The border collie is an energetic, hard-working, and lovable dog originally bred to guard and herd sheep. This medium-sized dog is highly intelligent and is best suited for country living or living with active families who can give the dog plenty of exercise.
The breed is protective and barks often, making it an excellent guard dog. The dog is affectionate towards its owners and around children, but might be wary around strangers and nip at people’s heels if not trained correctly. Overall, the border collie is a dynamic breed that has a keen sense for learning and needs a large amount of physical and mental stimulation every day.
Border collies’ physical traits include a smooth or rough, medium-length, double coat that’s feathered around the legs and tail. These dogs have an intense look in their almond-shaped eyes and an athletic but nimble build.
The border collie passes most of these characteristics to their mixed offspring along with tamer, more family-friendly traits from other popular breeds that are commonly mixed with the border collie, such as:
- Labrador retriever
- Golden retriever
- Great Dane
- Bernese mountain dog
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Shollie (Border Collie German Shepherd Mix)
- The Border Aussie (Border Collie Australian Shepherd Mix)
- Borador (Border Collie Labrador Retriever Mix)
- The Great Collie (Border Collie Great Dane Mix)
- Bordoodle (Border Collie Poodle Mix)
- Borgi (Border Collie Corgi Mix)
- Borsky (Border Collie Husky Mix)
- Bordernese (Border Collie Bernese Mountain Dog Mix)
- Border Heeler (Border Collie Blue Heeler Mix)
- Border Newfie (Border Collie Newfoundland Mix)
- Border Pyrenees (Border Collie Great Pyrenees Mix)
- Bodacion (Border Collie Dalmatian Mix)
Shollie (Border Collie German Shepherd Mix)
The border collie German shepherd mix, also known as the shollie, is full of energy, intelligent, and protective of its family. The shollie needs more than an hour of exercise daily along with mental stimulation in the form of puzzles or brain games.
This mixed breed is well-suited for active families who enjoy adventure activities but aren’t suitable to be around young children because of its boisterous nature. The shollie is an excellent choice as a herding dog because of its parents’ herding tendencies. The mixed breed will often choose one owner to devote its affection and protection to.
The border collie German shepherd mix typically measures between 20 and 24 inches and weighs around 40 to 75 pounds. The dog’s coat generally takes on characteristics from both parents, resulting in a black, white, and brown medium-length coat. In some cases, the shollie might be confused for a purebred border collie or German shepherd.
The mixed breed is perfect for a devoted owner who is highly active and preferably has a large fenced-in yard to let the pup run around and expel energy.
The Border Aussie (Border Collie Australian Shepherd Mix)
The border collie Australian shepherd mix, also known as the border Aussie, is a highly energetic herding dog because of its two excellent herding parents. While the border Aussie is calmer than the purebred border collie, the mixed breed still needs up to 90 minutes of daily exercise.
The working nature and intelligence of the parents are passed down to the border Aussie, creating a busy, smart, and intuitive family pup. Early socialization and training will lead to a well-adjusted dog that can join its owner in many activities — like running in the park, doing yoga, learning new tricks, or working hard on a farm.
The border Aussie measures between 18 and 23 inches and weighs up to 60 pounds. The mixed breed typically has a smooth and long double coat with the Australian shepherd’s mixed colors of white, brown, black, or tan. A common trait of the border Aussie is heterochromia, or multi-colored eyes.
This mixed breed is affectionate, sweet-natured, and makes a perfect family companion, but needs plenty of exercise to prevent unwanted behaviors.
Borador (Border Collie Labrador Retriever Mix)
The border collie Labrador mix, also known as the borador, is a loyal and devoted dog well-suited for active owners. This mixed breed is a family-centered pup that will be the center of attention and needs a large amount of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
The borador is an extremely smart mixed breed that’s easy to train because of its parent’s intelligence and eager-to-please nature. This breed is known to be loving towards everyone, including children, other pets, and strangers. However, the mixed breed can inherit some protective traits from the border collie parent, making boradors great guard dogs.
The mix grows up to 23 inches at the withers and weighs between 40 and 60 pounds. The dog’s thick, medium-length coat needs minimal grooming but sheds heavily. The borador needs plenty of daily exercise alongside its owner — like hikes, swims, and play sessions — to expel all of its energy and get plenty of attention.
The Great Collie (Border Collie Great Dane Mix)
The border collie Great Dane mix, also known as the great collie, is a devoted family dog that has excellent watchdog tendencies and a protective nature. This mixed breed is large — a trait from the Great Dane parentage — and full of energy, requiring firm obedience from a young age to avoid disruptive behaviors.
The border collie Great Dane mix takes after both parents as an intelligent, confident, and friendly pet well-suited to families with children. The dog is highly energetic and needs at least 60 minutes of daily exercise and mental stimulation from puzzles or brain games. The breed is highly affectionate and enjoys lots of cuddles — often forgetting its large size.
The great collie grows between 23 and 28 inches tall and weighs between 55 and 120 pounds at full maturity. The breed typically has a black-and-white marked, shiny coat that’s usually medium-length. This mixed breed sheds heavily and needs consistent grooming and lots of attention from its owners.
Bordoodle (Border Collie Poodle Mix)
The border collie poodle mix, also known as the bordoodle, is highly intelligent and energetic, making it suitable for an active family. This mixed breed needs at least 40 minutes of daily exercise and lots of mental stimulation to prevent destructive behavior.
The bordoodle is loyal, easy to train, and gets along well with children and other pets as long as it’s socialized early. This dog is also friendly to strangers, so it doesn’t make a good guard dog. The mix is highly obedient because its parent breeds are two of the most intelligent dog breeds. The bordoodle loves a good play in the yard, a game of fetch, or some water activities.
The border collie poodle mix measures between 12 and 22 inches and weighs around 30 to 65 pounds. The dog’s coat is curly-haired, medium to long, and typically takes on the black-and-white colors of the border collie. There is no guarantee the bordoodle will be hypoallergenic as the mixed breed generally sheds heavily like the border collie parent.
Borgi (Border Collie Corgi Mix)
The border collie corgi mix, also known as the borgi, is an excellent working dog to herd and direct animals using techniques from both parents, including nipping and staring. After a long day of work or play — or at least an hour of intense daily exercise — the borgi is happy to curl up and give its owners plenty of affection.
The mixed breed is enthusiastic, intelligent, and has a slightly naughty nature, needing fun and mentally-stimulating activities to stay engaged. Keep the borgi busy by going on hikes, runs, or even swimming and surfing. The dog prefers to be around its owner and has a stubborn streak, which requires a consistent trainer and a firm training style.
The border collie corgi mix, a medium-sized breed, is typically 10 to 21 inches tall and weighs between 30 to 40 pounds. The borgi takes on the border collie’s black and white coloring and thick, wavy, medium-length coat. However, the dog is short, long, and has short legs like the corgi.
Borsky (Border Collie Husky Mix)
The border collie husky mix, also known as the borsky, is a highly-active mixed breed needing up to 90 minutes of exercise each day. The dog also needs plenty of mental stimulation to keep its active and intelligent mind busy. The borsky is typically vocal and cheeky toward its owners and strangers, making it a social breed.
The border collie husky mix is always ready to try new things, including tricks and activities, and does well in cold climates. The slightly stubborn nature of the husky parent means that a steady and firm training approach is necessary for this pup. Once socialized and trained, the breed is an affectionate and loving family pet.
The borsky grows between 19 and 23 inches tall and measures around 35 to 55 pounds. The dog’s coat is smooth and short-to-medium length with a weather-resistant covering and black-and-white or merle coloring. The dog is typically fluffy and may have unique eye colorings.
The playful and agile borsky is protective of its family and gets along well with children and other pets.
Bordernese (Border Collie Bernese Mountain Dog Mix)
The border collie Bernese mountain dog mix, also known as the bordernese, is a medium-sized to large dog that’s loving and affectionate to its family, wary of strangers, and protective when necessary. The dog is intelligent and full of energy, requiring up to an hour of daily exercise and mental stimulation.
The bordernese is great with children and other pets, and early training and socialization lead to a well-balanced dog. Whether the mixed breed is large like the Bernese parent or medium-sized like the border collie, these dogs are gentle with everyone they trust, using their size and confidence to protect their owners.
The border collie Bernese mountain dog mix measures between 21 and 25 inches and weighs between 50 and 90 pounds. The mixed breed typically has a thick, fluffy medium-length coat with a blend of black, white, and brown from both parents. The heavy coat makes this dog more suited for cold climates.
Border Heeler (Border Collie Blue Heeler Mix)
The border collie blue heeler mix, also known as the border heeler, is bred from two excellent herding dogs, making it a perfect competitive pet or farm worker. The mixed breed is full of energy, requiring at least 90 minutes of daily exercise and mental stimulation to keep its intelligent mind busy.
The border heeler is athletic and strong and needs a firm but positive training routine to prevent disruptive behavior. The mixed breed is excellent with children and other pets as long as it’s socialized early. These pups are affectionate, loyal, vigilant, and protective of their families. The dog’s agility and extremely high energy levels are great for dog sports like flyball.
The border heeler typically looks like a balanced mix of both parents, measuring around 18 to 21 inches and weighing roughly 35 to 50 pounds. The pup generally has thicker and longer hair than the blue heeler but takes on the patterns and coloring from the heeler parent.
Border Newfie (Border Collie Newfoundland Mix)
The border collie Newfoundland mix, also known as the border newfie, is a large fluffy dog with an aloof but warm nature. The border newfie needs ample living space with a yard. The Newfoundland has a working instinct, but needs only moderate exercise compared to the other breeds on this list because this mix is more relaxed and docile.
The parent breeds of the border collie Newfoundland mix were bred for work, which means the mix will also need to stay busy. This mixed breed enjoys walks, hikes, running, and ball games, and because of its newfie heritage, water activities are a must.
The border newfie is highly affectionate and friendly, getting along well with children and other pets, but also has an instinct to protect its family despite its non-aggressive demeanor. This mixed breed is typically large, measuring between 22 and 26 inches while weighing around 60 to 120 pounds.
The dog is better suited for cold climates because of its thick, fluffy coat that is usually black but can be a mix of white, black, and brown.
Border Pyrenees (Border Collie Great Pyrenees Mix)
The great Pyrenees border collie mix, also known as the border Pyrenees, is a rare herding dog that is highly protective of its flock and family. The large dog is bred to do intense work but has a highly-affectionate nature at the end of the day — often acting like a lapdog.
The border Pyrenees blends the independent and calm nature of the great Pyrenees with the energetic and intelligent nature of the border collie. These qualities create a smart, playful, and loving pup that needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
The mixed breed loves a game of fetch, toys with hidden treats, and its family — including children of all ages.
The great Pyrenees border collie mix grows between 21 and 27 inches tall and weighs between 60 and 100 pounds. The large size of this dog requires a spacious home with a big yard, and its thick, fluffy hair means it prefers cold climates over hot climates.
Bodacion (Border Collie Dalmatian Mix)
The border collie dalmatian mix, also known as the bodacion, is a new and rare designer dog breed that’s independent and full of energy. The dog needs at least 60 minutes of intense exercise daily and isn’t suited for families with small children and pets. The bodacion is an excellent worker and great at agility courses.
This mixed breed is highly protective of its family or flock when herding but is playful and loyal to the people and animals it’s comfortable with. The bodacion is intelligent, and since both parents are hard workers, putting this pup to work is important. After a long day of duty or exercise, the mixed breed is happy to show lots of love and affection.
The border collie dalmatian mix is a medium to large dog that measures between 18 and 24 inches and weighs between 40 and 60 pounds. The dog’s coat is typically short, slick or soft, and shiny. The dog’s coat appearance is a mix of coloration from both parents, resulting in a black-and-white coat covered in the iconic dalmatian spots.