If you’ve never heard of a Border Sheepdog, that’s because it’s the name for a mixed breed. They are a cross between the Border Collie and Shetland Sheepdog. These medium-sized dogs are built for herding, and have long coats that will need frequent grooming maintenance. Be ready to keep up with that, and be aware that these dogs are not good for those who suffer from allergies! This is important to keep in mind.
They’re also not good for those who want a low-energy dog to lounge around on the couch with. Although it’s often hard to predict the temperament of a mixed breed, you’d be hard pressed to find a Border Sheepdog that wasn’t extremely high-energy. These dogs need a ton of outlets for that and physical stimulation. They often won’t thrive as apartment dogs and need a lot of space to run, as well as long walks every day.
Border Sheepdog – A Smart Dog
The great thing about these dogs is their intelligence. These dogs can learn extremely quickly, especially if you’re consistent, patient, and use positive reinforcement methods to teach them. They bond well with their families, but there is a chance that they may be wary of strangers. This isn’t a bad thing, as long as they aren’t too wary. You can simply give them lots of positive experiences with strangers and make sure strangers give them treats. This will assure them that strangers are good.
It’s also hard to predict the health of a mixed breed dog. Border Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs both have issues they can prone to (such as hip dysplasia), but it’s hard to say if they’ll pop up in the mix. Make sure the parents are health-tested if you get your mix from a breeder who knew the parents. You should also keep up with preventative vet visits so any issues are spotted right away. A wonderfully friendly dog.