Border Collie Mix

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Is the Border Collie Mix right for you?

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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 Border Collie is highly regarded as one of the world's most intelligent, agile, and hard-working dogs. It's also sometimes a little too intense for most households. A Border Collie mix could be slightly more low-key... but nothing is guaranteed about the outcome when you're working with a mixed breed.

If you're adopting an older Border Collie mix, observe the dog for a bit to see whether or not it's too high energy for your family. If you're gone long hours at work and you like to put your feet up on the sofa after a long day, you may soon bore this dog out of its skull. And a bored, highly intelligent Border Collie mix can figure out all kinds of ways to get out and cause trouble.

Appearance / health:
All mixed breed dogs are individuals but if your dog is predominantly a Border Collie, you can get an idea of what to expect from investigating the standard Border Collie traits. The purebred resembles a lightly built Australian Shepherd without a bob-tail, and they tend to demand a lot of exercise.

Behavior / temperament:
The purebred Border Collie is widely regarded as the most intelligent dog on the planet. While all mixed-breeds are individuals, a mostly Border Collie mix is likely to be a smart, responsive dog that loves to be given something fun or useful to do.


Fun Absolutely fun, intelligent breed, gentle dog, excellent agility, exuberant energy


high energy levels, destructive behavior, great escape artists, small appartment, big barkers


strong herding instincts, crate training, multipurpose dog, outdoor time, farm errands

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