border collie

noun, often capitalized B

Definition of border collie

: 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 His wife ran back into the house and grabbed their 12-year-old border collie before jumping into a separate vehicle. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area firefighters struggle to save others’ homes. What happens when their own house goes up in flames?," 16 Sep. 2020 Some are excited and bold, such as Jake, a border collie who comes to train at the farm. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Work Like a Dog Day: Meet Orlando’s working dogs," 5 Aug. 2020 There are a few pets — including a feisty border collie puppy named Tequila and two kittens named Marilyn and Monroe — hanging around as well. Jackson Hogan, oregonlive, "In Bend-La Pine, divide between millionaires and rural poor challenges educators working to deliver equitable education," 8 Sep. 2020 Others, such as Cole’s border collie, Tibbie, can be a bit more reserved. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Work Like a Dog Day: Meet Orlando’s working dogs," 5 Aug. 2020 Thousands of years of selective dog breeding has created a fantastic diversity of domestic canine companions, from the workaholic border collie to the perky Pomeranian. Viviane Callier, Smithsonian Magazine, "What a Crowdsourced Study Taught Us About How Dogs Learn," 31 July 2020 Following her brother is a photograph of Princess Isabella with the family's border collie, Grace. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Crown Princess Mary Is Giving Us Cool Mom Vibes in This New Family Photo," 21 July 2020 Chris Compton, of Holy, and founder of Goose Busters, works with his 3-year-old border collie Ellee to chase geese from businesses that include golf courses. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "20 dead Canada geese pulled out of pond in Madison Heights; botulism suspected," 6 July 2020 Although border collies are the most prevalent breed in the sport, some of the dogs are Australian shepherds or kelpies. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Canine athletes take the spotlight at San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo," 16 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of border collie

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Border collie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/border%20collie. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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