Whippet Border Collie Mix


The Whippet Border Collie Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Border Collie and the Whippet. The Border Collie is one of the friendliest dogs you will ever meet and the Whippet is a friendly dog, but with more of a hunting background. This is obviously going to have a strong herding instinct as well as very similar traits between the two breeds. It is also going to have an extremely high energy level. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Border Collie or the Akita? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Border Collie Akita Mix.

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Here are some pictures of the Whippet Border Collie Mix




Whippet Border Collie 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. 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. If you have a few minutes, please sign our  petition   to stop puppy mills.

Border Collie History:

The Border Collie was bred to gather and control sheep in the hilly border country between Scotland and England. He is known for his intense stare, or “eye,” with which he controls his flock. He’s a dog with unlimited energy, stamina, and working drive, all of which make him a premier herding dog; he’s still used today to herd sheep on farms and ranches around the world. They were bred to literally run 15-20 miles a day for days on end all while moving sheep. They were also bred to withstand harsh weather. You might want to keep this in mind when you are looking for a companion and if you have the stamina to keep up with them.

Whippet History:

The Whippet is a dog breed of medium-size. They are a sighthound breed that originated in England in the late 1800’s, where they descended from greyhounds. Whippets today still strongly resemble a smaller greyhound. Whippets were bred to hunt by sight, coursing game in open areas at high speeds. One can find numerous representations of small greyhound-like hounds in art dating back to Ancient Egyptian times. Although it is thought that they were purposefully bred in the latter 19th century. Pharaohs bred a small sighthound dog related to the greyhound to keep in their palaces, and this dog may be the ancestor of today's Whippets. Like most dogs, it was bred to help humans hunt in some way, shape, or form.

Border Collie History:

The Border Collie was bred to gather and control sheep in the hilly border country between Scotland and England. He is known for his intense stare, or “eye,” with which he controls his flock. He’s a dog with unlimited energy, stamina, and working drive, all of which make him a premier herding dog; he’s still used today to herd sheep on farms and ranches around the world. They were bred to literally run 15-20 miles a day for days on end all while moving sheep. They were also bred to withstand harsh weather. You might want to keep this in mind when you are looking for a companion and if you have the stamina to keep up with them.

Whippet History:

The Whippet is a dog breed of medium-size. They are a sighthound breed that originated in England in the late 1800’s, where they descended from greyhounds. Whippets today still strongly resemble a smaller greyhound. Whippets were bred to hunt by sight, coursing game in open areas at high speeds. One can find numerous representations of small greyhound-like hounds in art dating back to Ancient Egyptian times. Although it is thought that they were purposefully bred in the latter 19th century. Pharaohs bred a small sighthound dog related to the greyhound to keep in their palaces, and this dog may be the ancestor of today's Whippets. Like most dogs, it was bred to help humans hunt in some way, shape, or form.


Whippet Border Collie Mix Size and Weight

Border Collie

Height: 19 - 22 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 30 - 50 lb.

Lifespan: 10-17 years


Whippet

Height: 18 - 22 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 15 - 31 lb.

Lifespan: 12 - 15 years



Whippet Border Collie Mix Personality

Like all hybrids, you have to look to the parents to get a good read on how they will likely behave. The Border Collie is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever encounter and the Whippet is too. This might be one of the most fun loving and friendly dogs that you will ever encounter. However, it might be highly energetic! Both breeds were bred to work and run all day. This should make a very friendly, family oriented dog. If it takes after the Whippet, they might be an alpha with a strong personality and needs a strong owner with experience who can set themselves as pack leader. Even though they are small they can be feisty little guys. Just because they are small doesn’t mean they don’t want to be in charge. They should get along well with other animals if exposed and socialized properly as well. They are somewhat capable of independence, or alone time when the house is noisy or full. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”


Whippet 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 Australian Shepherd mixed with the Border Collie  might be prone to hip dysplasia, various eye diseases, sensitivity to certain drugs, and epilepsy

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.



Whippet Border Collie Mix Care

What are the grooming requirements?

The Border Collie is a moderate shedder and the short-haired Whippet doesn’t shed quite that much. They will need routine grooming and baths as needed, depending on how they feel.

What are the exercise requirements?

This is a high energy dog that will need that from an owner. As I stated previously, they were bred to work and run all day so they will not be content just laying around. Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. Don’t be surprised if it starts to herd you as the Border Collie has a very strong herding instinct.  A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.

What are the training requirements?

This is an extremely intelligent dog that will be easy to train, however, it might be extremely stubborn. It will need a strong, firm handler that is consistent and won’t let this dog take advantage of them. 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.



Whippet 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. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.


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