The Bonnie Border is a super intelligent dog they are renowned for being the world's most intelligent breed of dog, we had great fun with
our Border's they are a very challenging breed :) And most certainly are not for everyone, loyal, yep they sure are but it states that in the
breed standard or it should :)
BORDER COLLIE STANDARD ........................
SIZE-PROPORTION-SUBSTANCE : :The Height at the withers varies from 19 to 22 inches for the Males. 18 to 21 inches for the
Females. The body from point of shoulder to buttocks is slightly longer than the height at the shoulders. Bone must be strong not
excessive. Always in proportion to size. Overall appearance balance between height, length, weight & bone is crucial & is more important
than any other measurement . Excess weight is not to be mistaken for muscle or substance. Any single feature of size appearing out of
proportion., Should be considered a Fault.
HEAD : Expression is Intelligent. Alert. Eager & full of Interest.
EYES : Well set apart of moderate size. Oval in shape. The colour encompasses the full range of Brown. Dogs having primary colours
other than Black may have noticeably lighter eye colour. Lack of pigmentation is a Fault. Except in the Merle's where one or both or part
of one eye may be Blue.
EARS : Medium size. Set well apart. Carried erect or semi-erect. The tips may fall forward or outward to the side. Ears are sensitive &
SKULL : Is broad with Octiput not pronounced. Skull & Fore face approximately equal in length.
STOP- Moderate but distinct.
MUZZEL : Moderately short. Strong & blunt. Tapering towards the nose. The under jaw is strong & well developed.
NOSE : Colour matches the primary colour. Nostrils are well developed. A snipey muzzle is a Fault.
BITE - TEETH - JAWS : Are strong. Meeting in a Scissors bite.
NECK - TOP LINE - BODY : Neck is of good length. Strong & muscular. Slightly arched & boarding to shoulders. Top line is level with
slight arch over the loins. Body is athletic in appearance. Chest is deep, moderately broad, showing great lung capacity
BRISKET reaching to the point of elbow. Rib cage is well sprung. Loins Moderately deep, muscular, slightly arched with no tuck up. Tail is
set low, it is moderately long reaching to at least the hock. It may have an upward swirl to the tip. Whilst concentrating on a given task, the
tail is carried low. In excitement it might rise level with the back. A gay tail is a Fault.
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs well boned & parallel. When viewed from the side the shoulders are long & well angulated to the upper arm.
The elbows are neither turned in nor out. Dewclaws may be removed.
HINDQUARTERS : Broad & muscular.In profile sloping gracefully to set of tail. The thighs are long, broad, deep & muscular, with well
turned stifles & strong hocks. Well let down. When viewed from the rear, hind legs are well boned, straight & parallel or are very slightly
cow hocked. Dewclaws may be removed.
FEET : Front & back are compact. Oval in shape. Pads deep & strong toes, moderately arched & close together. Nails are short & strong.
COAT : Two varieties are permissible. Both soft, dense, weather resistant, double coat. In puppies the coat is short, dense, weather
resistant becoming the undercoat in the adult dog. The rough coats, medium to long. Texture from flat to slightly wavy. Short & smooth on
the face. Forelegs well feathered. Rear pastern may have coat trimmed short. With advancing age, coats may become wavy & are not
faulted. The Short coat is short all over.
Colour : The Border Collie appears in many colours with various combinations, of patterns & markings . The most common colour is black,
white blaze, collar, stockings & tail tip. A variety of primary colours is permissible, the sole exception being ALL WHITE ... Solid colour,
Bi-colour, Tri- colour, Merle & Sable dogs are all judged equally with the dogs having the traditional markings. Colour & markings are
secondary to physical evaluation & gait.
GAIT : The B.C. is an agile dog, able to suddenly change direction & speed, without loss of balance & grace. His trotting gait is free,
smooth & tireless with minimum lift of feet. The top line does not lift as he conveys an effortless glide. He moves with great stealth,
stamina & strength. Viewed from the side the stride covers maximum ground with minimum speed. Front view, the action is forward &
true, without weakness in shoulders, elbows or pasterns. View from behind quarters thrust with drive & flexibility hocks moving close
together but never touching. Any deviation from a sound moving dog is a Fault. In final assessment, Gait is an essential factor in
confirming physical evaluation.
TEMPERAMENT : Affectionate towards family & friends but sensibly reserved with strangers. Excellent watchdog. Eager to please &
learn,. Thrives on human companionship. Any tendencies towards viciousness & shyness are serious faults.
FAULTS : Any deviation from the foregoing should be considered a fault, seriousness depending upon the extent of the deviation. Male
dogs should have two normal testicles descended fully into scrotum.