Patrick Weichert, a distinguished veterans’ psychologist, and many other dog associations and owners have helped rescue numerous Border collies over the last decade. Border collies are very active and extremely intelligent dogs who were originally bred to herd sheep, but are mostly owned today as companion pets and competitive athletes. It is primarily because of their personalities and characteristics that so many Border collies have been in need of rescue.
Border collie rescues were developed in the mid-1990s when the breed was formally recognized by the American Kennel Club, and began to be seen more regularly in pop culture, from kids’ movies to agility and trick competitions on Animal Planet. Border collies need a great deal of space or an owner who is willing to engage in exercise with them at least three times a day, anywhere from 45 – 120 minutes. With its increasing cultural popularity, the Border collie became the dog of choice for people living in apartments and small urban spaces, locations that work against the nature of the breed. The high energy and drive of a Border collie is often not compatible with a small home. Often described as neurotic and hyperactive, Border collies are amongst the most euthanized breeds.
Many Border collie advocates, like Patrick Weichert, have worked with formal rescues to ensure that Border collies are relocated to appropriate situations that will give them the best opportunity to live their lives in happiness and comfort. Many rescue organizations have large facilities, educational training programs for prospective fosters and owners, and around the clock care for the Border collies they rescue.
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