The Shollie – A German Shepherd Border Collie Mix
German shepherd collies are known for their loyalty and devotion to their owners. They have been bred to serve mankind since ancient times. Their loyal nature makes them ideal companions and they make excellent guard dogs. German shepherds are very intelligent animals with a strong sense of smell, hearing, balance, coordination and speed. These qualities make them perfect guards and search and rescue dogs.
German shepherds are also known for their love of children, which makes them great family pets.
They are not only good guard dogs but they excel at tracking down lost objects or people. They can even track human scent to a person’s home if they are trained properly.
In addition to their intelligence, German shepherds are also known for being affectionate and loving towards humans. They enjoy playing with children and other dogs. Some people even say that they are better than some breeds of dogs when it comes to training. However, there is always room for improvement in dog training because these traits come at a price: obedience and focus.
German Shepherds tend to be independent and stubborn creatures who need constant supervision from their owners. They do not typically listen unless they see a need to or if the owner has an established leadership or dominance over them.
These traits tend to make them incompatible with the elderly or children, in general. They are very prone to biting and attacking when provoked or annoyed. Proper training and socialization must be implemented into a german shepherd’s lifestyle at an early age in order to curb these kinds of behaviors.
Needless to say, it is better to leave these kinds of dogs in the hands of someone with experience when it comes to handling and raising guard dogs. German Shepherds are not typically family pets, even though they can be if trained properly. German shepherds make excellent workers and companions for those who can understand their traits and see past their fierce appearance.
The Border Collie – A German Shepherd Border Collie Mix
Personality: She’s a high energy, medium maintenance dog that requires a lot of exercise. She will try to herd everything and everyone, including other dogs. It is important to introduce her properly to other dogs while on a leash until she learns her place. She has intense eye contact, but is also affectionate.
Training: She learns new commands fairly quickly, but can be manipulative and demanding if she senses that you are weak willed. Have a set routine for meal times, walking times, play times, and sleeping times. Be firm and consistent and don’t give in to her demands. Make sure to give her praise when it is due.
Physical needs: She is not a big dog, but she does shed quite a bit. Be prepared to always have a brush around. Her coat does require some maintenance such as trimming and brushing. Always keep in mind that she is a working breed. She needs to be kept busy and exercised regularly.
Though she is small, she has a lot of energy.
Common Health Problems: This breed is relatively healthy, but some issues may include hip dysplasia, eye problems, epilepsy, ear infections, and skin allergies.
If you want a dog who…
needs little grooming
makes an excellent police dog
is relatively healthy (but see health issues below)
is good with children and other animals
is polite to visitors
is fairly quiet indoors
The Border Collie may be right for you.
If you don’t want a dog that…
is very energetic
needs a lot of exercise, and enjoys running and hiking
needs training to learn good manners
is loud (howling, barking, whining, etc.)
gets bored easily and will find her own entertainment in your home if you don’t provide mental challenges
proves challenging to train
Some short-coated Border Collies can have a fairly thick coat that can be like sheep’s wool. If you decide to get a long-haired Border Collie, expect some serious grooming.
Should you decide that a Border Collie is right for you, please make sure you research the specific traits of your preferred coat variation (or find a breeder who specializes in that trait).
Nearly any breed can be crossed with a Border Collie to create a Haze. The traits of the sire and dam will have a big impact on the traits expressed in the final product. Be sure to research carefully.
In addition, any of the working dog types such as the Hovawart, Belgian Sheepdog, or Old English Sheepdog, to name just a few, may be used to make a Haze. While these dogs are generally less energetic and more focused on their work than the Border Collie, they still need plenty of vigorous exercise and activity. Otherwise, they will find their own ways to use up their surplus energy.
Possible health issues: Be cautious when selecting the parents of your Haze. Both parents should be in good health. Possible issues to look out for include deafness, various heart issues, cataracts, hip dysplasia, sneezing, and immune system weaknesses.
Mental quirks: Be prepared. This dog is likely to challenge you in every way possible. It is crucial that you be firm and consistent from the moment you get this dog. The Haze is very intelligent and can easily learn to manipulate you if you allow it. They can also be noisy, and at times destructive if they don’t get the mental and physical challenges that they need.
Appearance: The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog with a strong build, but is not bulky. They have a broad head, brown eyes, and a fairly long snout. Their ears are pricked and tend to be fairly large. Their tail is typically carried downwards. Their coat can be short or medium-long and can be wavy, curly, or downright wooly.
Border Collies come in black, white, or blue, with or without tan or gray markings.
This versatile breed has been kept and used by shepherds for generations. They are most famous for their use with herds of sheep, but they have also been used as working dogs on farms with a wide variety of jobs. They are bred to be intelligent and extremely energetic. Herding behavior includes circling, chasing, and nipping at the heels of straying sheep in an attempt to move them towards the shepherd.
The Border Collie is generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. This breed is also prone to cataracts, hip dysplasia, and ear infections. It is extremely important to meet your potential pet’s parents and inspect their living conditions to ensure they’re being raised in a healthy environment and to get an idea of their personality and health before choosing to adopt.
Be sure to keep your dog mentally stimulated so that it doesn’t get bored and begin to chew up the furniture or howl incessantly. This breed does best with a job to do, whether it be herding sheep, chasing rabbits, or retrieving thrown sticks. If you don’t give this dog a job, it may very well find its own, which may not be acceptable to you. These dogs are very strong willed, so early training is essential.
If you’re looking for a dog that can compete in a variety of dog sports and enjoy going to work with you, then the Border Collie may be a good choice for you. Be sure to give this breed at least an hour a day to run around and have fun; otherwise boredom can lead them to destructive behavior. This breed should not be kept outside. These dogs are able to handle cold weather, but the heat is not kind to them. These dogs may try to herd your children or nip at their heels, so they require experienced owners.
Sources & references used in this article:
Constructing the German shepherd dog by E Tenner – Raritan: A Quarterly Review, 2017 – researchgate.net