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Do you have a Border Collie?

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#1 hibiscus03

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

I would love to know how they are with your children & whether they are destructive when at home without humans.

Also, for how long do you walk them each day?

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#2 Erma Gerd

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:00 PM

It will depend on lines and individual dogs, as well as ages. I had border collies before the kids and we still have them. Ours are all great with our kids, but we've been careful with lines and avoided more reactive temperaments. There are quite a few border collies that aren't great with kids, that get stressed out by lots of noise and running children, and they ought to have a lot of socialisation and careful handling from kids from puppyhood.

Some collies can be really destructive, just like most dogs. Most of ours will pinch shoes and dig the occasional hole as puppies, the odd individual pup has been a total destruction machine.

They need to be reasonably occupied for a few hours most days- that generally is more brain work than physical exercise- so an hour of obedience training or going out and about with the family for a morning, using manners and seeing different things will do more to tire a collie out than pure physical exercise. I've run some of our dogs 20km beside a bike and they've been ready to play ball when we got home. I regularly run our dogs for 1-2 hours most days to keep them physically fit, and if they do nothing else they can still get bored. But they are happy to hang out with the family for the rest of the day. I wouldn't recommend them as backyard dogs if you aren't going to train them for something that will keep them intellectually occupied, but they can be perfectly happy to just hang out with the family all day, or to stay at home for hours on their own if you provide some intensive  intellectual as well as physical exercise every day.

They aren't usually dogs that will stay outside on their own all day and then just settle for half an hour running a day.

#3 Jupiter123

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

We have a border collie x lab who is 5 months. I think he is more lab than collie though.

He gets on average between a 3 and 5km walk each day. You can definitely tell when he hasn't been out for a day too as he goes a bit nuts.

He digs, he chews, he mouths, he does all the things a puppy does although for his digging Spikey was great and suggested poo in the holes and it seems for now he has given up.

Yes he can get destructive however that only seems to happen when he hasn't gone for a walk, or if he gets a little bored or if his food bowl gets left on the ground. We have had him for a month and he has gone through 3 food bowls (he gets a metal one next). He has also ripped all the stuffing out of his bed which I need to put back in and sew up.

We try to ensure that he doesn't get bored. Bones keep him entertained as do squeaky toys.

He is good with DD although he does forget his size and gets a bit rough.

He is very food orientated and goes nuts at the sight of food, so we have to put him outside when food is around.

He also sleeps outside, his choice. We tried letting him sleep inside but he would whine and carry on, outside he is great. He does spend a fair amount of time outside, again his choice the door is usually open for him.


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