border collie


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The 13-year-old border collie lives in Nuneaton, England, with his owners Yvonne Faulkner-Grant and David Grant. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 29 Dec. 2022 Sherman the border collie has survived a terrifying mountain lion attack at its home in Sonoma County, California. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2022 From the energetic border collie to the friendly golden retriever, more than 350 dog breeds exist today, each with specific physical and behavioral traits. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2022 Among them: Saul the border collie saved his human. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 Herding dogs are agile runners, and the border collie is considered one of the most intelligent of the breeds. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 18 Apr. 2013 Interestingly, McKenzie the border collie had a much stronger response than Callie. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 11 May 2012 Jenny the donkey, border collie Morse and Minnie the horse. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2023 It was humpbacked, and the size of a border collie, but with details obscured by the limestone matrix, as if painted over with cake batter. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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