Border Collie Lab Mix Owner’s Guide

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 10/17/20 •  6 min read
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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed two wonderful dogs together? When it comes to a Border Collie Lab mix, you’ll find this is a happy combination that results in a mix that is perfect for families!

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In this article, we’ll take a look at the Border Collie Lab mix, their characteristics, how to care of them and more!

What is a Border Collie Lab Mix?

This a dog that comes from breeding a purebred Border Collie with a purebred Labrador retriever. The result in this case is the Border Collie Lab mix, which is commonly known as a Borador. The Borador has traits from both parents.

Border Collies are working dogs that have been used for herding cattle; however, these days, they’re also family dogs. They love to work and are highly intelligent. In fact, many dog experts consider the Border Collie to be the smartest dog breed.

Border Collies enjoy agility competitions, obedience training and tracking competitions. And they’re very loving, loyal dogs who are completely devoted to their families. While rare, some of these dogs can be a little aggressive.

These dogs are also known for their long, flowing silky soft hair and they’re usually all black, with white on their face, chests and feet. They usually weigh in between 30 to 50 lbs.

Labrador Retrievers are known as one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are also known for being very energetic, highly intelligent, and loving. These dogs have also been used as working dogs, mainly in hunting. However, Labs are also used as service & therapy dogs, used as bomb sniffing dogs and more.

Labs are great for families, even those that have small children. And Labs generally accept strangers. They also love to be with their pet parents and family most of the time.

These dogs are known for their thick, short-medium length fur that comes in black, gold and chocolate. Labs are considered to be medium-sized dogs, that usually weigh somewhere between 50 to 80 lbs.

So, your Borador will have certain aspects of both these dogs!

Borador Characteristics

A Borador can weight in between 40-60 lbs, making them a medium-sized dog; however, weights and sizes may differ. In addition, they usually grow to be around 16 – 19 inches in height. Boradors have an average lifespan of about 10-15 years.

These beautiful dogs are usually all black but may feature a splash of white on their face or chest. You may even find some Boradors that are a beautiful brown or yellow color. The length of the coat may vary—it may be a little longer, like the Border Collie’s, or shorter, more like a Lab’s.

When it comes to their eyes, Boradors are known for their deep, dark brown eyes. We guarantee these eyes will melt your heart!

In addition, you’ll find the Borador’s face is happy and intelligent. These dogs are always ready to be out and about having a good time. Be prepared for a very energetic dog, too, if you adopt a Borador!

Borador Temperament

A Lab Border Collie mix will be a dog that needs a lot of attention, and one that needs to be with their family. This is what makes these dogs the happiest.

In addition, these dogs are highly intelligent; expert say they have the same mental ability as a 2-and-a-half-year-old human child. Be prepared! Think of how much your two-year old can do!

Boradors are also known for being kind, happy and very laid-back dogs. And they’re very patient and good with small kids. However, they sometimes have a tendency to “herd” kids.

These dogs are also known for suffering from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods. They need to be with their family, so if you’re away for long hours at a time, you may want to consider another dog breed that is a little more independent.

So, you’ll have a very smart dog who is happy, attentive, loving, loyal and fairly easy to train. One more note—these dogs thrive when they have work to do. They really do enjoy working, which can include agility competitions, obedience training and more.

Borador Health Issues

Boradors are usually very healthy dogs, but they can be more prone to these health issues:

Borador Care

These dogs do shed, but not as much as some other dogs. You could classify them as moderate shedders. Your Borador may need to be brushed about once a week to keep his fur mat- and tangle-free. And they only need to be bathed when they really need it. That’s because Boradors can be prone to sensitive skin, which can result from too much bathing. Be sure to choose a dog shampoo made for dogs that have sensitive skin.

Training & Exercising Your Borador

Because Boradors come from working dog breeds, they have a lot of energy. So, be prepared to give your fur baby plenty of exercise. In fact, if they don’t get enough exercise, Boradors can become bored, which can lead them to destructive behaviors.

When it comes to training, your Borador fur baby will do best with positive reinforcement and reward-based training.

When it comes to diet, a Border Collie Lab mix will need food for medium- to large-sized dogs that have a lot of energy. To help keep your fur baby fit, be sure he gets enough exercise, and then keep him on a regular feeding schedule. Avoid leaving food out all day, as these dogs do love to chow down when food is freely available.

Boradors do make lovely, wonderful family pets. They are great with small children; however, as with any dog, never leave your child and Borador unattended. Boradors also get along well with other pets, though it’s best to get them acquainted slowly and calmly.

In short, a Border Collie Lab mix is a great dog that’s sure to become a loving, loyal member of your family. They’re great with everyone and will have enough energy to keep you busy throughout the day!

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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