Border Collie Puppies for Sale in Scotland
If you’re looking for a Border Collie puppy for sale in Scotland, type in your postcode and let Pets You Love find a dog for sale or rescue in your area. Always alert and with boundless energy, the Border Collie is a medium-sized working and herding dog that was originally bred for obedience and intelligence.
The Border Collie is still used in the business of herding sheep, however, he makes a good pet for an energetic owner and he is said to be one of the most intelligent domestic dogs. He is also a favourite in the show-ring.
The Border is a highly trainable dog that performs well in all doggy sports including obedience, flying disc and agility and flyball competitions.
An extremely clever canine, the Border Collie is the first and foremost chosen breed for herding sheep the world over. He does this via his steely eye contact, which keeps the flock moving in the right direction and deters wayward sheep from escaping the herd.
Graceful, honest and athletic, the Border Collie needs a good amount of mental and physical exercise every day to keep him a happy, well-rounded dog.
The Border Collie is perhaps not the first choice for the inexperienced dog-owner, nor for those who prefer to stay indoors (he’s definitely an outdoorsy type!), but he does make a loyal companion for owners who can display the alpha-dog leadership skills that make the Border Collie feel secure in taking their guidance.
This kind of dog will most likely form a faithful bond with one member of the family in particular, however, he will also show affection with the rest of the family too. His deeply ingrained need to round everyone up including children may be inherent and can be a help or hindrance on occasion!
The Border Collie is a biddable breed and it’s his eagerness to follow commands and work alongside humans that make him the world’s most popular working dog. As well as herding sheep, the Border Collie makes an excellent search and rescue and sniffer dog in working with the police too.
He can also make a great family pet if given enough mental and physical stimulation. These needs can also be met by training the Border Collie in obedience and flyball sports which he excels in.
Borders just love being taken on outdoor trips whether to the beach, a farm, the park or the woods – they just love to run!
The Border Collie needs to have positive training and socialisation with humans and animals as soon as possible from the early days to ensure he becomes a well-trained adult dog. Mental stimulation via playing games and learning new tricks are important to the Border Collie otherwise, he may just find some other ways to amuse himself. He’s a quick learner and can learn bad habits as easily as good such as digging up the garden, finding his way into food cupboards, etc. Clever and comical as these antics may be the first time, this is not something owners will wish to encourage!
Description of the Border Collie
The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog with a variety of coat textures and colours. These dogs have double coats with the most popular in the colours of black and white, although the Border Collie can come in a variety of shades including white and brown, red and white, red merle, blue merle and brindle shades. His coat can be either long or short and consists or a top coat and undercoat, perfect for working outdoors.
The Border Collie has intelligent eyes. Black and white dogs will have brown eyes, however, if the dog boasts a merle coat he could have blue eyes or one eye that is brown and one blue. His ears are always alert and he has a perfectly strong scissor bite. He has an athletic build with a broad chest, straight front legs and strong muscular back legs.
The Border Collie stands at between 46 - 56 cm and weighs in at between 12 - 20 kgs depending on whether it’s a male or female dog.
If you’re looking for a Border Collie puppy for sale in Scotland, it’s worth knowing that he can live between 10 and 17 years old. It’s a fair age for an honest, loyal and athletic companion, so owners should think about being in it for the long haul with this energetic dog.
The Border Collie needs at least two hours of exercise per day although he can do a lot more! They love to play interactive games such as fetch and taking part in agility classes. There is one thing a Border Collie is not and that is lazy. This dog needs to get outdoors; if a Border Collie is seen pacing up and down, you can guarantee that he is under exercised and bored. This should never be allowed to happen to a Border Collie.
The Border Collie needs to be brushed weekly to keep his coat and skin in good condition. He’s not a high shedder but will shed more in Spring and Autumn like most breeds. Weekly brushing allows owners to check for fleas and tics too.
Owners should keep an eye on the Border’s ears to ensure they are kept dry as moisture can cause a yeast infection which can be difficult to clear up. The Border Collie shouldn’t need bathed frequently as this would strip the PH balance of his skin and cause irritation but a shallow bath with a gentle dog shampoo would be okay once in a while.
The Border Collie is an extremely high energy dog who needs to be fed twice per day – once in the morning and once in the evening on good quality wet or dry food. Owners should keep an eye on their dog’s weight as these dogs need to eat the right amount to burn off excess calories. This can be more of a problem in their older years. Drinking water should always be available to your dog.
Cost of Keeping a Border Collie
If you’re looking for a Border Collie puppy for sale in Scotland, you should expect to pay in the region of £350 to £600 for a well bred pup. The Border Collie pup should also have been checked by a vet and have had its first vaccination before you buy and you should visit the breeder in the pup’s place of birth with its mother before entering into a contract to buy.
To keep a Border Collie in your life will cost an average of £50 to £90 per month including grooming, feeding neutering and vaccinations.