- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
Border Collie Mix Breed Profile
These Border Collie Mix puppies are a cross between a Border Collie and another dog breed. This means they are not considered a purebred dog or a designer dog breed. When trying to determine whether a puppy is a good fit for your family, it’s important to figure out what you might expect out of a full-grown dog.
Border Collies are athletic, loyal dogs with a high energy level. They love to move and work with their families. A mixed breed can have any mix of the characteristics of the parent breed, so it’s important to ask the dog breeder about the other dog breed in the cross. You can also meet the mother dog in-person for an idea about what to expect regarding general size and temperament.
On the Border Collie side, you have a highly intelligent, affectionate, and loyal dog that loves to be active and loves to work. Border Collies get along well with other dogs and children, but can be reserved or slightly suspicious towards strangers. It’s important that this dog has a job to do. Otherwise, they will find their own entertainment, which might result in them herding your children or a flock of sheep into your kitchen.
The Border Collie Mix could take all of its characteristics from the Border Collie, from the other parent dog breed in the mix, or be any combination of characteristics from both. Before bringing a Border Collie Mix home, make sure you take some time to talk to the breeder about the other parent breed of the litter. This will give you a good idea of what possibilities to prepare for in your Border Collie Mix puppy.
The Border Collie is a moderately adaptable dog breed. They may be a high-energy dog breed that prefers wide open spaces, but they can adapt to apartment living as long as they get plenty of mental stimulation and exercise. A well-exercised, mentally engaged Border Collie is also okay with being alone. In terms of climate, this dog breed does best in a moderate climate as they do not do well in hot or cold climates.
With a Border Collie Mix, you could end up with a dog that is moderately adaptable like the Border Collie. Or, you could end up with a dog more similar to the other parent breed. This could result in a more adaptable or less adaptable dog depending on the cross. Having a conversation with the breeder about the other parent breed can clear up some of the confusion and give you a better idea of what to expect.
Border Collies are generally healthy, but can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Other conditions to be aware of include hypothyroidism, retinal atrophy, and von Willebrand’s disease. It’s important to ask the breeder about the other parent breed to get a full idea of what health conditions you will need to be aware of in your Border Collie Mix. You can also ask about the genetic history of the parents and check out health screenings and health clearances to rule out some conditions.
On the Border Collie side, you have a dog that is highly intelligent and eager to learn. They are generally difficult for the average person to train, so you will want to enroll in obedience and training classes with your Border Collie Mix puppy regardless of the other parent breed.
Even if the dog breed in the cross is highly trainable for novice dog owners, there is the possibility the puppy will pick up Border Collie characteristics and be more difficult to train. A well-trained and properly socialized puppy is more likely to grow into a well-rounded dog, so make sure you start training and socialization early.
Border Collies have a weather-resistant double coat that requires weekly brushing. They also have heavier shedding sessions as the seasons change and need to be brushed more frequently during this time. Depending on the other parent breed in your Border Collie Mix, their coat could require more or less grooming. Finding out about the other parent breed from the breeder will give you an idea of what you could expect when it comes to coat.
Regardless of the coat, all dogs need to have their nails trimmed, teeth brushed, and ears checked regularly. For most dogs, trimming nails once a month is sufficient. When it comes to dental care for your dog, brushing their teeth daily is recommended. This will help prevent the tartar and plaque buildup that leads to dental disease.
It’s also important to regularly check your dog’s ears to ensure they are dry, clean, and free of dirt or debris and then to carefully clean them if needed. If your Border Collie Mix has ears that drop down, they are more prone to moisture and developing an infection. Regularly checking them and cleaning as needed helps reduce the risk of ear infections in your dog.
Border Collies have a lot of energy and never seem to get tired. They love to be moving and working. Plus, they were originally bred to run several miles a day and they still have the energy to do so. It is important that you are prepared to handle a high energy working dog when you choose a Border Collie Mix puppy. If the other parent breed is a couch potato, your puppy could end up having a lower energy level. However, you won’t know that until you get the puppy home and they start growing up.
A Border Collie tends to weigh between 30 and 50 pounds and usually stands 18 to 22 inches tall. The other parent breed could cause this to vary. So, be sure to ask the breeder about the other parent breed in your Border Collie Mix.
Also, make sure you stop by to meet the mother dog. Not only will this give you an idea about temperament, but you’ll also get a pretty good idea about what size to expect in your puppy. There are always exceptions, but the size of the mother will at least give you something to work with.
A Border Collie typically lives 12 to 15 years. You could expect a similar range in your Border Collie Mix with the understanding that the other parent breed could affect the range one way or the other.