Border Collie / Chow Chow Mix

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Female

Training: N/A

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Great with kids and cats


United States

Posted May 17, 2014

My first dog was a collie/chow mix and I've yet to have a dog as easily trainable or as good around kids/small animals as she was. We got Annie from the local SPCA when she was a little over 6 months old. In practically no time she was housebroken and following my brother and I around the house to suck up crumbs like a furry vacuum cleaner. We never leashed trained her, but instead could let her out to do her business and trust her to stay in our yard (completely ignoring people jogging, other dogs, strange cars, and other things that every other dog I’ve owned has taken a rather loud interest in).

She was very protective of my brother and I when we were young kids, herding us (and the cats) around like sheep when she thought we were too close to the road or getting too friendly with strange people. Annie was even good with the neighbor kids, treating them like they were her responsibility whenever they were over to play.

While individual personalities do very between dogs, I would recommend a dog of this breed to anyone with small children and pets. They tend to do well with energetic kids (willing to play almost as long as the kid can keep up) and do so without snapping at tugged fur or a bit of rough play.

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