About this group
About Border Collies
Border Collies are arguably the most intelligent of all dogs, as Rico the Border Collie famously demonstrated. In terms of temperament, they are highly obedient and trainable, alert and energetic, and they love to work. They are also champions of skill and agility, as gorgeous Blue Merle Border Collie pup Daisy shows.
Why buy insurance for your Border Collie?
A major concern for Border Collie owners is epilepsy, which, if developed, requires lifelong medication and treatment. Other medical issues Border Collies can suffer from include hearing loss and the rare but very serious Collie Cyclic Neutropenia. They are very active animals and need to spend a lot of time outdoors, exercising both their bodies and their minds. This means it is very important for Border Collie owners to make sure they are covered in case of illness or injury.
Why join the Border Collie Insurance group?
We said that if 100 owners registered interest by joining this group, we'd commit to opening a conversation with companies that offer pet insurance to find the best possible deal for Border Collies. And we're delighted to say that even before reaching that target, we've been able to agree an exclusive offer for group members' Border Collies with MORE TH>N. So please join the group to find out more!
Top questions answered by us
What are the typical health issues for Border Collies?
Common conditions are Hip dysplasia, Collie eye anomaly (CEA), epilepsy and hearing loss. The breed can also suffer from the rarer but very severe Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL) and Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (TNS), which affect the immune system. A Border Collie’s life expectancy is typically 13 to 16 years. Full information on all of these conditions can be found at the Border Collie Club of GB.
What is the origin of the Border Collie breed?
The breed originated in Britain, specifically the Scottish/English border, and thought to descend from a working dog called Old Hemp. The term Collie first began to circulate towards the end of the 19th century and, fittingly, is believed to come from the Old Celtic word for ‘useful’. They were bred to work, mainly as sheep dogs, and are one of the few breeds that are still being used today for their original purpose.
Are Border Collies suitable if you live in a flat?
Not at all. Border Collies are not the type of pet that will be content just lying around the house doing nothing. They need constant stimulation, both through physical exercise and through having a ‘job’ to do. While Collies are not aggressive animals, if bored, they can become destructive or neurotic. They are only suitable for people who have the time, space and energy to give them the level of activity and attention they require.
Community questions and answers
my border collie has the above problem but he is able to have a full life and looks completely normal he is able to run jump he has had treatment when 12 months old hydrotheraphy etc but has had no treatment since all he takes is synaquin tabs every day would I be able to get this disability covered with pet insurance
Hi there Patricia, thank you for getting in touch. Can I ask how old he is now? Unfortunately, the only offers we have are when the condition hasn't been treated/symptomatic for 24 months, then we are able to offer full cover, I would think the tablets he take would qualify as treatment, but you are welcome to give the provider a call to see if they can offer some guidance. 01213088685, advise you have come via Bought By Many to get cashback if you take out the policy. I hope that helps! Kind regards, Heidi
Hi my border collie is 6 yrs old in July we only give him synaquin which is good for his bones and was recommended by vet which we pay for
Sensitive stomachView all 2 answers
Has anyone else's collie got a really sensitive stomach?? Bella was fed raw chicken by her breeder then came to us with bad diahrea. We took her to the vets and she has been fine for around 6 weeks...then we got her a hide bone for Xmas....which she only ate a bit of , under supervision...she now has diahrea again and has had for a few days. She's fine in herself and vet just says to keep an eye on her but, is this common in collies??
I believe collies can have sensitive stomachs. If it is diet, you need to find out what suits them. I feed my collie + collie/husky raw food. This includes muscle & organ meat,also tripe, fish, rabbit in fur, chicken carcass, rib and neck bones. I have found variety is the answer with my dogs. I once made a mistake of given them too much frozen paddywack and both finished up with diarrhea. I had my collie/husky first and found he had an extremely sensitive stomach. I eventually found raw was best for him. I fed my rescue collie the same and he's thrived. I have to be careful my collie doesn't overeat. I'm very particular about what they eat. The only people food I give my dogs is natural food like cheese, eggs, dog safe fruit and veg. No cake or biscuits, and no potatoes, pizzas or curry. I hope you get to the bottom (no pun intended) of this soon. I've just remembered something, one collie I had couldn't have red meat, and one of my boys doggy friends can only eat lamb.
Discount on More Than RenewalView all 4 answers
My first renewal with More Than showed an increase of over 90%. Customer services were unable to help and knew nothing of Bought by Many discount arrangement
My second renewal and I have been told by More Than that the Bought By Many 10% discount is for the first year only
Hi there Dave, thank you for getting in touch. It is possible to obtain the MoreThan discount again upon renewal if you have not made a claim. If you cancel your policy and reapply through the BBM website you will be entitled to the discount again. I hope that helps to clarify things and please do let us know if you need any more information.
You said that I could continue to receive the 10% discount if I took out a new policy. This would mean that I am subject to the new policy qualifying period. The purpose of having pet insurance is to have 365 days cover a year not 350. Prior to taking out my policy I was told by Bought By Many that the discount would continue to be applied as long as the policy was RENEWED. It appears that I have been misled.
Medical questionView all 2 answers
Hi, my collie recently had to have an emergency operation to have his gallbladder taken out two weeks ago (he's doing remarkably well and vets are really happy with his progress). He's 9 years old. Because of the above, would it be best for me to call More Than to get a quote rather than doing it online? Thanks, Kirsty
Hello Kirsty, Thank you for your message and we're glad your boy's doing well! Yes, it would definitely be best for you to call More Than directly. However, be aware they are likely to consider your Collie's operation an existing medical condition and that may limit your cover. It is best to be open and honest with them when you call, giving all the details so that they can quote you accurately. You can call More Than on their free-phone number - 0800 107 8849. If you mention discount code PETBBM when talking to them, you will still be able to get our exclusive discount. Let us know how you get on and I hope they are able to help! Regards, Ronny
agilityView all 2 answers
Does the more than classic insurance cover a border collie doin agility thanx
Hi Tracy, & sorry for the slow reply. I've confirmed with More Than today that Classic does cover Border Collies who do agility. Best wishes, Sam
policy cost's for collies with More Than : be aware information for peopleView all 2 answers
I did have both my collie's bob and Kate insured with more than and be aware the price does rise A LOT ,my collie bob has hip dyspepsia from birth and he's always been insured with them..bob is now 5 years old and will possibly need a double hip replacement to which i have been quoted £9000 and i have to pay 10% of this plus excess£100 + £100 monthly premium ??,my premium started at £25 per month with the Hip Issue and now with ongoing med's etc they are charging me £100 per month to insure him and my excess has gone up per year to £100 plus 10% towards all cost's as stated ,i am stuck with more than as no one else will insure bob for this issue now :-( ,i have removed my other collie Kate from them as her insurance policy also climbed up to a silly amount...with only 1 previous issue some thing minor ?? so i have now removed her from more than for insurance and gone else where ....instead of a discount on the policy they sent a hamper with treats worth £25.00 which would have been better spent on a discount....and the member of staff was very quick in telling me that i couldn't get bob insured elsewhere due to the ongoing issues.................... :-(
Hello Kaz, We are sorry to hear you are having a bad experience with More Than. We chose to work with them as we believe they offer great value for customers, but of course every undividual experience is different. We don't know of any company that would cover existing medical conditions in a pet and unfortunately those can get expensive - this is one of the things we hope to some day help change. We do have a group for pets with Medical Conditions through VetsMediCover, but this is only for conditions for which the pet has not been treated for or showed any symptoms of for 2 year (so, possibly something like your Kate, though of course we do not know the details there). bit.ly/1sVQ5Jl
Bought by many discountView all 3 answers
Is the discount ongoing, will it be applied at each annual renewal?
Hi Dave, Yes, the Bought By Many member discount will be applied at every renewal for as long as the policy is in force. Best wishes, Sam
Thank you Sam
jooningView all 2 answers
How do you join this group to get a quote. its not letting me get a quote. ⁉
Hi Jackie, if you've joined the Border Collie group, you'll see the orange button in the 'current offer' section has changed to 'get a quote' - just click on that button and you'll be sent over to More Than with the Bought By Many discount code. If you need any more help you can email me at email@example.com. Best wishes, Helen