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Everything you need to know about the Border Collie cross

Black and white border collie

The Border Collie is very intelligent and super active, so are the Border Collie crossbreeds.

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The Border Collie, in addition to being very intelligent, is also an intensely loyal breed. By combining the Border Collie crossed with other captivating canine breeds, the mixed breed pups are delightful. Their energetic disposition and gorgeous coat colours certainly mean they’re a popular dog.

By Dawn Parrish

Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28

The Border Collie

Originally known as the Scottish Sheepdog, this breed originating around the Border region between Northumberland and Scotland. The Border Collie dog is a workaholic, used for controlling and herding sheep. The dog, when working, will crouch down and appear to hypnotise the cattle with his penetrating stare. Having great stamina and boundless energy levels, this breed is also very intelligent and easy to train.

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Personality of a Border Collie

The Border Collie is one of the most popular breeds in the UK. It is famous for its energetic personality and beautiful looks. This breed needs an active owner who will stimulate him physically and mentally. Indeed, the Border Collie is very smart and super active, and can quickly get bored, which can result in bad behaviour.

The Border Collie is a great family pet, and gets one very well with children. However, he will need an early socialisation and training, because his herding instinct might cause him to nip, chase or bark at kids and other pets.

Common health issues of the Border Collie

The Border Collie is generally a healthy dog, but just like any other breeds, they are proned to health problems such as: 

Training a Border Collie

First of all, due to the high intelligence levels of the Border Collie, training should begin at an early age. These dogs are trained to chase after flocks, running fast in the Scottish mountains. A Border Collie that doesn’t get sufficient exercise to meet his demands, will almost certainly become anxious and agitated. Vigorous daily exercise is recommended for most the Border Collie.

Popular Border Collie crossbreeds

The physical characteristics and personality that will come out when you breed a Border Collie with another dog will depend on the looks and character of each parent breeds. When choosing a mixed breed dog, it’s important to understand the features and qualities of each of the parent dogs. As a result of this research, you will have a much better understanding of their traits and behaviours.

1 - The Border Jack


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The Border Jack is a cross between a Border Collie and a Jack Russell terrier. The adult dog reaches a medium size, standing at a height between 16 to 22 inches, and weighing 22 to 32 pounds. A Border Jack will usually have the body shape typical of a Jack Russell with a narrow chest and body. With a rough, short coat, a smallish head and ears that flop forward. Popular breed colours are merle, brown and white, brown, brindle, white, black and white and black.

The Jack Russell is also an active breed, therefore the Border Jack will be very active and will need a huge amount of exercise to feel fulfilled.

Find out more about the Jack Russell terrier

2 - The Border Collie Pit


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The Border Collie Pit the result of a Border Collie cross with a Pitbull. As the two dogs aren’t too dissimilar in size, the crossbreeds will not be too different. Adult dogs measure between 17 to 23 inches high and anywhere between 30 and 65 pounds in weight. Their appearance is slightly stockier than a collie and having a broader face.

The Border Collie Pit is extremely friendly and will love to have fun with its owner.

3 - The Borderdoodle


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These fluffy pups are a cross between a Poodle and a Border Collie. You can expect your adult dog to reach between 30 to 60 pounds and from 15 to 22 inches high. This dog’s coat is likely to be either wavy, curly and of a medium length. Shedding is dependent on the parent dog’s genes.

The Borderdoole is extremely intelligent and energetic. They will need a huge amount of exercise and they will also need to stimulated mentally to avoid them getting bored.

Find out more about the Poodle

4 - The Borador


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This good looking dog is a cross between a Border Collie and a Labrador. This hybrid mix dog will shed fairly frequently. With an expected lifespan of up to 15 years, the Borador is certainly a healthy dog. The Labrador parent should be checked for any joint issues that are fairly common in this breed. A Borador dog, like it’s parents, will require extensive, daily exercise to maintain its fitness levels.

Find out more about the Labrador

5 - The Border Point


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The Border Point is a cross between a Border Collie and a German Shorthaired Pointer. Its Coat colour can be fawn, liver, white or black. The coat will feel quite soft and be either short or medium length. If the predominant genes favour the Pointer, the offspring may be slightly taller than an average Collie.

The Border Point is extremely energetic and will need at least 1hour of intensive physical activity per day. This breed is extremely affectionate and will love to cuddle with you.

Find out more about the German Shorthaired Pointer

6 - The Bodacion


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Who would guess this unlikely union between a Border Collie and a Dalmatian? Depending which parent the pups take after, the normal build of a Bodacion is medium sized at around 18 to 20 inches in length. Having large, floppy ears and a small head with various colourings from silver, brown, white and of course with the famous Dalmatian spots.

The Bodacion is extremely protective and independant. He will enjoy spending time on its own. However, it is an extremely active dog and will need a huge amount of exercise everyday.

Find out more about the Dalmatian

There are, of course, other marvellous amalgamations of crossbreeds when a Border Collie is used as one parent. Consequently, we have:

Border Collie cross puppies have different personalities and come in different sizes and colours.  By choosing a mix puppy, you are more than likely going to get features from both parents. Each drop of Border Collie DNA in your pup has the capacity to produce an energetic pup, one who is very intelligent too.

Check out these other mixed breeds: