Border Collies are arguably some of the hardest working dogs in the world. In terms of “obedience and working intelligence,” they’re literally second to none. So because of this, Border Collies are often seen as ideal candidates for crossbreeding.
As a result, there are so many amazing Border Collie mixes in the world today. They come in all sizes, or shapes, and colors. And while it’s impossible to list every single Border Collie hybrid ever, we’ve found our 29 favorite Border Collie mixes.
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Best Border Collie Mixes
These are all the wonderful Border Collie mixes that we could find. Did we miss any? If we did, make sure to leave a comment in the section below. Don’t forget to tell us what your favorite Border Collie mix is.
1. Border Aussie
Parents: Aussie x Border Collie mix
The Border Aussie famously combines two very similar dog breeds – the Border Collie with the equally hard-working Australian Shepherd. Check out our comparison of two breeds to see why the two are so similar in temperament.
Both parent breeds are some of the best herding dogs in the world. While the Border Collie specializes in herding sheep, the Australian Shepherd is known for herding cattle. But both breeds are capable of herding both types of livestock.
The Border Aussie, however, is undoubtedly an excellent herding dog as well! Expect the same lively personality and seemingly unlimited energy that both parent breeds have.
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2. Border Springer
Parents: Springer x Border Collie mix
One of the more recent hybrids in the world of designer dogs, the Border Springer combines the English Springer Spaniel with the Border Collie. Little is known about their temperaments and appearance can vary by the litter.
Most of the time, the Border Springer will come with the body of the spaniel and the colors / markings of the Border Collie. Though, it’s not guaranteed. Their head shape can resemble the collie’s parent, but some will look more like a springer.
This collie mix has an energetic personality and can be especially helpful for training, hunting or even as a loving companion. Both parent breeds are intelligent, so expect one as well.
3. Border Jack
Parents: Jack Russell x Border Collie mix
The Border Jack, a cross between a Jack Russell Terrier and Border Collie, is a medium dog known for its great athleticism, spirited personality and sneaky agility. This is as expected, since both parents dogs are notorious for their high energy.
However, they can vary quite a bit in appearance. For example, some Border Jacks will have erect ears while others will have floppy ears. With that said, nearly all have a sharp muzzle, sturdy frame and a set of almond-like eyes.
They’re as energetic as a purebred Border Collie, but require less mental and physical stimulation. Still, it’s recommended they get a good dose of physical/mental activities.
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4. Border Collie Britt
Parents: Brittany x Border Collie mix
The Border Collie Britt (couldn’t get more creative with the name?) is the Border Collie mix that few have seen or even heard of. They tend to be stubborn, independent-minded dogs with a stamina that rivals the purebred Border Collie.
Because they’re so rare, little information has been documented. However, we know they love to play and enjoy having fun. The Brittany was bred to flush out birds during hunts, while the collie was bred for herding. High energy is to be expected in the mix.
If you’re looking for a Border Collie mix that’s calmer than the purebred, then this mix is not right for you. They’ll still need plenty of run on a daily basis.
Parents: Poodle x Border Collie mix
The Poodle Border Collie mix, called the Bordoodle, is one of the most popular Border Collie mixes in the world. Though they were once called Borderdoodles, several organizations have now shortened their name to the Bordoodle.
This hybrid is insanely smart. In fact, they’re a cross between the two smartest dog breeds, according to Stanley Coren. Border Collies are one, and Poodles are two. As a result, the Bordoodle has become one of the most obedient mixed dogs.
This hybrid is always eager to learn and please. They take obedience training very serious, largely because they love to work.
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6. Border Point
Parents: Pointer x Border Collie mix
The combination of the Pointer and Border Collie produces the versatile Border Point hybrid. They tend to come with a sturdy frame and a work ethic that few dogs can match. Again, both dogs were bred to be working dogs.
Because the Pointer is from the pointer dog breed group, the hybrid is a skilled hunter, ideal for tracking small game. In addition, they usually inherit the herding instincts of the Border Collie, making them great herders too.
Still, the Border Point needs a great amount of exercise. They’re not the best Border Collie mix for those that want a calmer dog.
Parents: Berner x Border Collie mix
Two of my favorite dog breeds are the Bernese Mountain Dog and Border Collie. When crossbred, the two become the Bordernese. Despite the massive size of the Berner, the mix is a more modest medium to large dog that’s great with any home.
They’re fantastic playmates for children (with parental supervision), but also superb companions for adults. Overall, the temperaments of the two parent breeds produce a friendly and more balanced dog than the Border Collie.
Keep in mind that these dogs will likely inherit the thick and fluffy coat of the Bernese Mountain Dog. With that said, they’re best suited for colder climates.
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Parents: American Eskimo x Border Collie mix
Crossbreeding a Border Collie with the spitz-type American Eskimo Dog gives you none other than the Ski-Border. This Border Collie mix is super friendly and enjoys nothing more than playing with you, as most likely inherited from the eskimo dog parent.
Inherently smart, Ski-Borders need a decent amount of mental stimulation. Though, not nearly as much as a pure Border Collie. But don’t forget about physical activity. These dogs tend to take after the collie side, as some really enjoy work.
As long as you provide them with affection and care, they’ll thrive in a family environment. It’s hard to go wrong with these amazing Border mixes.
Parents: Labrador x Border Collie mix
Boradors are extremely smart hybrid dogs, as expected from parents that are two of the smartest in the canine kingdom. Because of the Labrador Retriever side, they play very well with children, strangers and other dogs. They’re very friendly.
In addition, the Borador is also eager to please, making them responsive to obedience training. Just make sure to keep them stimulated so they don’t chew up your favorite pair of shoes.
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10. Border Pyrenees
Parents: Great Pyrenees x Border Collie mix
Unfortunately, there isn’t a detailed history for the Great Pyrenees Border Collie mix. In fact, owners are still debating on the right hybrid name for the breed. They’re a relatively rare designer dogs, but certainly worthy of being on this list.
Appearances can vary quite a lot, but you can expect a large dog with a fluffy coat. More often than not, the Border Pyrenees will inherit the thick coats of the Great Pyrenees. With that said, cold climates are best.
Thanks to the Great Pyrenees side, they’ll have a sweet disposition and thrive as nanny dogs with kids. Plus, they’ll be highly intelligent because of the Border Collie.
11. Border Beagle
Parents: Beagle x Border Collie mix
Beagles are America’s most beloved scent hounds. Crossbreed them with the iconic Border Collie and you have one of the most versatile dog breeds ever developed. The Border Beagle is unique, as the two parents are very different.
They’re known for their affectionate and enthusiastic personalities. Fun-loving and playful by nature, the Border Beagle is a great companion no matter your situation. While Border Collies may be intense, the Beagle side calms them down a bit.
They’ll likely have a longer coat than the Beagle, but will almost always retain the long goofy ears of the Beagle. Border Beagles are some of the best mixes, and their popularity shows it.
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12. Border Collie Pit
Parents: Pitbull x Border Collie mix
Pit Bulls aren’t the ultra dangerous dog breeds that the media make them out to be (at least when they are properly trained). They’re actually friendly dogs, meaning they’re excellent dogs to cross with the Border Collie.
Though these hybrids are relatively new with little information, they’re growing in popularity. But what is the reason? Because people are just discovering that the Border Collie Pits are loving family dogs that get along great with people.
They’re versatile dogs that can be used for herding, guarding or just companionship. The personality and temperaments can vary, but they’re generally loyal, energetic, alert and intelligent mixes.
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13. Border Collie Bull Staffy
Parents: Staffordshire Bull Terrier x BC mix
Also known as the Border Staffy, the Staffordshire Terrier and Border Collie hybrid might be the bravest mix on this list. The liveliness of the Border Collie meshes well with the confident yet brave nature of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
They’re everything you would expect, given the Staffordshire Terrier. These dogs are brave, but die-hard loyal (almost to a fault). At the same time, they retain the playful and friendly nature you’d expect from a Border Collie.
Make no mistake, they are dominant dogs and require firm positive reinforcement for training. But with enough socialization training, they’ll make the perfect guardians for your home.
Parents: Corgi x Border Collie mix
Why not cross the Border Collie with the internet’s favorite short-legged fur-balls? The Welsh Corgi and Border Collie hybrid strikes the perfect balance between intelligence and adorableness. What more can a dog owner ask for?
Because both parent breeds are excellent herding dogs, the Borgi excels in this field too. This Border Collie mix requires a ton of mental stimulation and physical activity – it’s the cost of having such a great mixed breed.
The Borgi will always have short, stubby legs – like the Corgis. That’s because the Corgi’s dwarfism is a dominant trait. In fact, all Corgi mixes will have short legs.
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15. Border Heeler
Parents: Blue Heeler x Border Collie mix
The Border Heeler is a hybrid of arguably the two very best herding dogs in the world – the Australian Cattle Dog and the Border Collie. Both of which, rank top 10 in the smartest dogs list. In other words, the two are intelligent herders.
This hybrid’s energy levels are sky-high, as evident in both parent dog breeds. Not only are they active working dogs, but possess all the best traits of a good family dog. They’re loyal, intelligent, vigilant and protective.
The biggest challenge with the Border Heeler is keeping them occupied, both mentally and physically. If they get bored, it can become a problem.
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Parents: Boxer x Border Collie mix
The Boxollie is the cheerful and lively hybrid that combines the Boxer with the Border Collie. They tend to be very sweet dogs that develop strong bonds with the family. Loyalty is usually a common trait in the Boxollie, if treated right.
Because they’re such loyal and courageous dogs, they make great watchdogs (and potentially guard dogs) for families. Ultimately, it’s their strong affection and love that drives them to protect the pack. You can always count on a Boxollie.
If you’re looking for a easier Border Collie mix to care for, the Boxollie may be the perfect choice. They’re relatively easy to maintain and need less physical exercise than most.
17. Golden Border Retriever
Parent: Golden Retriever x BC mix
Combining one of America’s favorite family dogs with the Border Collie is always going to be a fantastic idea. With that said, the Golden Border Retriever has been making their way to homes all over the world, and for good reason.
The parent breeds of this hybrid contrast a lot in temperament and personality. The Border Collie is a loyal worker, while the Golden Retriever is a fun and easy-going breed. The hybrid strikes the perfect balance.
Many times, temperament may lean towards one parent over the other. Most often, they’ll take on the overly-friendly nature of the Golden parent. They will be great companions if they get enough exercise and quality time spent.
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18. Border Sheepdog
Parents: Sheltie x Border Collie mix
Also known at the Borderland, the Border Sheepdog is another great combination of two talented sheep-herding dogs. Both the Sheltie and Border Collie have high instincts and obedience & working IQ, making them very trainable dogs.
As a result, the Border Sheepdog is a superb and versatile herding companions. In addition, they take obedience training very seriously and are always eager to learn. In fact, some will need obedience as a way to get mental stimulation.
These hybrids are still relatively new, so looks can vary widely. All we know is that they’re energetic, agile and athletic herding dogs.
19. Border Collie Cocker
Parents: Cocker Spaniel x Border Collie mix
The cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Border Collie brings you this unusual hybrid. They may not be the most popular hybrid, but they’re interesting and unique. In most cases, the Border Collie Cockers will be hyperactive with amazing stamina.
The down side is that they bark quite a bit, so obedience training is absolutely essential early on to keep them in check. The good news is that they’re some of the most intelligent Border Collie mixes and love obedience training.
Usually, these dogs will take retain the body and build of a Border Collie, but have the head of a Cocker Spaniel. They’ll be medium-sized dogs, but the coat colors can vary.
Parents: Dalmatian x Border Collie mix
The Bodacion, or Dalmatian Border Collie mix, is not the most obvious combination of breeds. They are a fairly rare hybrid, but mostly because they’re such new designer dogs.
What you get is a medium sized dog with the coat patches of a Border Collie. The iconic spots of the Dalmatian are usually present on the Bodacion too. However, the spotted coat tends to be sporadic with sometimes large patches of solid color.
Given the parent breeds, we can assume that the Bodacion is a fantastic working dog. They’ll likely thrive with whatever you throw at him, in addition to being a great family pet.
21. Border Newfie
Parents: Newfoundland x Border Collie mix
The Border Newfie is a large hybrid dog that was developed by crossbreeding the Newfoundland with a Border Collie. These dogs are relatively new and there’s not much history on them.
However, we know that they’re highly eager to please and generally inherit the calm demeanor from the Newfoundland side. Though both parents are herding dogs, the Newfie side brings in their protective instincts to the pack.
Whether you’re looking for a guard dog or just a great fluffy companion, the Border Newfie is an great choice. Just make sure you can provide them with a moderate level of exercise.
Parents: GSD x Border Collie mix
The Shollie combines two very popular dogs, the German Shepherd and Border Collie. Despite this, the Shollie is not as popular as you may think. It’s not a mix we see all too often. Nevertheless, they deserve to be on this list.
Because both parents are highly intelligent, there’s little doubt that the Shollie is too. This hybrid loves to work and will demand a lot of physical activity and mental exercises. That said, they’re not great for all owners, especially novice owners.
If you can provide this, the Shollie will make a formidable and devoted protector of your family. They can be fierce, but also loving dogs when it comes to family.
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23. Great Collie
Parents: Great Dane x Border Collie mix
The “Great Collie” sounds like celebrity or royal Collie dog. In actuality, they’re the cross between a Great Dane and the Border Collie. Probably just as good. This combination is rarely seen, but they’re a special treat when they appear.
These Border Collie mixes are big dogs, as you can expect from having a parent crowned as the largest dog breed. In fact, depending on which side they take more from, they can almost be as big as the Great Dane.
What’s great is that these hybrids are bursting with energy. It may not be the best thing if you have big dog jumping on you, so obedience training is key.
24. English Borsetter Collie
Parents: English Setter x Border Collie mix
The English Borsetter is the result of crossbreeding an English Setter with a Border Collie. Both parents are top-tier working dogs, though in different fields. They’re quite rare, but amazing dogs if you can ever find one.
As expected, the Borsetter is an energetic dog that loves to work, work work. Though they may not be as intense as the purebred Border Collie, they need plenty of exercise and run. Mental exercise will also be a priority with these dogs.
Overall, they are sensitive dogs that need a loving environment to thrive. Socialization at an early age is important for them, but not as important as an equally affectionate family.
25. Border Collie Bernard
Parents: St. Bernard x Border Collie mix
The Border Collie Saint Bernard mix is a hybrid dog that’s docile, protective and intelligent. They have inherited all the greatest and most valued qualities of the parent breeds, making them some of the most family-ready mixes on this list.
Typically, the Border Collie Bernard is an extremely friendly dog. However, don’t think they’ll let anyone hurt their families. These dogs will do anything to protect them, which may be something they get from the Saint Bernard side.
If you’re looking for a big dependable Border Collie mix, then there are few choices as great as the Border Collie Bernard. They can herd, hunt, guard and be loving companions.
26. Afghan Collie
Parents: Afghan Hound x Border Collie mix
This Afghan Hound and Border Collie mix is perhaps the rarest of all the mixes on this list. Just the hound alone is hard to come by. However, they’re wonderful and unique collie hybrids that deserve to be on this list.
Sporting the thick coat of the Afghan Hound, the Afghan Collie is a super versatile dog that’s capable of all types services. For example, they can hunt, participate in dog sports, retrieve or even guard homes. This dog can do it all!
If you can find an Afghan Collie, then bring them home! It’s not everyday you find an exotic and versatile mixed breed like the Afghan Collie.
27. Border Schnollie
Parents: Schnauzer x Border Collie mix
The Border Schnollie is the cross of the Standard Schnauzer with the Border Collie. In fact, these mixes are so popular that we have the Miniature and Giant Border Schnollies too! It’s just that the “standard” is the most obvious partner for crossbreeding.
Personality and temperament will vary with these Border mixes. But generally, these hybrids have high energy levels, spirited personalities and impressive athleticism. This means a lot of exercise should be given (no surprise here).
They’re quite versatile hybrids and can do anything from herding to flushing out vermin or guarding the home. However, as long as you give them love and care, they’ll be just fine.
28. Doberman Collie
Parents: Doberman x Border Collie mix
When you combine the world’s hardest working dog with the best guard dog ever, you get this amazing hybrid: the Doberman Collie. In theory, crossbreeding a Doberman Pinscher with a Border Collie will get you a hard-working guard dog. But there’s more to them.
The Doberman Collie is highly vigilant, loyal and protective, as expected from the Doberman side. And thanks to the collie side, they’ll be very active with a sense of adventure and fun. They love to play just as much as they love to work.
And while the Doberman Collie enjoys a good cuddle from time to time, they need to be outdoors so they can get some run in. Exercise is crucial with both the Doberman and Border Collie. The same goes for the hybrid.
Parents: Rottweiler x Border Collie mix
Sometimes called the Border Rottie, the Bordweiler combines the courageous composure of the Rottie with the diligent nature of the Border Collie. Unfortunately, these dogs aren’t common. But we have a few owner description to help us out.
Bordweilers aren’t going to be as scary as you think. They can actually be very timid and not aggressive at all. But as soon as there’s a threat to the family, don’t expect this dog to shy away. When the situation calls for it, they’ll have your back.
Like the Border Collie, this hybrid loves to run. In fact, owners claim they will still retain their instincts to herd kids. And as for appearance, they can take on the head shape of a collie, though with a lot more heft on the body.
Why Get a Border Collie Mix?
Purebred Border Collies are wonderful dogs. But there are great reasons why owners pick a Border Collie mix over a pure breed. For starters, Border Collies are intense workers.
They require a ton of physical stimulation because of their unmatched stamina and work ethics. Few dog breeds enjoy working for the sake of working – Border Collies are one of them.
Not every dog owner can provide this for their dog. So, crossing a Border Collie with a calmer, more easy-going dog breed may strike the perfect balance.
Did I mention Border Collies are considered the most intelligent dogs in the world? Though this may seem like a great thing, a smart dog is not for everyone.
Highly intelligent dog breeds, such as Border Collies, require a lot of mental stimulation. This means plenty of obedience training, brain games, dog puzzles and more.
Again, not all owners have the time or enjoy providing mental stimulation. A mixed Border Collie will still need mental stimulation, but probably a lot less than a purebred.
Did we miss any Border Collie mix that deserved a place on this list? Let us know in the comments section below. And if not, tell us which mix is your favorite!
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