Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Borador
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
What happens when you cross the world's most intelligent dog, the Border Collie, with the world's most popular, the Labrador Retriever? The Borador is a high-energy cross-breed with a great personality, but you'd better be someone who likes to get out and exercise if you're going to keep up with this mix.
Appearance / health:
While there is no guarantee about the traits that emerge with a crossbred dog, the Borador tends to be a large and athletic.
Behavior / temperament:
Cross breeds can be unpredictable but, considering the DNA of this mix, you'd better be prepared for a high-energy dog who responds well to training, games, and playtime. This is not the right choice for couch potatoes.
playing fetch, playful nature, big yard, extra friendly dog, great family pets
boundary fences, hip dysplasia, hyper maniac, creative neurotic tendencies
exercise, bitter nochew spray, intelligent breeds
Charlie's coast-to-coast adventures
Charlie, a lab/border collie, is originally from Maine, but I got him in Lexington, MA on September 10, 2016 while I was away at school. I lived in a third floor apartment and boy was he a lot to handle! He is a smart pup and escaped from the play-pen I got him quite often! Two months later in November I moved back to Los Angeles and of course I brought Charlie with me. In the four months I have been home he continues to be an escape-artist. When he doesn't get his walk in for the day he is bouncing off the walls. I read before I got him that border collie's are herding dogs and it couldn't be more pronounced in Charlie! He nips non-stop at our two English springer spaniels as if he is trying to herd them and does it to the extent to where our other puppy, who is three months older than Charlie, fights back. And it ends in a bloodbath. I am hoping once he gets his neutered his temperament gets better. Overall he is a sweet, sweet boy but he needs to be shaped and molded diligently by the owner! If you don't put in the work he will think he is the boss..
From JoeLoubier Apr 4 2017 8:11PM
Kenzii, the wonder dog!
We were lucky enough to found Kenzii in a local park. The veterinarian estimated she was 8 weeks old, and likely abandoned by a “backyard breeder”. We’ve always known she is part Labrador, and part something clever. Due to physical and behavioral characteristics we guessed Border Collie. She weighs 50 lbs, and looks like a compact Labrador.
Kenzii is incredibly intelligent, high energy, and eager to please. She easily learned a variety of basic obedience and parlor tricks including sit, stay, down, crawl, spin, and sit pretty. She does well with kids, cats, and other dogs. We attribute this adaptability to extensive early socialization. However, she is fear reactive with men. We believe she may have experienced abuse before she found us.
I would highly recommend this type of dog to an engaged, active owner. She does best with daily exercise, both physical and mental! Learning new tricks and playing with smart toys keeps her mind engaged while hiking, bike rides, and fetch keep her energy from more destructive activities like digging in the yard or chewing on the furniture..
From BreTau88 May 29 2015 5:15PM
The Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me...
Having owned other puppies before, I thought I was well prepared for the challenges that would come with my Lab/Collie mix. However, the challenges only in our relationship have been numerous, and we are only three months in...
With two other dogs, many people called me crazy for considering to rescue the dog we named Jace. But my heart broke when I read his story, and I was in love with the floppy ears and innocent face.
Jace was found running down the side of the road with his mother and nine siblings. At only seven weeks old, the pups did not stand much of a chance. Two puppies were found deceased, two more were injured by cars and taken to the vet. This left a local shelter with seven dogs to care for. The owner of the shelter begged me to take a puppy, and I begged my husband. To my surprise, he said yes and even helped me pick the puppy.
The barking started before we even made it home. And it wasn’t the cute “puppy” bark. This earsplitting, whiney bark was enough to drive me half mad. Even on the second level of our home, the bark can be clearly heard. Training has luckily taken care of this (most of the time…).
Next came the chewing. Lucky for us, the bitter no-chew spray works well for Jace. However, he will chew anything that we don’t spray, including shoes, our wood burning fireplace, and our other dogs that don’t seem to mind. I mostly worry about him hurting himself. It’s a good thing Jace likes toys and chew bones…
I have never owned a dog that wanted to be glued to my side. If Jace is more than one room away or he can’t see me, he becomes depressed or anxious to see me. When I take a bath, I know to watch where I step as Jace will be there. I am still working on this problem and would love suggestions…
So far grooming has been minimal. I suspect this will change as my puppy grows older.
Jace is very rough when playing with our other dogs. At first he was rough with my husband and me, but we were able to break him of this by showing dominance. Our dogs are larger and don’t always mind, but there have been times Jace has drawn blood. This definitely concerns me for the future.
Training has been a challenge. Jace is smart, but has the attention span of a goldfish. Food does not motivate him, and praise only keeps his attention for so long when he could be playing with his big brother and big sister. Having the other dogs do tricks hasn't worked much either. Since he was an outside dog, potty training was a breeze so I may be biased in saying this was his best asset.
Rain was a huge challenge for Jace. He does not like water at all, which is disappointing as we take all our dogs boating in the summer. His past may have some relevance to his water dislike.
Overall, Jace is annoying. There is no simple way to put it. Jace is not like the other puppies I've had in the past. Between the barking, chewing, and constant need for affection, carefully consider whether a Lab Mix is right for you..
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