Border Collie Los Baganes
The Border Collie Today
There are still those who think that the Border Collie is a Shepherd Dog who is only good for looking after livestock… Needless to say that, in our (humble) opinion, it is the perfect dog; the ideal companion.
The Border Collie’s instinctive skills have been adapted to various activities alongside those related to shepherding and farm work. Once of the most widely known are Sheep Dog trials (also practised nowadays as a sport): despite the fact that these tests are not exclusive to the Border Collie, they are dominated by the breed. Originating in 1873, Sheep Dog trials were designed to showcase the irrefutable skills of the Border Collie and to prove, once and for all, that it was superior to any other breed - at least in this sense! Nowadays, the objective of the International Sheep Dog Society is to improve the breed through the medium of competition - the tests are centred around the type of work that the dog would have to undertake at a hillside farm. Essentially, the follow skills are honed in upon: encircling, collecting, driving, putting in a pen and loading.
Other tests in which the Border Collie stands out in/ dominates are obedience and agility. Here, the instinctive obedience and innate agility of the Border Collie are showcased.
It is also common to find Border Collies that excel in beauty competitions - for example, the great grandfather and grandfather of Bicky: Sequoyahpark Mystical Warrior y Allymoon Crocodile.
The Border Collie is also used as:
-Guide dogs for those who are blind, although it is more common to find them working as rescue dogs owing to their resistance and persistence.
-Therapeutic dogs: these dogs visit hospitals, old people’s homes and private homes in order to provide a relaxing moment of interaction with an animal. Studies show that stroking a dog decreases heart rate, blood pressure and levels of stress, together with releasing ‘happy hormones’ (specifically, seratonin and oxytocin). As Border Collies are extremely empathetic, they are the perfect dog to undertake this task.
-Medical alert assistance dogs: if Border Collies are trained to detect smells that are emitted by chronic illnesses (such as allergies, changes in blood sugar levels for diabetics..),they are then capable of alerting the owner and thereby preventing the consequences (for example, the rise or fall in blood sugar). There are even Border Collies that are capable of detecting certain cancers!
It goes without saying that the Border Collie is also an ideal companion: affectionate, loyal, playful…
If you want to have a Border Collie in your life, you only have to pay it the attention it deserves: with due affection and exercise, you will have yourself a four-legged friend for life!