I own a 8week old male Border Collie named Kye, I rescued him from West Country Animal Shelter. He was born in the shelter, so he has no traumatic life or anything. He is my first dog and has proved more intelligent then I first thought. Reading up on the breed of dog, whether a Doberman Pinscher or a Border Collie, doesn't always mean you'll be prepared. I knew how smart BC's were, I knew that they are Herding dogs, I knew that Border collie's were used by shepherds in the Border counties of Scotland and England in the 18th and 19th Centuries, and I know that the Irish treat them differently because 'The dog is to smart' according to them. Border Collie, show Collie, Australian Shepherd, Kelpie, English Shepherd and McNab are cousins. BC's will herd anything that moves - including their handlers, that's why you need to be careful when buying a BC because you can't tell what you're letting yourself in for. Some are very laid back, sleepy dogs and others are 'Lets go out and chase things!' dogs. I worked with a Border Collie three years ago and he was nothing like Kye. Every dog is different, just like every human. The Border collie will herd things from Ducks to Sheep and to Cattle. There is a breed for herding Cattle - Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler - but, as I've said, they're all cousins so the Blue Aussies will herd sheep and the BC's will herd Cattle and so on. A farmer called Adam Telfer succeeded in finding the right blend of dog breeds to create herding dogs in 1894. Border Collies are very rewarding dogs if tehy are cared for properly and recieve the right amount of attention and training. The Border Collie of today is descended from Adam Telfer's dog. The dogs' name was Hemp, and the first ever Border collie was Black and White.
Most Borders are smart, energetic dogs while others are lazy, floppy dogs. I have a smart, Energetic 8week-old BC pup, but the one I worked, Blue, was slow and stubborn. He needed allot of treats just to do simple commands like Sit or Down, whereas Kye will Sit, Down, Stay, Wait, Come, and Stand for one treat, simply because he enjoys working.