Are you familiar with the Border Collie Pit? Are you looking for a new dog? Then you may want to read this guide about Border Collie Pits!
We’ve put together information about these dogs on what to expect, how to care for the dogs, and more! Let’s get started!
What is a Border Collie Pit?
The Border Collie Pit is a hybrid dog that’s a mix of the American Pitbull Terrier and the Border Collie. With this mix, you can expect your fur baby to be extremely energetic! The dogs have a fun personality and require plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
The Border Collie Pit is also called the Borderbull or the Border Pit. These dogs are very independent and can be challenging to train. So, these are not the best dogs for first-time or inexperienced pet parents.
These dogs are highly intelligent and affectionate with almost everyone. They’re also very loyal to their families. The Border Collie Pit can also be extremely protective of their families and property. Unfortunately, these dogs are prone to separation anxiety because of their attachment to their loved ones. They don’t do well left alone for long periods and may become destructive and develop other unwanted behaviors.
What About the Border Collie Pit’s Parents?
The Border Collie Pit is a fairly new hybrid, making it sometimes challenging to predict how the puppies may turn out. The qualities listed in the previous section are generality. A puppy’s personality and characteristics are determined by the genetics he inherits from his parents.
For instance, a puppy who strongly resembles his Pitbull parent may have qualities and characteristics that are more in line with a Pitbull. On the other hand, if a puppy is more like his Border Collie parent, then he may be more like a Border Collie. However, it’s impossible to tell until a puppy grows up. What’s more, hybrid puppies are never a 50/50 mix of their parents.
The American Pitbull Terrier is a lovely dog; unfortunately, they have a bad reputation for being aggressive. Some Pitbulls may be aggressive because of poor breeding practices. And then there are breeders who want to make the dogs aggressive and breed for this quality. However, these can be great family companion dogs.
The Pitbull is an active dog who needs plenty of exercise. And they want to be with their families. You may find it strange that a Pitbull sometimes wants nothing more than to be a lapdog!
Border Collies are also intelligent dogs that are very energetic. They originally come from Scotland, where they were bred to be herding dogs. These are working dogs who need a job or plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
These dogs are great at agility training and competitions and learn quickly. They’re also great with kids and other pets/animals.
Both the American Pitbull Terrier and the Border Collie should be trained and socialized from a young age.
Border Pit Temperament
The Border Collie Pit is a highly social dog. They want to be with their family members most of the time. They even like to spend time on the couch and snuggle!
We mentioned earlier that these dogs are intelligent. Well, we must let you know these dogs are super intelligent! It’s been said that a Border Collie Pit can outsmart their pet parents! That’s a bit scary!
The dogs also have the same determination and endurance as their parents. They’re always up for a game of fetch, going out for a run, and more!
Border Pit Size and Appearance
When it comes to size and appearance, remember that it depends on the dog’s genetics. They may be more like their Border Collie parent or more strongly resemble their Pitbull parent. However, you can get an idea of how the puppies may look & how big they’ll get by considering the appearance and size of the parents.
The Border Pit is a medium-sized dog that can weigh up to 50 lbs. They stand between 15 to 16 inches tall. The dogs tend to be muscular, too. Even so, they’re usually very graceful, athletic dogs. If the pup takes after their Border Collie parent, his ears may be semi-erect or mostly erect. He may also have oval or round eyes. Their eyes may be the same or different colors!
The coat of these hybrid dogs will vary, depending on the dog’s genetics. Border Collies usually are black and white. Pitbulls may be white, black, gray, blue, fawn, tan, brindle, or even red. The dog’s coat may be rough and smooth, with some curled hair. The hair is usually somewhere between short to medium in length.
Border Pits are usually not as fluffy as their Border Collie parent; however, they usually have longer hair than their Pitbull parent. What’s more, the Border Collie Pit doesn’t shed as much as Border Collies.
Border Collie Pit Health
Border Pits are usually pretty healthy dogs. However, they are prone to certain health issues, including:
- Heart disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
Border Pits have a life expectancy of 12 years or more.
Border Pit Diet
Border Pits require a nutritionally balanced diet to stay happy and healthy. The dogs are very energetic, which means they require plenty of protein and omega-3s to keep them energized!
Experts recommend these dogs eat high-quality dog food kibble, which is a great choice for the Border Pit. Kibble is the best way to make sure your fur baby is getting all the nutrients he needs each day. Avoid kibble that’s filled with chemicals (such as preservatives), artificial colors & flavors, and more. Instead, look for foods that contain organic ingredients. These are the best for the Border Collie Pit.
Border Pits need about 2.5 cups of food per day. This can be divided into 2 or 3 small meals.
Thankfully, Border Collie Pits are not heavy shedders, like their Border Collie parent! However, these dogs still need regular grooming. Their coat should be brushed about once or twice a week. Doing so can reduce the amount of shed hair and dander in the home. Keeping the dog fur cleaned up can also help anyone in your family that has a dog allergy.
Border Pits don’t need to be bathed too often, only when they become stinky and dirty! However, their ears do need to be cleaned once a week, especially if the dog likes to be outside a lot.
Border Collie Pit Exercise Requirements
You’ve probably understood by now that these dogs have a ton of energy! These dogs enjoy long walks, hikes and also love playing fetch in the backyard (should be fenced in). Border Pits need at least one hour of exercise each day.
In addition, they require plenty of mental stimulation too. They love working with dog puzzles and games. The dogs also excel at some dog sports, such as agility and obedience training.
If you’re unable to provide the amount of exercise and mental stimulation and Border Collie Pit requires, it’s best to look for another dog breed. These dogs depend on you for their health and wellbeing. A Border Pit that doesn’t have enough exercise and stimulation will develop behavioral problems.
Border Collie Pit Training
When it comes to training, Border Collie Pits need obedience training and socialization from a young age. They need this training in order to be happy, healthy, well-balanced dogs. Fortunately, these dogs are extremely trainable and are eager to please. And they tend to learn quickly because of being so intelligent.
Border Pits may also have a tendency to be aggressive toward other dogs. This is another reason to start training the dog from a young age. The goal is to instill strong recall if there’s ever a problem between the Border Collie Pit and another dog.
These dogs thrive on positive reinforcement training methods. As you train your fur baby, it’s also a good idea to have plenty of healthy dog treats and praise on hand!
Do Border Pits Get Along with Other Animals?
The parents of these dogs, Pitbulls & Border Collies, have a strong prey drive. The puppy may well inherit this characteristic, too. Border Collies, especially, seem to chase cattle, cats, and other small animals.
In addition, the Pitbull parent has a history of being aggressive with other dogs. For these reasons, it’s strong urged that the Border Pit start socialization at a very young age.
Are Border Pits Good Family Dogs?
The Border Collie Pit can be a great family dog if they’re properly socialized (the dog, not the family!). However, because these dogs could have strong herding instincts (like their Border Collie parent), the dog may try to herd small children and other pets. Again, training and socialization are imperative in these dogs.
Where to Find a Border Collie Pit?
A couple of the best choices to adopt a Border Collie Pit is either from a reputable breeder or a shelter. There are several reasons to adopt from a reputable breeder, including:
Getting guidance & advice on the breed: the breeder is an expert in this hybrid ix and can provide invaluable information and guidance on the breed and its requirements.
Know the dog’s history: buying from a reputable breeder also means you’ll have information about your dog’s history. You can see the dog’s parents and learn about the dog’s pedigree. Plus, meeting the parents gives you a good idea of what their puppy will be like when he grows up.
Have healthy information about the dog’s parents: another reason to adopt from a reputable breeder is that you’ll know the health background of the dog. You can find out about the parents’ health issues and the breeder may have tests done to ensure the parents don’t pass on genetic issues to their puppies. The resulting puppy has a better chance of being healthier in the long run. What’s more, the breeder should be able to provide you with a health guarantee. The health guarantee varies with each breeder. However, in general, the health guarantee covers the refund price of the puppy, receiving a replacement puppy, and more.
Adopting a Border Pit is also possible. Adopting a dog from a shelter means providing the dog with a loving, fur-ever home. Shelter dogs are also cheaper than buying from a breeder, and you’re giving the dog a much-needed second chance.
Either way, adopting from a breeder or shelter is the best option when looking for the right Border Pit for your family!
How Much Does a Border Collie Pit Cost?
The cost of the Border Pit depends on where you adopt the dog. If you choose to adopt from a breeder, then the price may be about $700. However, if you adopt from a shelter, the price could be between $100 to $300.
Generally, dogs adopted in large urban areas tend to be more expensive, while those from small towns and rural areas tend to be more affordable.
Which is Best—a Male or a Female Border Collie Pit?
There’s not much difference between the male or female Border Collie Pit. However, the males are usually larger and have a higher chance of displaying sexually aggressive behavior toward dogs of the same sex.
On the other hand, females tend to be a bit smaller and more easygoing.
Otherwise, males and females can make great family companions!
Summing It Up
Border Collie Pits are a fairly new hybrid dog breed! These dogs are extremely intelligent and energetic. They’re not the right choice for inexperienced pet parents. However, for those who understand how to handle these dogs, the Border Pit can make a wonderful, fun family companion!
Remember that these dogs require training and socialization from a young age. If you’re consistent with training and socialization, you’ll have a very lovely, well-rounded, laidback, confident dog! These are the dogs that make the best family companions!
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about Border Pits, and this guide helps you find the fur baby of your dreams!