Collie Lab Mix

Collie Lab Mix

The Collie Lab Mix is a hybrid mix breed dog resulting from breeding the Collie and the Labrador Retriever. This is going to be a large dog that is very friendly and loves to be around people. Both the Collie and the Lab are very friendly family dogs. Note that this page talks about the Collie and not the Border Collie. If you are looking for the Border Collie Lab mix, please read rescue, Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Collie Lab Mix. Note that this hybrid can consist of the black lab, yellow lab, or chocolate lab.

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Here are some pictures of the Collie Lab Mix

Collie Lab Mix History

Collie Lab Mix -  History:

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below.  If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. Please sign our petition  to stop puppy mills.

Labrador Retriever History:

The Labrador Retriever has consistently ranked as the most popular purebred dog in the United States and the United Kingdom for more than 10 years, according to the American Kennel Club. They make great family pets as well as a companion, show dog, hunting dog, canine athlete, guide dog, service dog, sniffer dog, search and rescue dog, and therapy dog. They are very active dogs that need daily exercise and mental stimulation. When they start to become bored and destructive is when they miss their exercise.

People who research this stuff have a couple of different theories about how the breed came to be called the Labrador. The first is that it was borrowed from the Spanish word for laborer — labrador — which is certainly a fitting description. The second is that it is related to the dogs that accompanied Portuguese fishermen who trawled the Grand Banks off the coast of Labrador and its neighbor Newfoundland. The British who visited Newfoundland appreciated the dogs’ abilities - swimmer, easygoing, hard worker, and brought them back to England. They then made their way back to North America in the early 1900’s.  American sportsmen who admired their positive traits brought them back over.

Collie History:

Both Rough and Smooth collies come from a breed of herding dog that originated in Scotland and Wales.The Scottish variety was a large, strong, aggressive dog, bred to herd highland sheep. The Welsh variety was small and nimble, domesticated and friendly, and a little more relaxed than the other. The English interbred them with their own variety of sheepdogs. This is why you see different lengths of hair and other qualities. In the 1940’s it is thought that they were bred with the Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound). The Borzoi is where it get its longer muzzle from, this is one of the defining characteristics today. This is a herding and working breed with a higher energy level.

Awesome videos of Collie Lab Mix puppies

Collie Lab Mix Size and Weight

Collie and Lab Mix -  Size and Weight


Height: 20 - 24 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 50 - 80 lb.

Lifespan: 14 - 16 years


Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 55 - 79 lb.

Lifespan: 10-14 years

Collie Lab Mix Personality

Collie Black Lab Mix -  Temperament

This is a very loving and friendly dog that will greet you at the door each night with a smile and a wagging tail. They aim to please and love to be with their family. He wants to  be with the “pack” and is a loving member of the family. He does not like being left alone for long and can suffer from separation anxiety. He prefers to be around people and a part of activities. Early socialization and positive reinforcement are vital for all dogs. He is intelligent so training should be moderately easy. He should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving him alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. He wants to be with the “pack.”

Collie Lab Mix Health

Collie Lab Mix -  Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The Chocolate lab mixed with the Collie might be prone to Joint dysplasia, allergies, among other problems.

Collie Lab Mix Care

Collie Lab Mix -  Care:

What are the grooming requirements?

Both of these parent breeds shed a lot and so will he. It is going to be important to stay on top of the brushing. It will probably “blow” its coat a couple of times a year and shed like crazy when it does. Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

What are the exercise requirements?

He is going to be a higher energy dog that is going to need a lot more exercise than other dogs. Always keep in mind what dogs were bred to do and manage to that. Collies were bred to work all day in cold weather and to herd. It has energy and will hate warm weather. The Lab was bred to retrieve and to swim in cold weather, it has a very high energy level.  Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him. Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. A tired dog is a good dog. This is not a good dog for a couch potato as he wants to be active with his people.

What are the training requirements?

This should be an easy dog to train as both aim to please and are highly intelligent. They were bred to work with handlers and to work with human companions. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.

Collie Lab Mix Feeding

Collie Lab Mix -  Feeding

A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

I good diet to look into is   Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

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