Chaser is a regular size border collie, with white-black fur. Its coat includes some cow-patterned dark patches, one of which covers the left eye.
The dog’s owner has only liked border collies. According to him, they exhibit greater self-reliance. Also, while they demand human affection, they seem to seek less affection than other breeds. That collies’ pedigree has been honed to be a working canine, not a lap dog.
The original intention for having this type of breed goes back hundreds of years. To deal with sheep roaming the border between then-divided England & Scotland. Hence the 1st part of their canine name, Border.
With their focused energy, they could make a case for being recognized as the over-workers of the dog world. With all that pent-up potential for activity in them, most of them are kept busy with games of fetch. It’s a replacement from their herding stock.
So, even if it’s just a game for most other dogs, they take this fetching thing seriously. They impatiently wait for the ball to be thrown, & demand it if not done promptly. If these types of high-energy activities are not done to them for hours daily, then they get destructive.
Not only that, they get used to a certain routine, so their ‘work period’ of fetch is likely to be done at a similar time. No matter what. Regardless of who comes in to visit. “My border collie is smarter than your honor student”, states a fridge magnet in the house Chaser’s a part of.
It’s been estimated that an above-average dog, mental-wise, is about as intelligent as a toddler older than two years old. When putting Chaser through its usual paces, they never use the usual “sit”, etc. it’s a bit more comprehensively complex, such as “relax”, or “go out the room”.
“But wait, there’s more”, as we would expect an infomercial to state; & that’s coming up next.