We have had our beautiful Border Collie, Spartan, for 4 years and he has become a big part of our family since his arrival as a puppy. Initially, I did have my doubts about getting a dog while the Mini Mes were quite small but after some persuasion, and a little research, I wouldn't be without my affectionate fur baby now.
He is great company while I work from home, he is always so excited to greet the children when they return from school to play and he gets us all outdoors come rain or shine for exercise. He is like the missing piece to a puzzle and he has slotted in well right from the beginning.
Choosing the right breed
When we decided to get a dog I wanted to ensure we chose the right breed for us but it was equally as important for us to be right for him too. Border Collies are known for being friendly, easy to train, obedient and rarely aggressive, which was ideal being raised around children, but they are also very active so we needed to ensure we could dedicate plenty of time outdoors each day. Thankfully this wasn't an issue as we have many fields and woodland on our door step. Having gardens of our own helps too as he can go for a stretch on his own accord throughout the day between his morning and evening walks.Spartan generally goes out with the Mr at 5am before he commutes to work and then again at around 7pm upon his return, covering 4-5 miles per day if not more. I sometimes take him out around lunch and we also take him out at the weekends on bike rides, for forest adventures and on holidays in pet friendly accommodation so he is very involved with our daily lives.
Spartan has a long coat which is rather dense so he needs regular brushing. He actually really enjoys a good comb however and he happily obliges when asked to sit or roll over for grooming. His lengthy fur also means when shedding I have to hoover quite frequently, especially with cream carpets and him being mostly black, as it stands out on both flooring and furniture.
You really need to be prepared for added housework when you pick up your poochie as muddy paws and wet nose prints on windows don't clean themselves but it soon becomes routine. You should bathe your dog around once a month and certainly not more than once a week. Spartan is generally a very clean pet and he also interacts well with guests, other dogs and even our rabbits. There is a Labrador named Jasmine that walks nearby that he is particularly fond of too!
Border Collies like to be mentally stimulated - they do not like to sit still or they become bored easily. We therefore have a variety of toys for Spartan to keep him busy, although being self-employed I'm able to keep him occupied for the majority of the day. He has a collection of tennis balls, rings, ropes etc but he has some activity products which reward him for use and are slightly more challenging. He has to turn or twist them to dispense treats and these tend to keep him busy for some time.
Royal Canin have food to suit the different sizes and weights of various breeds and Spartan is currently eating the Medium Adult which is complete feed for dogs from 11 to 25kg that are also over 12 months old. The antioxidant complex supports Spartan's natural defences while also containing high quality proteins and fibre for maximum digestibility. The resealable bag keeps his food fresh too which is very useful indeed.
Spartan does have the occasional treat too, usually in the form of freshly cooked chicken or gammon but we ensure he stays away from garlic, onions, chocolate etc at all times for his safety.
Every dog is different and if you're considering getting one providing the best care for your specific breed is essential to maintain a happy and healthy life. The Royal Family is a great new source from Royal Canin which provides information on the most popular dog breeds, their nutritional needs and more. You can also register to become part of their community.
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