You may recognize the Border Collie from the movie “Babe” as the two dogs that herded sheep on the farm and helped the pig become a herder himself. In the film and real life, Border Collies use their intense stare to control the flock. This, combined with their boundless energy and drive, keeps them working in fields around the world today.
Border Collies excel in athletics — they've won many competitions in obedience, flyball, agility, tracking and flying disc. They are easy to train, highly intelligent and make great family companions, but — as with every other dog of their size and intelligence — they need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. You also have to be somewhat humble to own a Border Collie; as smart as you think you are, they can occasionally outwit you. If you have the time, energy and desire for a loving, loyal companion, however, this is a dog to consider.