Why we love Border Collies

Known as the nation’s favourite sheepdog, Border Collies are highly intelligent and full of life. This breed would be well suited to a family with enough space for them to run around. This could be a big garden or just a local green space where they can expend some of their boundless energy.


Originally found between the border of Scotland and England in the 1800s (hence Border Collie)

Known to be a farmer’s favourite companion

If they’re left understimulated, don’t be surprised to find them rounding other animals in the house…or even small children!

What does John Lewis Pet Insurance include?

Pet insurance could give you peace of mind if your Border Collie were to become unwell. John Lewis Pet Insurance offers six different Vet Fee cover levels, ranging from £2,000 - £12,000 per year.


Our Pet Insurance includes:


Annual Online Health Checks

Provided by vetfone™, one of the UK’s most trusted pet advice services, who can help you to spot any potential health issues. This is a service to complement your normal annual physical check up with your vet.


Lifetime Cover 

If your pet develops a long-term, chronic illness, there’s no limit to the length of treatment as long as there’s no break in your cover.

Learn about our Lifetime Cover

24/7 vetfone™ helpline

Around the clock access to fully trained veterinary nurses to get the advice and reassurance you need, when you need it.


Dental treatment

Our comprehensive cover provides routine treatments and emergency care, ranging from tooth decay and gum disease to post-illness teeth removal.*


Treatment foods

If prescribed by your vet, we could pay up to £300 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.


Complementary therapies

Whether carried out by your vet or by a specialist under your vet’s direction, we could pay up to £1,500 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.


Behavioural treatment

If your vet suggests some behaviour training, we could pay up to £300 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.

*For dental care up to your chosen Vet Fee limit. If your pet has a dental check every 12 months: once it has had its first check and your vet has done any necessary work, should your pet suffer from tooth decay or gum disease before the next 12-month check, or if tooth decay or gum disease are seen at the time of the next check, we pay. If your pet doesn’t have a check every 12 months, or if the work required is not done, we will only pay; 

1) For teeth or gums if they are damaged in an accident,

2) If an underlying illness causes tooth decay or gum disease, or

3) To remove teeth as treatment of an illness which is not gum disease or tooth decay.

Average treatment costs

The price of treatment for unwell Collies can vary, depending on the age of your dog, the severity of their condition and the veterinary practice that you decide to visit.

No two dogs are the same, but to give you an idea of the kind of claims you might have to make, we’ve collated the average cost of claims made for Border Collies at John Lewis Pet Insurance.

Data between January 2021 - February 2023:

Condition Average cost with
John Lewis Pet Insurance
Lameness £1,171.24
Wound £518.93
Arthritis / DJD
(degenerative joint disease)
Epilepsy / fitting / seizure £4,220.61
Poisoning £584.03
Diarrhoea £517.91
Injured / infected claw £368.84
Lump £771.21
Foreign body - gastric £796.55
Injury £576.28

95% of all Pet Insurance claims through John Lewis Pet Insurance were paid within 5 days between May 2023 and October 2023.


Yes, Border Collies have two coats of long hair which means they can be frequent shedders.

Border Collies are enthusiastic and full of energy which can mean they enjoy running around after children. However, this energy can make them unintentionally boisterous, so ensuring your Collie is well-trained can be helpful with smaller children in the house.

Every Border Collie is different, but the majority will reach their full size by the time they are 15 months old. Some larger Collies may continue to grow until they reach 18 months.

This article is for promotion or information purposes only. You must not rely on it for advice.

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