The active, agile and affectionate crossbreed of the Border Collie and the Labrador Retriever, Borador, is a designer dog, standing taller than many other dogs in the group, having a broad forehead, tapered muzzle ending in a pointed black nose, that makes a great family and apartment dog, inheriting the combined temperament of both its parents.
|Breed Type||Cross breed|
|Group (of Breed)||Herding, sporting, designer|
|Lifespan||14 to 15 years|
|Weight||35 – 45 pounds|
||Medium; 18 – 22 inches|
|Shedding||Minimum – average|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Litter Size||Up to 9 puppies at a time|
|Health Concerns||Common/general dog issues|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
Temperament and Behavior
This intelligent and obedient dog inherits the virtues from both parent breeds that one can expect from a pet dog, ready to do anything for the ‘master’, they would even alert them barking at strange noises, especially during nighttime, making them a great guard dog. Described as a ‘very happy’ dog, they are sweet and loyal to all members and children in its family.
An untiring dog that needs serious exercises, this breed are not meant for lazy owners, since they enjoy walking, jogging, retrieving, playing with toys, frisbees, tennis balls, open-air sports and even swimming, which would always keep them fit and ‘happy’.
Casual grooming skin, eyes, ears and coat is recommended, since they shed too little, nor do they develop any typical doggie aroma. De-furminators work great to cleanse them during shedding.
Other than being vulnerable to orthopedic issues like hip-dysplasia, that are common to the lab mixes, constipation and overweight issues too are common to this breed. Although skin and dental health of the borador is excellent, cleaning their ears at times is necessary.
Being prone to chewing, these dogs would love to chew even wrists, fingers, eyeglasses etc., and needs being trained at that, which should even resolve issues of their excitable nature, If they are towards their collie parents genetically. Although these naturally-sociable dogs seldom bark at passers-by, but the owner must always take the lead during training or exercising to keep away ‘pack-leader’ issues, without which, the dogs might develop behavioral issues when adult.
1 ½ to 2 cups of dry high-quality normal dog food is enough for your borador. The food should be divided into 2 equal meals. Also, you can give your dog treats from time to time. But do hide the dog treats, since they are prone to eating, and also, tell the family that your borador is on a strict diet recommended by her veterinarian so that, the pet is unable to eat table scraps.
- Their refined intelligence helps them be an ideal pet to serve even the blind and the disabled.
- The easily-trainable Borador picks up fetching games fast, a nature inherited from its ‘retriever’ and ‘hunter’ parents.
- The dog responds briskly to whistles and human commands.