German Shepherd Border Collie Mix

The German Shepherd Border Collie Mix is a mixed Dog Breed between the German Shepherd and the Border Collie It is sometimes known as the Shollie. This is going to be an extremely intelligent dog as it combines the most intelligent dog with the third most intelligent dog, according to this list.

While we really recommend that you acquire one through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their German Shepherd mixed with Border Collie puppy. That is, if they have any for sale. Always screen your breeders as much as possible to ensure that you are getting as high a quality dog as is possible. If intentionally bred, typically it is a German Shepherd Black Border Collie mix.

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German Shepherd Border Collie Mix History

Here is a brief history of both the Shepherd and the Border Collie. Being that this is a mixed breed dog, there isn’t a lot of history to it. However, we go more in depth to the history of both breeds. As his name suggests, the German Shepherd originated in Germany, where he was created in the nineteenth century primarily by Captain Max von Stephanitz, who wanted to develop a dog that could be used for military and police work. The result was a dog that encompassed striking good looks, intelligence and versatility. World War I put a dent in the breed’s burgeoning popularity because the dogs were associated with the enemy. German Shepherds braved artillery fire, land mines and tanks to supply German soldiers in the trenches with deliveries of food and other necessities. After the war, movies featuring Rin Tin Tin and fellow German Shepherd Strongheart brought the breed back into favor. American audiences loved them. For a time, the German Shepherd was the most popular breed in the United States.

The Border Collie is descended from a type of collie known as landrace. They are typically found in the British Isles. The name “Border” of the breed came from it’s assumed place of origin along the Anglo-Scottish border. It is often thought that the word 'collie' comes from the old Celtic word for useful. Many of the best Border Collies today can be traced back to a dog known as Old Hemp. Old Hemp was a tricolour dog, born in Northumberland in September 1893 and died in May 1901. He was bred by Adam Telfer from Roy, a black and tan dog, and Meg, a black-coated, strong-eyed dog. Hemp was a quiet, powerful dog to which sheep responded easily. Many shepherds used him for stud and Hemp's working style became the Border Collie style. All pure Border Collies alive today can trace an ancestral line back to Old Hemp.

In 1915, the Secretary of the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) in the United Kingdom, James Reid, first used the term "Border Collie" to distinguish those dogs registered by the ISDS from the Kennel Club's Collie (or Scotch Collie, including the Rough Collie and Smooth Collie. These being the more standard Collie’s.

Wiston Cap who was born in 1963, 70 years after Old Hemp is the dog that the International Sheep Dog Society badge portrays in the classic Border Collie herding pose. He was a popular stud dog in the history of the breed, and his bloodline can be seen in most bloodlines of the modern day Collie. Bred by W. S. Hetherington and trained and handled by John Richardson, Cap was a biddable and good-natured dog. His bloodlines all trace back to the early registered dogs of the stud book, and to J. M. Wilson's Cap, whose name occurs 16 times within seven generations in his pedigree. Wiston Cap sired three Supreme Champions and is grand-sire of three others, one of whom was E. W. Edwards' Bill, who won the championship twice.

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German Shepherd Border Collie Mix Size and Weight

Border Collie
Height: 18 - 22 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 25 - 50 lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years

Height: 22 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 - 95 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 14 years

German Shepherd Border Collie Mix Personality

The German Shepherd Collie Mix is what you would expect. They are extremely intelligent, energetic, driven, protective and industrious. They can make a decent watchdog and are fun to play with and obviously smart. This dog is going to want attention, and exercise, exercise, exercise. If you are not an active person, this is not going to be a good dog for you. They are going to want affection and to be paid attention to as they are very loving. This dog might be extremely stubborn, especially if it takes after the Border Collie.

German Shepherd Border Collie 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 Border Collie mixed with German Shepherd might be prone to the following: Epilepsy, OCD, bloat, Degenerative Myelopathy, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, joint dysplasia, allergies and eye problems.

Do not purchase a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed. A careful breeder and one who truly cares about the breed itself, screens their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens. One of the most common health problems with dogs is obesity. Keeping this under control is your responsibility.

German Shepherd Border Collie Mix Care

They are going to shed a lot and are going to need lots of exercise. Be prepared to brush them a couple of times a week and have a good vacuum at your disposal to clean up the floors. Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

German Shepherd Border Collie 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.

A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet.

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