11 Cool Facts about Border Collies

11 Cool Facts about Border Collies

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Want to learn more about Border Collies? Here are some of the cool things you might not know about these fun, energetic dogs.

 

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1. Most modern Border Collies trace their lineage back to one dog. Old Hemp, born in the 1800s is considered to be the progenitor of the border collies. This dog’s herding method was less aggressive and more quiet compared to other dogs of his kind. His method always got results and impressed lots of breeders despite his softer technique. Old Hemp fathered to over 200 pups and became a famous stud dog.

2. Sheepdogs were brought to Great Britain by the Roman Empire. They were the first civilization that mastered the art of herding and raising sheep. Romans brought sheep as well as shepherds to the British Islands where they soon established the industry of wool. Most sheep-dogs which the Romans brought to Great Britain could not hack in the country’s cold weather, which is why the Celtics breed their own sheep-dogs.

3. Border Collies’ name comes from the region where they flourished. Did you know that Border Collies got their name because they were originally bred on borders of England and Scotland? James Reid, the secretary of ISS or International Sheepdog Society, is believed to have coined their name while describing the dogs in letters to his colleagues.

4. Border Collies are geniuses. It is no surprise that Border Collies are one of the smartest breeds of dogs. In fact, they are indeed on the top list of world’s smartest dogs. This is because of the fact that they were bred in order to be independent, problem solvers that are capable of solving complex tasks.

5. Yes, Border Collies are the world’s smartest dogs, however, that doesn’t mean training them is easy. Since they are known to be smart, they can pick up on anything and learn quicker than other dogs. Which is why trainer needs to train them right away just before these dogs develop any bad habits. It is applicable to train them while they are still young so that you’ll have their full attention.

6. Border Collies are the ultimate herding dogs. They are specifically bred for organizing and chasing animals. In fact, because the need to herd is deeply ingrained in Border Collies, some modern owners actually rent sheep for their pets to corral.

7. Border collies can move swiftly in a crouch position. It is one of their talents, thanks to the space between the tops of their shoulder blades. It lets them slither by while staying low to the ground.

8. Border collies can do “the eye”. This is one of their tricks. It is an intense stare which they usually do to intimidate the livestock and help the dogs herd as well as in controlling the animals. Sometimes, you may also catch your dog giving you this type of look just when you are about to give them something or have something in your hand.

9. Border Collies have a big dictionary. Have you heard of Chaser? She is commonly known as the world’s smartest dog. She can understand different words as well as she can name the proper noun names of his 1000 unique toys. Check out Chaser’s story here.

10. If Chaser can be tagged as a walking dog dictionary, then you may also have heard of Striker. This amazing Border Collie holds the record for Guinness Fastest Car Window Opened by a Dog. Striker is able to roll down the non-electrical car window in just 11.34 seconds. Talk about the unusual world record.

11. When owning a Border Collies, do not expect to lay around all day in the house with them. They get easily bored when left with no stimulation. These dogs love to have tasks which keep them busy and attentive. When they are left with nothing to do all day, they can get misbehave. Which is why owners are advised to always give them something to keep busy with.

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Meet Striker, a Guinness World Book of Records Title Holder

Meet Striker, a Guinness World Book of Records Title Holder

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Yep, you read it right. Our awesome Border Collie never fails to amaze us with their amazing capabilities. Did you know that there is a record confirmed and verified by Guinness World Book of Records where the main star is a Border Collie? It is the world’s fastest car window opened by a dog which is actually recorded in just 11.34 seconds!

 

Meet Striker, a Border Collie owned by Francis V. Gadassi of Hungary. Gadassi trained Strikerunwound a non-electrical car window in just a span of 11.34 seconds.

The record was set in Quebec City, Canada on September 1, 2004.

According to Gadassi, he needed to train Striker a considerable amount of time before he could master in the first place. With years of practice and tons of dog treats waiting for Striker, he was finally able to do what most dogs couldn’t do: to open a non-electrical car window which required special training.

Some people even ask Gadassi why would he want to train his dog to do this or why did he invest so much time and effort just to teach him open the car window.

However, there is so much deeper meaning to this. One easy explanation to this is that the quicker Striker could get the window open, the better will be his chance of freedom. Through the dog’s eyes, he will have his liberty gained and now he could spend the rest of his life with his owner who did not make him open the car windows each day of his life.

This record is so bizarre that the Guinness people could only find clumsy grammar to collate the record.

However bizarre it could get, one thing is for sure. There is no stopping for our lovable Border Collies to be the world’s smartest dog ever lived. Even if it is opening a car window in a span of only 11 seconds.

 

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These Border Collies Hugging Each Other Out is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

These Border Collies Hugging Each Other Out is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

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Having a rough day? Maybe this adorable video of two Border Collies hugging each other will make you feel better.

Meet Dewey and Blaze, a cute pair based in Texas. On February 2, they posted this video on Facebook to remind everyone to give hugs on Valentine’s Day month.

Their owner Jenisa Myers said that her inspiration for the pair’s warming hug is to share something cute with the world. This video definitely made anyone’s day as it has received lots of positive comments, as well as lots of good response from netizens. One proof that they are an online favorite is that the video had more than 500,000 shares in just one week.

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Dewey and Blaze are two Border Collies who have been together since they were puppies.

The two adorable and lovable dogs are known to their online followers for their abilities in performing varieties of wild stunts as well as competing in obedience contests. The two aren’t only cute and adorable but they are also very intelligent. Dewey knows more than 100 commands while Blaze can do amazing stunts such as jumping off into his owner’s arms and riding on a skateboard.

What do you think of this video? Do you have similar stories to tell? We would love to hear it out from you. Write it in the comment box below.

 

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Ted Save His Owner’s Life by Sniffing out Her Undiagnosed Cancer

Ted Save His Owner’s Life by Sniffing out Her Undiagnosed Cancer

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After a ton of dogs owned, Josie Conlan never thought that her beloved Border Collie would one day save her life.

 

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Conlan had no idea that she had a cancerous lump in her breast until her border collie dog named Ted began to repeatedly paw, cry and nuzzle at her chest. She began to think what was wrong. And by the time Conlan put her chest to her hand, she then realized that she already had a lump in her breast.

Conlan then visited her GP. She was diagnosed with breast cancer but now had the tumor. The doctor told Conlan that she had this thing at grade three already.

Fortunately, doctors advised Conlan that the disease hasn’t spread to her lymph nodes. In just a matter of 2 weeks, before she was scheduled for an operation, the lump grew more than five millimeters already. Josie believed that if it wasn’t for Ted, she could have suffered from a far worst case and could have been dead if not treated properly.

Conlan felt relief when she got the news that the tumor had not spread. “It was all down to Ted”, Conlan added.

Josie Conlan is a mother of four and a grandmother to two kids. Thye bought Ted after seeing him for sale on an online website. When Ted was about to go home for the first time, their family noticed that there was something wrong. Previous owners of Ted barely spoke to Conlan. They bundled Ted into her car straight away right before Joie was about to take Ted to the vets.

 

Josie Conlan and Ted

The vets told Josie that Ted had suffered a blow to his head. They believed it was likely that he had been kept for a long time in a very small cage.
Ted’s muscles had wasted away as well as he wasn’t able to walk straight.
Fortunately, after a few months of recovery plus the tender loving care Ted received from Josie’s family, the adorable Border Collie made a dramatic change.

“I have had other dogs but Ted and I became very close. I have never formed a bond as strong with my other dogs as I have done with Ted. He had saved my life”, Conlan said.

 

Josie's prognosis is now good after having surgery as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy

Josie’s lump had her lumps removed in December 2014 and it was only recently when she learned that cancer had not spread.
Josie wants to let people know that they too should take notice whenever their dogs behave unusually. Especially if they try to draw attention to a particular area of their owner’s body.

“I think lots of people might probably just push their dog away if they started clawing at their chest or any part of their body. But it is important that dog owners must take notice because that unusual gesture really saved my life.

Josie says her rescue dog Ted alerting her to the tumour, which was fast growing, likely saved her life 

Conlan is now recovering from her tumor removal and now face weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy just to ensure that cancer doesn’t return. Her prognosis is good and so far, all have been good for her and her Border Collie.

Conlan credits Ted for saving her life.

Read the full story on telegraph.co.uk

 



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