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Border Collie / Australian Cattle Dog Mix

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Is the Border Collie / Australian Cattle Dog Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Border Heeler

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 Heeler is a cross between a pure Border Collie and a pure Australian Cattle Dog, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. While the outcome of a mixed pairing is never guaranteed, here you are mixing two superior herding animals of high intelligence and the ability to work long hours on a ranch or farm. Expect an energetic, outdoorsy dog who is happiest with an active owner who can provide it with meaningful work to do.

Appearance / health:
Since it isn't a purebreed, there can be quite a bit of variation in the appearance of the Border Collie / Australian Cattle Dog mix. But you can expect a good-sized energetic dog that loves to get outside.

Behavior / temperament:
The personality of a mixed breed is never predictable, but many owners comment on how happy the Border Heeler is. This dog likes to get out and do things with you. If you want to spend too much time on the couch, you may get "nudged" to get up and go out.

wonderful

huge vocabulary, fantastic family pet, smartest dog, easily trainable dog

challenging

apartment, aggression, territorialness

interesting

energy, endless amounts, tennis ball

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