The Border Collie was ranked as the 35th most popular dog breed in America in 2020. Because of this, the Border Collie mixes have become extremely popular with designer dog enthusiasts that want the Border bloodline with fewer health problems than purebred pups.
If you could describe the Border Collie in just three words, it would be affectionate, smart, and energetic, and while you can never 100% guarantee anything from a mixed pup, most Collie crosses will be just that, as well as being an overall well-balanced and loveable pooch.
If you are here because you know you want a Collie cross, but you’re not too sure which one, then you have come to the right place! In this guide, we’ll run you through 30 of the most adorable Collie combos around and discover whether one of them is the ideal pooch for you!
- Popular Border Collie Mixes
- Border Aussie
- Border Jack
- Border Springer
- Border Point
- Border Heeler
- Border Pyrenees
- Collie Cocker
- Border Newfie
- Border Schnollie
- Golden Border
- Great Border
- Border Pit
- Brittany Border
- Kelpie Collie
- Final Thoughts
Popular Border Collie Mixes
The Border Collie has been voted by scientists and veterinarians worldwide as the most intelligent dog breed, so you can expect his mixed puppies to share some of that brain wealth, even if his other parent has been voted as one of the dumbest dog breeds in the world.
For this reason, whatever cross you choose, you need to be sure that your new canine addition will have plenty of exercise and a lot of mental stimulation in the form of work, training, or interactive games. If he becomes bored, then he will become very unhappy, unhealthy, and destructive, but if you can provide him with this, then you are also in for a lot of love and doggy snuggles. But what else can you expect from him, well, let’s find out!
Breeds: Border Collie & Dalmatian
The Bodatian mixes the Dalmatian and the Border Collie. This mix will measure 18 to 24 inches in height and weigh between 40 and 60 pounds. His coat will likely be short in length, and it will be shiny and slick or soft and luxurious, and he will more than likely have a black and white coat with a few spots.
He is a protective mix but one that is independent and happy to spend time in his own company if he feels that his family is safe. He is an energetic dog who will need at least 60 minutes of intense exercise every day, and he would be fantastic at a doggy agility course.
Breeds: Border Collie & Labrador Retriever
The Borador is the cross between a Lab and a Border Collie. They are protective of their family, thinking of them as their herd. You’ll need to discourage herding behavior in the family home. He is lovable and sociable and will likely want to be the center of the family circle.
Most Boradors measure between 20 and 23 inches in height and weigh between 40 to 70 pounds. He will have a medium-length coat that is thick and dense, shedding a lot! This medium to large breed’s favorite things will include water, belly rubs, all the attention, and plenty of exercise.
Breeds: Border Collie & Australian Shepherd
The Border Aussie is an expected mix, and for good reason! He is possibly one of the best herding dogs on this list, so if you are looking for a ranch hand, this might be the guy for the job. Ideally, he needs to be worked, or if not, he must get around 60 to 90 minutes of intense exercise every day; otherwise, he’ll become a very unhappy pup. But if you provide his body and mind with what he needs, he’ll become a loving four-legged family addition.
He will measure between 18 and 23 inches tall and weigh between 35 and 60 pounds. His coat will be his most distinctive trait, with the Aussie colors and different-colored eyes often making an appearance.
Breeds: Border Collie & Standard Poodle
Possibly the most popular Border Collie mix, the Borderdoodle is a curly-haired pup who usually takes the black and white colors of the Collie. His curls will mean he will need regular grooming so that his hair does not become tangled, and it is unlikely he will be hypoallergenic like his standard Poodle parent. He will measure between 16 and 22 inches in height and weigh between 35 and 65 pounds. This is a similar weight range for most Poodle mixed breeds, as long as they are mixed with the standard size Poodle.
He will be super intelligent and super energetic, so he must be placed with a family that can match his exercise and mental stimulation needs; otherwise, he’ll destroy everything in sight. But provide him with various activities, and he will repay you in doggy doodle kisses and love.
Breeds: Border Collie & Corgi
The Borgi will measure between 10 to 21 inches tall, weigh between 30 to 40 pounds, and be a medium-sized breed. He will usually take the long and squat body shape of the Corgi, but with the Collie coat and coloring, his large ears and cheeky smile will be his signature features. Their tails are not likely to be docked like most Corgis.
He will need at least 60 minutes of intense exercise every day, and he would make a great herding dog who will utilize the different herding techniques of both parents, known as the nip and the stare. Sheep will not mess with the Borgi! In the evening, once you’ve worn him out, he’ll kick back and relax with you and the whole family. This mix can be established by breeding either type of Corgi.
Breeds: Border Collie & Jack Russell Terrier
An unlikely pairing, but one that seems to work so well. His Terrier ratting trait will remain strong, so if you have pet rodents, the Border Jack is not for you! He is another lively pup who needs a lot of mental and physical stimulation, and his intelligence, stamina, and loyalty make him a highly trainable dog but one that needs a firm leader. Because of his Jack Russell parent which is an equally energetic breed, they will have loads of energy.
Much smaller than the Collie, he makes a great option if you want a smaller pup. Measuring only 12 to 20 inches and weighing 20 to 40 pounds, this wire-haired mix is a little foxy in appearance. He is a lively mix who will keep you, and the whole family entertained.
Breeds: Border Collie & Springer Spaniel
The Border Springer is a medium-sized pup who measures 19 to 21 inches and weighs 35 to 50 pounds. He is likely to inherit the coat of the Collie but with a slight kink inherited from the Springer. Border Springers have a sweet face with large round eyes that will melt the hardest of hearts.
He will probably retain his strong bird-hunting gene, so keep this guy away from the pheasants. Despite his love for hunting, he will be a very obedient and loyal dog who is very playful and sweet-natured in the home, so he makes a loveable family addition. He will likely crave the attention of his humans, so he should be placed with a family that will not leave him alone for too long.
Breeds: Border Collie & German Shorthaired Pointer
The Border Point is a surprisingly popular mixed breed who is willing to please his master at every given opportunity. His loyalty and trainability might make this dog one of the most obedient on this list. He needs at least 1 hour of intense exercise every day in order to be happy. Not many people realize that the Pointer parent is really affectionate, so you’re in for a cuddle or two!
He will measure 19 to 24 inches in height and weigh between 35 and 60 pounds. He may have short or medium-length hair, and he will likely take the black and white colors of the Collie but with the spotting, or roan, the coloring of the Pointer parent.
Breeds: Border Collie & Blue Heeler
The Border Heeler is the pup of two fantastic herding breeds, so if it is a herding employee you’re after, he has all the canine qualifications. With this comes the need for at least 90 minutes of intense exercise every day, so if you can’t guarantee this, he is definitely not the dog for you. When happy, he is full of beans and has a lot of love to give!
He will look like an equal mix of the Collie and the Australian Cattle Dog, so dependent on his Collie parent’s coat, expect a little more hair than the Heeler and a lot more patterning and color than the Collie. He will measure between 18 and 21 inches tall and weigh 35 to 50 pounds.
Breeds: Border Collie & Boxer
The Boxollie mixes the Boxer and the Border Collie. This pup will measure between 19 and 24 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 70 pounds. If he has a short coat, you will be able to see his defined muscles, if it is slightly longer, then you probably won’t be able to, but either way, expect a strong canine here who will certainly need leash training!
He might be slightly aloof with strangers at first, but like all Boxer crosses, this guy will inherit a comical quality in that he will always be up for making his family laugh out loud! His play fighting incorporates the unique ‘boxing’ technique, and he will prefer to be with a family that can spend most of their day with him.
Breeds: Border Collie & Great Pyrenees
One of the larger crosses on this list, if you are seeking a larger herding dog, this guy might be your best bet. This mix will be the ultimate herder come flock protector, so if you live somewhere remote and need someone to watch over your flock, he will show you his best skills. After a hard day’s work, this dog has a lot of affection to give and thinks of himself as a lapdog.
Measuring 21 to 27 inches tall, he will weigh anywhere between 50 and 100 pounds, so you need to be sure that you have enough room for him and that you like a lot(!) of hair. This guy needs a larger home with an even larger garden – apartment dwellers need not apply!
Breeds: Border Collie & Beagle
The Border Beagle or Borgle, once over his immediate aloofness, is an easy-going pooch who will love to exercise as much as he loves to eat, so be sure to monitor his food intake otherwise, he can become a little porky. This breed mixes the Beagle and the Border Collie. Everyone will love this laidback mixed pup, and he will be particularly fond of children!
Beagle mixes tend to pass on their traditional hunting colors, the typical mask patterns, as well as the large drop-down ears. His coat will likely be a little longer, with a square, meaty nose bound to pick up the faintest squirrel scents. Depending on the size of his Beagle parent, he will measure between 14 and 19 inches tall and weigh 20 to 45 pounds.
Breeds: Border Collie & Staffordshire Terrier
If you’re after a Collie but with a sickly-sweet loving side, then the Borderstaff might just be the mix you’re looking for. He will also have a fondness for the smaller members of your family. Full of love, beans, and loyalty, you’re in for a treat with this sociable mix.
He will be a muscular dog who will measure between 16 and 20 inches tall and weigh 25 to 50 pounds. He may have a short or medium-length coat, which takes any dog color thanks to his colorful Staffy parent. Sound too good to be true? Well, it might be, as with all Pitbull-type mixes, be sure to check out your local laws and tenant agreements (if applicable) regarding Pitbull mixes.
Breeds: Border Collie & Bernese Mountain Dog
Measuring between 21 and 25 inches and weighing anywhere between 50 to 90 pounds, the Bordernese is another large Bernese mix that will be strong and powerful. His coat will be thick and fluffy and will usually take on the black, brown, and white colors of both parents. Large drop-down ears and big round eyes also add to his charm.
He will be aloof with strangers and protective of his estate, but with his family, he will be a sweet, gentle giant covering you from head to toe in doggy kisses and drool. He has a lot of energy, stamina, strength, and intelligence, and as such, needs around 1 hour of exercise a day to keep him happy and out of trouble.
Breeds: Border Collie & Cocker Spaniel
The Collie Cocker often looks like a little Border Collie but with the cute curly-haired ears of the Cocker Spaniel. He will measure between 14 and 19 inches tall and weigh between 24 and 45 pounds. Black, white, and brown are his favored colors, as are little flecks or patterns across his coat.
This delightful dog is becoming increasingly popular and favored by those who prefer an elegant doggy with a bit more gusto! He will need around 45 to 60 minutes of exercise daily and is a happy-go-lucky pooch who loves his family and is polite with strangers. He will likely have a reasonably high prey drive, given his hunting parentage, but probably prefer games or cuddles with his family.
Breeds: Border Collie & Newfoundland
The Border Newfie is the second heaviest mixed pup on this list but the fluffiest for sure, so if you don’t like dog hair or a little doggy drool, then you probably won’t be a fan of this guy. He will measure 22 to 26 inches and weigh a whopping 60 to 120 pounds, which is big enough to keep his sheep in check. With plenty of hair, this guy would prefer a colder climate.
He will be a little aloof, but thanks to his Newfie genes, he will soon warm up to strangers and surprise them with his lovely sweet nature. He will also need the least energy out of all the mixes on this list, and due to his size, he’ll prefer unhurried exercise.
Breeds: Border Collie & Schnauzer
The Border Schnollie is a high-spirited and jolly crossbreed who is also very intelligent but sometimes stubborn, and it is for this reason he needs a strong-willed master who will keep him in line. He will adore his family and make a great barky watchdog.
It is almost certain that he will be mixed with the standard-sized Schnauzer. Measuring between 18 and 22 inches in height and weighing between 30 and 50 pounds, this strong doggo would make an ideal ranch helper thanks to his eagerness to learn and work. He will either take the coat colorings of the Collie, sometimes the pepper and salt coloring of the Schnauzer, and the curly and somewhat wiry Schnauzer texture. It is also likely that he will inherit the whiskered snout.
Breeds: Border Collie & Golden Retriever
The Golden Border crossbreeds the Golden Retriever with the Border Collie. One of the most popular mixes on this list, the Golden Border is a friendly and easy-going pooch who will love playtime and chill time equally, which is great for those who want a less intense Border Collie cross who can switch off at home. However, he still requires around 60 minutes of exercise every day and would love this to include water sports of some sort. This guy is loyal and devoted, craving the attention of his entire family.
The Golden Border will measure between 19 and 23 inches and weigh between 40 and 65 pounds. This guy’s coat could take the black and white or the golden, but rarely a mixture of both. His coat will be feathery, and he will shed a lot throughout the year.
Breeds: Border Collie & Siberian Husky
The Bordersky weighs between 35 and 55 pounds and measures between 19 and 23 inches in height. It is more than likely that he will inherit the coloring or patterning of the Husky rather than the Collie coat, and he will also be quite a fluffy pup.
Possibly the most energetic mix on this list, he should only be placed with an active family that can guarantee between 1 and 1 ½ hours of exercise every day, and because he is so intelligent, it is important that his exercise is varied. He will be less stubborn than this Husky parent, and it is also likely that he will be a talkative and cheeky pup who is sociable with everyone once introduced to them.
Breeds: Border Collie & Great Dane
The Great Border is the tallest on this list, so if you’ve got high ceilings, we’ve got the breed for you. The Border Dane combines the Great Dane with the Border Collie. He is friendly and warm with his family, but he will likely be protective of the estate and aloof with strangers. While he is easygoing, his personality will require firm training due to his strength, intelligence, and energy, and he will need around 60 minutes of exercise every day.
He will have a short and tight coat that will be sleek and shiny, sometimes slightly longer if his Collie parent has a longer coat, but more than likely sport the black and white colorings. His ears will also be tall, and he will measure between 23 and 27 inches tall and weigh between 55 and 110 pounds.
Breeds: Border Collie & Alaskan Malamute
One of the rarer mixes on this list, the Alaskan Malamute is an elegant and sophisticated doggo that is fit for a King. This pup looks like a Husky and is often confused for them because their looks are so similar. They are larger than a Husky most times, though, usually weighing north of 50 pounds and sometimes topping triple digits. This means the Bordermute will be slightly larger than other Border Collie mixes.
The Bordermute will love to pull and is explosively quick on his feet, so you best keep him on a leash. He will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation, so he is best placed with a family that can commit a lot of time to this intense mix, but he will reward you with boundless loyalty and love.
Breeds: Border Collie & Sheltie
The Borderland is another great herder and one with a lot more fluff! His coat will usually take the brown, cream, white and black colors of both parents but with a lot more volume than the Collie, and as such, you’ll have to commit a fair bit of time to his grooming schedule. He is slightly shorter than his Collie parent too, and measures between 15 to 20 inches tall and weighs 25 to 45 pounds.
Borderlands are intelligent and playful. Thanks to his Sheltie genes, he is also a little more sociable with strangers. He will also be very in tune with his family’s mood, making a great companion for everyone, and is very fond of the younger members of the family.
Breeds: Border Collie & Doberman
The Dobie makes one of the best guard dogs on this list, thanks to his naturally protective Doberman parent. Mixing the Doberman with the Border Collie makes for a great crossbreed if you are looking for a family protector, but he is also a sweetheart in the home, craving cuddles 24/7. He is super intelligent, energetic, and somewhat needy, so this guy needs a family who can commit much time to him. Otherwise, he’ll become destructive.
He will measure between 20 and 26 inches and weigh between 45 and 80 pounds. His coat will likely be short and sleek and take on the Doberman coloring and markings, with the odd splash of Collie white. He is an athletic-looking dog with a friendly Collie face and large ears.
Breeds: Border Collie & German Shepherd
The Shollie is a beautiful crossbreed that mixes the German Shepherd with the Border Collie. This is another protective Collie cross and one that would make an ideal herding dog, given his double-herding parentage. These dogs usually attach to one person and are super loyal to the one he views as their main master. Regardless of who he latches onto, you can be sure that your home is in safe paws with the Shollie. He is intelligent and needs plenty of exercise and stimulation.
Shollies measure between 20 and 24 inches tall, and he will weigh between 40 and 75 pounds. As far as his coat goes, this mix will take on the black, brown, and white colors of both parents. The Shollie will likely take patterning of his German parent. His large sticky-up triangle ears will take center stage, and his big coat will need a lot of grooming.
Breeds: Border Collie & Pitbull
The sweet Border Pit will be a playful character who is full of life and fun, so you’ll never have a dull moment with this guy in your life. Intelligence, loyalty, and stamina will create an intense pooch, but it is worth it if you have the time. Just be sure to check out your local laws regarding Pitbull mixes.
He will measure between 18 and 21 inches tall and weigh between 30 and 60 pounds. It is likely that his coat will be short and sleek and may take on any doggy color of the Pittie, but more than likely include the black and white coloring of the Collie. His wide, infectious smile and athletic appearance are strikingly stunning.
Breeds: Border Collie & Rottweiler
If you are seeking an estate and family protector, then the Collieweiler is another canine option for you. Mixing with the Rottweiler as a parent, having a cattle farm would benefit this dog, given both of his parent’s cattle and herding background, especially because he is full of stamina, energy, and power. A bored Collieweiler can be a destructive one, so be sure to work that intelligent brain of his. He’ll almost certainly be aloof with strangers too.
Measuring 20 to 25 inches in height and weighing 50 to 90 pounds, this guy is stocky, and you’ll know it when he lays across you on the sofa as he often thinks of himself as a lapdog. Large drop-down triangle ears will take over his face, and his coat will be black, tan, and white.
Breeds: Border Collie & Brittany Spaniel
Another rarer mix, the Brittany Border isn’t a geographical region, he is an energetic dog that will never ever stop, so you best be ready for his energy and intensity. Always ready to play and never ready to sleep, this guy needs to be placed with an active or working family that can spend most of their day with him, or he’ll become anxious if not.
He will measure between 18 and 22 inches tall and weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. The Brittany Border will take on the black, white, orange, and liver colors of both parents. His coat will have a little kink to it too. He may or may not inherit the stumpy tail of the Brittany, but regardless it will wag until the sun goes down.
Breeds: Border Collie & Mastiff
The Borderstiff is another dubious mix, but again he works by creating a well-balanced pup. He will be friendly, sweet with his family, and a little more excitable and energetic outside of the home, so you get the best of both worlds. The Borderstiff will be courageous when he needs to be, but he is another gentle giant.
He is the largest mix on this list, so you best ensure he has plenty of room to stretch out as he measures 26 inches and above and weighs anywhere between 80 and 150 pounds (possibly larger). His coat will be thick and dense and usually take on the black and white colors of the Collie, but most certainly the meatier head and features of the Mastiff.
Breeds: Border Collie & Vizsla
The Vizslie sounds like a candy, and what a sweet boy this pooch is! This boy will love nothing more than to snuggle with his humans at the end of an energetic day. With his gundog and herding parentage, you can expect this boy to go all day long, and he doesn’t really care what he does as long as he does it with his humans. This boy will become anxious if left alone for long periods of time.
Weighing 35 to 55 pounds and measuring 19 to 23 inches tall, his athletic body is a little more defined than the Collie, and he will be much leggier too. His large and long ears will frame his face, and his short coat will be black, red, and white.
Breeds: Border Collie & Kelpie
The Kelpie Collie is another rare breed and one that looks very foxy. He will measure between 18 to 21 inches tall, weigh between 25 and 50 pounds, and appear muscular. His muzzle is much pointier and wild looking than a Collie and will take a mixture of his typical parent’s colors (black, white, and red).
He will have unlimited energy and would love nothing more than to work a flock on a ranch. This guy is so intense and untiring that he is not suited to most families and needs a minimum of 90 minutes of exercise every day. He needs a firm leader and one that he can look up to. He is independent and less needy than other breeds on this list, which can be appealing.
All Border Collie crosses are energetic and need to be worked or exercised hard in order for them to be happy. If this is something that you can provide him with, then you have both got a great chance of getting along well, and hopefully, after reading this Collie cross guide, you’ve met your match.