Border collies are the smartest dog humans have ever bred. They can do many jobs and assist humans in need. But are they good for seniors?
Seniors may be drawn to these clever companions because they are medium-sized, quiet, need constant human company and are capable of doing tasks to assist seniors, like bringing objects. However, border collies are typically not good for seniors, unless the senior can:
- Provide the border collie with a “job” that engages their mind
- Provide the border collie with intense exercise for more than 30 minutes every day
- Brush the border collie twice a week
- Train the dog from a position of experience or work with professional trainers
Though they may be a challenge for seniors, seniors can keep a border collie happy, and they are very rewarding dogs. Read on for more information about border collies and how they can fit into an active senior’s life.
A Border Collie’s Exercise Needs
A border collie’s energy needs are nothing to scoff at. This breed is both intelligent and active, meaning it needs work that will engage its mind and exhaust its body. The American Kennel Club rates border collies at maximum energy needs.
A simple task such as fetching objects for seniors will not be enough for border collies. Seniors will need to provide this breed with a demanding and daily activity, whether it is a dog sport like agility or farm work. Further, a senior should be sure they can maintain this level of energy for the border collie’s lifespan, which is typically 12-15 years.
If border collies are not adequately exercised, they will become bored and act out. They may choose an activity to be their “job” which may inconvenience you.