border collie

noun

often capitalized B
: any of a breed of medium-sized sheepdogs of British origin noted for their herding abilities

Examples of border collie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nimble's second secret weapon: her owner and handler Hornor, who won the Masters Agility title in 2023 with her other dog Truant, a 20-inch border collie. Rebecca Rosman, NPR, 14 May 2024 The Most Good Boy: Messi Anatomy of a Fall’s breakout border collie took a 12-hour flight to Los Angeles (presumably without meds) just to endure a marathon junket to promote other people’s nominations? Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024 The study involved a variety of dog breeds—such as border collies, vizslas, schnauzers and mixed breeds—but the researchers found no differences in language ability among the different breeds. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 Among the most esteemed was Chaser, a border collie from South Carolina who could remember the names of more than 1,000 toys. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Who Let the Dog In? Last week, THR was told that Messi, the scene-stealing border collie from Anatomy of a Fall, would bow out of the Oscars ceremony. Benjamin Svetkey, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2024 After Kimmel concluded the broadcast at the Dolby Theatre, the camera cut to a shot of the seven-year-old border collie lifting his leg to pee on the Oppenheimer actor's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 11 Mar. 2024 While a typical Labrador retriever or border collie had a median life expectancy of just over 13 years, the researchers found that almost across the board, flat-faced, or brachycephalic, dogs fared worse by that measure. Amanda Schupak, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 In April, the AKC announced that the breed would be eligible to compete in the 2024 Herding Group, a category that includes the Australian cattle dog, border collie and Belgian Malinois. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of border collie was in 1938

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“Border collie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/border%20collie. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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