October 13, 2017
World’s Record of Border Collies
Thousands of dog lovers witnessed the smashing of one of the cutest world records ever at Adelaide, in South Australia, on Sunday 24th September 2017. 576 border collies congregated at Willaston Oval in an attempt to beat an unofficial world record of the most border collies in one place!
Yes! It was simply a barking mad experience for visitors to watch the sea of white and black (with an occasional splash of caramel and brown) pooches gathered in a single place. All these lovely doggies were let loose in the park to play and run around during this event, held by the Border Collie Owners of South of Australia. The four-legged furry participants were on their best behaviour for the day and did not shy away from paw-sing for photographs with the visitors.
The event was a bid from the BCOSA to smash the 2013 record set by Dr Katrina Warren. This T.V veterinarian who managed to attract not less than five hundred and three border collies to her event. Despite BCOSA clearly breaking this record, it will remain unofficial, as breed specific record attempts are not recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records. However, they still managed to collect nearly $6,000 as charity fund by having around 30 stalls with numerous activities.
Widely used at the farm by shepherds, Border Collie is a breed of dog that is quite young compared to other shepherd’s dogs. At the end of the 19th century, a type of Colley emerged and it had many similarities to the current breed of Border Collie. The border collies significantly became popular with the birth of legendary collies such as Old Hemp and Old Kep in 1893 and 1901 respectively. And this breed was officially recognised in 1946 by the International Sheep Dog Society.
Considered as one of the most intelligent of all domesticated dog breeds, the Border Collie is mostly a working farm dog known for its quick-thinking, sharp-eye, gentleness with its owner and around children, and ability to sprint for miles. They are medium sized dogs known to be workaholic and in need of constant mental and physical stimulation. Due to their high intelligence, Border Collies are quick to learn during obedience training.
Lassie is perhaps the best-known collie dog around the world, having featured in the popular ‘Lassie Coming Home’ novel and ‘Lassie’ movie. However, it’s good to note that Lassie is in fact a rough collie and not a border collie. Border collies are generally smaller than rough collies and are more suitable as farm dogs. On the other hand, rough collies are considered to be family dogs and can make excellent pets.
Recently, a border collie called Chaser recognised over 1,000 words and associate them with different objects. This certainly proves that border collies are one of the most intelligent dog breeds we have ever seen.