About Border Collies

"The secret to training Border Collies is to get inside their heads, because the brain moves the body."

This is our Sam in classic working pose.
Brains, Brawn, and


Here, at MacGregor's Border Collies, we breed solid working dogs and top trial winners. We breed for strong instinct and style. Our dogs love attention and are sociable and friendly with people, however we do not recommend keeping these dogs as pets as a general rule. Border Collie ownership is a true commitment. Border Collies are bred to work non-stop on rough terrain. Their stamina and energy is unparalleled and has been bred into them through hundreds of years of selective breeding. This breed of dog is not happy alone all day in a house or crate while their owner is at work. They require constant stimulation and exercise. Active people with a safe place to exercise a dog, and a job that allows time at home, might be considered. These dogs are active and need to be kept busy. They can not be left to run the streets where they tend to "herd" cars and motorcycles...and the neighbor's children. They are highly intelligent and will find things to occupy their time, even if it is chewing up your brand new couch. Border Collies are bred to work, not be couch potatoes.
Border Collies have been bred for their working ability for hundreds of years, with little regard to their looks. For this reason, they come in various colors, coat and size. They may be black with white markings, red, chocolate or liver with white markings, red merle, blue merle, tricolor, all black or all white, and blue with white markings. They may be mottled or have heavy ticking. They may be rough coated or smooth, silky haired or coarse, and their ears may prick up or flop over. There may even be an occasional blue eyed dog. Working Border Collies are judged by their power over the livestock and their ability to move them where their master wishes. Their looks are always second to their ability. However, it has been said that an all black dog will spook the sheep and make them nervous as it moves about them like a shadow, whereas the all white dog can not bring about any respect from the sheep. Most colored dogs still wear the traditional white markings of a white collar, a white breast, a white tip on the tail, a white blaze on the face and white feet. This is said to make the dog more visible when it is working at a distance on the hills. Many recent trial winning dogs of predominantly white, black or blue eyed dogs have disproved these ideas, though many still hang on to these beliefs.
Our Border Collies are very strong working dogs. They are highly intelligent, biddable and are also beautiful to look at.
Mr. MacGregor has been called the "Border Collie Whisperer"... We train with patience and quiet, whispering commands to the dogs. There is no need to yell at a dog. They are capable of hearing the smallest of sounds and yelling only hardens them to your commands. Gentle reinforcement is used and quiet praise. Border Collies want to please you and have the strongest desire to make you happy. We train all of our dogs this way. They learn to listen and are joyous in their work. Our dogs are not afraid of livestock and will gladly tackle any job that is put before them.


Border Collies are a very old breed of dog. It is believed that the Collie's ancestors arrived in Ireland from Europe between the first and fifth centuries B.C. They were brought over by Celtic tribes and were extremely useful in herding and guarding the sheep and livestock on the rough terrain. The word collie is thought to be derived from the Celtic and Gaelic word for "useful".
There are a number of possible origins for the word collie. As well as coming from the Gaelic word for "useful", collie could also have come from the Welsh word coelius, meaning "faithful", or from the word colley, a Scottish breed of sheep. To simplify it even more, it may have been derived from the word coalley, meaning simply, "black".
The name "Border" Collie, was given to the previously called "Working Sheepdog" after the Second World War. The International Sheepdog Society named them to classify this type of dog from the region of it's origins on the borders of Scotland and England.