Why Border Collies Make Great Fitness Buddies
Border Collies make fantastic pets. They are full of energy, acrobatic, love the outdoors and the water and are perfect as a running buddy. Border Collies are generally very friendly and are great with kids, so you can find yourself stopping in many places along the way when your pooch decides to befriend a random stranger. To top it off they are extremely affectionate, good looking dogs.
Border Collies are in the upper echelon when it comes to doggie intelligence. They are highly responsive to verbal language and non-verbal communication which make them great pets for people of all ages. Border Collies are, when compared to other breeds of dog, not difficult to train and they acclimatise easily to different indoor and outdoor settings.
The Border Collie is the perfect sized family pet. They are considered to be a medium sized dog (though on the larger end of medium) and this makes them resilient when it comes to children rough-housing but small enough not to be intimidating to people. Border Collies come in a few different colours but, as their name indicates, they are always two toned. Generally they are black and white but shades of brown and white are also common colours.
Border Collies would make a great companion for someone who has a lot of energy and engages in plenty of outdoor activities. They can stay active for hours at a time and require plenty of exercise. They are not an ideal pet for a person who spends long hours working and/or has a static lifestyle. If you are a single person considering getting a Border Collie, make sure you find more than ample time to go running with him, or you could find your yard or home trashed.
Border Collies make great working dogs. They can detect sounds such as yelling or whistling from great distances, and have a natural inclination to “round up” livestock. They are common fixtures at dog shows due to their aforementioned good looks and good behaviour.
When it comes to fitness partners or running buddies you would be hard pressed to find a more suitable dog. Their good nature and ease to train makes them obedient, which means you can run with them leash off and almost always be sure they will behave themselves. Their natural energy and fitness levels mean that they will challenge you to go further than you would ordinarily be inclined to. The fact that they require activity (and not meeting their physical and mental needs will risk damage to your personal property) should serve as even further encouragement to get outside and run with your happy pooch. Their overwhelming zest for life will keep you entertained for years and as far as dog therapy goes, Border Collies provide this more than any other dog. There isn’t a more heart warming sight than seeing a Border Collie flipping and tumbling through the whitewash at a beach.
There is one hereditary medical condition that can interfere with your Border Collie’s ability to run with you. Hip dysplasia does occur in this breed and it can lead to painful arthritis. Breeding dogs should be hip scored, and make sure you buy your pup from a breeder who has taken steps to reduce the chances of their pups developing this painful disease.
If you are interested in purchasing a Border Collie and can’t find any at your local animal shelter visit http://www.pups4sale.com.au and be sure you are purchasing from a registered breeder.
Photo by Eddie McFish