BonniDune Kennel is located in
Southern Indiana, USA. Although I started
with German Shepherd Dogs, today BonniDune is
dedicated to showing, trialing and producing
sound, versatile Border Collies.
BonniDune is proud to be recognized as an AKC Breeder of Merit.

Puppies Born December 25, 2013

What Does A Border Collie Sound Like


Border Collies are known for their intelligence, agility, and herding abilities. While they are primarily known for their remarkable skills in herding livestock, they are also capable of making a variety of vocalizations to communicate with their owners and other animals. Understanding the sounds a Border Collie makes can help you better understand their needs and emotions.

Common Vocalizations

1. Barking: Border Collies are generally vocal dogs and have a wide range of barks. They may bark to alert their owners of potential danger, to express excitement, or to communicate their desire for attention. It is important to note that excessive barking may indicate anxiety or boredom.

2. Whining: Whining is a common vocalization for Border Collies, especially when they want something or are feeling anxious. It can indicate their need for food, water, or a bathroom break. Whining may also occur when they are in pain or discomfort.

3. Growling: Like most dogs, Border Collies may growl to express aggression or assert dominance. It is crucial to pay attention to the context in which the growling occurs and assess the situation to ensure everyone’s safety.

4. Howling: Although not as common as barking, some Border Collies may howl, particularly if they have a strong prey drive or hear other dogs or sirens. Howling can also be a response to separation anxiety.

Non-vocal Sounds

1. Whistle: Border Collies are often trained to respond to specific whistle commands. These commands are used to guide them during herding tasks or in training sessions. The whistle commands can vary in pitch and tone, allowing for precise communication between the dog and the owner.

2. Body Language: While not a sound, Border Collies communicate extensively through their body language. They may use their tail, ears, and overall posture to convey their emotions and intentions. Learning to interpret their body language can provide valuable insights into their needs and feelings.


Understanding the sounds a Border Collie makes is essential for effective communication and building a strong bond with your furry friend. By recognizing their vocalizations and paying attention to their body language, you can better respond to their needs, address their concerns, and ensure their well-being. Remember, a happy and content Border Collie is more likely to be a well-behaved and fulfilled companion.

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