The ears are half-perked, which suggests attentiveness as well as a high level of intelligence.
Here is a younger brown (or red) and white Border Collie.
The ears are again half-cocked, indicating alertness, or at least interest in something. Responsiveness is a well-known attribute of Border Collies.
“Merle” influences – one blue or white eye – is most common in the brown or red border collies. Breeders do not breed merle dogs together since the genetic defect can cause serious eye problems.
Border Collies are master herders, and excell at agility competitions.