Also known as the Golden Border Retriever, the Golden Retriever Border Collie mix is a responsible and a loyal breed. This breed is known to be extremely active and can live up to ten to fifteen years. It can be trained easily, thanks to its intelligence, and can be used as a working dog, guard dog, watch dog, or just as a member of your family. The breed does have high needs for exercise and grooming, so anyone who is willing to spend that much time on it should consider getting it.
The Golden Retriever-Collie Mix gets its traits from both its parents, that is why it is known for its:
The dog is great with small kids, other pets and all types of families. Training and socialization at a young age are quite important as the breed tends to become shy.
The Border Collie Golden Retriever Mix has extremely high exercise needs. Your dog would need anywhere between one to three hours of hard exercise, which includes walking and outdoor play time. After that, you might have to arrange for some indoor play time that would engage your dog mentally.
Due to this, this dog is more suited for those who have an extremely outdoorsy lifestyle. You can have your dog accompany you to your hiking, walking, cycling, and many more kind of trips.
With all this, it goes without saying that this is a dog that is best suited to a house with a yard. It is essential to keep up the exercise as without it can become destructive, lethargic, obese, and could succumb to a range of health issues.
Since they are intelligent and always looking to please their humans, the Golden Border Retrievers are extremely easy to please. This is a very sensitive breed, so you need to ensure that the training that you do is positive and not negative. Negative training (be in harsh words or beating) would not be effective and can create a negative impact on the dog’s psyche.
You will also need to encourage the dog to socialize in its puppyhood. Border Collies are very shy, and in order to avoid this tendency, you will need to ensure proper socialization from as early an age as possible.
Golden Retriever Border Collie Mix Puppies Pictures
- The dog will have a moderate coat, and so there will be shedding. In order to keep the coat healthy, you would need to brush the coat at least twice a day. Just like you would with a Golden Retriever Collie Mix, you can expect hair everywhere in your house.
- You can bathe it when it is dirty, that way the coat will stay healthy. Unnecessary bathing would mean stripping essential oils from the coat and could lead to skin issues. Always ensure that you use a good quality dog shampoo while bathing. The best ingredients to look for (assuming that your dog is healthy and is not suffering from any skin issues or is infested with ticks) are oats, aloe vera, and tea tree oil.
- Use a dog toothbrush and toothpaste and brush the teeth at least three times a week. This would keep dental issues at bay, and help you be up to date with your dog’s breath. A strong smell can mean some health problem, and it would be advisable to check with the vet.
- You should also visit the groomer regularly to get the ears clean and the nails clipped.
Behaviour Pattern with Kids and Small Animals
As mentioned earlier, usually the breed works great with small animals and kids. But since they are mix puppies, there is no telling how easily they would mix. In order to ensure a smooth transition, it is essential to socialize the puppies at an early age.
However, if you are not able to socialize/ or you have rescued a Golden Retriever Border Collie Mix Puppies, you need to take care that you do not impose kids/other pets on them. Gradually introduce them to the surrounding, ensuring that the dog is comfortable and then it would be a smooth sailing.
Health Issues to Look out for
The Border Collie Golden Retriever Mix breed is fairly new so long term health issues are not known as of now. In order to lower the chances of getting a dog with many health issues, get the dog from a reputable source. If you are able to meet and interact with both parents that would be an added advantage. Some of the major problems that plague the parents are heart issues, joint issues, epilepsy, OCD, and cancer.
On the whole, the Retriever-Collie Mix is a great breed that will fill your life with joy. If you are interested to know more about other mix breed dogs, feel free to browse around the site.