Nails short and strong.

Moderately long, the bone reaching at least to hock, set on low, well furnished and with an
upward swirl towards the end, completing graceful contour and balance of dog. Tail may be
raised in excitement, never carried over back.

Free, smooth and tireless, with minimum lift of feet, conveying impression of ability to move
with great stealth and speed.

Two varieties: 1) Moderately long. 2) Smooth. In both, topcoat dense and medium textured,
undercoat soft and dense giving good weather resistance. In moderately long coated variety,
abundant coat forms mane, breeching and brush. On face, ears, forelegs (except for feather),
hindlegs from hock to ground, hair should be short and smooth.

Variety of colours permissable. White should never predominate.

Ideal height: Dogs 53cms (21ins); Bitches slightly less.

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with
 which the fault should be regarded be in exact proportion to its degree.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


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