Since the breed has only been in Uk since 1989 its a difficult one for us to gauge first hand, the first bitch died at 10, but we have older ones now in UK. In Finland they seem to live to good age like Border collies, 15 to 17 is not unusual. top Training problems They are much more independent than Border collies, so can be inclined to go hunting when let off lead, BUT they are very food motivated, so if trained well, they can be just as good as BCs, like BCs they are herders, so care needs to be given where livestock are concerned. There is a FL trained as a support dog for Dogs for Disabled, and one lappy owner also works for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, and her pet is trained as a demonstration dog,. The breed has also demonstrated success in agility and obedience competitions.