Because border collies were bred for their intelligence rather than body type or appearance, artists generally focus on the friendly openness and intellect that is seen in these canine's faces. This has created a surprising amount of Border collie portraiture among modern artists. Dean Russo, the famous pop artists who specializes in dog art, reveals the prized attributes of this breed in his art print, 'Border Collie' by focusing on the responsive, loving, and energetic nature of this unique dog breed.
Full body images are represented in Border collie art, however. These images usually feature the canine outdoors where its athletic build and large size look natural. This kind of border collie art are highly popular among sheepdog artwork enthusiasts because it frequently shows them watching over the flock or surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills and lush greenery that are characteristic of the Scottish and British border where these canines were originally bred and named after.
Although colored depictions and styles are common in Border collie art, the unique black and white coloring of these sheepdogs has allowed unique opportunities for charcoal and pencil drawings of this subject in addition to the variety of modern treatments that are used to depict these types of canines.