Top 5 Smartest Dogs in the World

Top 5 Smartest Dogs in the World

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What are the smartest dog breeds in the world?   Well, you know who we would pick!  But here are the top 5 dog breeds that have come up on many lists throughout the Internet.  We’ve not put them in any particular order and want to know how you would rank these as your top 5?  Let us know in the comments below!

  • German Shephard – Known to be smart, protective and gentle, this dog breed are often used as guide, therapy, search-and-rescue, police/military dogs
  • Poodle – Best described as intelligent and eager to please, this dog breed also do well as service dogs as they generally love to be with people all the time.
  • Doberman – They make a great guard dog and because of that many would say they make best family pet.
  • Golden Retriever – Gentle, affectionate and possessing a beautiful coat, this dog breed is one one that many families love to have aorund.   
  • Border Collie – Easy to train and excellent at canine activities such as herding, obedience, and agility, this is the dog breed that for herding animals, chasing away birds from runaways and even keep an eye on your under-behaved children!

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The Best Zodiac Signs if You Want to Raise a Border Collie

The Best Zodiac Signs if You Want to Raise a Border Collie

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Border Collies are known to be energetic, hard-working dogs.  So, are they a match for you?  Well, that may depend on your Zodiac sign!   From the research we’ve done, we’ve found that whether or not you will match well with a border collie may depend if you are born under one of these three signs!


1. Virgo

Virgos are born between August 23 to September 22 and are defined as having the following traits:

  • Needs to feel useful
  • Has a quick fix for everything
  • Judgmental, but with good intentions
  • Exceptional spatial awareness
  • A million ideas per second

According to Dogtime, Border Collies are the perfect companion for Virgos because the world’s best dog breed “have one thing on their mind: work. They require a lot of physical and mental exercise. Much like a Virgo, the Border Collie is go go go. There is never a dull moment with this energetic but mild-mannered dog. They don’t like to be cuddled, which can be good for a Virgo whose love language is most likely not physical affection. Give a Border Collie a job and lots of stimulation, and you’ll have a reliable business partner who will never leave your side.”


2. Gemini

Geminis are born between May 21 to June 20 and are defined as having the following traits:

  • Charismatic
  • Uses humor as a crutch
  • Could talk to a brick wall
  • Arguments as flirting
  • Knows a little about everything

According to Family Minded, Border Collies are a great match for Geminis because they are “curious and dynamic, a Gemini needs a dog that mirrors their emotional intelligence. The border collie checks all the boxes: affectionate, smart and energetic.”


3. Aries

Aries are born between March 21 to April 19 and are defined as having the following traits

  • No filter
  • Gets angry, then forgets why they were angry
  • Thinks everything is a game they can win
  • Will do anything on a dare
  • Easily bored

According to the American Kennel Club, Border Collies “share the determination and enthusiasm of an Aries-born person, and just like you, they love a physical challenge. These workaholic dogs often excel in sports like agility. Both of you are full of energy and can quickly perform any task you’re presented with. Aries is one of the most active signs, so a dog that can keep up will be a good match.”

So, which sign do you fall under and do you think the border collie is a match for you?

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How To Keep Your Dogs Happy Under the Same Roof

Dogs are often very possessive about their owners and their homes. Thus, if you want to get a second dog for your home, you may need to think about it carefully.  Can you manage the added responsibilities? Even if you can, you have to ensure that your new pet will be able to get along with your existing pet. Of course, you wouldn’t want them to bite and scratch each other all the time!

Though it sounds difficult, here are some of the ways in which you can ensure peace and happiness with your dogs living under the same roof!

Choose breeds of similar temperament

To ensure that both your dogs live peacefully under the same roof, it is important that you choose the breeds carefully. If you already own a dog that is hyperactive or aggressive in nature, you should choose another breed of dog that compliments the traits of the first dog.

Similar character traits help your dog’s get well with each other and they take less time to adjust to each other. For instance, if you already own a Border collie, you should select the other breed accordingly. It is a terrible mistake to combine a hyperactive dog with a silent one. This might lead to terrible fights amongst your dogs ruining the environment of your house. Of course, you want dogs two live like two siblings would do!


Train puppies and acquaint them with adult dogs

Handling puppies can be tough for most dog parents because of their mischievous nature. If you already have an adult dog at home and are planning to get a puppy, you should take extra care towards ensuring they have a friendly relationship. Puppies generally tend to disturb the adult dogs which can cause the latter to be annoyed and be aggressive.

Though adult dogs, as a result of being patient, might not harm or attack the puppy, it is best that you do not leave both of them alone for long periods. Remember, it is important to acquaint them with each other, but the comfort of either of the two dogs should not be compromised.

You can also arrange fun activities between both of your dogs. This helps in engaging them in activities they can participate in together.

Divide your attention equally

While you get a new puppy home, it is true that you have to give most of your attention to it. However, you have to ensure that you do not compromise your responsibilities towards the adult dog. This might lead to the adult becoming more aggressive or depressive due to the lack of care.

It’s best if you can equally divide your attention amongst the dogs. Thus, you should arrange for activities so that both of your dogs feel equally important. For instance, you can take both of them for a walk at the same time, or go for a short drive.

You should also not to compromise on your medical responsibilities towards any of your dogs. Make sure you take them for regular vet visits for an overall check-up. Remember, a vet visit is not cheap! Thus, you should get your dogs insured so that you can receive financial aid in cases of a medical emergency.


Allot different utensils for each dog

Dogs can get defensive or aggressive over food. Thus, it is best if you keep their utensils separate and divide their meals into each of their utensils. This avoids the chance of your dogs fighting over food and harming each other. Introduce each of them to their own utensils.

It is also better if you place the utensils in separate corners of your room so that the chances of any fight are reduced. However, remember to serve them a similar diet so that they do not feel left out.

Separating utensils are also important for the health and safety of your dogs. Suppose one of your dogs suffers from any infectious disease, sharing the same utensils might infect the other dog too. You would certainly not want that!

In conclusion

It is evident that managing two dogs under the same roof can be a difficult task. Since taming a dog involves undertaking several responsibilities, it is always advisable that novice dog parents refrain from training two dogs at a time.

Once you get used to the habits and the behavioral patterns of your dog, you can plan to tame another one. Remember, you need to be careful regarding training both of your dogs so that they get along well! A little hard work and studying the behavior and character traits of both of your dogs can make your job easier.



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Meet Toby The Border Collie

Meet Toby The Border Collie

Martha Bertram would like everyone to meet Toby!  Toby is a six year border collie who was adopted and loves people and other dogs!


What is the name of your border collie?


How old is he?


How did he become part of your family? (adoption, breeder, etc…)
Toby was adopted from RSPCA on August 31, 2020


What is the one thing that you love the most about having a border collie as a pet?
Loves people and other dogs as well as being sooo cute! 😀

Do you have any interesting or funny stories to share about your border collie?
When we stop looking at him he asks for attention by sitting and going into his ‘begging’ position


Does he/she have any special talents or tricks? If so, please describe.
He can beg by sitting down with paws in the air


What else do you want people to know about your border collie?
He is so loving and absolutely loves food!



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