Border Collies were originally bred in the border regions of England, Scotland and Wales, and were developed to work sheep.
They are versatile enough to work many other types of livestock as well. They are unique from any other herding breed because they have been bred solely for the purpose of herding livestock. Sadly, the Border Collie was recognized by the AKC for the show ring in 1995. Working Border Collies will generally not be AKC registered and remain registered with working registries such as ABCA or the ISDS. These amazing dogs are invaluable on the farm, but are not good as pets. They are driven workaholics that need to be challenged both physically and mentally. Border Collie herding demonstrations are available for fairs and other events by special arrangement.