BORDER COLLIE

Cría Border Collie / Criadores Border Collie / Airland

Anyone who knows this breed knows how wonderful and special is, without a doubt they’re versatile, with a high capacity for adaptation, socially good and balanced dogs, but we can´t forget that it’s a working breed, with high physical and mental neededs and many times with a high instinct. We consider essential that they have an active life, they interact with people, other dogs, and of course feel like one of the family.

We know that most of our dogs will be destined for sport, which is why we try not only to preserving the breed standard, fulfilling a series of morphological characteristics, but also that they are healthy dogs. For this reason, all our dogs are tested for all genetic disseases typical of the breed as well as joint pathologies, such as hips, elbows, shoulders dysplasia, knee luxation and spondylosis, of course we think that this helping them to be potentially good dogs to practice any sport.

Border Collie

Estándar-FCI n° 297 / 11.03.2010 / E

ORIGIN: Great-Britain

UTILIZATION
Sheepdog.

GENERAL APPEARANCE
Well proportioned, smooth outline showing quality, gracefulness and perfect balance, combined with sufficient substance to give impression of endurance. Any tendency to coarseness or weediness undesirable.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS
Skull and foreface approximately equal in length.
Body slightly longer than height at shoulder.

BEHAVIOUR/ TEMPERAMENT
Tenacious, hard-working, of great tractability. Keen, alert, responsive and intelligent. Neither nervous nor aggressive.

HEAD
CRANIAL REGION
Skull: Fairly broad, occiput not pronounced.
Stop: Very distinct.

FACIAL REGION
Nose: Black, except in brown or chocolate colour when it may be brown. In blues nose should be slate colour. Nostrils well developed.
Muzzle: Tapering to nose, moderately short and strong.
Jaws/teeth: Teeth and jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Cheeks: Not full or rounded.

EYES
Set wide apart, oval shaped, of moderate size, brown in colour except in merles where one or both or part of one or both may be blue. Expression mild, keen, alert and intelligent.

EARS
Medium size and texture, set well apart. Carried erect or semi-erect and sensitive in use.

NECK
Of good length, strong and muscular, slightly arched and broadening to shoulders.

BODY
Athletic in appearance. Slightly longer than height at withers.
Loins: Deep and muscular but not tucked up.
Chest: Deep and rather broad, ribs well sprung.

TAIL
Moderately long, the bone reaching at least to hock, set on low, well-furnished and with an upward swirl towards the end, completing graceful contour and balance of dog. Tail may be raised in excitement, never carried over back.

LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS
Front legs parallel when viewed from front. Bone strong but not heavy.
Shoulder: Well laid back.
Elbow: Close to body.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Slightly sloping when viewed from side.
Forefeet: Oval, pads deep, strong and sound, toes arched and close together. Nails short and strong.

HINDQUARTERS
Broad, muscular, in profile sloping gracefully to set on of tail.
Thigh: Long, deep and muscular.
Stifle: Well turned.
Hock joint: Strong, well let down.
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): From hock to ground, hindlegs well boned and parallel when viewed from rear.
Hind feet: Oval, pads deep, strong and sound, toes arched and close together. Nails short and strong.

GAIT/MOVEMENT
Free, smooth and tireless, with minimum lift of feet, conveying impression of ability to move with great stealth and speed.

COAT
Hair: Two varieties: Moderately long or Smooth.
In both, topcoat dense and medium textured, undercoat soft and dense giving good weather resistance. In the moderately long-coated variety, abundant coat forms mane, breeching and brush. On face, ears, forelegs (except for feather), hindlegs from hock to ground, hair should be short and smooth.
Colour: Variety of colours permissible. White should never predominate.

SIZE AND WEIGHT
Ideal height at withers:
Males: 53 cm (21 ins).
Females: slightly less.

FAULTS
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness, with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS
Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities.

N.B
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation, should be used for breeding.