Border Collie Grooming

Border Collie Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 17 – 20kg (37 – 44lbs).
Female – 14 – 17kg (31 – 37lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 53 – 55cm (21 – 22in).
Female – 51 – 53cm (20 – 21in).

Coat:
Two types – medium length or smooth coat, both with straight outer coat and dense under coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
4 – 8 puppies.

Border Collie Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
Although Border Collie grooming is needed rarely, it is necessary to keep your dog healthy and happy, as well as helping to cement the close bond you share.  Grooming your dog should consist of brushing, bathing, clipping and, if it's a show dog, adding those final touches to your Border Collie grooming that can make your dog worthy of official competition and recognition.

The main thing to remember with Border Collie grooming is that they can grow two distinctly different types of coats.  One is rather short and sleek and the other is coarse, and can grow hair up to three inches in length.  This second type of coat requires regular brushing in order to keep your dog free of tangled, matted hair. Your Border Collie grooming may need to be increased or decreased throughout the year as they will shed in different quantities.

It is advised to spend 10 minutes, three times a week on Border Collie grooming to keep matted hair to a minimum.  Firstly, use a mat splitter to work out any mats that your dog may have accumulated. Then use a slicker brush, making sure to work through the dog's entire coat.  Be sure to pay special attention to the tail, back leg feathering, under the armpits and behind the ears.  After brushing, use a wide-toothed comb, running it through your Border Collie's entire coat, to remove any excess shed undercoat.  Then, do a second combing of the head, neck, and ears with a fine-toothed comb to catch any loose hairs, completing this aspect of Border Collie grooming.

Luckily, your Border Collie grooming routine should not have to include bathing too often as their coat is extremely resilient.  Also, you should only bathe and shampoo your dog when they truly need a bath as over-bathing can strip nutrients from the hair.  When you do bathe your Collie, be sure to use a special dog shampoo that will keep the coat in top form, as well as a conditioner on the tail and feathering in particular.  Make sure to rinse all of the shampoo and conditioner out completely, towel dry and then use a blow dryer to get your dog fluffed and dried nicely.  A vital part of this stage in Border Collie grooming is to make sure the undercoat is completely dry.

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