Black and white border collie

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

© LSphotoCZ - Shutterstock

Everything you need to know about the Border Collie cross

By Dawn Parrish Content Writer

Updated on the

The Border Collie, in addition to being very intelligent, is also an intensely loyal breed. Border Collie crosses tend to be beautiful and very energetic!

Want an active dog to join your family? A Border Collie cross might be just right for you! But before you opt for this crossbreed, it's important to research both parent breeds in depth. So first, let's take a look at the Border Collie!

The Border Collie

The Border Collie ©Aneta Jungerova - Shutterstock

Originally known as the Scottish Sheepdog, this breed is from the region between Northumberland and Scotland. The Border Collie dog is a workaholic, used for 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.

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 provide him with lots of physical and mental stimulation. 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 on very well with children. However, he will need 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 dog breed, he is prone 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. Secondly, a Border Collie that doesn’t get sufficient exercise will almost certainly become anxious and agitated. Vigorous daily exercise is recommended if you want training to be successful.

Top 10 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 of the parent breeds. When choosing a mixed breed dog, it’s important to understand the features and qualities of each of the parent dogs. Here are 10 of the most popular Border Collie crossbreeds and their important traits:

Border Jack: Border Collie x Jack Russell

The adult dog reaches a medium size. A Border Jack will usually have the body shape typical of a Jack Russell with a narrow chest and body. They have a rough, short coat, a smallish head and ears that flop forward. Popular 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

Border Collie Pit: Border Collie x Pitbull

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

Borderdoodle: Border Collie x Poodle

This dog’s coat is likely to be either wavy or curly, and of a medium length. The Borderdoodle is extremely intelligent and energetic. They will need a huge amount of exercise and they will also need to be stimulated mentally to avoid them getting bored.

Find out more about the Poodle

Borador: Border Collie x Labrador

This 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 its parents, will require extensive daily exercise to maintain its fitness levels.

Find out more about the Labrador

Border Point: Border Collie x German Shorthaired Pointer

The Border Point's coat colour can be fawn, liver, white or black. 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 2 hours 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

Bodacion: Border Collie x Dalmatian

The Bodacion is medium sized, with 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 independent. He will enjoy spending time on his own. However, he is an extremely active dog and will need a huge amount of exercise everyday.

Find out more about the Dalmatian

Border Aussie or Aussie Collie: Border Collie x Australian Shepherd

This cross makes for a beautiful, extremely smart, and VERY energetic pup. You can't be laid-back when you own a Border Aussie - on the contrary! You have to be ready to give this pup plenty of mental stimulation and at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise a day. If you don't think you have the time for that, don't get this cross!

Learn more about the Australian Shepherd

Border Collie Pyrenees: Border Collie x Great Pyrenees

This crossbreed makes for a dog a little calmer than the Border Collie and a little more active than the Great Pyrenees. This cross can be very aloof with strangers, so make sure you start training and socialisation early. As with both parent breeds, you'll have to deal with a lot of shedding, so make sure you keep that vacuum handy!

Learn more about the Great Pyrenees

Border Heeler: Border Collie x Blue Heeler

Blue Heelers, also known as Australian Cattle Dogs, are very energetic, just like the Border Collie. So it comes as no surprise that a Collie/Heeler mix is an extremely active dog that requires space and lots of exercise. While very smart and easily trained, these dogs can get frustrated and anxious if they don't get enough physical and mental stimulation.

Learn more about the Australian Cattle Dog

Golden Border: Border Collie x Golden Retriever

This crossbreed will make for a dog slightly calmer than the Border Collie, and more family-oriented than work-oriented. Very smart, this crossbreed will be easy to train, as long as they are given sufficient exercise.

Learn more about the Golden Retriever

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

Border Collie cross puppies

Border Collie cross puppies have different personalities and come in different sizes and colours. By choosing a mix or cross breed 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, so be prepared to get out there and exercise! Your pup will most certainly be very intelligent too, so be prepared to put lots of effort into training them. For a dedicated and active pet parent, a Border Collie cross can be a great pet!

Check out these other mixed breeds:

More advice on...

What did you think of this advice article?

Thanks for your feedback !

Thanks for your feedback !

Leave a comment
Connect to comment
Want to share this article?