Australian Shepherd / Border Collie Mix

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Is the Australian Shepherd / Border Collie Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Border Aussie

The basics:
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.

The first generation Border-Aussie is a cross between a pure Border Collie and a pure Australian Shepherd, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds. While the traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog aren't entirely predictable, the goal with this mix is to create one of the world's most intelligent and active working dogs suitable for a large property like a ranch. You're unlikely to be happy if you live in a small apartment or have limited time to channel this dog's energy.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, but in general with the Border Aussie you'd better be prepared for a fairly large, energetic companion who loves wide-open spaces.

Behavior / temperament:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by most mixed-breed dogs. However, here you're combining the traits of two highly active, intelligent working dogs who are very similar in character. If you're looking for an active, athletic dog for agility training or herding trials or even a jogging or backpacking companion, you may have found the right mix. If you're looking for a chill apartment pet, run the other way.


ranch dogs, verbal commands, big heart, great watchdog


small animals, large yard, frequent brushing, constant shedding, bit high strung


long haired dog, proper leash etiquette, professional groomer

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