Here at Akuna Pets we love our Border Collie pet guests due to them being such bright, energetic, beautiful natured dogs. And good looking! They love meeting new people and are devoted to their family. They are such a super fun breed to have come & holiday with us as they are always up for game of fetch but love a big cuddle or belly rub to. With energy to burn they also love running around our huge play yards, romping in our splash park and going for long bush walks.

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Border Collie guests, including their special “breed needs”.

  • Nicknames B.C
  • Lifespan 13 to 16 years – and a bit older sometimes
  • Country of Origin United Kingdom
  • Weight Male 14 to 20 kg (30 to 45lb)
  • Weight Female 12 to 19 kg (27 to 42lb)
  • Height Male 48 to 56 cm (19 to 22 in)
  • Height Female 46 to 53 cm (18 to 21 in)
  • Coat Smooth or rough double coat
  • Litter Size 4 to 8
  • Colour Solid coloured, bicoloured or tricoloured on blue merle, red merle, chocolate merle, liver, lilac merle harlequin, chocolate, lilac, blue, sable merle, sable, shaded sable, chocolate sable, black, white, red, or brindle.

Famous people who own Border Collies past & present –

Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker – “Sally”

Vet Katrina Warren – “Toby”

Ken Sutcliffe – “Maggie”

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Border Collies –

Border Collie Rescue

“The Border Collie Club on NSW”

Fun Facts & Various Bits and Pieces-

The breed was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience.

They are ranked number one in Stanley Coren’s book “The Intelligence of Dogs” and are often cited as the most intelligent of all dogs

The Border Collie’s speed, agility, and stamina have allowed them to dominate in fun dog activities like fly ball, agility and disc dog (frisbee) competitions.

Border collie

Border Collies are known as the workaholics of the dog world.

The record for the “fastest car window opened by a dog” in the Guinness Book of World Records is held by a Border Collie named Striker; his record time is 11.34 seconds

Fly and Rex starred in the movie Babe about a sheep-herding pig

Border Collies show a large range in size and coloration because historically they were bred as working stock so consequently focus was placed on performance, not looks

Old Hemp, a tricolour dog, was born in Northumberland in September 1893 and died in May 1901. Hemp was a quiet, powerful dog that sheep responded to easily. Many shepherds used him for stud and Hemp’s working style became the Border Collie style. All pure Border Collies alive today can trace an ancestral line back to Old Hemp.

This working farm dog is famous for his “eye” Where he gets a fixed, hypnotic stare as he crouches low and creeps up on the sheep.

The Border Collie is a herding dog by nature, which means he has an overwhelming urge to gather a flock. That flock could be sheep, children, cats, chickens, or anything that moves, including cars.

Border Collies are used for more than just herding; they also make good tracking and search and rescue dogs. Other jobs well performed, mountain rescue work in England, detecting gas leaks in the new gas pipelines in Canada and customs and bomb detection dogs in Australia. They are also trained as Pets for therapy dogs.

Fun things to do with your Border Collie include tracking, agility, trial, frisbees, jogging, swimming and any other activity you care to throw at them.

At Akuna we have had 100’s of Border Collies come to holiday with us and what we think of first when we think of this beautiful breed is FUN! They seriously have boundless energy to enjoy themselves which is just about the best doggy trait ever.

The Border Collie originated in the Border Counties of Scotland around 350 years ago. They were developed by local farmers to work their livestock (sheep & cattle). They were renowned for their quiet approach to the herd and their gentle attitude.

By nature they are relentless workers who thrive on the mental and physical challenge herding presents. With the development of Australia’s sheep farming industry, Border Collies were imported to work the herds, arriving from the mid 1800’s onwards.

The word “collie” has its origin in the Scots Language. It is also thought that the word ‘collie’ comes from the old Celtic word for useful. Then in 1915, James Reid, Secretary of the International Sheep Dog Society in the United Kingdom first used the term “Border Collie” to distinguish those dogs from the Kennel Club’s Scotch Collie, Rough Collie and Smooth Collie. 


Due to their working history and high level of intelligence Border Collies thrive on activity and love to be stimulated. In fact it is essential they get to burn this energy in a positive way or they will turn it towards more naughty behaviour such as nipping, shoe chewing, digging and jumping. They are fantastic dogs to train due to their eagerness to learn and please. They are also gentle, loving, loyal and affectionate dogs making them a popular choice as a family pet.

At Akuna Care we have designed our accommodation packages to incorporate many different types and levels of activities/exercise to cater for the dogs that need that little bit more stimulation every day. Whether it be Frisbee catching, chasing ball, splashing in our water park or long interesting bush walks, our “high energy” packages are great for dogs like the Border Collie.

Plus we have designed our accommodation so that every guest can see and be outside anytime throughout the day. This allows them to watch the wildlife above, feel the breeze and sunshine, watch the clouds float by and interact with the neighbours at the fence on both sides of their grass yard. This helps to keep not only their body busy but also their mind.

Akuna offers a wide variety of stimulating treat toys and brain busting food balls for those particularly smart Border Collies that find food in a bowl just a little too boring.

With the fun and exhausting bit taken care of it is important that your beautiful furry one gets plenty of love as well and here at Akuna we are all about cuddles. So stop worrying! You have just found the perfect place for your Border Collie’s holiday.


Training of a Border Collie should begin as soon as possible with puppy classes and continue on with advanced obedience. This allows a Border Collie to understand what their owner wants of them and also provides a fun bonding time for both. Training is highly recommended to satisfy their need for mental stimulation. Border collies are happiest when they have a job to do so exercise is a big part of a Border Collie’s life. With a little bit of training they are experts at agility, trialling, Frisbees, tracking, swimming and any other activity you can think of including ‘dancing’.

At Akuna Care we don’t offer  specific training programs but we do follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first and also deterring jumping and biting by saying “no” firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

Behavioral issues

Early socialisation with other puppies and exposure to new experiences is very important, as Border Collies can be shy and overly reactive to people they don’t know. Many Border Collies experience separation anxiety and this if left unchecked can negatively affect both your lives. This tendency towards anxiety is often due to not enough energy being expended. So keep in mind that an active Border Collie is a happy Border Collie! When bored and alone, anxiety sets in quite quickly resulting in bad behaviours such as chewing, barking, digging & hyperactivity. They are also not a breed that does well being left alone for long periods of time.

Due to their strong herding instinct Border Collies are known to try and round up groups of people at parties, children, other dogs, chickens, bicycles and even cars. Really they will try to herd anything that moves! In the process they like to nip at heals so this habit needs to be trained out whilst they are still young. Be particularly careful around cars and motor bikes, as herding these mechanical animals could easily lead to injury.

Border Collies are the Houdini’s of the dog world because mere fences cannot keep them from escaping into the big exciting world outside. They have been known to jump high fences in a single bound, dig and even open the locks of fences to get out and explore. They are a clever breed indeed so you must pay particular attention when escape proofing your yard.

Any pet parent who owns a Border Collie knows that they have to burn off a lot of energy on a daily basis and Akuna we understand that too. So our Border Collies guests tear around doing fun stuff like bush walks, play times & water park swims. There are also a million new scents to take in. This means your Border Collie won’t be digging, chewing or barking due to a lack of exercise because they will simply be having too much fun. So rest assured, your Border Collie will come home in the same happy normal state in which they arrived instead of a dog that’s bouncing of the walls due to lack of exercise.

When we have a shy or anxious Border Collie come to visit, that’s not used to being around new faces, we make sure they get lots of love and attention (and treats) so they know there is nothing to worry about.  Once a new nervous guest realises that we are all “dog lovers” and that they are safe and that there is fun & love to be had in abundance they will happily settle into their new accommodation and routine.  

At Akuna your Border Collie will see loving people all throughout the day, because we are in and out of the hotel rooms with feeding, cleaning, checking waters, playtimes etc. This means your dog won’t be missing out on the essential people contact he or she needs. Our wonderful staff will talk and give love to each and every dog they come across no matter what they are up to. The result – a big reduction in any stress they may at first be feeling. In fact pet owners often comment that their dog has come back from its holiday stay with a new sense of confidence and a reduction in anxiety issues.

Here at Akuna we are proud to have a 100% “no escape” rate due to our facility being fully secure. The hotel room in addition to being comfortable and homelike has an attached sunny grass outdoor area that is also fully enclosed.

Your Border Collies safety is after all the most important thing to consider when booking holiday care.

Energy Level 

Super High!! Border Collies have very active minds and tend to go a bit crazy if they don’t get to run. If you’re going to have a border collie, it is essential that they get lots of exercise and mental stimulation every single day. Even better is to make the fun activities things you can do together like going to an off leash beach or going for a long walk.

Providing fun, energetic activities is what we do best here at Akuna. Our unique “Care Packages” are fantastic at catering for those dogs that just don’t ever seem to get worn out. Our packages include everything from long power walks through our lovely 10 acre bush property or swims in our “Water Fun Park” to one on one playtime that include plenty of ball throwing. What do our Border Collie guests think of all this? – Well we think they love it given the amount off panting and happy tail wagging that we see.

Plus your high energy dog has its own grass outdoor yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day, so they can romp around in this space as much as they like. It also provides a good opportunity to make friends with their doggy neighbours.

We also have heaps of brain busting treat toys like Peanut butter Kong’s and food ball dispensers, so if you think your Border Collie would enjoy these too just let us know when you make a booking.

Health issues

Generally speaking the Border Collie is a healthy, robust dog but they are prone to some health problems. The most common of these is hip dysplasia – a genetic disease inherited for the parents. If your Border Collie has inherited this problem it will usually show up between 4 to 9 months with symptoms like limping, having difficulty getting up and showing signs of being in pain. There are many ways to treat this condition so don’t despair if you and your Border Collie find yourself in this situation.  The second most common problem is “Collie Eye Anomaly” which can cause blindness but luckily in most cases doesn’t significantly affect a dog’s vision.  Epilepsy can also afflict Border Collies but just like in human epilepsy it is well able to be controlled with medication.

At Akuna Care daily health checks are carried out so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise such as skin rashes, ear infections etc., we understand that the sooner you catch a health problem the faster it can be treated and resolved.

Our hip dysplasia guest’s benefit from the design of our Pet Resort facility as it has built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that pet guests with mobility problems would be able to easily move around without putting stress on their hips, back and legs.

If your pet is epileptic we are well capable of administering medication both tablet or needle, though you will need to discuss this particular medication requirement before your pets holiday stay to make sure we can help.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” that specialises in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your loved Border Collie whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands.

Weight Issues

Border Collies are high energy dogs which require a diet to match. As young pups Collies require a full diet that allows for the fast paced, highly exercised, intense workaholic. As they mature and slow down their dietary needs change.  Good quality food that suits lifestyle and age will improve your dog’s health, mood, and energy levels and can even extend their life expectancy.

At Akuna Care we are aware of the ever changing dietary needs of the Border Collie dependant on age and lifestyle which is why we feed a premium grade vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” which our guests love. The amount we feed is closely related to your pet’s age & weight. Every dog guest is weighed upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then re weighed weekly throughout their holiday stay, to make sure a healthy weight is maintained.

Records are kept of how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left over on a daily basis.  This means if your pet is losing weight or putting weight on we will know whether we need to increase or decrease their portion of food due to the records we have kept throughout their stay. If you would prefer your dog to lose a little bit of weight we can even help with that, so just let us know when you book your dog’s holiday stay.


The Border Collie needs regular combing and brushing to keep their double-layered coat gleaming. With the breed now displaying fuller thicker coats owners should be giving their Border Collie a thorough brushing twice a week to prevent knots and matting. Watch for knots behind the ears, under the armpits and in the pants and tail. Extra care will be needed when the seasons change & the soft, dense undercoat is shedding, particularly moving from winter to spring. In the summer baths are required every couple of weeks, but in winter once a month will suffice.

At Akuna Care we provide a brushing service with differing lengths of time depending on what’s required – So your furry one can have a 1/4 hr, ½ hr or 1 hr brush. The amount of brushing time required depends largely on your dog’s thickness & length of coat and what time to year it is, as anyone who owns a Border Collie can tell you Spring is worst when the winter coat is being shed. Who doesn’t dread the shedding season! That said at Akuna brushing time means some loving one to one pamper time with your pet. We even have dogs fall asleep during a brush – like they are having the best day spa experience ever.

We are also able to schedule a warm hydrobath & blow dry as often as you like throughout your pets holiday stay with us. What luxury!