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Golden Collie


Avatar photo Shiloh Nevada
Last updated: 18th October 2022

The Golden Collie is a large-sized cross of the Golden Retriever and Border Collie, noted for its affectionate and adorable nature. They are sturdy with a long face, elongated snout, hanging ears, almond-shaped eyes, black nose, and a shaggy tail.

Golden Collie Pictures

Quick Information

Also known asGollie, Golden Border Retriever
Coat CharacteristicsDense, Corded, Harsh, Rough, Water-Resistant
Coat ColorsBlack, White, Black and Tan, Brown, Golden, Yellow
TypeCompanion Dog, Watchdog
Group (of Breed)Crossbreed
Life Span/Expectancy10-15 years
Height (Size)Large; Maximum 24 inches (full-grown adults)
Weight45-75 pounds
Personality TraitsIndependent, Loving, Playful
Good with ChildrenYes
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR

Video: Gollie Puppies Busy Playing

Temperament and Behavior

The intelligent Golden Collies have a pleasant demeanor. They are active, dedicatedly loyal, and have an intense eagerness to please their owners just for a little attention. Their obedience is quickly reflected through their affectionate and friendly nature, thus making them good with kids.

Though some Gollies might tend to be shy, they are highly sociable, being in a jovial mood most of the time. Hence, they do not do well when kept alone for extended periods.

Some dog enthusiasts think that so much of cheerfulness in their character failed to make them a good guardian. This assumption, however, is not correct, since their alertness is readily apprehensible from their barking instinct. Gollies are very active and responsive, making for excellent watchdogs. They would start to bark the moment they come across a stranger around and alert their family members about the same.



These canids need regular exercise to burn down their calories. Take them out on a walk or jog on a routine basis to channelize their energy positively. Let them play in an enclosed yard if you have one. A total of around 90 minutes of daily physical activities is enough for this breed.


The coat of the Golden Collie is average to long, and their shedding is moderate to high. For this, they need high maintenance, especially if your dog is double-coated, having a long and rough outer coat with a soft undercoat.

Brush them regularly, at least 4-5 times a week, so as to keep their coat smooth and glossy. Regular brushing also promotes blood flow and enhances hair growth.

Health Problems

It’s a healthy dog in general, but could inherit the ailments of its parents. The common conditions they may prone to suffer are hypothyroidism, OCD, Von Willebrand’s, drug sensitivity, bloat, cancer, joint dysplasia, collie nose, eye problems, and allergies. Hence, it is better to consult your breeder about the health history of its parents.


As they say, “a tired puppy is a good puppy,” chalk out ideas to keep your dog tired, or engaged in your absence, if you think your pup might be sad when you are away.Interactive toys that make sounds or dispense treats would give your dog the incentive to work harder. Try frozen Kong toys stuffed with peanut butter. This trick should work.

To prevent your dog from being overly excited when your guests come in, teach him to display a controlled behavior when the doorbell rings. Ask your puppy to sit close to the door, and press the doorbell, holding a treat in your hand. If your puppy starts to show any sign of excitement, go close to it and ask it to calm down, showing the gift, but do not give it away. Next, repeat the process and do the same, if your dog shows any sign of excitement. Give the treat as it obeys you and sits down calmly. Doing this activity from time to time would help your dog will learn to put a check to its overly wild behavior as well as refrain from incessant barking habits.


If you opt for dry kibbles, go for the product that is meant for dogs of its stature and level of energy. The quantity is 2½ to 3 cups per day, divided into two regular meals.

37 responses to “Golden Collie”

  1. Patsy says:

    I’m looking for a golden border collie, (adult) can you give me any info where I can adopt one. Thanks

  2. Patsy says:

    Looking for a golden border collie 3 r or 5 call me 804_400_5698

  3. jane says:

    I am looking for a golden retriever/collie cross. Please let me know if you have one you want to revoke, or puppies

    • pandora says:

      check rescues, Sign up for Rescue Me alerts, sign in for golden retrievers and border collies and german shepherds, both of mine came from rescues also be open to getting a dog that is 5 or older. if you treat it right it will live a long older dog lived to 17 i didnt feed him dry kibble just good quality canned and he is indoor dog,, only goes outside supervised. microchipped and has shots both core and alternative. good luck

  4. Cheryl Kochel says:

    I would like to breed my Golden border collie mix with a stud of same mix…no pspers… no mass producing… just a litter so we can have a few pups… she is a love… in south east Pennsylvania

    • bri says:

      I have an intact 1 year old golden border collie. His mom was a purebred border collie and dad is a purebred golden retriever. My golden border collie’s colors is black with a white patch on his chest and white on the tip of his paws. What color is your bitch?

  5. Mythili says:

    Hi, we are looking for a golden retriever collie mix female puppy. Willing to travel to pick it up. We live in west virginia and my son attends college in California so we can travel fairly extensively to pick it up.

  6. Mishelle says:

    Hello, I’ve a male border collie Bailey and a female golden retriever, and when I was informed by the veterinarians and reading a number of contributions on the internet, so I decided. 🙂 For 10 days, my Golden retriever Gina will have puppies. Although I am from Slovakia but if someone wants the puppies will be for sale

  7. Ivan G. says:

    Hi! I would like to ask if it is safe for the female BC to be bred with male GR? Thanks a lot.

  8. Jenny golding says:

    Looking for a retriever / border collie puppy , anything out there .

  9. Jen says:

    Looking for a breeder or someplace to get another golden border retriever dog. Please let me know on any leads!!!!

  10. Harvey R says:

    I’m looking for sable golden collie. Just lost mine of 12 years. Anyone know of one please let me know.

  11. Russel says:

    I’m just amazed… that little tutorial you gave on how to train your dog to not bark at the doorbell ACTUALLY WORKED! I never would have thought it would be that easy. I’ve been listening to my dog bark at the doorbell for years now, and thought it was just something I would have to live with forever…

    Thank you!

  12. Gary says:

    I have been looking for a young female Border collie/golden retriever mix. Puppies perferred. Anyone have one. I live in Niceville, FL. email me.

  13. Brenda Bow says:

    Hi guys! I had a Golden/collie!He was my best friend! Sweet, guard dog, loving,playful,dog ever! Loved to hike, swim, jog, you name it! I just lost him due to a tumour on his stomach! Looking for another, trying to get over my baby! You can’t go wrong with a dog like this! Btw, mine had allergies! And constantly on meds! Other than that they are fantastic!

  14. Megan says:

    I’ve recently adopted a Golden Collie. He is smaller around 45lbs. Has a beautiful golden coat. He looks like a fox with that great fluffy tail. He loves other dogs, cats not so much. He is great. Highly recommend (ADOPTING) one.

  15. Jamie Goff says:

    I have one and his name is Bailey ! I was actually doing some research on him and came across this article. They are great dogs and companions to have !

  16. Jon says:

    Hi guys. I would like a golden retriever/border collie mix. I’d like it as a little puppy. If you guys have one or know anyone that does, please reply and let me know.

  17. Miss Cellany says:

    I want one! I love border collies but many are too shy and reactive to have in an urban environment – a mix with the docile, friendly golden retriever should make for a smart gentle dog with more of a friendly outgoing nature than a purebred BC (but still with fairly high energy and intelligence which I love about the BC).

    Will definitely keep my eye out for a cross of these dogs in rescue.

    The only thing that worries me is the heavy bone structure, bad hips and tendency to be overweight of the golden – would have to manage diet and exercise with this cross I imagine (a purebred BC regulates their own food intake usually, mine never got fat no matter how much food I put out, how fatty the food, and how many treats I gave him).

    • Gareth says:

      Hi! We have a Golden Collie named Clovis. He is the most amazing beautiful dog. His father was a red and white border Collie and mother a Retriever.
      Clovis is 7 and a half, no heavy bone structure or over weight or bad hips… he’s a fireball playing fetch and only 6 months younger than our daughter, very much grown up in the family.
      Super intelligent, best friends with 3 cats and 2 rabbits and 5 humans!!

      Here is Clovis watching the sunset from our Balcony. Auckland, New Zealand

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