Species group: Mixed Breeds
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 pairing between a Border Collie and a Whippet is sometimes performed to create a so-called "sports mix," since these fast, agile, and highly trainable animals can be good flyball performers.
Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but the Border Collie / Whippet Mix may not have the slenderness and elegance of the full-blooded Whippet. They're fast and athletic, though.
Behavior / temperament:
While it's always difficult to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, this hybrid of a super-fast sighthound with an enthusiastic herding breed means that you don't necessarily know what you're going to get until you've already begun training the animal. Both parent breeds can contribute sensitivity, and you may have a difficult time finding a balance in the training. Know how to use positive rewards.