11 Things You should know about the Borador (Labrador Collie Mix)

The Labrador Collie mix, also know as a Borador, is a medium size dog with a high amount of energy. These beautiful furred dogs range in weight. Females generally weigh in at 40-50 pounds, while some of the bigger males will come in at closer to 55-60 pounds. They have naturally pointy ears, and have taller legs, as well as a good amount of muscle on the stomach area.

Part of the terrier breed, these dogs are very close to their owners, and loyal to their family. I am here to show you a few reasons why the Borador is a great family dog!

They are Active!

These dogs have energy! My dog, Sadie, has a larger portion Labrador in her, and showed that energy early on in her life. The Boradors need constant workouts and ways to burn that energy off. Fetch and making them chase around bones and frisbees are great ways to keep them entertained. Just like most dogs, they are good around children, however, can get a little nippy when anxious or wound up. They will require a lot of attention on all levels, but with proper care, they do relax over time.

2. Chew they will…. Early On.

These dogs love to chew as babies, and trust me; chew they will. Slippers, socks, paper towels, you name it, they will attempt to chew it. Training very early is important, as is making sure there are plenty of chew toys around for your puppy! For many of the early months with my Borador, Sadie, she attempted to chew everything in sight. With constant training, and attention to items left out around your dog, they do overcome it!

Sadie after kicking around pillows that were in her way

3. Prepare for a very Stubborn Dog!

While these dogs are lovable, cuddly puppies that are great family dogs, they can be quite stubborn! The Female Borador from my experience isn’t just stubborn, but a Queen diva as well. They often have difficulty giving back tennis balls and catch items out of their mouths, and fetch therefore can be quite a challenge. They look to be the center of attention constantly, which can be a good thing, but for those that get overwhelmed, it may be stressful. Be prepared to accept that they are a stubborn breed. While they are stubborn, they do still train extremely quickly! Often times, with some treats involved, they will learn new tricks within a few tries!


Sadie Snuggles up against her owners legs

4. They show great affection!

Sadie sticks by our side through sickness and through health. Often times, Boradors will want to always be around you. They love to show affection to children as well. Whatever room you may be in, they just want to be a part of the family.

While they are good around children, you have to keep an eye out, as they often like to run with toddlers, thinking the toddlers are playing a game, and may try and jump at the defenseless child. They are constantly trying to keep entertained, and thus are quick to beg for your love! The Borador is very attentive, and will often turn their head to the side in order to adjust the view of your speech. This is showing to you that they are paying attention!


Boradors will turn their heads slightly to read your lips better

5. They May not be the Best Walkers

With this type of breed, research suggests 1-2 hours minimum a day of exercise. Walks for Boradors are a great way to get them out of the house and explore what is on the outside. My dog Sadie however, is not a very good walker. Even with walking training, she is still so energetic and interested in everything around her, that she begins pulling. While this may be common in other dogs, the Borador seems to be towards the top of the list of dogs that are exhausting to take for a walk. Keeping treats with you on your walk, and rewarding them when they stay focused ahead can be helpful.

6. Maintenance

The Borador overall is an easy dog to groom. While these dogs sometimes will dig in the dirt and lay in mud, they do not need frequent baths. They are very clean dogs which may vary in shedding. The Border Collie portion of the dog is a moderate shedder, while the Labrador will most likely shed more. I would recommend brushing the Boradors hair 1-2 times a week at minimum to keep their coat fresh and the natural distributions of their oils consistent. Their ears and teeth should be consistently cleaned to avoid any dental or ear issues. With our Borador, my wife will use a quick spray ear drops once a month, and I try to brush her teeth once a month as well.


Boradors Love Water

7. They Enjoy Water!

Pools, hoses and Lakes; The Borador seems to love their water! Our dog Sadie will constantly drink water outside, tip over bowls, and enjoys to jump in the kiddy pool and be sprayed with water hoses! I highly recommend taking them to local parks and watering holes, as they will have a blast!

The Borador enjoys cooling off constantly, especially on those hot days. They often will walk right into a nearby lake, and after investigating the body of water, may attempt to swim. One of our favorite moments with Sadie growing up was her constant seeing of her shadow in her outdoor bowl, which caused her to dig and splash her water all over herself!

8. Health Concerns

While the Borador is a happy, entertaining dog, the combination breed, just like any other dog, does have some health concerns to look out for throughout their life.

  • Hip Dysplasia– Many Labradors will have problems with their hips when they get older.
  • Cataracts- More common in the Labrador breed.
  • Skin Problems (Minor)- Our dog Sadie had some allergies and redness in her skin this past year, and Boradors overall can have these skin issues.
  • Deafness (Minor)- More common in the Collie Breed, deafness could be possible as your dog grows older.

The most common health concern that I have learned about for my Borador is the Hip Dysplasia. Because the Boradors are so active, enjoy jumping, and depending on their living situation, may be entertained constantly by other family dog(s), they may be prone to bad joints/hips later in life. Consistent scheduled trips to your Vet for checkups and staying up to date on shots will help you keep an eye out for signs of the above.


Boradors will get nervous and almost looked worried

9. They Get Nervous

Just like most dogs, they get nervous around certain scenarios. People yelling, moving too quickly, or overwhelming the Borador will cause your dog to get nervous. A few things you can look for in your dog that my Borador shows are:

  1. Head ducks down, ears go flat: It is almost as if you can see their shoulders tense around their neck. The ears will go flat to the back of their head, when they are normally pointed and alert.
  2. Tail goes in, under their body: When Sadie gets nervous, her tail will quickly go from wagging to folded in under her back side.
  3. They may move quickly away: Wherever area they are feeling frightened, they will scamper/jog away from that area.
  4. They may turn their head away from you on an angle: This shows that they are skittish.

If you see any of these features, notate the scenario, and try your best to comfort your dog.

10. They Can Be Finicky Eaters!

Boradors seem to take their time when eating their meals. When Sadie eats, she will only take a few bites, then walk away from her meal for hours. It will often take her until the middle of the day to finish her breakfast, and the end of the night to finish her dinner.

The Borador primarily eats dry dog food, and will most likely still eat two cups of food a day, just at their own pace. Do not panic if they do not eat all of their meals in a day! Usually, they will eat a lot more the next day. Just like any dog, if they do not eat much the following day, check in with your Veterinarian for a medical opinion.


Sadie Relaxes on her favorite lounger

11. They Love to Sleep

While they are highly active, energetic dogs, they do love a good nap! Often, the Borador will sleep on and off throughout the day. They will find a favorite spot or two in your home, and will make it their lounge area. For our Borador, Sadie, we have an old lounger outside that is now officially “her lounger.” She loves to lay on it for long periods of time, and will often drift off sleeping in the sun. Most nights, the Borador will sleep calmly through the night without waking them up.


Sadie Takes an afternoon nap. Boradors sleep very well.

Summary

I hope this article was helpful for those looking to bring a Borador into their family, or for those that may have more questions in general about the breed. I would recommend this breed, as they are wonderful family dogs, and a lifetime companion! Please do not hesitate to reach out with other questions!

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