If there has ever been an example of the ideal working dog, it would certainly be the Border Collie. These pups were bred to herd and they thrive at it. This dog is used for herding all around the world until this day.
The Border Collie originated somewhere in the Scotland/England area around the 1700s. Their amazing ability to control sheep was priceless for farmers. They are known for their intense stare which alone can control sheep to move in the exact direction that they desire.
The workaholic nature of this dog can be a handful for owners. This is not the type of breed that will be happy to cuddle on the couch all day, they need to be stimulated mentally and physically. Their herding instinct is not something that can be trained out of them. They will try to control squirrels, children and can even chase after cars. For this reason, they need to be watched very carefully when taken out in public.
Owners of these dogs often describe a sixth sense from their Border Collies, this manifests itself when it seems as though your dog knows what you want to ask from them before you even ask it. They are known to be one of(if not the most) intelligent breeds. It is certainly a pleasure owning one of these beautiful animals, but before you bring one home...make sure you can keep up with them!