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About Zeke:

  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 8 months old (as of April 11, 2024)
  • Coat: Black and white, long length
  • Weight: 40 lbs
  • Activity Level: Sport

House Trained, Current on Vaccinations

Children –  Unknown  Other Dogs –  Not a Good Fit  Cats –  Unknown


Zeke is an 8-month-old border collie that is smart, but stubborn, when he is engaged, he can learn things in 3 or 4 attempts. He is still young, so is a challenge at times to get the focus and attention. He will be a great dog for someone with some room to run him and work with him in a good environment. Zeke has had opportunities to be around other dogs and is still learning the right levels of play, he has been ok at times and at other times, we have had to remove him from dog parks for escalating play time with other dogs. He will need to be watched while he learns to engage with other dogs. He has shown an affinity for creeks and water, except for the rain at times. He is AKC registered, and a Wisdom Panel DNA test was run which validated he is 100% Border Collie and no detected health concerns. Zeke seems to engage better with females and was attached to the Mom when we picked him up. Zekes breeder was a full house with multiple children.

Zeke is fast and could make an excellent sport dog given training and room to train.

Does the dog have any medical issues?

Does the dog have any history of aggression such as growling, lunging, snapping, or biting any adult or child?
Yes. Zeke is still working, and for the most part does not bite. He has gotten over excited after encounters with other dogs / scared on walks and escalated with John nipping pant leg or arm before being calmed down.

Does the dog have any history of aggression toward other animals?
Yes. Zeke has shown a tendency to escalate when playing in the dog park, and outside, in most instances will sit and let dogs pass, but will return aggressive barking when other dogs jump at or bark at Zeke. He has not bitten any other dogs, except for nipping a dogs ear once.

What is the reason for re-homing?

We have raised multiple border collies, and Zeke has been a challenge to train and teach in our current apartment environment. From the start, he has been overly sensitive and scared of the larger world around him and that has hurt his initial training. Our initial location was inundated with aggressive Pit bulls / bullies and further increased his anxiety. We have been trying to overcome the environment and moved, but we are worried that even our current home may not work for him. We have been able to manage other border collies in the past, but now has made it harder to engage him at times, and he would do better in a quieter less urban setting. He is a smart dog and needs the chance at a good home environment. We are fighting to many random dog encounters and loud noises that ruin efforts or reset him and have made it hard to get him comfortable in his environment and really work with him. This is not an easy choice, but we are failing Zeke and deserves a chance, if we can find a better option for him. We believe that he is as smart as they come, and in the right environment will flourish at learning, working, or sport depending on what he takes to once he is in a better position to succeed.

This is a second listing for Zeke, we pulled it down and were continuing to work with him on our current environment, however the apartment building is making it hard for him to settle with loud banging from above and from hallways. We also have to fight constant dog encounters with people with off leash dogs, we lost our last border collie due to an attach from an off leash dog.

He is a good dog in a bad environment that needs the ability to grow up in a quieter environment and get exposed to other dogs.

Location & Contact
Zeke is located in Raleigh, NC.  For more information, contact Aaron at aaron.hawk@gmail.com.