Blue Merle Border Collie Owner’s Guide
Are you interested in adopting a blue merle Border Collie? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together some information about this dog breed to help you learn more about these wonderful dogs!
What is a Blue Merle Border Collie?
Before we get into the information about this dog breed, it’s important to understand the term “merle.” Merle describes the pattern in the dog’s fur rather than the color. The merle pattern is also seen in other dog breeds, not only the Blue Merle Border Collie
The merle pattern is described as irregular, dark patches, smudges, or streaks of a lighter color than the base coat. When it comes to Border Collies, they can come in various colors of merle, including red, blue & white, blue, red & white, black & white, saddleback sable, sable merle, and more. However, the Blue Merle Border Collie is one of the rarest colors in this breed.
When breeders want to have blue merle puppies, then they must choose a parent who carries the merle gene. This makes the dark color (such as black) turn into a diluted color that’s a bit gray or blue, with swirls and streaks of color. What’s interesting is that the merle gene is dominant; however, the blue merle color pattern is very rare in Border Collies.
What’s more, a puppy Blue Merle Border Collie puppy may not produce blue merle puppies. There may be one merle puppy in the litter if that.
What’s Does a Blue Merle Border Collie Look Like?
A blue Merle Border Collie usually has a white chest with grey or blue fur. The blue-colored fur may have dark patches around the face & ears, the tail, and patches along the back. The coat type can be rough or smooth. These dogs are not categorized as hypoallergenic dogs.
These dogs can have brown eyes, amber eyes, light green eyes, blue eyes, or bi-colored eyes (one brown and one blue). It’s interesting to note that Blue Merle Border Collies with a saddle pattern usually have one blue eye and one merle eye (part brown and part blue).
Blue Merle Border collies usually have long tails, with short ears that can flop over or stand up straight.
These dogs have an average height between 18-22 inches and weigh between 30-55 lbs. Blue Merle Border Collies have an average life expectancy of 10-17 years.
Characteristics & Temperament of Blue Merle Border Collies
The blue Merle Border Collie has the same temperament as regular Border Collies. These dogs are considered to be the best herding dogs in the world! They’re highly intelligent and filled to the brim with energy.
These dogs are eager to please and trainable; however, Blue Merle Border Collies are best for experienced pet parents. This is because the dogs can have a mind of their own and be a bit on the stubborn side. If you have a Blue Merle Border Collie, you can expect he may have some fun trying to outsmart you.
Border Collies, in general, are great with kids and other pets. However, they do have a strong herding instinct. For this reason, it’s best not to leave a Border Collie alone with kids or other pets. Otherwise, the dog may end up herding them around!
How Much Exercise Does a Blue Merle Border Collie Need?
A Blue Merle Border Collie will need a minimum of one-two hours of exercise a day. Remember, these are extremely active, agile working dogs. They have a ton of energy. To avoid unwanted behaviors, it’s best to ensure the dog receives plenty of exercise every day. You might consider a one-hour walk in the morning and another one-hour walk in the evening.
Training a Blue Merle Border Collie
When it comes to training, a Border Collie will thrive on plenty of mental stimulation and challenges. Because they’re highly intelligent, these dogs will quickly become bored. A bored Border Collie may start to bark excessively, chewing up anything and everything in sight, and more. These dogs thrive when they have a challenge and work to do.
The good news is that Blue Merle Border Collies are extremely trainable. They’re also very sensitive and seem to understand what you want even before you give the cue! Plus, these dogs thrive on positive reinforcement training methods. You’ll find they’re eager to please, especially when you have some great treats on hand when you offer praise.
You may want to consider obedience training or agility/herding training for your dog. These dogs also love to run, flyball, fetch flying discs, freestyle obedience, and even tracking. He will be very happy to have the challenge and the fun these activities provide!
Blue Merle Border Collie Health
There are some health issues associated with Blue Merle Border Collies. They’re more susceptible to certain genetic health issues, including:
- Hip dysplasia
- Progressive renal atrophy
- Collie eye anomaly
- Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis
- Trapped neutrophil syndrome
Blue Merle Border Collies also seem to be more prone to deafness, especially if they have a white head, blue eyes, or a merle coat.
Grooming a Blue Merle Border Collie
When it comes to grooming, a Blue Merle Border Collie benefits from daily brushing, but it must be brushed at least twice a week. It’s necessary to brush them every day during shedding season (twice a year). These dogs may not need to be bathed more than once every couple of months.
These dogs are heavy shedders, especially during shedding season.
What’s the Cost of a Blue Merle Border Collie?
If you buy a Blue Merle Border Collie from a breeder, you may have to spend up to $4500 for a puppy. That’s because these dogs are extremely rare.
Is a Blue Merle Border Collie Right for You?
Blue Merle Border Collies are beautiful dogs; there’s no getting around that. They are unique and make excellent companions for active families. They do well with kids and other pets but should always be supervised due to their strong herding instincts.
What’s more, they do tend to shed a lot. These dogs also require a ton of exercise because they’re filled with energy. They also do better with a job to do, which can include dog sports, competitions, or even helping around the house!
If you know how to deal with very smart, somewhat stubborn dogs and have space for a working dog, then you may want to consider a Blue Merle Collie!