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.