Things My Border Collie Mix Has Taught Me

is a (the other half is most likely Spaniel). The only time the other pets get an opportunity to in fact capture the ball/frisbee is when Keiko “overruns” the toss.2) Border Collies are clever. I actually can't state if all Border Collies are simply like Keiko – particularly pure-blooded Borders.

Keiko is a mix (the other half is most likely Spaniel). The only time the other pets get an opportunity to in fact capture the ball/frisbee is when Keiko “overruns” the toss.2) Border Collies are clever. When Keiko does take the time to consume, she consumes her food in little bites rather than wolfing it down like other pets. Completely.5) Border Collies do not like loud sounds. I actually can't state if all Border Collies are simply like Keiko – specifically pure-blooded Borders.

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  1. Rachel, I just love these stories of Border Collie mixes. As we learn more it can only help us in our relationships with our dogs.

    A couple comments: Yes, apparently most Borders are very sensitive to noise since their senses have been so fine-tuned over generations. My dog “hides” during thunder and wind storms, and July 4th is definitely *not* her favorite holiday :). On the other hand, she is always the first of the three dogs to hear something outside and react to it.So, I always know “someone” is always guarding the property.

    As far as food goes, I have no clear answer. Keiko eats when she’s hungry (and in the right mood), and that’s about it. I haven’t noticed any correlation between increasing her activity and her appetite increasing. We just try to make sure the other dogs don’t get to her food before she can get to it.

    Thanks for adding your thoughts

    • Rachel
    • July 27, 2008

    I have had Pepper, my Border Collie-Shepard mix for almost a year. I got him from a shelter and he was abused before I got him. I can’t believe people could abuse a dog, let along a puppy! I am researching more about him because I want to know if he is afraid of things because of his breed or the abuse and I want to know what people do about it. He is very jumpy at loud noises and it is good to know that other border collies are too. He is very fast at the dog park- just like your dog! He can walk without a leash for hours. He can do any number of tricks- but sometimes refuses them, but can be coaxed into them with a treat. He has so much personality… sometimes when I am trying to get him to do a trick he knows too well… it seems like he is thinking… are you serious- that one again!? 🙂 Let me know if anyone knows any NEW TRICKS!!! I want to get him a dog backpack because the dog whisperer says its good for dogs to work- especially border collies. Anyway, the main reason I started writing is because every other dog who he plays with eats and goes crazy for their food. Pepper hates eating… my friends call him my anorexic dog. I asked the vet who told me to pour tuna juice over the food which kinda works. I can’t afford to get wet food daily but he likes that a lot. (The tuna juice is free from a store in town). It is comforting to know that some breeds aren’t as interested in eating. Do you think he would eat more if I walked him more? I walk him a lot already. I’m glad to read that he is likely to live 12-14 years! 😀

    • stephanie
    • February 6, 2008

    wow, this sounds exactly like our border mix, Susie, also adopted from a shelter. even with hip dysplasia at nearly 8 years old, she insists on nightly tennis ball marathons.

    Before we got her younger sister, a border/dalmation mix (who is ravenous when it comes to food and after wolfing down hers will stare at poor Susie as she eats her dry food one piece at a time), Susie would wait until we were in bed to finally eat her food for the day.

    I swear she stares at me and hyptnotizes me to take her on her daily walk (and won’t keep bugging me until we go, following me around and watching to see what pants and shoes i put on each time I get dressed). And all our friends are so impressed about how smart she is, bringing specific toys by name and walking without a leash around the neighborhood.

    The only complaint I have is the “issues” she has about noises! Bubble wrap, fireworks, the stapler, any clicking will send her hiding and it’s frustrating and sometimes difficult to coax her out.

    SO, all you have said is so true – thanks for your thoughts!

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