Those of you who have had the pleasure of ever seeing a Border Collie in action by either herding sheep or performing tasks should know just how intelligent these dogs can be. In fact, they are considered by experts everywhere to be THE smartest dog breed in existence and it’s easy to see why.
These amazing dogs have been genetically blessed with an inquisitive and intuitive attitude, one that when combined with a sharp mind like theirs renders them perfect for completing a variety of tasks, no matter how difficult or tiresome they might be.
Even so, such an astonishingly capable dog does have its flaws. For instance, they are known to be very energetic and difficult to placate once they set their mind on something, which is why inexperienced dog owners rarely have pleasant experiences owning such dogs.
It is perhaps for this reason that so many people have started to mix border collies with other breeds, trying maybe to breed out some of those characteristics that make Border Collies ‘difficult’ to own; while at the same time, retaining their remarkable intelligence and will to work.
Although not all attempts were equally successful, breeders around the world reported some success when mixing the Border Collie with other likewise breeds, which are the mixed breeds we will be talking about over the next few minutes.
So if you’re looking for a dog that possesses part of the characteristics that made Border Collies so famous without the hassle and maintenance requirements that such a breed has, then perhaps our short guide will help you through.
Table of Contents
- Blue Collie – Blue Heeler Border Collie Mix
- American Collie – American Bulldog Border Collie Mix
- Collie Spaniel – Cocker Spaniel Border Collie Mix
- Collie Puger – Pug Border Collie Mix
- Collie Dacher – Dachshund Border Collie Mix
- Aussie Collie – Australian Shepherd Border Collie Mix
- Golden Collie – Golden Retriever Border Collie Mix
- Collie Chider – Chihuahua Border Collie Mix
- Labracollie – Labrador Border Collie Mix
- Collie Beagler – Beagle Border Collie Mix
- Border Poodle – Poodle Border Collie Mix
- Border Collsky – Husky Border Collie Mix
Blue Collie – Blue Heeler Border Collie Mix
By combining the Border Collie and the Blue Heeler, breeders were successful in creating a mixed breed that enjoys playing around with the family (especially the children), while still retaining an important willingness to perform laborious tasks for their owners.
These are intelligent dogs by most standards, the type of dogs you will be able to train easily into compliance provided that you employ a right mixture of positive reinforcement and firm boundaries to keep the dog in check.
At the same time, it should be said that the pups of this mixed breed are perfect with children and other dogs in the sense that they rarely manifest any aggressive traits. Furthermore, they are always looking to please their masters as long as their exercise needs are being met.
American Collie – American Bulldog Border Collie Mix
This cute dog was created by mixing the American Bulldog with the Border Collie, the end result being a permanently hungry, yet surprisingly healthy dog. An American Collie is in fact, very healthy by dog standards, even though some of them can develop really nasty allergies.
It should also be said that these dogs boast a short to moderate coat that can get pretty dense, thus the need for the owners to groom and brush it on a regular basis. This particular coat may require a fair bit of grooming but this doesn’t mean that the dog is a shedder, quite the contrary actually.
As we said, these dogs love to chew pretty much anything they can fit into their mouth, which is why it is vital for the owners to always keep an eye on the dog and its behavior. They also tend to get chewy when they’re nervous, so one must always ensure that the dog’s needs are taken care of.
Collie Spaniel – Cocker Spaniel Border Collie Mix
This diminutive breed is recognized by the Dog Registry of America, which is quite strange considering the dog’s origins. By combining a Cocker Spaniel with a Border Collie, breeders were able to create a small dog that loves attention, enjoys spending time with people, and barks as often as time allows it.
Bear in mind that these cutesy little dogs also require a lot of training if they are to break the habit of barking all the time. If not for the barking, these would be some of the best pets a family could have, especially given how well they behave around children.
Also worth mentioning is that these dogs make perfect watchdogs. As such, they can easily tell the difference between well-meaning strangers and sketchy intruders, a trait not many small dogs possess when you think about it.
Collie Puger – Pug Border Collie Mix
As the name suggests, these dogs are bred by mixing a Border Collie with a Pug, the result being nothing short of spectacular. We’re talking here aesthetics alone, mind you, because otherwise, there isn’t much going on with the dog in regards to its personality.
To be more precise, these heavy shedders require a lot of grooming and maintenance, which may explain why so many potential owners shy away from them. Still, provided that you brush their coat regularly, these dogs can be very energetic and playful, making them perfect for families with children.
Presuming that the dog gets to spend its daily dose of excess energy, you will find the Collie Puger to be a rather dirty dog by most standards. In this respect, remember that most of those who own these types of dogs complain about how dirty these dogs get on a daily basis.
Collie Dacher – Dachshund Border Collie Mix
Splendid to look at, the Collie Dacher is quite the looker. This spectacular-looking dog stands out through not only its looks, however, but also through its friendly attitude and its inherent desire to please its owners.
Seeing how both the parent breeds were at some point or another used for herding livestock, they make very good family dogs and can easily fit into any household role you may have for them. At the same time, they tend to get along well enough with children, especially the smaller ones which they will often tend to ‘herd’ in one way or another.
Having said that, any potential owner is advised to always keep a lot of water around for the dog to drink during the day because these dogs have a very peculiar digestive system. The exact amount will, of course, depend on the size and age of the dog.
Aussie Collie – Australian Shepherd Border Collie Mix
As you would expect from both the Australian Shepherd and the Border Collie, the Aussie Collie mix also makes a great and trusty companion. You see, both the parent breeds are known for their loyalty and reliability, which is also what best defines the Aussie Collie.
This family-friendly mixed breed is trustworthy, reliable, and guaranteed to always support their owners despite their flaws. It is in fact because of their unconditional loyalty that these dogs are so sought-after and also why so many breeders mix them in the first place.
That said, we should point out that these dogs are prone to ear infections and that they require regular checkups to make sure they don’t develop any health issues. Other than that, they tend to have ruffled coats that require daily brushing and a lot of maintenance overall.
Golden Collie – Golden Retriever Border Collie Mix
While some would argue against mixing such a goofy dog like the Golden Retriever with an astute and clever dog like the Border Collie, it turns out that the end result is quite a decent pooch. Although the dog doesn’t excel in the looks department, it surely makes up in attitude what it lacks in beauty.
With that in mind, try to remember that these dogs are prone to many health issues like skin allergies, eye defects, and heart problems. It is for this reason that you want to contact a reputable breeder if you ever find yourself wanting such a dog.
Also remember that these dogs are prone to obesity on the Golden Retriever side, which doesn’t mix well with the peculiar and inquisitive nature of the Border Collie. So if you’re getting a dog like this then, by all means, be careful what you feed it and how often you do it on a daily basis.
Collie Chider – Chihuahua Border Collie Mix
Turns out that mixing a Border Collie with a Chihuahua wouldn’t just create hilarious results but a straight-up decent mix breed in its own right. If you can believe it, a Collie Chider will often incorporate all the good traits of both the Chihuahuas and Border Collies are known for.
Because both the Chihuahuas and the Border Collies are known for their intelligence, the Collie Chider is also a very intelligent dog. These dogs are fast learners and bound to pick up on cues from their masters even when they’re not actively trying to train them.
Bear in mind, however, that these dogs are prone to fits of occasional aggressiveness and that you will have to do a lot of work to socialize them properly. They also require an intense exercise regimen as they are high-energy dogs that constantly need to spend pent up energy.
Labracollie – Labrador Border Collie Mix
The Labracollie is seen by anyone who owns such a dog as absolute charmers on account of how friendly and inquisitive they are. Although these dogs grow very fast to reach adult size in just a few months, they don’t require a lot of food on a daily basis, even though they tend to eat more during the winter.
In terms of shedding, the dog tends to rarely shed, so grooming a Labracollie shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. You do, however, need to brush the dog once or twice a week to ensure that their coat doesn’t get tangled or too dirty.
Other than that, the Labracollie is bound to showcase very few health problems as long as the dog is taken care of, although you are advised to get such a pooch from a reputable breeder just to be safe. Then again, not many people mix Labradors with Border Collies to begin with.
Collie Beagler – Beagle Border Collie Mix
As you would expect from both a Beagle and a Border Collie, the Collie Beagler is a dog with a fairly strong personality. As such, you will have to take into account the dog’s cautious and inquisitive nature during each training session, that is, if you want it to go smoothly in the long run.
Always eager to please their owners, Collie Beaglers are easy to train due to how cooperative they are. They will always follow your commands if they trust you well enough, which is why you should always exhibit a dominant and confident behavior around them.
Needless to say, exercise is essential for dogs as active and energetic as these, in the form of two 60-minute sessions each day. You do that and they will follow your commands without question, thanks mostly to their cooperative nature.
Border Poodle – Poodle Border Collie Mix
This is another good-looking Border Collie mix, one that shares its genes with the Poodle, which is a pretty dog in itself. These dogs are as intelligent as they are easy to train, which explains why they have risen so much in popularity in such a short period of time.
Being people-oriented dogs from the Poodle side of the mix and quite intelligent on the side of the Border Collie, most Border Poodles make good companions. So good, in fact, that more and more breeders have begun to dedicate the entirety of their operation to producing this interesting mix.
One thing to point out about the Border Collie is that it is quite a sedentary dog despite the Border Collie genes. In this respect, you should avoid exercising the dog too much, lest you want it to develop bone and muscle issues later on.
Border Collsky – Husky Border Collie Mix
Combining a highly intelligent dog like a Border Collie with another smart one like the Husky is bound to create a very inquisitive and fast-learning mixed breed. This is the case with the Border Collsky, a dog that stands out through its impressive intelligence.
Not only are these dogs smart and easy to train but they are also very affectionate family members provided that you give them the attention they require. It is, however, important to remember that they draw their genes from herding dogs and that as such, they might try to ‘herd’ any small children in the family from time to time.
These dogs are also quite good-looking as far as looks go, a look they owe to their thick wavy coats that shed generously throughout the year. Therefore, you will be required to groom the dog on a daily basis at all times and even harder during spring and fall when the dog sheds even more.