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Border Collie

Border Collie

  • WEIGHT: 30 to 45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 18 to 23 inches
  • COLOR(S): Black, dark brown, and blue merle. Varying amounts of tan and/or white.
  • BREED GROUP: Herding

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English Shepherd

WEIGHT: 40 to 70 lbs
HEIGHT: 18 to 24 inches
COLOR(S): Black, black and white, black and tan, sable and white. Solids or tri-colored coats.
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The English Shepherd is a working dog that is qualified to perform a variety of tasks. The English Shepherd is a good herding dog for farmer's livestock. They work well by themselves or under supervision. English Shepherds makes great companions and are always fun to be around. They are very friendly, happy and hard working dogs. They are good with children, and do not specialize in a single species to herd. They can herd a variety, including pigs, sheep, cattle and even poultry. The English Shepherd is known to be more "loose-eyed", not using stare tactics to herd as much as the Border Collie. English Shepherds have been known as the "good ol' farm dog", because they perform a variety of tasks. They have even been known to aid in arguments between children and help them walk. Some are so personable that owners claim that "by the time they are five or six, you can carry on a decent conversation with him." English Shepherds make excellent helpers and pets, as they are medium-sized dogs with big hearts. They have a broad muzzle, broad drop ears and a long tail. Sometimes the tail is naturally bobbed. They have a double coat with fur that may be straight or curly, with feathering on the legs and tail. The typical American farm dog, English Shepherds make excellent friends with their masters.


Calm, friendly and eager to work or play. They are great with children, and are good with other pets as well. English Shepherds are intelligent, energetic and highly trainable. Fearless and alert, they are devoted to their masters and family. They are eager hunters, and retain a unique kindness about them. They are adaptable and can work independently or supervised. Some can have a bossy attitude, enforcing the rules. Some are wary of strangers and are more one-family or one-person dogs, but most get along with everyone.


Any dirt collected on the coat tends to be cleaned on its own.


Usually a pretty healthy dog, thought hip dysplasia is not uncommon in the breed.


Moderate exercise with little grooming. English Shepherds are a high energy breed, but adapt well to slower environments.


Easily trainable, the English Shepherd is very intelligent. They are eager to please and willing to work hard.

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