Border Shepherd

History/Evolution:

Like the Borador, the Border Shepherd’s combination of Australian Shepherd and Border Collie was made in the hopes of creating a canine performance champion. Also known as the Border-Aussie, the Border Shepherd is high energy and intense and may not be particularly friendly; look for parents with good temperaments who enjoy human companionship. The breed has a short-to-medium coat that sheds.


Size:

Medium; 15 to 22 inches, 35 to 55 pounds.

Color:

Varies; includes black and white, blue merle, red merle, and tricolor.

Temperament:

Energetic, intelligent, intense, trainable. Reserved with strangers; some can be snappy and less tolerant of children.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Athlete or someone who enjoys performance training.

Needs:

Daily strenuous exercise, job or activity (flyball, agility), socialization, obedience, weekly brushing (more when shedding).

Life expectancy:

10 to 15 years.