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Why Do Border Collies Hug? Dog Behavior Explained

Patricia Dickson

By Patricia Dickson


Border Collies are gorgeous, friendly dogs that become attached to their pet parents. They’re intelligent and playful, but they are also highly affectionate. Some pet owners will even tell you that their Border Collies hug them. Is that true? The answer is yes. Border Collies often hug their owners to show love and affection. We’ll discuss the breed’s fondness for hugging, signs that your Border Collie is affectionate, and more in the guide below.

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So, Why Do Border Collies Hug?

Technically, yes, Border Collies do hug their pet parents, though it’s not quite as simple as that. They hug to show affection, and they show their love primarily by leaning against their pet parents, nudging their legs or arms with their noses, or even just sitting in front of you.

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Why Do Border Collies Like to Cuddle?

Some people call what a Border Collie does hugging, while others call it cuddling. Whatever you call it, Border Collies love to be connected to their families, which is why you often hear the term Velcro dog associated with this breed. So why do Border Collies cuddle?

For the Warmth

These dogs love to be warm, so a hug to them is a like a blanket. This can start with them being on your feet but know that if you let your Border Collie into the bed, they will be with you for the rest of the night.

For the Protection

Border Collies are protective of their pet parents and feel they should protect their packs. Cuddling with you and falling asleep is the dog’s way of protecting you while you sleep.

Because It’s Restless

If your furry friend is restless, it may decide to cuddle up next to you to calm down and relieve the restlessness. Most Border Collie owners accept and appreciate the behavior, but those with issues with clingy canines may not react the same way.

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Reasons a Border Collie Might Avoid Affection

There are Border Collies that avoid showing affection and don’t want to be hugged, though there is usually a reason for their actions.

  • Age
  • Anxiety
  • Poor training
  • Depression
  • A skin condition
  • Illness
  • Needs more socialization

If you feel your pet has one of the medical conditions above, it’s best to contact your vet for an appointment. They can diagnose your pup and offer treatment recommendations.

Signs Your Border Collie Loves You

Border Collies don’t just show they love you through hugs and cuddles. They show love in a variety of ways. If you’re unsure whether your Border Collie loves you or not, look for a few of the signs from the list below.

  • The dog licks you
  • It makes constant eye contact
  • It jumps into your lap
  • It leans on you
  • It sits next to you
  • It covers you with his body
  • The dog is submissive when you scold him
  • It’s excited when you come home
  • The Collie brings you gifts
  • It acts submissive when you pet him
  • The dog follows you everywhere you go
  • It is happy when you wake up in the morning
  • The Collie relaxes when you touch him
a woman playing with border collie outdoor
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Are Border Collies Needy?

Yes, you can expect your Border Collie to be needy. They love to be around their pet parents and will follow you from room to room, wanting to be wherever you are. If you leave your Border Collie alone for too long, they may suffer from separation anxiety. So, if you’re away from home for long periods, it might not be the best pet for you.

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Final Thoughts

Border Collies are affectionate pets that love to be around their pet parents. They show affection in various ways, from hugs and cuddles to jumping on you when you come home from work. If you’re considering adopting or purchasing a Border Collie as a pet, be prepared for the dog to be your best friend.

They love their pet parents and have no problems showing it. There are many signs that a Border Collie loves you. Border Collies make great pets, so if you’re looking for a friendly, loving, loyal pet that will give you love in spades, it may be the best pet for you.

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