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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 Vermont?
Vermont is one of the most pet-friendly states in the country! The state has strong animal welfare laws, excellent outdoor activities, and great access to pet services.
We evaluated two separate studies comparing all 50 states by several of these factors. They surveyed animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, dog parks, hiking trails, and veterinarian services.
The first study, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Vermont at a stellar 6th in the nation. The second, from Safewise, gave Vermont 7th. The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Vermont is clearly a great place for dog people!
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Vermont
BringFido lists Vermont as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Dog Mountain and the Gondola SkyRide as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.
Twenty-eight percent of Vermont residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Vermonters love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Vermont are Labradors, Retrievers, and Beagles. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Chow Chows, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Vermont
Vermont saved 5,049 dogs and cats during 2020. Fifty-three animals were reported killed over this same period.
Twelve out of 13 of the animal shelters within Vermont are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is very high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 91%. This is above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state!
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