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Border Collie Characteristics
The Border Collie breed was bred to herd sheep in the hills between England and Scotland. They’re wonderfully intelligent and have an abundance of energy and desire to work, all of which makes them a top choice for herding on ranches today. While their energy may make them a handful, these are loving dogs who also make great family companions as long as they get their exercise!
The Border Collie is a medium-sized herding dog, standing between 18-22 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 30-45 pounds. They come in a variety of colors including blue and red merle and are equipped with a thick double coat which helps keep them warm through the Scottish winters. These dogs are heavy shedders, so plan to frequently groom and brush your pup in order to keep stray hair at bay.
As previously mentioned, the Border Collie is a breed with almost unlimited energy and is an excellent match for highly active individuals and families. While they love snuggling on a couch, they need to get their energy out first! These dogs are accustomed to running dozens of miles a day while herding sheep, so they make great companions for runners, hikers, and athletes. Even a big backyard and a ball or stick can help your Border Collie get some of the zoomies out.
With their high intelligence and alertness, Border Collies are always a top contender in canine performance sports. Their excess of energy and extreme trainability are traits that allow them to excel at agility, advanced obedience, flyball, flying disc, tracking, or freestyle obedience.
Training your Border Collie frequently for performance sports is one of the few sure-fire ways to ensure they are having their exercise needs met and are being mentally stimulated. They love having a sense of purpose and a way to make their owners pleased.
How dog-friendly is Killeen?
A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Killeen is ranked the 47th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city scored an A+ for its cost of dog insurance. In fact, the city has the 6th lowest average dog insurance premiums in the country.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Killeen
Killeen and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and enjoy the warm Texas sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Mickey’s Dog Park, Purser Family Park, and Monarch Park Dog Park.
Killeen and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you can take your dog for a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Harker Heights Community Park, Heritage Park, and Eagle Nature Trail at Central Texas College.
Life in Killeen with a dog
Killeen has a variety of pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area include Thai Thai, Jokers IceHouse Bar & Grill, and Freebirds World Burrito.
Killeen has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. And, every year there are various pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If you have friends or family visiting Killeen, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the area are Shilo Inn & Suites Killeen, Best Western Plus, and The Peach Tree Inn.
Popular dog breeds in Killeen
Killeen is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pit Bulls, Bulldogs, Rottweilers, Chihuahuas, and Dachshunds. No matter which breed you decide to add to your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs across the city.
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