Laura S: When buying a border collie puppy how can you tell if it will be rough or smooth coated?
I'm getting a border collie and I want a rough coated dog. How can I tell if the puppy is going to be rough or smooth coated?
I have a friend who has a border collie that is smooth coated, so how can they only be rough coated?
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Answer by mrssmith
when you can get them at 8 weeks old... they will either have a rough looking coat or a fine looking coat.
Answer by marci knows best
Border Collies only come in rough coat. There is a different breed, called Collie, that comes in rough or smooth coat. Do some more research on breeds to be sure you are getting the one you want.
Border Collies are very high energy herding dogs that need several hours of daily exercise as well as a great deal of mental stimulation. Collies are still high energy, but are much more mellow.
Answer by Bobbie L
MARCI KNOWS BEST, does NOT know best. Border Collies come in Rough and Smooth coats. The reputable breeder that you get your pup from can tell which coat the pup will have. It's pretty obvious at 8 weeks of age, so do some homework before purchasing this breed. Please do NOT purchase an AKC Border Collie, as many AKC breeders are ruining this breed by breeding for looks rather than brains. You do know, of course, how much money a Border Collie will run you? When the dog turns a year old, you will need to turn the dog over to a professional sheepdog trainer. In house training is around $ 500.00 a month, and your pup will need to be left with this trainer for 3-4 months. After that, you'll need to take lessons at least twice a week at $ 50.00 an hour. You may want to rethink getting this breed.
Answer by Paul
First off Collies are different than Border Collies. But Border Colies as a breed do come in both Smooth and Rough Coats. Smooth Coat is more dominant, so you see it more often. To be a rough coat both parents must be rough coat. Smooth Coat Broder Collies can carry what is called the regressive Rough Coat gene, which can produce rough coat offspring occasionally. Whihc you should begine to notice around 8 weeks.
Next i'd like to suggest that Bobbie L stop barfing horror stories to prospective Border Collie owners. This breed can easily be trained to be both a family dog and a sports dog. My Border Collie which is presently sleeping peacefully beside me is trained with an off switch, 'ON' its full bore Disc Dog, 'OFF' he's a perfect angel
Dogs generally speaking are a product of their trianing and i I would suggest that maybe Bobbie L should look at attending some PROPER Dog training lessons. As we all know Dog training is more for the owner than the dog!!!!!
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