A German Shepherd Border Collie Mix can very easily be mistaken for a purebred German Shepherd, given their thick coat, muscular body, and piercing eyes. Their tan and black coats and slightly drooping ears, with a slightly less bushy tail is what sets the Border Collie German Shepherd Mix apart from their parent, the German Shepherd and the Border Collie. Called the “workaholics”, this breed is known to complete daily tasks with ease, and is among the most industrious dog breeds. To ascertain the characteristics of the German Shepherd Collie Mix, it is important to study to lineage of the parents it comes from. The mix may not always be an equal 50-50 cross. Breeders cross multiple generations. While it may not be easy to figure out the genetic makeup, the parental lineage can help figure out the Border Collie German Shepherd Mix’s traits.
A fully grown German Shepherd Border Collie Mix dog can weigh up to 80 pounds, and stand as tall as 26 inches. Their protective and alert disposition makes them ideal companions for children. They are also adaptable, and adjust well with families. Their protective nature towards their “herd” or family makes them highly intimidating to intruders and outsiders. Known for their stare, they are not uncomfortable with prolonged eye contact and their stealth approach.
German Shepherd Border Collie Temperament:
Hardworking and gentle, Border Collie German Shepherd Mix dogs are highly energetic and fun loving. Affectionate, loving, caring and attentive towards family, their disposition can change to threatening and offensive within seconds of sensing a threat. Naturally instinctive, it takes time for the German Shepherd Collie Mix dogs to get used to outsiders and visitors. Very attentive and obedient, it is easy to train them. Training can be imparted to curb the territorial instinct and the nipping habits. Positive reinforcements can help train the mix better than punishments or shock collars. The Border Collie German Shepherd Mix should be trained when young, since their intelligent nature makes them harder to train as they get older. Their highly focused approach also helps them during their stealth mode when they feel intrusion or threat in the vicinity. With limitless amounts of energy, the German Shepherd Border Collie Mix needs a minimum of 2 hours of physical activity in the form of exercise, walks, jogs, or chases. They can make keeping up with them a task.
Taking Care of a German Shepherd Border Collie Mix:
Since the Border Collie German Shepherd Mix dogs are large and more hairy than a purebred German shepherd, they require to be brushed regularly. Their shiny coat can be kept so with regular brushing regime to remove loose hair and any dirt that might have settled in during an outdoor play session. German Shepherd Collie Mix shed twice a year. The dog can be bathed when required, with subtle puppy shampoo to keep the fur smooth, and shiny. Also needed are good quality meals. This will help not only in keeping the pet healthy, but also maintaining the texture of the coat. Regular vet visits are a must to ensure all vaccination shots are administered in time. Regular health checks should also be given prime importance. Since the Border Collie German Shepherd Mix is very energetic, it is important to provide them proper exercise in the form of outdoor activities, walks, jogs, or constructive games.
German Shepherd Border Collie Health Issues:
Mixed breeds can either be immune or highly prone to the diseases their parents were prone to. Border Collie German Shepherd Mix can be prone to the hip dysplasia and deafness, since both parents are prone to these. Border Collies are prone to epilepsy, but this may or may not be passed on to the new breed during the cross.
Ideal Living Conditions for a German Shepherd Border Collie:
German Shepherd Border Collie Mix dogs are extremely protective, alert and thus make great house pets. Incredibly protective they will bark when threatened, and continue till they sense the threat has passed. Their high energy levels make them ideal dogs for farms, or houses with big yards, where they can guard their territory and run around to vent out their energy. They are also natural hunters, so Border Collie German Shepherd dogs will chase animals such as squirrels, cats, birds, and other dogs.