September 17th, 2004, 04:18 PM
We recently acquired a female boarder collie (estimated age between 6 and 8 years old). Her previous owner found her about 2 years ago. She is very sweet and extremely well trained. We have 5 cats. She stares at them constantly at a very close range and appears to be "herding" them whenever their paths cross. I am not sure if her behavior is from previous herding experience or threatening (her teeth have been filed down some and we were told this is what they do with working boarder collies). She does snarl at them if they come near her when she is eating, and did fight back a little when one of the cats took a swipe at her. I am wondering if anyone can give me suggestions (and perhaps some insight into boarder collie - we don't know much, but are learning) and how (and if) we can get everyone living nicely together.