All about the Border Collie’s price: Are they expensive?

A Border Collie wearing dollar sign glasses while laying beside money and a piggy bank

Border Collies are undeniably wonderful dogs, but they’re not for everyone. Think of factors that you have to consider before getting a puppy and the expenses that come with it.

After buying a Border Collie pup, not only will you have to make sure that you can give the lifestyle she deserves, but also be prepared to spend for her needs.

A little background about the Border Collie breed

The Border Collie (BC) is a working dog that’s bred to herd sheep and other livestock like cattle.

A stone memorial of Old Hemp with his ownerAlthough their history would mention that they came from mixing the Vikings’ spitzes and the Romans’ sheepdogs, their lineage is mostly traced back to Old Hemp. He was this fantastic Border Collie who showed how intelligent and hardworking their breed is, and that they can intensely and quietly do their herding task.

Borders are medium-sized canines with an average height of 19 to 22 inches (48 to 56 cm). The males weigh about 30 to 45 pounds (14 to 20 kg), where females are a bit smaller, weighing 27 to 42 pounds (12 to 19 kg).

You’d often find Border Collies in black and white, but they come in an assortment of colors, shades, and markings. There’s red, brown, tricolors, blue merle, and other varieties.

Should you or should you not get a Border Collie?

To answer that, you would have to weigh in the pros and cons of owning a Border Collie. Anything that seems too perfect will have a catch. Same thing with a highly intelligent dog because it’s like a double-edged sword.

With a bright or brainy pooch like the Border Collie, you may think, “they’re very easy to train, right?” Yes, but not without challenges.

Borders are trainable and sensitive. With proper training, they can quickly respond to simple signals or gestures from their owners or handler. They can even learn about 1,000 words! The downside is they easily get bored, can be stubborn, and will try to outsmart their trainer.

Watch this video of a trainer explaining the pros and cons, or what you have to deal with if you want to purchase a Border Collie:

 

Border Collies are agile and energetic canines. They’re suitable for families that are active and have a lot of space at home. Though it’s recommended for them to live in a ranch or farm so they can run to their heart’s content while being busy, a house with a large yard will suffice. Just make sure that you can provide about 2 hours of daily exercise for your pet.

If you have kids and other pets at home, Borders are loving companions, but you have to control their herding instinct. This trait is bred into them, so there’s no way to get rid of it completely. Without proper training, your BC dog may try to herd or nip anything that moves.

How much do Border Collies cost?

The average price of a Border Collie puppy is $600. This is just a general amount because the cost of Borders would vary depending on different factors like the breeder’s location and reputation, the dog’s pedigree or lineage, the litter size, and more.

Expect to pay about $600 and up for Border Collies, who are meant to be pets and have complete documents but have no show quality. For a premium puppy with papers, breeding rights, and superior lineage, prepare a budget for $1,300 to $4,500. Sometimes, even more.

Working Border Collies are those that are mature and already had some training.

Trained Borders can cost as much as $7,500. It’s quite reasonable because of the time and effort that breeders have devoted to making sure that their dogs are up for the task.

Black and white Border Collie holding money

Other expenses related to buying a Border Collie

What if you chose a Border Collie puppy or dog from a different state or country? What about the registration, and what if you have to pay for training classes?

Here are some of the other fees that you have to be aware of.

The cost of shipping and transporting a Border Collie

Most of the time, breeders take care of the arrangements if there’s a need to transport or ship their Border Collies. That includes airline booking and essential documents to make sure that the dog gets to you safely.

All you have to worry about is picking up your dog at the designated airport.

There are times that you would have to pay around $325 for shipping fees. The cost may be higher depending on the breeder’s location and how far the dog has to travel.

A certified/registered Border Collie

Breeders often have their dogs on limited registration even before selling them. Changing that status to full-time registration would mean the breeder will revoke the limited status for a $25 fee.

The great benefit here is you’ll gain access to recognized organizations’ network and services once you’re a member. The Border Collie Society of America (BCSA) has a fee of $50 for individual membership.

American Border Collie Association (ABCA) gives owners two options. You can go for an annual membership that costs $15, or a onetime payment for a lifetime membership that’s about $150.

Paying for your Border Collie’s obedience school

If you bought a Border Collie puppy or dog who hasn’t had any training yet, enrolling her in obedience classes is a must.

Black and white Border Collie walking with its trainer without a lead in obedience training school

You can choose to have your Border Collie enter a group class with a price range of $119 to $165. Some trainers offer private training at their place or your house. Although this one-on-one approach is more effective, it’s pricier. It can cost as much as $80 per hour.

With a bright breed like the Border Collie, it’s a great idea to enroll her in search and rescue and agility classes. Add it up to what your working dog can do, plus it can stimulate your pet mentally.

Search and rescue training can range from $100 and up per session, while agility training can is around $120 for a six-week course.

There’s also training for scent detection and tracking. These courses are quite expensive, and the price starts at $125 and can reach $1,500 max. It may seem fun to have your Border Collie socialize and learn from different kinds of training, but keep in mind that obedience is the top priority.

The amounts you see here are just an average as prices would differ depending on the training school, the trainer, how popular they are/reputation, and many other factors.

Annual & recurring expenses when you own a Border Collie

A lot of people often overlook the associated costs of owning a dog.

Whenever you plan on buying or adopting a Border Collie, or any canine breed, you need to understand that there are recurring necessities that you have to provide as a paw parent.

The cost of feeding a Border Collie

Borders don’t have a specific dietary need. It’s up to you as an owner if you want to feed your dog dry kibbles, wet food, or even BARF (raw).

You can spend money on wet food, dry kibbles, and raw diet for your Border Collie

While browsing online, you may see that it’s recommended to feed Border Collies 2 cups of food per day. But it just adds more questions like, what’s a high-quality dog food to try?

You should base the amount of food you feed your dog on factors such as your Border’s age, size, metabolism, and level of activity. One of the best ways to know how much to feed your Border Collie is to measure their meals by calories.

Since there’s a lot of dog food choices out there, there’s also a huge range when it comes to their price, about $2 to $50. You’ll find high-grade kibbles for herding and sporting dogs that cost more than $70.

How much to groom a Border Collie?

Border Collies have a double-layered coat. They have a soft undercoat and a coarse outer coat. Their hair is beneficial in making them adjust to all types of weather. But Borders are not hypoallergenic. They shed throughout the year, and even more so during shedding season.

Luckily, the Border Collie doesn’t need to be groomed often to look neat, and it doesn’t cost much.

Grooming Borders are about $50 to $65. You can bring your dog to the groomers once every three months. It can cost much less if you do basic grooming yourself. Trimming and brushing can help lengthen the time that your Border Collie would need to get groomed professionally.

Medical expenses when you own a Border dog

This herding breed is generally healthy. Border Collies have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years! But there are certain diseases that they are prone to such as:

  • Border Collie Collapse
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
  • Epilepsy
  • Deafness and blindness
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia

Most health issues can be avoided with proper breeding, along with promoting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your pooch.

Aside from doing your part as an owner, regular check-ups will help. The average price for vet visits is between $50 to $250. But for those times where other medical services are involved, such as tests, drugs, vaccinations, and procedures, then you won’t be charged for the visit anymore. It varies in every clinic or animal hospital and the veterinarian.

All health-related expenses will be worth every penny as it may help detect parasites and illnesses early on.

Buy your Border Collie a doggy house

They may love spending time outdoors, whether for work or fun, but no dog should stay outside.

An adult Border Collie that's comfortable in a crate or cage with pillows/dog beds

Borders would need to interact with other pets and of course, their human family members. A dog house isn’t exactly required, but it’s better if your pet has somewhere to go when they want personal space or timeout when misbehaving.

A cage or a kennel is a good idea as you can use as a carrier for your fur baby when traveling, too!

Crates usually cost around $19 to $322, depending on the size, type, brand, and quality.

Do Border Collies need accessories?

Borders already look stunning as they come in a lot of beautiful, striking shades, so they don’t need to glam up that much.

Apart from the basics like collars and leashes (for walks and training), that’s about it.

You can buy your Border Collie a few puzzles and toys for brain stimulation. It will keep your pet busy while indoors and won’t get bored right away.

Where to find Border Collie puppies for sale?

There’s a lot of breeders online that sell Border Collies – newborn, trained, blue merles. The challenge is to find a responsible breeder as they are hard to come by.

Aside from reading up about the breed, you can start looking at recognized Border Collie organizations like the ABCA and BSCA.

Different colored Border Collie puppies for sale in a basket

A Border Collie puppy of excellent quality is sold by reputable breeders who have documentation of their dog’s lineage and medical records. This will be their proof that the parental breeds and their litter aren’t predisposed to genetic disorders.

To give you a headstart, check out our article: Finding the best Border Collie puppies for sale near you in the US, Canada, and the UK.

For those in Australia (AU), we found another website of a Border Collie breeder called McCallum Cowdogs (Namoi River, NSW). Feel free to browse their page and contact them.

How much to adopt or rescue a Border Collie?

Adopting or rescuing dogs is way cheaper. The adoption price for a Border Collie is around $300, which already covers the care and training of the dog before you adopted her.

Come Bye Border Collie Rescue (Midwest) and Border Collies in Need (San Pedro, CA) have purebred Border Collies and Border Collie mixes that are looking for new homes.

Does the Border Collie’s price fit your budget?

Getting a Border Collie is a big responsibility. Not only do they require an active family with a spacious home, a creative and continuous physical and mental stimulation, and you also have to deal with its herding instinct, especially if you want this breed as a family pet.

A picture of a happy girl who bought a Border Collie puppy

After buying a Border Collie puppy or adopting one, it doesn’t stop there. You have to be a responsible owner who’s prepared to pay for vet bills, doggy stuff like cages, blankets, collars, bowls, toys, and even grooming supplies.

The bottom line here is, if you’d be able to take care and provide the overall needs of the Border Collie, then this breed might be the right fur angel for you.

How much did you have to pay for your Border Collie? Did you buy a purebred or adopt a mixed breed? Tell us your story by commenting in the box below.

Facts you need to know about the Border Collie lifespan

a young Border Collie and an older Border Collie

Dogs are known as man’s best friend and are adorable fur angels. It may sound unfair, but their longevity seems to be getting shorter, and you can’t make them stay for as long as you like.

Fortunately, Border Collies are one of the most versatile canines around. If you’re interested in this working breed, find out what you can do to make the most of their lifespan.

What are Border Collies’ like – size, color, and temperament

Borders are medium-sized herders with an average weight of 30 to 45 lbs (14 to 20 kg) and about 18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm) tall.

With their line of work, the Border Collie’s double-layered hair helps the breed to adapt in different weather conditions. Borders are not hypoallergenic and shed heavily during the shedding season.

a healthy, and adorable Border Collie
The Border’s coat can either be medium in length and rough, or short and smooth. They commonly come in black and white, but they have a wide range of colors, patterns, and markings.

Border Collies are highly intelligent and energetic, but they’re also sensitive and happy dogs that are suited for active families.

With that said, this is a breed where a regular-sized yard won’t suffice. They need to perform jobs or tasks and requires a lot of exercise with their owners and on their own. It is also why they’re mostly recommended to people who have a ranch or farm.

The herding nature of the Border Collie is a trait that you want to consider. There’s a possibility that they would herd and nip kids and other pets you have.

Some Borders would also chase squirrels and cars. They are also known for their intense gaze or “the eye.” They’d look standoffish, especially with strangers, and it seems like they’re on a staring contest.

Here’s a short video showing how Border Collies stare as if they’re on the prowl.

 

A Border Collie’s lifestyle

Not a lot of us have a ranch or farm where a Border Collie can run around freely to herd sheep and cattle to burn all its energy every day. Even if they’re bred to live that way, every owner of this canine should find creative outlets to exhaust and keep your dog satisfied.

Borders are athletic and agile, so you can have your pup or dog join canine sports, herding competitions, and even jobs such as search and rescue.

Without proper physical and mental stimulation, a bored Border Collie that’s filled with pent up energy will misbehave and get depressed, and eventually lead to health issues.

What health problems do Border Collies have?

All dog breeds have their own particular diseases, but it doesn’t mean they will all be affected. Border Collies are generally healthy, but they’re also prone to different illnesses.

A seemingly sick Border Collie is in bed, sleeping

Most of the time, when a Border Collie suffers from a medical condition, it’s connected to their genetic background.

Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) and epilepsy are considered primary concerns for Borders.

CEA is a congenital eye condition that affects the eye’s sclera, choroid, and retina. It rarely impairs the vision of the infected dog, so it’s considered a mild illness.

Another eye problem is Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). What it does is slowly disintegrate the retina that will lead to partial or complete loss of vision at night, then complete daytime blindness.

There are DNA tests to check PRA and CEA, which help breeders avoid using dogs who are affected as their breeding stock.

Border Collies can also suffer from two types of deafness.

The first one is found in puppies and is pigment associated. The pups can have congenital sensorineural deafness once they’re born, or it can develop while they’re growing up.

The second one is called adult-onset hearing loss. Once tested during puppyhood, the results would show a normal auditory brainstem, but within 1 to 8 years of age, adults gradually lose their hearing.

Blindness and deafness will also likely happen to Border Collies who are double merles or lethal whites.

Elbow Dysplasia is also common with Borders, but there are different types of hip exams such as PennHip and OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).

Other conditions that Border Collies are susceptible to are:

Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (TNS)

This is another hereditary illness where the bone marrow produces neutrophils or white cells, yet it’s not able to effectively release them into the dog’s bloodstream. It will impair the immune system of the affected pup, which may lead to death as its body is unable to fight infections. Although there’s no cure, a DNA test will help detect carriers or those who are affected.

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL)

This disease may be rare, but they’re fatal and is limited to show Border Collies. It causes severe neurological impairment that leads to an early death. Canines who suffer from NCL rarely survive and grow beyond the age of 2 years.

Border Collie Collapse (BCC)

Also called “the wobbles,” working or herding dogs are the most common victim of this disease. It seems to be caused by high-intensity exercises.

The signs for Border Collie collapse include loss of attention, mental dullness, disorientation, unsteady hind legs or dragging them, and always needing to sit or lay down.

An example is if your Border Collie can run for hours without any symptom of the wobbles, but looks tired that he can’t even fetch his favorite toy. Unfortunately, there’s no way to diagnose and treat BCC for now.

Watch this video of a Border Collie who’s having a BCC episode after 5 minutes of exercise:

 

The common or leading cause of death in Borders are cancer (23%), old age (17%), and cerebral vascular (9.4$).

The Border Collie’s lifespan

Border Collies have an average life expectancy of 12 years. Overall, it’s from 10 to 15 years, but some of them reach 17 years of age or more.

Since most health problems that Border Collies get are hereditary, the first step you can do so you can spend more time with him is to check the medical history of his bloodline. Luckily, it’s one of the signs that you’re speaking with a responsible breeder.

Reputable breeders keep thorough documentation of their dogs’ health and would even proactively show it to you. If you have any questions like how long did their Border Collie’s relatives lived or the causes of their death, they’d be able to answer right away.

What can you do to help your Border Collie live longer

Before you bring your Border Collie puppy home, you have to make sure that it’s safe.

Puppies are curious little furballs that would try to put their sniffer in each corner of your house.

Some of these tips may seem obvious, but let’s admit it, we often forget what we’re supposed to do as owners. Besides, there’s no such thing as too safe when taking care of our doggos.

Watch what your Border Collie eats

Another main factor you have control over is providing a healthy diet for your dog. Whether you prefer dry kibbles or wet food for your Border Collie, choose one with high-quality protein and rich in omega fatty acid.

A Border Collie puppy trying to steal a sandwich from a table

Some are full of additives and by-products, which can either trigger or lead to health problems.

If you’re willing to spend time and money to prepare a healthy meal for your Border dog, raw food or BARF is also a good option.

This diet consists of meat, vegetables, fruits, eggs, and more. You can also mix in dry or wet dog food with it.

It’s smart to research and consult a vet or a canine nutritionist before changing, adding, or removing anything from your Border Collie’s diet.

Make sure you keep your Border pup or dog from eating certain human foods that are dangerous for canines like chocolates, grapes, onions, and mushrooms. Store any prescription and over-the-counter drugs where your pet won’t be able to reach it.

Keep chemical products away from your Border

This applies to both indoors and outdoors. First, avoid using products and cleaners that have harmful chemicals such as dishwashing and laundry detergents, bleach, ethanol, mothballs, and of course, garbage.

naughty Border Collie puppy playing with garbage

Next is outside. Your Border Collie will spend time running and playing in the yard. From the time your dog comes home with you, make sure there are no chemicals on the lawn.

Be careful about indoor and outdoor plants that are harmful to dogs, as well.

Border Collies are on the medium range of dog sizes, but whether they’re miniature or large, a small amount of toxic substance can lead to life-threatening consequences.

Did you know that 16 ounces of chocolate can kill a 20-pound dog?

If in case your dog ingested or consumed any food or chemical that’s lethal for pets, contact or visit a vet clinic right away.

You may be an experienced pet owner who would opt to induce vomiting if your Border Collie ate something toxic or poisonous, so here’s a video if it’s recommended or not, and how to properly do it.

 

Ensure your Border Collie stays active

All dog breeds need exercise to maintain a healthy body. But we can’t stress enough the importance of the Border Collie’s need for a more intense mental and physical stimulation.

With a background of being hard-workers, it’s in their nature to be always on the move.

Did you know that exercise impacts the overall state of your pet? Pent-up energy may lead to frustration and depression, which will be the cause of behavioral issues then towards possible physiological problems.

There are a lot of toys and puzzles that can keep your Border Collie busy while indoors. Aside from taking him on a hike, a walk, or a run, let him swim on a nearby lake or run freely on a field or meadow. If that’s not enough, then give him a ball that he can toss around to get the treats inside.

A Border Collie plays with owner by catching the disc she's throwing
A regular check-up with the vet is a good bet

After buying your Border Collie puppy or adopting an older dog, make sure your new family member gets his first check-up with a trusted vet.

Border Collie puppies and all other breeds are not safe to explore outside until they turn 16 weeks old (4 months), where they already got all their boosters.

To be safe, keep him within your home for the first six months to avoid health issues like Parvovirus. These little fur angels are not yet fully developed and are vulnerable to diseases that they can easily get just from sniffing a contracted area.

Vaccinations are crucial so that your dog will not get infected like feces and parasites.

Regular check-ups with a veterinarian will give them a chance to get familiar with your dog. It means there’s a better chance of diagnosing any illness or underlying condition early on.

Make the most out of your Border Collie’s lifespan

It doesn’t matter how long Border Collies live, whether it’s 10 or 17 years. Once they’re accepted and loved as a family member, they’ll do everything they can to bring companionship and happiness.

An owner hugging her Border Collie while traveling

There’s a lot that can be done to ensure our pets get the best quality of life while they’re with us.

With all the medical advice when it comes to food and lifestyle, don’t underestimate what your attention, time, and love can do for your Border Collie’s health.

Providing overall care will keep your pooch mentally and physically happy.

How old is your Border Collie? What advice can you give to other Border Collie paw parents out there? Type it all in the comment box below.

Your guide to the first steps of Border Collie training

Border Collie on a leash with its owner wearing a treat pouch

Whether it’s your first time to own a puppy or you’ve been a paw parent for quite some time, training will always be every dog owner’s responsibility.

If you’re going to train a Border Collie, it can be more challenging than other canines.

Keep reading to learn about Border Collie training tips and tricks to help you have great companionship with your dog.

An overview of the Border Collie’s personality & temperament

Before we proceed on how to train Borders, it’s best if we discuss interesting facts about the breed. Knowing their background, traits, and characteristics will help us get a better perspective on how to teach them accordingly.

The Border Collie is a medium-sized canine that originated from the Anglo-Scottish border region. They were used as helping or working dogs for farmers to herd livestock like sheep and cattle and had no trouble living in tough conditions in farms and ranches.

Border Collie herding sheep
Through generations of training, Border Collies gradually became the perfect canine.

The saying “beauty can be deceiving” is very suitable for Borders. They continuously rank #1 as the smartest dog in the world, and are known for their intense crouch and stare. Not only are they work-driven and bright, but they’re also wonderful family pets.

Another thing to consider if you’re interested in Border Collies is they’re a hyperactive breed. They have a need to be always doing something and on the move.

Borders are witty dogs that require a lot of physical activity and mental stimulation.

If you have a small home or an apartment with no outdoor space, then this breed is not the ideal pooch for you. Once an untrained Border Collie gets bored and feels like it has no purpose, it will eventually become frustrated and irritated. Do you know what will happen next after that? Scratching floors, chewing furniture, biting, nipping, and even herding.

Although Border Collies are loyal, caring, and obedient, they are suitable for active owners.

Some of these dogs can’t help to herd and chase, not only humans and other dogs but absolutely anything that moves, like cars! Only because it’s in their nature to do so, and that’s where training comes from.

When should you start Border Collie training?

The answers to this question can be subjective since it will depend on what kind of training you’re going for.

If you’re aiming to fix current behavioral issues or you’re planning to teach your Border Collie basic house training, the earlier, the better.

Here’s Zana, a Border Collie puppy, being taught by a professional trainer.

Are you hoping to enroll your pup in an obedience school? You can do it by the time he’s 12-weeks-old. Ask their requirements first as they may only accept puppies who already had certain vaccinations. The cost for enrollment would be around $500 and up.

For those who want to teach their Border puppy new tricks or commands, you can start as early as 3 to 4 months.

When you want to move up to more advanced training, it’s best to wait until your dog’s more able to comprehend and more physically developed to do them. 6 to 8 months is considered a suitable age.

Key factors to consider when training your Border Collie

Dealing with a highly intelligent breed means they’re relatively easy to train. That can also mean they’re strong-willed.

Establish a firm leadership in your home from the moment your dog steps inside your house. Clarify that the alpha position is already taken by you. Canines need a sense of hierarchy since they are pack animals.

Next is routine. As a working breed, Borders love sticking to a schedule. Since they require constant stimulation, both physically and mentally, they’d be looking forward to doing a task every day. Even if it’s a different activity from time to time, as long as they know they’re doing a job regularly.

Border Collie jumping on a hurdle in an agility ring

Speaking of activities, you also have to think about their need for exercise. Border Collies have high energy levels that have to be dealt with daily.

Borders aren’t naturally aggressive, but if they get bored, which happens quickly, it can lead to irritability and over-possessiveness.

So if you’re getting a Border Collie, know that it’s a dog that demands their owners’ energy and time commitment.

They can be too enthusiastic that other people get two Borders. Instead of chasing kids, cars, a cat, or a squirrel, they can chase and play with each other.

Crate & House Training a Border Collie

Any dog, Border Collie or not, should learn house rules as soon as possible.

Even if they’re just a few weeks old, Borders easily pick up new information. With that said, it’s a good idea to start training your dog positive habits while he’s still young.

Crates are considered as a den or a home for Border Collies. It’s where they sleep, eat, and stay when they want some personal space. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a cage, and it can even be a small room or confined area.

Crate training will help you keep an eye on your fur baby, then take him outside whenever he has to go potty.

Most of the time, dogs wouldn’t pee or poop in the same place they sleep. But it’s still crucial that you maintain a schedule when house training. That goes for potty and feeding time. They go hand in hand, and eventually, your Border Collie will eat and eliminate at a consistent frequency.

Don’t forget to give your puppy treats whenever he does his business outside or in the designated area.

This doesn’t mean your Border pup should stay inside the crate most of the time. Being locked in a cage has its adverse effects, which may sometimes lead to hyper or over-enthusiastic behavior.

Keep your pup or dog in the crate only when it’s time to sleep or when you’re not home.

Obedience Training for Border Collies

Doing this type of training will teach your Border Collie puppy or dog how to follow house rules, as well as how and when to behave.

Obedience training is a method that will help owners prevent behavioral problems and disobedience from developing. It’s one of those things that you have to start teaching your pup at the earliest age possible.

Training your Border Collie tricks and commands

This training technique is the part that will build your Border Collie’s confidence and will keep him from getting bored.

As always, start with the basics – sit, stay, come, heel, stop, let’s walk. If you’re confident that your dog already mastered these commands, then move on to more complicated ones such as fetch and rollover.

You can watch Star, a 10-week-old Border Collie puppy doing training and learning some tricks:

Break it down for your dog to make it simple and clear. For example, if you’re teaching your dog the command “stay,” keep him in a sitting position and not let him stand, not unless you told him to. Continue doing this longer every training session.

All tricks and commands will take time and effort before your Border Collie puppy learns them. Everything has to start somewhere, and laying the foundation for being obedient once your dog steps inside your house is a great start.

Steps on how to train a Border Collie

Here are more ideas and tips to think about so that your Border Collie will thrive during training.

They may be useful in speeding up the learning process for your pet, but more importantly, it will help you know how to deal with your Border dog.

1. Do your research about your dog’s breed

You’d mold your Border Collie to be a better pet and companion if you understand their heritage, everything about their temperament, as well as their medical history.

If you know how your fur baby’s mind works, you can use these training techniques more effectively. One good example is your Border Collie’s growl. You can find out which one is playful and which one to watch out for by letting react on different toys.

Pay attention to your dog’s actions, not just by looking at them, but also by listening.

2. Keeping your Border Collie’s attention

red and white Border Collie playing fetch with its owner , returning the ball

When a Border Collie has so much energy, its mood may change quickly, and its attention can divert from one thing to another.

Be prepared to grab your dog’s focus that it will come to an extent where you need to read his mood. Routine will be a big help here as he’d learn to anticipate that he’s about to do a task at a particular time every day.

Aside from training your Border Collie at times where he’s highly energetic, you better make sure that he’s going to do a fun activity. Give your active pup something to look forward to.

Do what you can to get his full attention. Pick a quiet spot where your dog won’t be distracted, like your backyard.

3. Be firm and consistent when training your Border Collie

Consistency is vital to avoid your dog from being confused and for him to completely grasp what you want him to do.

That includes simple house rules. Don’t complicate things for your pet when yesterday you didn’t mind when he got up on the couch and cuddled with you, and today you decided to scold him for doing the same thing.

Borders are responsive canines that they may refuse to follow their owners’ commands if treated harshly.

With their sensitivity, establish that you have control in a kind yet firm manner. Being gentle will bring the best out of your Border’s personality, and he’ll trust you more.

4. Give your Border Collie lots of encouragement and affirmation

One of the benefits of having training an intelligent dog is that you don’t have to force them to learn new things. Border Collies enjoy being challenged. They’re eager to please and get even more motivated when what they did right is acknowledged.

Positive reinforcement is vital in dealing with any dog breed. There are do’s and don’ts when rewarding and punishing your pet during training like never scream or use punishment when your Border didn’t do your command or misbehaved.

Since Border Collies thrive on attention, reprimand your dog by ignoring him for an hour or so. This will quickly teach your pooch that he broke a rule and that it’s unwanted behavior.

5. Socialize your Border Collie

Socialization is always a must. It plays a big part for your dog to know how to behave when surrounded by other people and dogs. The more you socialize your Border pup, the more enthusiastic and less aggressive.

If you keep your pet confined in your home, he’d have trouble on how to react when they hear a different noise, see a visitor or another pet. After all, who wouldn’t want to raise a pet who’s pleasant to have around?

Some Borders who are well-socialized greatly perform as service dogs.

6. Prepare different activities for training

Border Collie walking at the side of its ownerAs an owner of a Border Collie, make a way to go beyond the usual walks and jogs with your dog.

Although the doggy park and your backyard is a good way for him to play with his paw friends or on his own, there are other things you can do to make training more fun. Just remember that this should be done on a daily basis.

Simple ones like playing hide and seek, dancing, or play dead are a step up from basic tricks. If you’re into taking a walk every day, teach your BC to stay on your side while walking. That will help to have better walks on the road, as well as not to yank or pull on the leash.

There are games like catch the frisbee, racing with you while you’re mountain biking, or even do something more adventurous such as agility training. Watch Neo, the Border Collie parkour dog, performing extreme tricks.

Fun fact, did you know how fast a Border Collie can run? They can do a top speed of 20 to 30 mph.

7. Stick to one Border Collie trainer

If you’ve decided to hire a professional handler or trainer, or if you’re bringing your Border Collie to a training school, be patient and stick to it.

Your Border will notice that he’s being trained by different trainers as each mentor have their unique training techniques and strategies.

And due to their working background, they’re used to having one master. So aside from the trainer, decide who in your family will be in charge of the sessions to keep teaching the dog.

8. Deal with your Border’s herding instincts

It’s in every Border Collie’s nature to herd. It’s a trait of theirs that you or any trainer can’t completely remove. Don’t expect your dog to be free of this herding instinct.

The most you can do is learn to deal with it or control it effectively.

The verdict about Border Collie training

Border Collie being called by its owner

Border Collies are hardworking companions and lovely family pets.

Getting to know more about a very bright breed and being aware of how much commitment is required when having this particular dog may help you create your dream additional family member.

Although it’s easier to train a Border Collie puppy compared to an adult or older one, there’s nothing you can’t achieve with patience and dedication.

We hope these tips and ideas will help you with training your very own Border Collie.

Did you encounter obstacles while training your Border Collie? Share your stories with other Border parents and us by typing it all in the comment box below.

Your complete guide to the Border Collie’s size and growth chart

Border Collie dog standing beside its owner

You may be wondering if your Border Collie puppy is growing at a regular rate, which means you care about his overall well-being and you just want him to grow properly. Besides, a canine’s height and weight can indicate early signs of potential health issues.

Keep scrolling and read-up this article to learn the appropriate growth rate or development of the Border Collie size.

Overview: Facts about the Border Collie breed

Whether this is the first time you’ve heard about the Border Collie or not, there is a lot of important information about this awesome purebred.

Border Collies are sheepdogs that originated from the Scottish borders, hence the name. They’re bred initially to work or herd livestock and are known for their obedience and wit. Nowadays, Borders are known to be the most intelligent dog.

Although some of them are still used for their herding or working skills, Border Collies also excel at conformation shows, canine sports, and human-assisting jobs like search and rescue.

Full-grown tricolor merle Border Collie in an agility competition

For physical characteristics, Borders have a head like a Collie’s with a body that’s a bit longer than they’re taller. Their ears are perked with the tips dropped over. It gives them a cheerful look to balance out their intense crouch and stare when stalking and controlling sheep.

They have a coat that’s either long and coarse or short and smooth. A Border Collie is often found in black and white, but they have a wide range of colors, markings, and patterns.

You can also find them in different combinations of red and white, brown and white, blue merle, gray, tricolor, and many more!

Borders’ hair is not hypoallergenic. They are considered average shedders but sheds heavily when it’s time to get rid of their winter coat.

This breed is suitable for owners or families who are active and loves spending time with their dog, both indoors and outdoors, no matter the season or weather. Border Collies are highly energetic and would be happy if they’re always on the move.

Watch this video of Border Collies running around in their yard, playing chase with each other. Their backyard seems to have enough space and is secure for them to exercise without much supervision.

 

Border Collies may be prone to specific health issues such as epilepsy, Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), and hip dysplasia, but it doesn’t happen to all Borders. They’re a generally healthy breed with a lifespan of 10 to 17 years.

Another thing to consider if you’re planning to buy a Border Collie puppy or if you already have one is their size.

Standard Border Collie size range or classification

Let’s discuss the basics. There are five breed sizes for canines:

  • Toy: up to 12 pounds
  • Small: 12 to 25 pounds
  • Medium: 25 to 50 pounds
  • Large: 50 to 100 pounds
  • Giant: 100 pounds and over

You might have heard or seen a miniature Border Collie, but they’re either bred in an unhealthy manner or mixed with a toy or small breeds.

But there’s a rescue dog named Gulliver who was said to have the title “World’s Largest Border Collie.”

Border Collies fall within the medium-sized range, just like English Springer Spaniels, Whippets, and Corgis. Keep in mind that these are only average numbers and occasionally overlap.

The developmental stages of a Border Collie puppy

Before discussing the typical size of a full-grown Border Collie, we have to consider their growth rate from puppyhood as well. Every milestone is vital as it will be your guide in determining if your Border pup is growing at a healthy pace.

Remember, every puppy or dog, even if they’re the same breed, grows at a different rate. The important thing is they’re gaining weight steadily.

From birth up to 3 weeks of age (AKA Neonatal Period)

A newborn Border Collie has an average birth weight of 7-14 ounces. Within their first 24 hours, puppies may lose water weight. After that, they should immediately put on weight.

Your Border pup should be doubling their weight within their first week until six weeks. At least ½ to 1 ½ ounce a day. Other milestones that you don’t want to miss during this stage are their first crawl, opening their eyes, and getting their primary or baby teeth.

From 3 weeks to 12 weeks (AKA Socialization Period)

a small Border Collie puppy socializing with an adult Border Collie

By six weeks of age, your Border Collie puppy, who’s about 3 to 6 pounds (1 to 3 kg), should have multiplied its weight four times. Even as a pup, they’re highly active, but they’re supposed to gain 2 to 4 pounds in a week until their 14th week.

You’d notice the puppies are starting to socialize, not just with their mom or siblings, but everything in their surroundings.

It’s an excellent idea to let the pups get used to different sounds and smells at this early age, but the Border Collies should still be with their mom. And yes, even if they are weaned. After all, it’s their mother who’d teach doggy social skills.

From 3 months to 6 months (AKA Juvenile Period)

At 14 weeks old, that rapid and extreme gain weight finally levels off and is probably gaining a pound each week until six months of age. It will be a gradual process compared to puppyhood.

While they’re entering adolescence, teenage Border Collies eat voraciously in order to support their high levels of energy and metabolism.

The milestones during this stage are having all their puppy teeth and transitioning to adult teeth, and their motor skills are way more developed.

From 6 months to 16 months (AKA Sexual Maturity Period)

By this stage, your Border Collie puppy is about to reach his or her sexual maturity.

You’ll see them will complete adult teeth, ears upright with the tips dropping, and they have a stronger bond with their pack. The estrus cycle of a female Border Collie will start at six months, while males reach their sexual maturity once they’re seven months old.

From 16 months to 36 months (The transition to the period of adulthood)

Moving past that teenage stage, an adult Border Collie should have gained enough weight.

Full-grown Border Collies shouldn’t have trouble maintaining their healthy weight. Even if there are no more significant milestones at this period, they will still continue to grow. They finally reached their full-sized framework.

Female Borders are considered adults by the time they’re 24 months or two years old, and males reach their adulthood until 36 months of age.

Watch this video of a black and white Border Collie growing up until 12 months:

 

Border Collie size charts

The average height of Border Collies is 22 to 27 inches (56 to 69 cm) and a weight of 27 to 45 pounds (12 to 20 kg). Their length is about 28 to 34 inches (71 to 86 cm), and a withers height of 18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm).

But there are different ways to tell the weight of your Border Collie puppy or dog based on their age or gender.

Border Collie weight chart by age

The table below includes information on how much your Border Collie (or most medium-sized dogs) will weigh at each milestone.

Age Weight in pounds (lbs)
8 weeks 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 7.0 8.0
9 weeks 4.5 5.1 5.6 6.2 6.8 7.9 9.0
10 weeks 5.0 5.6 6.3 6.9 7.5 8.8 10.0
11 weeks 5.5 6.2 6.9 7.6 8.3 9.6 11.0
12 weeks 6.0 6.8 7.5 8.3 9.0 10.5 12.0
13 weeks 6.5 7.3 8.1 8.9 9.8 11.4 13.0
14 weeks 7.0 7.9 8.8 9.6 10.5 12.3 14.0
15 weeks 7.5 8.4 9.4 10.3 11.3 13.1 15.0
16 weeks 8.0 9.0 10.0 11.0 12.0 14.0 16.0
5 months 11.0 12.4 13.8 15.1 16.5 19.3 22.0
6 months 13.0 14.6 16.3 17.9 19.5 22.8 26.0
7 months 15.0 16.9 18.8 20.6 22.5 26.3 30.0
8 months 17.5 19.7 21.9 24.1 26.3 30.6 35.0
9 months 19.5 21.9 24.4 26.8 29.3 34.1 39.0
10 months 21.5 24.2 26.9 29.6 32.3 37.6 43.0
11 months 24.0 27.0 30.0 33.0 36.0 42.0 48.0
12 months 26.0 29.3 32.5 35.8 39.0 45.5 52.0

If you’re wondering how to use this table, just look for your Border Collie’s age on the left and find his current weight. For example, If you’re Border pup is six months old with a weight of 16.3 lbs, follow that column to the 12-month row, and he’ll be about 32.5 lbs by the time he turns one year old.

Couldn’t find the age and weight of your puppy on this chart? Don’t worry! There are ways of calculating the weight of a dog within the medium range.

Size calculation method 1

Let’s say your Border Collie’s weight is in between two numbers in the chart. All you have to do is find the average of the two.

If your puppy is 26 lbs at the age of 11 months, then he’s between 24 and 27 lbs on the table above. Get the average of 24 and 27, then divide it by two, which is equal to 25.5 lbs as his weight as an adult.

Size calculation method 2

The second way to find out your Border Collie puppy’s adult weight is by dividing his current weight from his current age in weeks.

For example, your puppy weighs 8 lbs at 13 weeks (8/13=0.61). Multiply the result (0.61) to 52 (the biggest number on our chart), and you’ll get 32 lbs.

Based on that formula, a Border Collie puppy that weighs 8 lbs at 13 weeks would likely weigh 32 lbs as an adult.

Size calculation method 3

Use this if your pup is 14 weeks old or beyond. All you have to do is weigh your puppy while on his 14th week or check his record and see what he weighed during that age. Multiply it by two and add it to half hid weight at 14 weeks.

Let’s say your Border puppy is 10 lbs at 14 weeks. If you multiply that by 2, the result is 20 lbs. Add that to half his weight at 14 weeks, which is 5, and you’ll get 25 lbs.

Male and female Border Collie growth graph

a line graph showing the growth of male and female Border Collies
By gender, a male Border Collie has a standing height of 24 to 27 inches (61 to 69 cm) and withers height of 19 to 22 inches (48 to 56 cm). Males have a length of 29 to 34 inches (74 to 86 cm), and their weight is between 30 to 45 lbs (14 to 20 kg).

You’d often notice that female canines are much smaller, and it goes for all breeds.

Gold and white Border Collie going around its owner's leg

A female Border Collie has a height of 22 to 26 inches (56 to 66 cm) when standing, and the withers is between 18 to 21 inches (46 to 53 cm). Females can weigh anywhere from 27 to 42 lbs (12 to 19 kg) and have a length of 28 to 32 inches (71 to 81 cm).

There are also a lot of size calculators for puppies and dogs where you just have to provide your pet’s specific breed (just select Border Collie), age, and current size. But if you’re going to compare the size of Borders with humans, they’re mostly just above the knee.

Is your Border Collie underweight, healthy, or overweight?

Without visiting a vet, you can check if your dog’s maintaining a healthy weight, especially since each canine is unique.

Find out if your Border Collie has an ideal weight by simply looking at him from above and on his side. You’d also have to feel his pelvic bones and ribs to make sure he has a well-proportioned waist size.

Here’s a chart showing the ideal body condition of any dog, and when should you be concerned.

Chart showing the ideal body size and condition of dogs
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If you feel like your Border Collie puppy is underweight or overweight, bring him to a veterinarian to make sure there’s no underlying health issue.

For canines who are underweight without any disease that’s causing him to lose weight, you may have to give your dog parasite treatment. Other than that, feeding larger and frequent meals and switching to a different type of dog food may help.

Overweight Border Collies that don’t have any illness, which leads to gaining too much weight, initial solutions should be fewer meals, cutting out treats, and more exercise.

The size of an appropriate home for Border Collies

Borders have a background of being always on the move. With that said, very active dogs like this breed aren’t suitable for a small yard.

They’d be happier to be with an owner who can provide them a home where they can run freely. This will also avoid pent-up energy, which may lead to developing behavioral issues.

A Border Collie is recommended for families who have a ranch or farm. If not, a spacious house with a large yard would suffice.

Having a big backyard is no excuse to leave your dog outside. He should have his own crate that’s about 42 inches (107 cm). This kennel or dog crate size is enough for the height and weight of Borders and gives them extra space to stretch out.

It’s okay if your Border Collie’s size is different

We cannot emphasize enough that each and every puppy are individuals who grow or develop in different paces. Not to mention that some dogs have growth spurts.

A Border Collie standing up with its front paws on a fence
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All the information, charts, formulas, and calculator that we provided should only serve as guides to help you understand if your dog is on a healthy weight and how big they can get in the future.

Your Border Collie puppy may not have his age or size here, but it can fall anywhere between those numbers.

You don’t have to worry too much about the small variance in your Border Collie and any chart you find online. If your pet is living and eating healthy, and is happy with you and your family, that’s more than enough for your dog.

One of the most essential advice we can give you right now is to take lots of pictures and videos of your Border Collie baby growing up. There’s no better way to remember all those milestones.

Do you have a Border Collie that has a different size? Tell us more about it by commenting on the box below!

Mini Borders: What you need to know about Miniature Border Collies

a miniature Border Collie, running on the grass

Do you have a fascination for miniature and toy dogs? If yes, the Mini Border Collie may be one of those canines that you’ll add on your list.

Mini Borders may look cuter because of their little legs, but they still have that big personality of the standard-sized sheepdog. Are you planning to get your own miniature Border Collie puppy? Keep reading to find out its pros and cons.

What is a miniature Border Collie?

It’s merely a smaller version of the Border Collie – the smartest breed that is also known for its unwavering energy and athleticism.

Come to think of it, this herding dog already has a suitable conformation that is perfect for its purpose, which is herding.

It seems that these herders are not excluded from the rise of the miniaturizing fad. Currently, miniature Border Collies are not considered as an official size of the breed, and it’s not recognized by any major dog clubs.

But if you watch this video of a miniature Border Collie playing with a Chiweenie, you’ll notice that she still looks like the standard Border, but just smaller. She also has that intense stare that the breed is known for.

 

Breeding: How do you get a miniature Border Collie?

Almost all toy or small breeds that we know of were developed from medium- to large-sized dogs. They’re a product of selective breeding in order to fulfill a useful purpose or to be companions.

Did you know that the miniature or toy lapdogs were initially called as sleeve dogs? The ladies of palaces or castles wore dresses with puffy sleeves to carry their little pooch. At night, they stay with their masters by sleeping on their feet and keeping them warm.

Another example is called earth dogs or small terriers. They’re used for hunting vermins and pests to drive them out of their dens or hideaways and kill them.

There are different ways to create a mini Border Collie.

Using the dwarfism gene

tricolor Border Collie with dwarfism
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Canines who carry this gene and are bred together can produce smaller puppies. Dogs with dwarfism have shorter legs that are unproportioned to their large heads and long bodies.

Going for this method can also mean that the litter is prone to skeletal deformity, stunted growth, heart abnormalities, and obesity. These are just some of the adverse effects of using dwarfism, which can’t always guarantee a miniaturized dog.

Breeding runts repeatedly

a small newborn Border Collie puppy sleeping

Runt is a term in the canine world for the smallest pup in the litter. They’re newborn puppies who are excessively underweight. There are only two scenarios with a runt – they’ll either survive or problems will arise which may lead to death.

With this method, breeders will mate two unhealthy dogs so that they’d produce smaller puppies where their personality and physical traits will still be true to the Border Collie breed.

The downside of this option is that the puppies of the runts will be susceptible to a lot of health issues as well. Some of those ailments are respiratory problems, heart defects, weak bones, and seizures.

Mating unhealthy dogs already seem unethical, but it’s way worse when some breeders are okay with it. They don’t even care about the well-being of their breeding stock, as long as they gain profit.

Crossbreeding with a dog under the miniature or toy size range

This is considered as the most humane method of making miniature Border Collies.

Mixed breeds have a reputation that they’re healthier than their purebred parents due to hybrid vigor. The term doesn’t mean they can never get sick. It only means there is a decreased chance that they will inherit and develop genetic disorders.

The most common concern here is the unpredictability of the puppies. Breeding two different breeds don’t guarantee that the resulting litter will be 50% Border Collie and 50% of the other breed.

Crossbreeding also doesn’t always give certainty that the pups will be smaller. For now, some Border Collie mixes have a miniature parent which will give a better chance of getting a mini Border Collie.

Border Collie and Miniature Poodle mix (Mini Bordoodle)

a blue merle mini Bordoodle puppy
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If you’re looking for a small Bordoodle, there’s a mini and petite mini size.

A miniature Bordoodle has a height of 16 to 17 inches (41 to 43 cm) and a weight of 20 to 30 pounds (9 to 14 kg). Petite mini Borderdoodles are smaller and they’re only 14 to 16 inches (36 to 41 cm) tall and weighs 12 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 kg).

Border Collie and Miniature Australian Shepherd mix (Mini Border Aussie)

a black and white mini Border Aussie
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A mini Australian Shepherd has a height of 14 to 18 inches (36 to 46 cm) and a weight of 17 to 30 pounds (8 to 14 kg). Border Collies stands between 18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm) and weighs 30 to 45 pounds (14 to 20 kg). The size of the mini Border Aussie can be within that range, but won’t be as big as a standard size Border Collie.

Border Collie and Pomeranian mix (Border Pom)

a fluffy Border Collie Pomeranian mix
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The average height of a Border Pom is 12 inches (31 cm), and they can weigh anywhere between 15 to 25 pounds (7 to 11 kg).

Border Collie and Chihuahua mix (Border Chigi)

a chocolate and white Border Chigi
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With the large difference in the size of the Border Collie and the Chihuahua, their mixed-breed offspring, the Border Chigi, may have a very unpredictable size. They can stand anywhere between 6 to 22 inches (15 to 56 cm) tall, and weigh about 3 to 45 pounds (1 to 20 kg).

What does a miniature border collie look like?

Mini Borders doesn’t grow to have the same size as a standard Border Collie, which has an average height of 15 to 22 inches (38 to 56 cm) and a weight of 30 to 60 pounds (14 to 27 kg).

a tricolor miniature Border Collie sitting on a white background

No matter the size, any dog with the genes of the Border Collie would be perfect for living in the countryside or in houses with large yards. With the breed’s energy and love for running around freely, they’re not suitable for apartment living.

If the smaller version tends to look like the medium-sized Border, then they probably inherited the muscular build and the famous “eye” that they use in herding.

Borders have a coat that’s double layered and can be smooth and short, or rough and long. The Border Collie’s fur comes in a vast range of colors, patterns, and markings, but they’re commonly found in black and white.

Even if a Border’s hair is weather-resistant and is very useful with their outdoor work, they’re not hypoallergenic. They become heavy shedders when they’re shedding off their winter coat.

So you have to be prepared to do weekly brushing to keep your dog’s coat from matting. During shedding season, brush his hair daily to avoid having hair all over your house.

Miniature Border Collie’s Personality & Temperament

Miniature and toy dogs would often display the same behaviors of their parents, and the same thing goes for mini Borders. You’d still notice the extremely energetic and cheerful nature of the breed.

Remember, Border Collies are bred to be herders, and they’re exceptional at it. If they’re part of your family as a pet, watch over your little ones and other pets because your Border dog may nip and herd.

Just don’t let your fur baby get bored to avoid destructive behaviors. Even if you have a standard-sized or miniature Border Collie, it will still thrive by getting a lot of outdoor play.

Are miniature Borders also easy to train?

Absolutely! After all, the Border Collie is the most intelligent breed. Not only are they hard-working, but they also love pleasing their owners and are very willing to learn tricks and new tasks.

It’s recommended that you buy doggie toys and puzzles to keep your mini Border occupied when indoors, especially when you’re not around. It’s a great distraction to keep your pooch from boredom.

a black and white mini Border Collie puppy running through the meadow

Is the mini Border Collie a healthy dog?

Border Collies, in general, are a healthy breed. They have an average lifespan of 12-15 years. Still, there are health concerns that are associated with Borders. If they’re a mixed breed, you also have to think about the illnesses that the other parent may have.

There are other diseases that the miniature Border Collie may get (aside from the ones mentioned earlier, depending on the way they are created). One is neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis. It’s an inherited condition that affects the nervous system of canines.

The trapped neutrophil syndrome is a problem with the immune system where your pet’s body will have trouble fighting infections.

If you’re interested in crossbreeds or dogs that come in miniature, toy, or teacup sizes, whether it’s a Border Collie breed or not, do your research.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be observant of the breeder, the puppy, its parents, and its siblings. Everything will be related to the health and well-being of the pup you want to take home with you.

Where to buy a miniature Border Collie puppy

a tricolor mini Border Collie puppy resting

Always learn what method was used in getting the dog or breed you specifically want. Unfortunately, whichever way a breeder opted for, it will still have certain drawbacks.

If possible, ask to visit the kennel or the home where the puppies live.

Reputable breeders would proactively tell you about their breeding stock and litters that are available. They’d also show screenings and other medical records of the dogs.

The average price of a Border Collie puppy is about $600. Depending on factors like the breeder, location, pedigree, and how rare it is, the cost can go up to $4,500.

Miniature Border Collie breeders

There are a lot of Border Collie puppies for sale online. But there aren’t a lot of breeders who focus on mini Borders.

To help you start looking for a miniature Border Collie puppy, check out Windwalker Ranch, which is located in Grande Ronde Valley, Oregon. Aside from that, Nightshades Border Collies (Douglass, Kansas) and Rising Sun Farm (Stacy, Minnesota) have the standard size of this breed.

Miniature Border Collie rescue/adoption

If you’re willing to adopt, talk to your local shelter and inform them of the kind of pet you’re looking for.

There are a lot of miniature Border Collies and mixes that end up in dog pounds or shelters.

Take a look at these websites and give one of these canines another chance in life and love:

Should you get a miniature Border Collie?

Unlike other dog breeds whose smaller size was needed for a specific task, the Border Collie’s conformation is appropriate for their herding duties. With all the fad for miniature and toy dogs, there will be breeders who would always try to give what the public demands in exchange for money.

a girl showing affection to her Border Collie dog

On the other hand, responsible breeders will try their best to keep the established breed standard or make it better.

Border Collies, miniature or not, are highly energetic, intelligent, and hard-working. They’re not suitable for those owners who are looking for a couch potato buddy and doesn’t have time for their pet.

A clever dog will need to exercise their mind and body to keep destructive behaviors at bay.

If you live an active lifestyle and you love the outdoors, and you can provide a spacious home with a securely fenced yard, then go for a Border Collie.

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Facts you need to know about the Border Collie Golden Retriever mix

A Golden Retriever and a Border Collie wrapped in a blanket together

Known as Golden Border Retriever, Golden Border Collie, or Coltriever, this crossbreed is a mix of two widely popular dogs – the Border Collie and the Golden Retriever.

Both working breeds may do different tasks, but combining them makes an intelligent, loving, obedient, and agile offspring.

If you’re interested in this designer canine, let’s break down what they’re really like.

Origin: The parents of the Golden Border Retriever

As with all hybrids, it’s vital to learn the physical traits and personalities of the parent breeds.

Getting to know the Border Collie and Golden Retriever will already give a hint of what your Coltriever would be like in terms of looks and behavior.

The highly intelligent and active Border Collie

Borders are the result of combining the Romans’ stout herding canines with the Vikings’ Spitz-type herders. Through generations, this sheepdog (which is the definition of the term Collie in Scottish) became popular.

A young, black and white Border Collie

Nowadays, Border Collies are touted as the smartest and the most excellent herding dog.

They have a height of 18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm) and a weight of 30 to 45 pounds (14 to 20 kg), where the females are a tad smaller.

They have a double-layer coat that’s either short and smooth or a medium-length fur that’s rough. Not only are Border Collies’ smart and hard workers, but they also come in a wide range of colors and markings. Black and white are the most common combination seen in the breed, though.

As a herding canine, sheep won’t stand a chance with the Border’s intense gaze called “the eye” that is matched with their crouching stalk and bursts of speed. They’re sensitive and responsive to their owner or handler’s every move.

Border Collies aren’t the type of pooch that would spend their day snuggling with their human on the couch. They have high energy levels that would require lots of physical and mental stimulation.

The popular and affectionate Golden Retriever

A lord named Dudley Marjorbanks of the Scottish Highlands wanted to create a gundog that can adjust well to rugged grounds and rainy climates. He started crossing the extinct Tweed Water Spaniel with his very own Yellow Retriever. After long years of breeding, he finally got the hardworking and smart Golden Retriever.

A Golden Retriever standing on the grass

Though it has been recognized by the AKC or American Kennel Club around 1925, Golden Retrievers hit their popularity in the 1970s.

Goldens are beautiful, large dogs that can stand between 21 to 24 inches (53 to 6 cm) and can weigh up to 75 pounds (34 kg).

Just like Border Collies, Golden Retrievers have a double-layered coat that’s dense and water-repellant. They can either have wavy or straight hair, and feathering on their chest, underbody, legs, and tail.

Their color isn’t just one particular shade of gold. It can be light or dark gold, and some have a paler shade that gives a cream hue.

Goldens are bright and are often used in different kinds of jobs, such as search and rescue missions. They’re also amazing at providing assistance as therapy dogs, as well as in fieldwork like hunting.

There’s a reason why Golden Retrievers are popular with families, just like Labradors and Flat-coated Retrievers. They’re very loving and loyal dogs that they naturally bond with humans and other pets.

During their transition from puppyhood to adolescence, they’re quite famous for being rambunctious furballs.

What does a Border Collie Golden Retriever mix look like?

The Golden Border Collie will either inherit features from both its parents or more on one parent.

A Golden Retriever & Border Collie cross often has a long face with hanging ears, almond-shaped eyes, and an elongated snout.

Border Collie Golden Retriever mix on a white background
Since both of the parent breeds have a fairly dense, double-layered coat, so will this hybrid. Some may get the rough and corded fur of the Border Collie, while others get the wavy and silky look of the Golden Retriever.

The colors of the Border Golden Retriever can vary from black, black and white, yellow or golden, light or dark brown, chocolate, and red. Most of them have markings on their face and chest.

If you’re concerned about shedding, this crossbreed is not hypoallergenic. Both the Borders and Goldens range from moderate to heavy shedders, so expect the Coltriever to do so as well.

How big do Border Collie-Golden Retriever mixes get?

When full-grown, this mixed breed can weigh 45 to 75 pounds (20 to 34 kg), with a height of 24 to 25 inches (61 to 64 cm).

One of the things you’ll love about this dog is that, even though they are large, sturdy canines, they don’t mainly require a huge home.

Most of the time, it’s better if a dog owner has an enclosed yard where their pet can run freely to avoid pent-up energy. With Coltrievers, they’re okay living in an apartment as long as you can make sure that you can provide their daily exercise needs.

Border Collie Golden Retriever mix traits and temperament

There’s a lot of similarities between the parent breeds of the Golden Border Collie hybrid.

With the easy-going, happy, and kind personality of the Golden Retriever, and the eager to please, hardworking, and intelligent Border Collie, this crossbreed seems to be quite a perfect canine.

Here’s a quick video of Ziggy, a Border Collie-Golden Retriever mix who’s enjoying a pumpkin at playtime.

 

Are Border Collie Golden Retrievers good family dogs?

Absolutely! If you’re looking for a family companion, the Coltriever has a sweet disposition. They’re also friendly, loyal, and playful that they’d get along with kids and other pets you may already have at home.

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Since they love being with their humans, it’s important to note that this designer dog is prone to separation anxiety. They quickly become anxious and bored, which means they’re not suitable in a house where they’d be left alone for more than 6 hours.

Border Golden Retrievers may not be an excellent guard dog or watchdog, but you can rely on them to be top-notch alarms! Being attentive and cautious of their surroundings means they’ll do great at alerting you when there’s a stranger around.

If you keep a pretty garden, it may be an issue because this pooch loves digging and getting dirty in the mud.

It’s best to be prepared whenever you’re with her in the doggy park or taking a walk. Once she sees a muddy area, distract her away from it.

Is the Golden Retriever Border Collie mix easy to train?

a close-up photo of a Golden Retriever Border Collie mix

This crossbreed is very trainable as it inherited the intelligence of the Border Collie and Golden Retriever. Aside from being easy-going and obedient, it’s also a people pleaser.

You can start training from puppyhood to help avoid behavioral issues from developing, too.

Agile dogs will do excellent at agility rings, but with this mixed breed, they can do so much more!

Their high energy levels would require them to be active as much as they can. As a pet, a lot of walking, running, hiking, and swimming would be great.

For mental stimulation, there are a lot of puzzle toys where you can hide treats, and the dog has to figure out how to get it.

Kick it up a notch because the Golden Border Retriever is considered as a sporting and working dog, too. They can be trained and used for herding, retrieving, and other canine sports.

Taking care of a Golden Border Collie

When it comes to grooming, Golden Borders are relatively high-maintenance. If this is your first time owning a dog and you’re not okay with taking care of your pet’s hair most of the time, then this is not the right breed for you.

This designer pooch has a coat that helps it adjust in all weather conditions. Bathing should only be done once or twice a month, or when necessary, to avoid drying out her skin. Weekly brushing is needed to keep her hair from taking over your house.

Avoid ear infections by cleaning your Coltriever’s ears once a week, and don’t forget to brush her teeth once a day or every other day.

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The Border Golden Retriever’s diet and exercise

Each dog’s food intake and nutritional requirements would vary from one another. It should depend on factors such as their size, age, daily activities, and their current health condition.

Most of the time, it’s best to rely on calories when figuring how much to feed your pet. A Border Collie would generally require 700 to 1,000 calories a day, while a Golden Retriever needs 989 to 1,272 calories. For their mixed-breed offspring, it can be anywhere between those numbers.

For puppies, their meals should be divided into three, then deducted to two once they’re past six months of age.

Whether you decide to feed your Border Collie & Golden Retriever mix dry kibbles or wet food, never disregard the suggested amount of servings in the pack or can. There are also dog foods that are best for working or sporting dogs.

The Coltriever requires at least 90 minutes of exercise a day. With their high activity level, you can give your fur baby up to 180 minutes, if your time and energy allow it.

A technique you can do is start slow, then increase the time of exercise gradually as you go.

Health problems the Golden Retriever and Border Collie cross may inherit

No matter if the dog is pure or a crossbreed, all canines are susceptible to particular ailments.

The breed parents may pass health conditions to their litter, especially the illnesses that they both have. Keep in mind that this won’t always happen, and this designer dog is generally healthy.

For Border Collie parents, they should be screened for Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Collie Eye Anomaly, deafness, and epilepsy.

Golden Retrievers are prone to heart problems like subvalvular aortic stenosis, eye conditions such as pigmentary uveitis, as well as cancer. They should get ophthalmologic and cardiac exams before they’re used for breeding.

Other diseases that the Border Collie and Golden Retriever mix may have are allergies, bloating, and elbow and hip dysplasia.

With proper care combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle, your Golden Border Retriever can enjoy their average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Where to get Border Collie Golden Retriever mix puppies

The Golden Retriever Border Collie mix is popular among designer breeds.

Expect to pay an average cost of $300 to $800 for a puppy. But depending on the breeder, the price can go up to $1,500.

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Border Collie Golden Retriever mix breeders

Reputable breeders test their dogs used in breeding for genetic conditions that are common in each breed.

They are going to provide medical certificates as proof that the Border Collie and Golden Retriever parents are free of ailments before breeding. They’ll also encourage you to have a vet see your puppy before going home to ensure that they’re committed to their dog’s health.

It’s recommended that you get to see the doggy family and their environment before making a deal. Get the chance to observe if the puppies were born and raised in a clean place.

To help you start your search for a Coltriever, you can check out these websites:

Border Collie Golden Retriever mix rescue and adoption

If you already think that you and your home are open for this crossbreed, it’s a fantastic idea to adopt. Not only is adopting a puppy or an adult dog cheaper, but you’d also be saving a life and giving a fur angel another chance to be part of a family.

For now, there’s no specific website that focuses on rescuing this particular mix only, but there are Golden Retriever mixes, and Border Collie mixes on these websites:

Would the Border Collie Golden Retriever mix be suitable for you?

a Golden Border Collie adult enjoying the fall season
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The Coltriever is a gorgeous dog that is intelligent like the Border Collie and lovingly playful like the Golden Retriever.

One of the most important things that you should worry about if you’re interested in a Golden Border Retriever is time.

Border Collie & Golden Retriever crosses require a lot of time from their owners. You have to be able to provide the mental and physical stimulation she needs. Bond with her so that she doesn’t get bored, and she can’t be left alone as this dog is prone to getting separation anxiety.

But if you’re looking for an active canine buddy to join your active lifestyle, and you or someone else is home with the dog every day, then this hybrid is a good match.

Do you have what it takes to own a Border Collie Golden Retriever mix? Tell us what you think about this designer dog by typing it in the comment box below.

Is the blue merle Border Collie right for you?

Cute Blue Merle Border Collie puppy on the beach, looking at the camera

The Border Collie breed is one-of-a-kind. Throw in a mesmerizing color pattern on an incredibly intelligent and hardworking canine, and the combination is simply remarkable!

If you’re interested in getting this dog in a rare merle coat, we’re here to help you understand facts on whether a blue merle Border Collie is different from Borders with traditional colors.

The origin of the blue merle Border Collie

It’s important to clarify that merle is a pattern, not a color. It was recognized and termed as merle in the early 2000s, but it has been visible in different dog breeds for years.

Depending on the breed, merle is also called dapple. Other dogs that get this color pattern as well are Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds, Great Danes, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, and Dachshunds.

The merle pattern appears as irregular, dark-colored patches, smudges, or streaks over a diluted or lighter shade of the base coat hue.

Border Collies have an extensive range of color combinations. They appear in blue, blue merle, blue and white, red, red merle, red and white, black and white, saddleback sable, sable merle, and many more! With that said, the merle pattern is the least common, which means they are quite rare.

Two blue merle Border Collies with their left paw raised
Blue Merle Border Collie breeding & genetics

Genetics can be tricky and complicated, but to simply put it, a dog’s coat color is a result of two base colors – a dominant and a recessive gene that it will inherit from its parents.

For breeders to get a blue merle Border Collie, one of its parents should be carrying the merle gene. What it does is take a dominant color (like black) and dilutes it to make that grayish or bluish shade with swirly and splotchy streaks or lines.

Having a blue merle Border Collie parent doesn’t guarantee a puppy with the same color pattern. There’s a possibility to get one pup with a merle coat in a whole litter.

Aside from the merle allele/gene and non-merle allele, there’s a third variant called cryptic merle. It’s also referred to as a ghost or phantom merle that appears as black or liver, with only a few areas of merle.

Even if these dogs look pretty, proper and ethical breeding should be followed carefully.

What does a blue merle Border Collie look like?

Blue Merle Border Collie adult standing with a white background

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breed standard description for the Border Collie is that they are “a well-balanced dog of athletic appearance, displaying style and agility in equal measure with soundness and strength.”

So aside from having a merle coat color pattern, they look like every other purebred Border Collie. They have short ears that can fold forward or stand erect. They still come in two coat types, smooth and rough, and they’re still not hypoallergenic.

The Border Collie’s size can vary a little, with females being a bit smaller. On average, they stand 18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm) tall and a weight that can range between 30 to 45 pounds (14 to 20 kg).

Although they’re not large dogs, they aren’t suited for apartments. It’s best if they get to live on a farm or ranch where they can herd livestock and help with work. If not, a home with a securely fenced, spacious yard would work.

Aside from the shade of the Border Collie’s coat, there’s another physical feature that the merle gene can affect.

Do Merle Border Collies have blue eyes?

close-up photo of a blue merle Border Collie with merle eye
Yes, because not only does the merle gene give brighter coats, but also lighter-colored eyes.

A blue merle Border Collie can have faded amber, light green, or pale blue eyes partnered with their intense gaze. Others simply consider it as brown or blue. Some of these merles have mismatching eyes or heterochromia, where one eye is brown, and the other is blue.

Just when you thought there are so many color patterns for Border Collies, it seems to have endless variations! There are saddle-patterned blue merles with unique eyes. They have one blue eye, and the other is a merle eye (part brown, part blue).

Temperament and Characteristics of blue merle Border Collies

Little girl hugging a blue merle Border Collie puppy

As we mentioned earlier, all purebred Border Collies are alike. Though there are specific health problems related to the merle gene, there’s no proof that a dog’s personality correlates with the color of its coat.

Blue merle Border Collies, as well as other Borders with different coat colors and patterns, have the same traits that this breed is known for. They are all highly intelligent, agile, athletic, energetic, eager to please, and a great family companion.

No matter the color of their fur, a Border Collie will still be exceptional when it comes to herding. After all, that’s what they’re bred to do, and it’s in their nature.

Training a blue merle Border Collie

Speaking of herding, always supervise whenever your Border Collie is around little children and other pets. Whether you use him as a working or family dog, they all are prone to their instinct to herd and nip.

Don’t judge the breed so quickly, though. This dog loves their humans and other family members, but they need to be properly socialized and trained to grow as well-behaved dogs.

Introduce your blue merle Border to different people, places, noises, and smells. And since they are little happy helpers, you can train him to do some chores.

Watch Indie help around the house. This proves that whether it’s a blue merle Border Collie or one with a different color, marking, or pattern, they’re a brilliant breed that can learn all kinds of skills and talents you teach them.

 

How to take care of a blue merle Border Collie?

Groom your blue merle as you would any other Border Collie. Their double-layered coat is beneficial for protecting this breed from hot and cold weather, but they still shed, especially when they’re shedding that winter coat.

A Border’s fur needs to be brushed twice a week and daily during the shedding season. Since blue merles have light-colored parts of their hair, they may be prone to tear or dirt stains. You can bathe your dog once every three months or if necessary.

Clean ears weekly with a cloth or cotton to avoid wax and debris buildup, and to remove excess moisture. Keep your pet’s nails from splitting or cracking by trimming it every two to three weeks.

Diet and exercise for blue merle Border Collies

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You should be feeding your Border with the amount that is specific to his size, age, and activity level.

This breed may be a medium-sized dog, but they require higher calories to support their high energy levels.

If your Border Collie maintains an active lifestyle, such as getting to play a lot aside from their daily exercise and even join canine sports, he would need 900 to 1,000 calories a day. If he’s a working or herding dog, about 1,400 calories a day would be sufficient.

For exercise, at least an hour every day should be spent on walking, jogging, hiking, or any other type of exercise or training. It will keep his temperament and health in check!

A blue merle Border Collie’s health/genetic problems

Not only is the merle pattern gene complicated, but it’s also associated with potential health concerns.

All dogs that are bred and cared for properly are generally healthy, but they can still be susceptible to genetic health problems. Some of the illnesses that are common in Borders are epilepsy, hip dysplasia, Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).

If you decide to get a blue merle Border Collie, it may get other ailments that are related to their coat color.

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Have you ever heard of the term “lethal white”? It refers to dogs who have a double merle genotype. Both parental breeds who carry the merle gene have a 25% chance to produce a double merle Border Collie puppy. On average, that’s a quarter of the litter.

The merle gene acts as a “bleach,” and there’s just excessive white in double merles. They often have the white on their heads and ears, where auricular and visual defects may take place.

The American Border Collie Association indicated that inherited or congenital deafness has a lot of causes. But those with merle, piebald, and roan coats, blue eyes, or a white head has a noticeably higher risk for hearing problems.

We can prevent passing the double merle gene by promptly neutering or spaying those dogs who have the color pattern.

On average, a Border Collie’s lifespan is 12 years. Overall, it can be anywhere from 10 to 14 years. Others exceed their life expectancy and reach 17 years!

For merles who are blind or deaf, they just need to get used to their situation and some extra care, but they’re also the same loving breed.

Here’s a short video showing that even if they are visually impaired or have hearing problems, they’re still very smart.

 

What’s the cost of a blue merle Border Collie?

Blue merle Borders are considered rare, but aside from that, some factors may contribute to its value, such as the breeder’s location and the dog’s pedigree.

A close-up photo of a blue merle Border Collie puppy

The average price for Border Collies is around $600, but it’s best to prepare a budget for buying a blue merle Border Collie puppy as the cost can go up to $4,500.

Be very careful, though. Aside from checking medical records of the Border Collie parents and the litter, as well as visiting their environment to observe, you have to be extra cautious.

Some breeders may grab the opportunity to overcharge for blue merle Border Collie puppies just because they are rare. It may be a genetic difference, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay more when buying or adopting this breed in this particular color and pattern.

Blue merle Border Collie breeders

When purchasing a blue merle Border Collie, only responsible breeders have their dogs and litters tested or screened. They’d proactively provide health certificates before letting you pick and take home a puppy.

Generally, getting a Border Collie breed should include hip scores and evaluation tests from an ophthalmologist.

If you’re ready to start your search, here are some websites of breeders that sell blue merle Border Collie puppies and other colors of the breed:

Blue merle Border Collie rescue and adoption

One of the noblest things you can do to save another dog’s life is by adopting. A lot of purebred and Border Collie mixes are still waiting for their fur-ever home and family. After all, rescuing this breed would only cost about $300, which also saves you a lot of money.

If you don’t feel confident because you’re unsure of the dog’s health, you can have it screened or tested by a veterinarian.

Give a hardworking Border Collie a second chance to experience the love of your family, whether it’s a blue merle, a purebred, a crossbreed, a puppy, or an adult:

You can also filter out your search on sites like Petfinder.

Other types of merle Border Collies

You can never have enough color combinations found in the Border Collie breed. Blue merle is one of the common merle patterns, but to show you how gorgeous this they are in different looks, here are other merles that you might fall in love with.

Red Merle Border Collie

an adult red merle Border Collie with a merle eye

Just like blue merle Border Collies, red merles are canines with the gene pattern that breaks up the brown base color.

Lilac Merle Border Collie

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Borders with this shade have diluted chocolate and blue base, which makes them look gray or silver. But instead of having black patches or streaks, they’re splotches.

Slate Merle Border Collie

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Slate merles have the coat colors white, black, and blue diluted. They’re more evident as they are way lighter than blue merles.

Sable Merle Border Collie

a cute sable merle Border Collie with a colorful leash sitting on a walk path
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This shade is a combination of a sable Border Collie with another that has the merle gene. It can either appear dark brown with an orange or pinkish cast on the coat, giving a rusty blue merle look.

Harlequin Merle Border Collie

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Harlequin Borders have one parent with any merle, and the other is a non-merle. Their coat is white with gray, black, or brown spots on their head, body, and/or tail. Sometimes, they can have a tricolor or tan spots on their faces and legs.

Should you get a blue merle Border Collie?

Border Collies, whether it’s a blue merle or not, are beautiful dogs inside and out. We should always do our part in learning about the breed’s history and their needs, instead of judging them by their looks and color.

Blue merle Border Collies are just like any other Border Collie. Before you buy this canine with this color pattern, keep in mind that they’re susceptible to eye problems and congenital deafness. Aside from that, they’re generally healthy.

a blue merle Border Collie standing in the middle of its owner's legs

Borders also make excellent family dogs as they get along well with children and other pets. But it’s in their nature to herd and nip, so be sure to be there when they’re around the kids.

Being intelligent and energetic, they easily get bored and require more than an hour of exercise a day.

If you’re the kind of owner who has a lot of space for a Border Collie to run around, loves being active, and time to bond with the dog by teaching him tricks, then it’s the right companion for you.

Do you currently have dogs that join canine sports, this is one breed that would excel in agility rings, obedience, flyball, and more!

What do you think about the blue merle Border Collie? Do you already have this pooch? Let us know in the comments below.

Blue Heeler Border Collie mix: What you need to know

Blue Heeler Border Collie mix outside, hiking

Also known as the Border Heeler, this designer breed has the intelligence and energy of the Border Collie and the Blue Heeler.

Even if it’s not a well-known crossbreed, Border Heelers are uniquely fierce. Let’s learn all the facts about its looks, personality, and health to figure out if this hybrid is right for you.

History of the Blue Heeler Border Collie mix

Learning every aspect of a mixed breed is done by getting to know their parent breeds.

As we mentioned, there’s not a lot of information about the Border Collie-Blue Heeler cross, but its purebred parents are very popular.

Getting an overview of their background and what they’re like gives us an idea of the potential conformation and temperament a Border Heeler may have.

The Blue Heeler (AKA the Australian Cattle Dog/ACD)

Blue Heelers actually have a lot of names. Others call them Australian Heelers, Australian Cattledogs, Hall’s Heelers, Australischer Treibhund, and Queensland Heelers.

Australian Cattle Dog AKA Blue Heeler on a white background

The term “heeler” refers to its cattle-herding ability. In fact, this breed had a significant impact on the development of the beef industry of Australia.

The original cattle dogs are known as Smithfields, and they were able to adjust and thrive to the weather conditions in Australia. They are a cross of the British dogs that were sent during the 1800s and the feral Aussie Dingoes.

ACD’s are bred, not only for the herding abilities but for their endurance and toughness as well.

By 1980, the Blue Heeler joined the American Kennel Club. Now, they’re the 3rd most popular dog breed in Australia.

Queensland Heelers are sturdy, agile, and muscular. They have a height of 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51 cm) and a weight of 35 to 50 pounds (16 to 23 kg).

They have smooth, short, and dense double coats that features mottling with patches of two solid colors in a darker shade – red and blue. Aside from the mottled pattern, they can have a speckled hair.

The origin of the Border Collie

Border Collies originated from the Scottish borders. They are a cross between herding canines of the Old Romans and the Viking Spitz dogs.

a black and white adult Border Collie on a white background

But nowadays, if you trace a Borders ancestry, they’ll likely be a descendant of Old Hemp. He’s a particularly smart and talented Border Collie that possibly made this breed further excel at their sheep-herding task.

They also excel and dominate different canine competitions like in agility and sheepdog trials. Today, Border Collies have been getting the number one spot as the smartest dog breed.

This purebred has a stocky but elegant build that stands 18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm) tall and weighs 30 to 55 pounds (14 to 25 kg).

You’d often find them in black and white, with a coat that can either be long and rough or short and smooth. But there’s a vast range of Border Collie colors, which makes them even more stunning.

Both Borders and Heelers are fantastic at what they’re bred to do – herding livestock. But before we discuss the traits they’d pass on to their crossbreed offspring, let’s start with the looks of the Border Collie & Australian Cattle Dog mix.

Physical characteristics of the Border Heeler

The appearance of designer dogs will vary widely as two different breeds are combined. It means that the Border Collie Heeler can inherit the looks of both purebred parents or tend to favor just one.

With parents who have a sturdy, athletic, and compact body, expect the same for the Queensland Heeler-Border Collie mix but a bit taller.

A full-grown Border Heeler’s height is about 18 to 23 inches (46 to 58 cm) and has a weight of 30 to 45 pounds (14 to 20 kg). As with all canines, females are a tad smaller compared to males.

The Border Collie Heeler cross may be on the medium-size range for dogs, but herding or working breeds are involved in their genes. That means, their activity level should be included when thinking of which type of home they’re suited for. Apartments are definitely NOT an option.

This hybrid will thrive in a house with a fenced yard, better yet, a farm or a ranch. They will be happy to have plenty of space to run around and exercise on their own.

Watch this video of a Border Heeler having so much fun outdoors!

Queensland Heeler Border Collie mix’s coat and color

The Australian Cattledog & Border cross has a short- or medium-length double-layer coat. They also have different markings and colors, but they generally are black with speckled white in some areas. Another common combination is mottled red. Other colors are merle, blue and red speckled, and tri-color.

Their undercoat is more visible due to the white, giving them the characteristic of a blue or red look.

Border Heelers are not hypoallergenic and are moderate shedders. Reduce the natural shedding by brushing its hair once or twice a week.

The Blue Heeler and Border Collie mix’s personality and temperament

The looks and color of this designer breed may vary, but the Border Collie and ACD have similar personalities. They’re both smart, energetic, alert, and keen.

One thing’s for sure, keeping the Border Collie Blue Heeler happy as a pet would require time with you.

Is the Border Collie Blue Heeler mix a good family dog?

With or without kids, the Queensland Heeler & Border Collie cross is an ideal companion for active families. Then again, consider what type of dogs its purebred parents are. Borders have high energy levels, while Blue Heelers are a tad calmer but has a protective nature.

Don’t disregard herding tendencies as well. They may do well with children and other pets, but be sure to supervise when your mixed breed pooch is around them as she may nip or herd.

If you concerned with barking, know that this is a sensitive dog. So you can expect occasional to frequent barks.

You also have to make sure that your home is secure because they may have a hunting drive that will cause them to roam and wander. Unwanted behavioral issues can easily be dealt with by interacting with your dog.

Always get your pet involved with you and your family’s activities in and out of the house, such as bringing her with you when doing errands. Outdoor activities like swimming in a lake or the beach, as well as joining canine sports, are great ideas, too!

Are Border Collie Cattle dogs easy to train?

Yes, they are smart and trainable. Not only are they quick when it comes to running, but also learning.

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The Australian Cattle Dog Border Collie mixed breed is clever and is eager to please. The challenge to you is that they easily get bored and are stubborn.

If you want to be an owner of this designer breed, you have to come up with different ways for mental and physical stimulation. You have to be gentle while being consistent and firm with rules.

You always have to start with socialization and training during puppyhood, but more so with highly intelligent breeds. Especially since the Border Blue Heeler can be wary of strangers.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re not that experienced with witty, working dogs. Enroll your little fur baby in puppy kindergarten or hire a professional trainer. If you choose to train your pup on your own, don’t think that you’re pushing her too soon. This breed is definitely up for a challenge.

With that said, be smart with the kind of training you give your puppy. By two years of age, a canine’s skeleton is fully developed. Before that, don’t attempt to be excessive with the activities.

Taking care of your Border Collie-Heeler dog

Depending on what type of coat your Border Heeler has, then grooming can range from low to moderate.

Baths should only be given when necessary. Doing it too often will strip the oil from its fur, which helps with the weather-resistant feature of their hair. Do a weekly check of your dog’s eyes and ears to ensure there are no infections or any ailments developing.

Diet and exercise suited for the Queensland Heeler-Border mix

Fuel the seemingly endless energy of your designer pooch with a food that is packed with nutrients. The ingredients and amount to feed her should be based on her size, age, and overall daily activity. It can also depend on the health conditions your dog may have.

It’s up to you what type of diet you should feed your Border Heeler. But dry kibbles are a great source of meat protein. In general, Blue Heelers require about 20 to 35 calories per pound of their weight, while Borders need 30 to 35 calories a day.

Know that treats are included in your pet’s daily diet. Choose snacks that are low in carbohydrates and fats. Aside from being yummy, they should also give a boost of strength.

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Keep your Border & ACD mix in shape by providing an hour or two of exercise every day. Go for a run, walks, play a game of fetch, let her catch a frisbee, anything under the sun! With a dense, weather-resistant coat, they’d even enjoy playing or working in the cold or the rain.

Blue Heeler Border Collie mix health problems

Genetics and breeding play a huge role in any canine’s health.

For this crossbreed, it’s essential to be aware of the ailments that are associated with Borders and Heelers. They are generally healthy, but they can still suffer from illnesses that can be passed on to their offspring.

Let’s break down what health concerns the purebred parents are susceptible to.

The Blue Heeler and Border Collie, like many dogs within the medium- to the large-sized range, are prone to elbow and hip dysplasia. They also share eye problems like Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), as well as congenital deafness.

But Borders also suffer from severe neurological problems such as epilepsy and the Border Collie collapse.

Make sure that the parents of the Border Colli-Queensland Heeler hybrid got cleared from health exams such as DNA tests, BAER testing (for deafness), ophthalmologist, and hip and elbow evaluations.

Following a healthy diet and lifestyle, you can expect your Blue Heeler Border Collie mix to have a lifespan of 13 to 17 years.

Looking for Blue Heeler Border Collie puppies for sale

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No matter how cute those pups look like in pet stores, avoid buying from them as most of those dogs came from puppy mills and probably have chronic diseases.

Other than seeing medical records of the parent breeds and the litter, a responsible breeder would welcome visits from potential buyers. They’d encourage you to see the environment they live in and to meet the doggo family.

For the cost of a Border Heeler puppy, expect to pay a price of $500 to $800 on average.

The amount you’d have to pay would depend on a lot of factors such as the breeder’s location and the lineage of the purebred parents.

Blue Heeler Border Collie mix breeders and rescues

There’s nothing better than rescuing or adopting a puppy or an adult dog. A lot of canines, especially mixed breeds, get left at shelters for different reasons. But you still can give one or more of these fur angels a chance to be part of a family and feel loved.

Start by signing up with your local animal shelters. Inform them that you’re looking for a Border Collie and Australian Cattle Dog mix and to reach you if there’s one available for adoption.

You can visit breed-specific websites and contact them if they have a Border Heeler.

In the US, the BCSA or Border Collie Society of America has a list of rescue groups by state. Check out the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association site or the Come Bye Border Collie Rescue.

Online marketplaces such as Greenfield Puppies have Blue Heeler mixes and Border Collie mixes for sale.

The Pros and Cons of the Blue Heeler Border Collie mix

While there are no guarantees of what the conformation and temperament your Border Heeler may get, you can always refer to what the parental breeds are like to get an idea of how they’d possibly turn out.

Border Heeler with collar spending time outdoors
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From that, we learned that the Australian Heeler & Border Collie cross is a loyal and obedient companion. Whether you are looking for a housemate, a hunting buddy, or a family pet, this designer dog has the potential to make the perfect fit.

If you’re often away for work or a couch potato looking for a lap dog, this is not the dog for you.

They’re highly active and will really enjoy a lot of off-leash time. If your home is spacious and safely secured, the Border Queensland Heeler will love living with you.

Active owners will find this mixed breed as a great companion in the great outdoors. Even if you don’t have livestock for this canine to herd, there are herding trials and canine sports that your dog can join.

No matter what, avoid letting a Border Collie and Australian Heeler hybrid from getting bored to keep them from doing anything destructive. They can become obsessive, protective, and stubborn, but it’s something that interaction and training can fix.

Are you the right match for the Blue Heeler Border Collie mix? Share your thoughts and questions about this cutie by commenting below.

Facts you need to know about the Border Collie colors and markings

4 Border Collie adults with different coat colors on a black background

Aside from being the smartest dog breed, Border Collies are work-driven and has good conformation. They also come in a variety of colors that are all stunning!

Borders are recommended for owners who love being active and spending time outdoors. Whether you want to get a puppy or plan on breeding them, it’s best to learn about their hair colors as well.

The Border Collie’s fur color, markings, and pattern

A Borders’ coat is double-layered but comes in two types. The first one is smooth and short, while the rough coat is medium in length and has feathering.

Perfect for their herding job and their love for the outside world, the Border Collie’s hair is weather-resistant, too. The downside is, they’re not hypoallergenic, but they only need to be groomed moderately.

The Border Collie Society of America (BCSA) and American Kennel Club (AKC)’s breed standard for this canine recognizes all the Borders’ colors and the mixture of shades, patterns, and markings.

It’s rare for the Border Collie to have one solid color, but they usually are bicolor, tricolor, sable, with merle, tickled, or in speckled patterns. Some of this breed also comes in seal, slate, and gold.

Here’s a video that serves like a slideshow of different Border Collie colors, patterns, and markings.

The most common Border Collie colors

We mentioned that Border Collies come in different colors, but some of them are uncommon.

So if you’re on the hunt for a good-looking Border (meaning this breed with a color you like), these options are often available.

Black & White Border Collie

a black and white Border Collie outdoors, sitting on a pavement
Whenever this breed is mentioned, a lot of people would picture them with two colors – black and white.

It’s technically the signature look of the Border Collie. Their body is mostly black with white markings on their face and underside. Some have their whole head covered in black fur while from the collar to the tail, it’s black and white.

Black is a dominant gene that makes it a standard for this dog.

Chocolate & White Border Collie

Border Collie with brown and white-colored coat on a white background
Another common color combination is brown and white, but others simply call it brown. It looks like the pattern of black and white Borders, but the shade can range from light to dark brown. The white is usually found at the collar and chest area, as well as the bottom.

Those Border Collies who have this bicolor have unique eyes. They’d either be light to medium brown, golden yellow, or green.

To get a brown Border Collie, its parents should both have a chocolate gene.

Blue & White Border Collie

A blue and white Border Collie puppy laying on the corner
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When we say “blue” in dogs, it doesn’t mean the solid color. It’s the term used to call the recessive dilute gene. This happens when the black color gets diluted that it makes a shade of slate, blue-ish, or a grayish undertone.

You may want to avoid going for a blue and white Border as they are susceptible to a condition called color dilution alopecia. All dog breeds that may have a blue coat can get this illness, which will lead to skin problems.

Red Border Collie

Border Collie with red and white-colored coat in a meadow
Also called as Australian/Aussie red, gold, yellow, liver, or tan, this shade isn’t that popular. Although it’s rare, this Border Collie color is recognized in the US.

The red color is a recessive gene, and Borders, who have this color, have parents who also have the same hue.

Another variation of this color is red merle.

Blue Merle Border Collie

a blue merle Border Collie with heterochromia
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Keep in mind that “merle” isn’t a color but a pattern that’s commonly associated with blue or red coats.

A dominant modifying gene causes the merle effect where a dog will have patches of pigmentation all over their body. For blue merles, their base coat color has a grayish or white base with blue-ish or black spots and patches.

The gene that causes the merle pattern doesn’t just affect the Border’s hair, but also their eyes and nose.

Blue merle Border Collies have bright-colored eyes, like blue. Don’t be surprised if your dog has different-colored eyes, also known as heterochromia, which is common in merles (another term for it is merle eyes). They also tend to have a pink nose.

They may be highly-sought-after and looks stunning, but the merle gene comes with a price – ailments such as blindness, deafness, and overall poor health.

Red Merle Border Collie

a red merle Border Collie puppy on a white background
Similar to blue merles, red merle Borders have the red and white color as a base and the pattern that breaks up the color.

Some Borders would be mostly white with red, brown, or cinnamon patches all over their bodies. They also have a liver-colored nose.

Slate Merle Border Collie

a slate merle Border Collie puppy in a push cart
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The slate shade is more striking as the white, black, or blue coat color is diluted. Border Collies who have this coat has one parent who’s a merle, and the other has two recessive dilute genes.

Slate merles are becoming popular, but it’s not an official color of the Border Collie as per the AKC.

Black Tri-Color Border Collie

a black tricolor Border Collie on a white background
Tri-colors are quite common in this breed. They’re so beautiful on Borders that it’s their 2nd most popular coat variation.

It would usually consist of solid colors like red, blue, black, chocolate, then paired with white and tan markings. Others would even have three colors with a merle pattern.

Markings are commonly found on their eyebrows, cheeks, chest, legs, and bottom area.

For black tri-color Borders, they often have a black and white coat with tan markings. But then again, others can have different markings or patterns.

Blue Tri-Color Border Collie

a blue tricolor Border Collie doing the famous "crouch and stare"
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Blue tri-colored Borders also have a dominant merle gene. The only difference here is that only one of the parents is carrying that gene.

Their base coat color is similar to blue merles, but their markings are either copper or tan. They may have markings all over their body, in some parts, or just in one area.

Chocolate Tri-Color Border Collie

a brown tricolor Border Collie laying on fallen leaves
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This one has the chocolate recessive genes, but to get a tri-color, both its parents should have the tri-color gene and chocolate gene.

You’d find a chocolate tri-color Border Collie with brown as a base, then copper and tan markings.

Lilac Border Collie

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The lilac shade is like the chocolate and white color, but it has both the chocolate and the dilute genes, which is necessary to get this shade.

Lilac is a unique hue that is sometimes referred to as fawn (in Kelpies), Isabella (in Dobermans), or silver. One thing’s for sure, it’s something beautiful. There are Border Collies that have a lilac merle, lilac tricolor, and lilac tricolor merle.

Being rare, this color is harder to breed.

Sable Border Collie

three sable Border Collies on the snow
Sable Borders have fur that’s tan- or cream-colored and darker tips. Remember, sable is a type of marking, and it’s sometimes visible on the spots of the dog. Some have black roots, and the tip is light brown.

Even if it’s recognized officially as a color of the Border Collie, they’re fairly rare.

Brindle Border Collie

a brindle Border Collie running with a ring during playtime or training
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These Borders can have any base color mentioned, but the brindle pattern is an alternating stripe of red and black or yellow and black.

The pattern doesn’t just show anywhere on the Border Collie’s body as it usually affects the tan areas. With that said, if a Border has an overall tan base (a recessive yellow or Aussie red), then they may have an overall brindle.

Border Collie puppy colors changing

The colors and markings we mentioned aren’t always visible in puppies. Once they reach maturity, then that would be their permanent coat color.

Some shades and patterns can determine a puppy’s health or temperament like merle, but not all of them. But whichever hue you’re interested in when searching for a pup, a legitimate breeder would show you essential documents, such as the medical records of the parents and their litter.

In fact, there are breeders out there who even take the time to explain how the Border Collie’s genetics affect their color.

The Verdict: All Border Collie colors are beautiful

a portrait of Border Collies with different colors, markings, and patterns
If you want to breed Border Collies, make sure that you follow standards and consider the dog’s health, not just getting the color you want.

Related to what Mrs. Barabara Carpenter said on The Border Collie Museum, dogs used to protect and herd livestock were not just bred for their abilities, but also for their conformation.

If you’re planning to buy a Border Collie puppy, research everything about the breed, and even the color of that cute pooch you hope to take home.

With tons of variations in the Border Collies color and markings, it’s like being able to use an entire palette of paint! Even if we haven’t discussed all the shades that this breed comes in, we focused on those that are frequently seen.

If you want to see ALL the colors available for Border Collies, check out the website for Furry Paws.

Do you have a Border Collie with the same color we mentioned or is it different? Tell us all about it by commenting on the box below.

 

German Shepherd Border Collie mix: What you need to know

A happy German Shepherd Border Collie mix dog is looking at the camera.

The work that Border Collies do may seem different from the type of work that we see German Shepherds do. One thing’s for sure, the combination of these two makes a superb designer dog.

Also called the Shollie, this mixed breed is beautifully agile and athletic. Is this the pooch you’re hoping to add to your home? Let’s find out!

Facts about the origin of the Shollie

The purpose of creating this crossbreed is to make the ultimate large dog that has it all. A canine with agility and athleticism, as well as traits of being playful and protective that still has a driving force. The German Shepherd Collie didn’t disappoint.

For us to understand this designer pooch better, we should get to know the parental breeds.

The loyal German Shepherd (GSD)

We often see the modern German Shepherd doing police work, but as their name implies, they’re also herders.

German Shepherd training with its soldier partner/owner

The American Kennel Club (AKC) described GSDs as confident, smart, and courageous. They’re also always grabbing the 2nd spot for the most popular dog breeds!

German Shepherds were created during the 19th century to be the ultimate guide or herding canine who’s also agile and smart.

GSDs were used to working outside in a cold climate. With the weather like that and the damp conditions, this breed had the work ethic and stamina to handle it. During the two World Wars, they proved how useful they are as supply carrying dogs, sentries, messengers, and rescuers.

Shepherd dogs are not only affectionate and hardworking, but they’re also protective of their families.

The impeccable Border Collie (Borders)

The Border Collie is still great at the purpose they are bred for – protecting and herding livestock.

A black and white Border Collie sitting on the grass.

Sheepdogs like Borders have been around for centuries, but they got popular by the 1800s due to their efficiency at their job.

Although they were used to herd cattle and sheep around the borders of Scotland and England, the Border Collie is the smartest dog breed nowadays.

Not only do they work on ranches and farms, but they’re also faithful and lovable companions in family homes. They also excel in canine sports and agility rings.

Gathering all that information about the parents would already give you an idea of how their hybrid offspring is going to turn out – outstanding!

What does the German Shepherd & Border Collie mix look like?

With a stocky build, Shollies tend to look more like their German Shepherd parent. You’ll notice it from their colored brows.

They have eyes that are shaped like almonds with an intelligent and intense expression. Shollies definitely got that from the Border Collie’s gaze called “the eye”.

Eye color can be brown, amber, hazel, brown, and blue.

They may have slightly floppy or perky ears, and their tail is less bushy if you compare it to German Shepherds.

Cute German Shepherd Border Collie mix dog lying down resting head and looking off to side
Coat and colors of the German Shepherd Collie

Both Borders and Shepherds have a double coat, and their mixed-breed offspring will likely inherit it.

They have a medium to long-length coat that is straight and dense. It’s noticeably thicker during the winter season. And if you’re wondering if the Shollie is hypoallergenic, they are NOT. They shed quite heavily, especially during spring, to remove that winter coat.

For colors, they have varying shades, too. Although they’re mostly bi-colored, many will have tan-colored fur like German Shepherds. This mix is also available in black, sable, red, merle, cream, brindle, and many more.

White Border Collie-German Shepherd crosses are available, but they’re very rare.

How big does a German Shepherd & Border Collie mix get?

The size of the Shollie would be under the medium to the large range for dogs. They have an average height of 22 to 29 inches (56 to 74 cm) and a weight of 45 to 80 pounds (20 to 36 kg).

Female Border German Shepherd mixes are 22 to 25 inches (56 to 64 cm)27 to 29 inches (69 to 74 cm) tall, and males are slightly bigger and stand between 27 to 29 inches (69 to 74 cm).

If they’re not with an owner who has a ranch or a farm, then it’s also suitable to live in a house with a spacious yard that’s enclosed with a high fence to avoid it from escaping if something catches its attention.

Personality and characteristics of a Border German Shepherd

Owners who have experience in handling dogs under the herding breed would love this mix as a working or family companion. Shollies are driven yet affectionate. They are such gentle dogs that thrive when they’re surrounded by their favorite humans and are included in activities.

Even if the German Shepherd Border Collie mix is an excellent family pet, be wary of their size, high energy level, strength, and protective nature.

They’d love to interact with kids and other pets, but they do need supervision whenever they’re around the little ones.

But watch this video of a kid teaching her Shollie puppy some tricks! Proper training and handling can do wonders.

There’s also a possibility that this hybrid can get aloof when it comes to strangers. It can easily be fixed with socialization and introducing your Shollie to different places, people, and even noises.

Don’t worry since the German Shepherd Border Collie mix is not yappy. They won’t bark unless they’re alerting you.

This designer dog is very easy to train and can serve as an amazing guard dog. Start teaching your dog house rules, tricks, and tasks while he’s still a puppy. It will help reduce behavioral issues. Due to its defensive instincts, training will help avoid aggressive tendencies.

As they’re sweet canines, use positive reinforcement. Punishing and scolding may even make Shollies stubborn.

Step up the training and join canine sports such as flyball, obedience, agility, and herding trials.

Taking care of Border Collie German Shepherd mix

Bath your Shollie dog at least twice a month or only when needed to avoid drying your dog’s skin with his shampoo. With a double coat that can be long, it needs to be brushed daily. The more frequent you groom your pet, you’d be able to get the shedding under control.

Brush his teeth every day and clean your pet’s ears with a damp cloth to wipe out the dirt. For nails, clip when you notice it’s too long. It’s painful and uncomfortable for them.

Diet a Border Collie German Shepherd mix should have

A cute German Shepherd Border Collie Mix Breed Dog is jumping up for a treat.

Whether you decide to feed your designer dog dry kibbles or wet food, you should be concerned about the amount you’re feeding him.

Always consider factors such as his age, size, and activity level. There are times where you have to think about his health conditions, such as allergies.

It’s okay to mix dry and wet food, but on average, this hybrid needs 1,300 calories daily. They need 12.5 g of protein per kg of its bodyweight. For fat, a puppy’s diet should have 8% until it matures (at least 18 months old), then reduce it to 5%.

Feeding your pet raw food or BARF is a good choice, too. It consists of unprocessed meats, eggs, dairy, bones, vegetables, and fruit.

Did you know that you can use feeding time for mental stimulation? There are a lot of interactive feeders, puzzles, or toys where your pooch can look for kibbles or his favorite treats.

Exercise for your Shollie mix

A tricolored German Shepherd Collie mix puppy carrying a frisbee

With the energy level of the German Shepherd and the Border Collie, expect the same for their hybrid offspring. This crossbreed requires at least 120 minutes of exercise a day.

Go beyond the usual walk or jog in the park to avoid your dog from getting bored.

It’s best if you can give your German Shepherd-Collie cross off-leash playtime. You can also bond with him by playing fetch, catch frisbees, and swim.

Mixing up activities will help keep your pet stay alert and sharp while keeping his health and temperament in check.

Potential health problems of the GSD-Border Collie cross

Crossbreeds are generally healthier compared to their purebred parents, but it’s still possible that the Shollie may inherit some genetic ailments from Borders and German Shepherds.

The illnesses that the Border Collie German Shepherd mix are susceptible to are eye problems such as Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), deafness, and epilepsy.

Other health concerns are Degenerative Myelopathy, Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD), and Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.

Avoid all these with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle so your Shollie can enjoy their breed’s life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. Some can even live up to 17 years!

Buying your own Border Collie German Shepherd mix

Expect to pay between $475 to $1,000 for a Shollie puppy. But make sure you’re buying a healthy puppy from a responsible breeder.

Get all the information you can about the German Shepherd and Border Collie parents, as well as their crossbreed puppies. Ask to visit so you can see where the dogs’ environment and reaction. While you’re there, ask to see their health records, too.

German Shepherd Border Collie mix breeders

Mixed breeds often come from breeders of purebred GSDs and Borders. Check out their websites and see if there are Border Collie mixes and German Shepherd mixes available:

There’s no harm in taking a look at online marketplaces too, like Greenfield Puppies and Lancaster Puppies. Just make sure you ask all the necessary questions before making a deal.

Adopting/rescuing a Border Collie & German Shepherd mix

Whenever someone decides to get a dog to add to their family, it’s always better to adopt or rescue a puppy or an adult pet.

Adoption fees are around $175 to $200, so not only will you be giving a canine another chance to be loved, but you’d also be saving a lot of money.

There are a lot of Border German Shepherd Collies who may be what your home is looking for. You can browse the puppies and adult dogs on Puppy Finder.

You can also try websites for German Shepherd mixes like All Shepherd Rescue, as well as for Border Collie mixes such as Border Collie Rescue.

Shollies – is this the right crossbreed for you?

German Shepherd and Border Collie mix reaching up to its owner.
This mixed breed is extremely energetic and playful, so if you want to get this dog, you should love being outdoors and enjoys being active. You can only call it a “right match” if you have the same enthusiasm and energy as your canine buddy.

You should also have a home that’s spacious with a fenced yard for the Shollie to run around freely. If not, make sure you have the time to take him out for his daily exercise.

This hardworking mix is also suitable for those who want a canine as their companion for different jobs.

If you or anyone in the family have pet allergies, or no one has experience in handling a working or herding dog, then we advise you to reconsider and take a look at other Border Collie mixes.

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