Behavioural problems (and their causes) in the Border Collie
This section of our
website covers some of the common behavioural problems associated
with the Border Collie along with their causes.
Some pages in
this section are incomplete - work in progress
Because of the background of this breed and its many inbred and inherited instincts that make it what it is, we should expect some adverse reactions if we do not allow the dog to be and do what it has been bred for.
To summarise the root of many of the Border Collie's behavioural problems we first need to consider these inherited traits.~
Border Collies have been bred for hundreds of years to enhance certain characteristics.
They are bred to have strong instinctive abilities to - Chase, Herd, Bond, Watch, Listen.
They are bred to have particular sensitivity to - Movement and Sound.
They are bred to have enhanced - Intelligence and Ability to work on their own - following a combination of instinct and training
These are all qualities that are appropriate to their work as sheepdogs and conducive to carrying that work out in a quiet rural environment.
Many behavioural problems that occur to the Border Collie happen because the dog is being kept in a situation or environment that is conflicting with its natural instinctive behavioural drives or over stimulating its enhanced sensitivity or failing to satisfy its intelligence and working ability.
In addition, and often adding, to the problems arising from these factors are the general behavioural problems that all breeds of pet dogs suffer from due to poor handling, trauma and lack of socialisation and the fact that many simple, social, behavioural issues commonly reported are a result of errant behaviour being inadvertently encouraged by the dogs owners.
It is worth noting that working sheepdogs suffer very few of the common behavioural problems suffered by pets and when some do exhibit patterns of behaviour caused by poor socialisation, these seldom become problems to the dog or owner in a working environment.
It is only when we take these dogs away from environments that are compatible with, and that satisfy, their inherited drives and sensitivities, that we observe patterns of behaviour that can be called 'problematic' or 'anti - social', in that they are disruptive and difficult for their handlers to cope with in a domestic human environment and are often detrimental to the physical and psychological well being of the dog.
The sliding menu on the left has links to pages that discuss
some causes behind canine behavioural issues.
The links below take you to pages where resulting behavioral
problems are covered.
This list of behavioural issues
is not definitive but covers the most common problems facing Border
Some of the issues covered are not much of a problem for the
dogs owner but they are for the dog.
In some cases certain of these categories may be grouped
together but we have distinguished them individually to more
closely reflect how they affect the Border Collie.
This page is 'work in progress" and there will be more to follow
If you are interested in adopting a Border Collie from us,
please phone 0845 604 4941 during office hours.
(2 pm to 5 pm Mondays to Thursdays)
Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process.