Border Collies are considered to be the most intelligent dog breed in the world. Because of this, they are highly trainable and are eager to please, and excel at herding, agility, and other dog sports. These athletic dogs are high energy and need mental and physical stimulation. Border Collies are also affectionate and devoted to their owners.
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The Bearded Collie, or “Beardie” as it is affectionately called, is often confused with the Old English Sheepdog. (The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is their tail – Beardies have one, OES don’t!) Bearded Collies have large, expressive eyes and are medium sized, reaching approximately 45-55 lbs. in adulthood. These dogs are bouncy, intelligent, and have charming personalities. They are excellent with children, eager to please and excel at dog sports such as agility, obedience, and herding.
Berger Picard (AKA Picardly Shepherd) is known to be the oldest French sheepdog. This medium-sized dog has a very intelligent personality and makes eye contact during communication. With this breed, you can expect a very easy training time, but sometimes they tend to be stubborn. They are very good with young kids and love to play goofy things around. They are very sensitive to the tones of voices, so even if you get impatient easily, you need to try to give commands kindly and cheerfully, and completely avoid yelling. With early socialization, they get along well with other animals. They also have the ability to make eye contact for a long time, which means they show interest during communication; however, it might be confusing for other people or dogs that can interpret it as a sign of aggression. This breed’s height is about 25 inches, and its weight is about 50 to 70 pounds.
These loyal, charming dogs make excellent family pets. They are very sweet, intelligent, and love to be around people, making them ideal for home life. Old English Sheepdogs are large in size and have long, fluffy coats. As their name implies, these dogs were originally bred in England to be sheep herders, but are today more often used as companion animals than working dogs. The Old English Sheepdog is sure to steal the hearts of anyone that meets one!
English Shepherds are believed to descend from a combination of the British Isles’ cattle- and sheepdogs, which Caesar brought to the British Isles when he took over these lands in 55 BC. This breed is fearless, gritty, and always ready to do tasks because he was originally bred to be a working dog. They are eager to please their humans; besides, they make a loyal watchdog alerting their owners when needed. Because of their instincts as a working dog, they require plenty of proper exercise. They fit better into a house that has a backyard where they can roam all the time. English Shepherd is a very intelligent dog, and therefore it is very important to him to get lots of mental exercises to keep him away from boredom. Early training and socialization are very important as well; otherwise, they can turn into being bossy and stubborn. The English Shepherd’s size is about 18 to 23 inches, and the weight is about 40 to 60 pounds.
Australian Shepherds are the ultimate working dogs. Actually not from Australia, as one might rationally conclude, these pups grew in popularity as herding dogs because of their high energy levels and impressive intellect. These dogs like to be occupied with a job to do, and excel at many activities, including herding, search and rescue, and agility. Aussies often have distinctive merle coloring and bright, striking eyes that come in a variety of colors. They are medium-sized, smart, loyal dogs and make devoted companions to active families.
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