The Border Collie is the most intelligent canine that is perfect for active owners and families.
Buying a puppy is already a big responsibility, but Border Collies are different from other breeds. They’re bred to work and herd, and this is what defines them. With their high energy, sensitivity, stamina, and nature, there are things to consider before getting a working dog.
- Is a Border Collie the right breed for you?
- How to look for a responsible Border Collie breeder?
- A list of Border Collie Breeders
- Border Collie puppies for sale at Marketplaces
- Know what you’re getting into as an owner of a Border Collie
Is a Border Collie the right breed for you?
As any responsible breeder would do, we can’t stress enough how crucial it is to do your research about the kind of dog you want.
Here are important factors to ask yourself before buying a Border Collie puppy.
Are you prepared to care for a puppy?
Raising a puppy is time-consuming and requires commitment. A growing pup would need to be fed 3-4 times a day, be taken out to pee and poop, and since you’ll be house-training it, it can mean a lot of mess and clean up.
After coming home from work, would you still have the energy and time to give the pup at least an hour of work, exercise, or play? And since they’re adjusting to their new home, are you ready to wake up in the middle of the night by a crying, barking, or howling puppy?
Puppies, even adult dogs, shouldn’t be left in a crate for more than a few hours. It may help if no one’s around and to avoid the little thing from chewing anything in your house, but they can’t hold their business for too long. Not only that, pets shouldn’t eliminate where they sleep.
You also have to think about obedience training and socialization. Routine will be your friend when it comes to everything that has something to do with your puppy so that things can run smoothly.
When you’re not home, who’ll take care of your dog? Do you have any other pets? Will you be able to introduce and supervise them properly at all times?
If having a puppy sounds overwhelming but you really want a pet, an adult dog is an alternative.
Can you handle a Border Collie?
Aside from the pros and cons of taking care and raising a little pooch, is your heart set on a Border Collie?
This breed is medium-sized, but that doesn’t mean they’ll do fine in an apartment. A regular yard isn’t enough for Borders. They require a lot of space to run so they’re more suited to live in a ranch or farm where they can chase and herd until they get tired.
You should be aware of the mental and physical stimulation they need. Will you be able to provide that on a daily basis?
Just to give you an idea, here are a few tasks that can be used as a start for training a Border Collie.
Another thing is the hair coat. You may want a dog, but how about the rest of your family members or housemates? Is anyone allergic to pets? Border Collies shed throughout the year, but worse during shedding season. Would you be okay to deal with that? Can you afford regular trips to the groomer?
Think about other expenses as well – dog food, toys, supplies, medications, and routine or emergency visits to the veterinarian.
Is your house ready for a Border puppy?
Preparation also involves your home. Puppies can be naughty and destructive, but it’s common and more dangerous for the little fur angels. So how do you puppy-proof your house?
Literally get down to a puppy-eye level for you to see possible hazards. Make sure you hide electrical cords, lock cabinets with any kind of chemicals, and lock trash bins. Whether you have houseplants that are toxic to pets or not, you wouldn’t want them chewing on those, so keep them high.
Keep shoes, laundry, and small items such as toys out of reach. Pups can chew on them or even accidentally swallow them.
Supervise your puppy at all times, but if you can’t put them in a crate, playpen, or in a room where they can stay.
Do you have the basic needs of a puppy?
This basically means stock up on supplies. And when we say “basic”, it means essentials such as a leash, a collar or harness with a tag, puppy food, a doggy bed that has room for growth, and a grooming kit.
For pet bowls, stick with metal or ceramic. Plastic can easily get chewed up and may cause irritation. Don’t overdo it with toys. Just have one plush, one squeaky, and one chew toy.
You don’t want to end up with a bunch of puppy stuff where your pet will not use and outgrow them. A trusted vet can advise you on what other items your dog specifically needs.
Do you already have a veterinarian that is licensed and nearby?
It’s best to drive or walk around your area to find a trustworthy, licensed vet that has a great reputation. You can also do your search online or ask friends and relatives who have pets.
Choose one that you can conveniently go to and that their prices are reasonable.
Instead of rushing to whoever’s available, it’s best to have a vet lined-up. Once your puppy comes home with you, he or she should visit the veterinarian for the first time to have a check-up. It’s just to ensure that there are no health issues.
How to look for a responsible Border Collie breeder?
Online is the easiest way to find a Border Collie puppy for sale.
Although it’s known that you should avoid pet stores, backyard breeders, puppy mills, classified ads, or flea markets, you always have to watch for red flags when it comes to dealing with a breeder.
Signs of a good Border Collie breeder
A responsible breeder would screen or ask puppy buyers to fill out a questionnaire and interviews them. They would want to make sure that their puppies would end up in good hands.
The list of breeders you’re willing to purchase from should be registered with a dog club or association. Most have canines who join conformation events so they’re probably a part of those organizations. This is also a good way to ask for other members who could vouch for them.
It’s best if the breeder is a member of traditional working Border Collie registries.
If a breeder has their Borders signed up with other registries, consider it as a serious red flag. Some of them use it as a way to claim that their pups have “papers”. The ABCA also has a list of breeders who were either suspended or expelled from their association that includes why they got a disciplinary action.
A good breeder focuses on improving a breed, in this case, the Border Collie. Responsible breeders don’t have more than two different breeds as their goal is to produce better offsprings that showcase the breed standard.
It’s also a good sign if a Border Collie breeder puts you on a waiting list. It means their pups are in high demand and they don’t breed their dogs too often.
Red flags to watch out for in BC breeders
If a breeder is willing to sell you a puppy without asking questions, it’s a clear sign that he or she doesn’t care about their dogs and puppies. Their main concern is getting paid.
Observe the puppy’s environment when you’re given a chance to visit. Take a step back if you see that they’re kept outside. Reputable breeders often have their dogs stay indoors. Besides, most dogs who get to socialize have a better temperament than those who are caged outdoors.
Turn away if a seller has several popular breeds that they readily offer. It’s an easy way to make money and they probably don’t care if their puppies meet the breed standards for Borders.
If you notice that pups are always available throughout the year, it can be a sign of overbreeding or they have too many females that puppies are only for profit.
A list of Border Collie Breeders
We gathered direct contacts for Border Collie breeders in the US, Canada, and the UK.
This list is just to help your search for your own working dog to be easier, but please use the tips we provided in this article to screen breeders as well.
Border Collie breeders in the USA
|Florence, AL||Jule Too Border Collies||JuleToo@aol.com|
|New Market, AL||Kensington Kennelsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Benson, AZ||Desert Shore Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Paso Robles, CA||Embrace Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Santa Barbara, CA||Zuki Border Collies||Karen@vanhoy.com|
|Simi Valley, CA||Rigel Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Lancaster, CA||Powerhouse Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Escondido, CA||Jolly Paws Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Avondale, CO||JiJin Kennels||JiJinKennels@aol.com|
|Somers, CT||Horsepower Hill Farmfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Windsor, CT||Rising Star Border Collies||RisingStarBCs@aol.com|
|Venice, FL||Arcane Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|St. Petersburg, FL||FlyBy Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Palm City, FL||TallTails Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|North Port, FL||Top Notch Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Farmington, GA||Flat Rock Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Sylvania, GA||Holther Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Duluth, GA||Solaras Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|DeSmet, ID||MtnViewRanch and Kennels LLCfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Blanchard, ID||Selkirk Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Marengo, IL||Brittemar Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rockton, IL||Czechmate Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Olney, IL||Heronwoods Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Romeoville, IL||Rav’nLeigh Border Collies||Bdrcol22@aol.com|
|Boonville, IN||Winthrop Farmemail@example.com|
|Cedar Falls, IA||Bosier’s Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Des Moines, IA||BorderPatrolemail@example.com|
|Louisville, KY||Majestic Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robert, LA||Wilsong Border Collies||Wilsong1@aol.com|
|Holly, MI||Grand Oakes Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Macomb, MI||Hot Shot Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|St. Paul, MN||North Star Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Stacy, MN||Rising Sun Farm||RisSunFarm@aol.com|
|Tylertown, MS||Cool Meadow Farms Border Collies||(601) 303-0666|
|Fenton, MO||Solachi Border Collies||Jenna@SolachiBC.com|
|Shell Knob, MO||Stoneridge Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hamilton, MT||Gold Creek Ranch Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Plattsmouth, NE||Lookout Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wood River, NE||Prairie Fireemail@example.com|
|Fallon, NV||Fallon Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Las Vegas, NV||OffOn Border Collies||Contact page|
|Bradford, NH||Harris Farm Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Buffalo, NY||Gentle Shepherd Farmsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Caledonia, NY||Rollin Oaksemail@example.com|
|Graham, NC||Contact Point Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mooresville, NC||Wimzical Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Cincinnati, OH||Mondenkind Kennels||Pamela@Mondenkindkennels.com|
|Canton, OH||Outrun Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Madill, OK||Whistle-stop Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Grants Pass, OR||Hidden Valley Border Collies||HdnVly@gmail.com|
|Lancaster, PA||J-Tail Border Collies||JTailBC@gmail.com|
|Fort Littleton, PA||Plum Hollow Border Collies||(717) 860-1693|
|Malvern, PA||Canter Hill Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jonesborough, TN||Tri Cities Border Collies||(423) 913-0527|
|Wears Valley, TN||Crosswood Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Nashville, TN||Rose’s Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Morrison, TN||TN Border Collies||(931) 607-2426|
|Murfreesboro, TN||Stones River Kennelsemail@example.com|
|Abilene, TX||Seven Links Ranch Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Round Rock, TX||Shannara Border Collies||(775) 813-2239|
|Draper, UT||SnoFire Kennelsemail@example.com|
|Warrenton, VA||Bayshore Kennels and Farmfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elkton, VA||Patriot Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Toms Brook, VA||Sporting Field Kennel & Cattery||Sportingfields@yahoo.com|
|Rochester, WA||Hob Nob Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Camas, WA||The Border Collies of the Pawcific Northemail@example.com|
|Loon Lake, WA||Sun Mountain Border Collies||Sandra@SunMountainBorderCollies.com|
|Weirton, WV||Cyclone Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pipestem, WV||TNT Cattle Dogsemail@example.com|
|Torrington, WY||Triskle Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Border Collie breeders in Canada
|Cypress County, AB||Canine Solutions||(403) 866 6176|
|Bezanson, AB||Dooglyn Bordersemail@example.com|
|High River, AB||Hangin Arch Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Athabasca, AB||Landing Trail Stock Dogsemail@example.com|
|Kelowna, BC||JLM Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lumby, BC||Keen-Eye Stock Dogs||(250) 547-0212|
|Victoria, BC||Keen-Eye Stock Dogsemail@example.com|
|Kamloops, BC||RMS Border Collies||(250) 828-1176|
|Strathclair, MB||Nip Creek Ranchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cartwright, MB||Wall 2 Wall Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Hanwell, NB||Serendipity Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Middleton, NS||Double R Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Lunenburg, NS||Scotia Border Collies||(902) 634-4833|
|Sunderland, ON||Southview Farm & Border Collies||(905) 960-6522|
|Claremont, ON||Boywood Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tillsonburg, ON||Bur Hill Border Colliesemail@example.com|
|Leamington, ON||Caora Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bury, QC||Astute Border Collie Purebred||(819) 872-3832|
|North Hatley, QC||Creekside Border Collies||(819) 842-4227|
|McCord, SK||Aspatria Kennelsemail@example.com|
|Maple Creek, Sk||Montgomery Border Collies||(306) 662-3667|
|Shaunavon, SK||Sheep Creek Farms||(306) 297-3133|
|Pleasantdale, SK||Sommer Ranch Border Collies||(306) 874-7936|
Border Collie breeders in the UK
|North West England|
|Lancashire, North West||Bryning Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Eastern & Central England|
|Reepham, Norfolk||Rusca Farm Working Sheepdogsemail@example.com|
|South West England|
|Exeter, Devon||Kielia Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Antrim, Northern Ireland||Irish Sheepdogemail@example.com|
028 2582 2466
|Heriot, Scottish Borders||Neth Hill Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
+44 (0)1875 835249
|Perthshire, Central Scotland||MidDerry Sheepdogsemail@example.com|
44 7776 198365
44 7786 433952
|Wales & Western England|
|Flintshire, Wales||Denwyn Border Colliesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tremynydd Fach||Pembrokeshire Sheepdogs||01437 721677|
You can also use this interactive map that shows the location of Border Collie breeders.[Google Map]
Border Collie puppies for sale at Marketplaces
Aside from specific Border Collie breeder sites, there are online marketplaces that allow you to narrow down your search with filters to help you find the right little pooch for you.
If you decide to purchase from these websites, don’t forget to do your part to make sure you’re purchasing from a responsible breeder.
Social media is also one of the most common ways for breeders to show the dogs they’re selling. There’s even a Facebook page for Border Collie puppies for sale.
Know what you’re getting into as an owner of a Border Collie
No matter how easy it is to get a dog or a puppy online, it takes time to do it right.
You can talk to veterinarians, friends, or breeders to learn more about Border Collies, but you still have to ask yourself if you got what it takes to handle the most intelligent, working breed in the world.
Having a smart pet may seem easy, but there’s always a catch for the amazing traits that Borders have. These intense, high-energy, and sensitive canines require a lot of attention and training to keep them in a constructive path.
Let’s not forget the price of a Border Collie and the costs that come with owning this bright fellow.
If a purebred Border Collie is not the right fit but you still love most of their traits, then you can pick a Border mix instead.
If you think your lifestyle matches the characteristics of a Border Collie, go on and find that hard-working dog you deserve!