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 Bryan was traveling with her dog Booch, a black-and-white border collie mix, in a red 2004 Subaru Outback. Fox News, 14 Oct. 2021 Jean Fallowfield, who has lived in Laguna Beach for 30 years, was out walking her border collie, Calypso, on Tuesday afternoon, surveying the area for any oil spill damage. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Chaser the border collie, trained by the psychologist John Pilley, could identify and retrieve more than a thousand different toys by name and understand elements of English grammar. Michelle Nijhuis, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 Some are mixes made especially for sports prowess, such as Crime, a 10-year-old border collie-Staffordshire bull terrier mix. Jennifer Peltz, ajc, 12 June 2021 Animal: Jicama, a 2-year-old, 51-pound female border collie mix. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 One early volunteer had shown up on a small bulldozer, her border collie riding shotgun. Jeffrey E. Stern, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 Berry moved to the town 23 years ago from the Bay Area and fell in love with the tranquil surroundings, taking her border collie for daily swims in a nearby lake. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Green, 32, and Taylor Ham, his 8 1/2-year-old, 75-pound pit bull/border collie mix, are part-way through a walk across America. Jean Mikle, USA TODAY, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of border collie

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Border collie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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