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11 things only border collie owners understand

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism

Ah, border collies. They're full of energy, loyal and almost too smart for their own good.

If you're looking for a dog that loves having the job of watching over your family and is highly trainable, the border collie is right up your alley. Just know they'll keep you on your toes by opening closed doors, microwaves, baby gates and refrigerators — and will go to great lengths to remove any obstacles that keep them from your love.

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Here are more spot-on facts that only border collie owners know to be true.

1. The border collie is a working dog that will stop at nothing to do a job — even as a pup

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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2. Border collies are highly alert and miss nothing in their midst

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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3. These energetic dogs are exceedingly athletic and want to herd everything (including toys)

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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4. Border collies are the top dogs at agility competitions

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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5. They naturally demand attention and will get it constructively or destructively

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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6. Border collies are the world's most intelligent dog breed (you'll even gain some IQ points just owning them)

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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7. They originated from the borderlands of Scotland and England, thus the name "border" collie

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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8. Two border collies played Fly, a dog who befriended a pig, in the movie Babe

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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9. They are all-terrain dogs that will go where ever you need them to go

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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10. Border collies are not wimpy house dogs — they much prefer to be working outdoors

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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11. Once you own a border collie, you'll know that no other dog is a better forever friend

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism
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Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism


Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Border collies are no joke when it comes to smarts and athelticism

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Updated 1/13/2017

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