Bringing a dog into your home is one of the biggest decisions you could make for your family. Knowing how the dog will respond to certain situations, children, and other people could make or break your decision to adopt a new fur family member.
If your family is considering getting a dog, a Border Collie Lab mix is one of the best family dogs you could ever have.
Why is this case? Well, simply because Border Collie Lab mixes are known for their loyalty, energy, and intelligence—all the qualities that are desirable in a family pet.
This mixed breed is a medium-sized dog but and is fairly large on the size chart so small spaces are probably not the best idea for them. However, their intelligence and obedience make them great additions to any family with children. With unpredictable temperaments and meltdowns galore, children can bring a whole new level of concern when it comes to choosing the right pup for your home. But choosing a Border Collie Lab mix will ensure that your dog will play and obey well (maybe better than your own kids)!
Here are 10 of the most interesting facts about Border Collie Lab mixes that you probably didn’t even know to be true:
1. They are super social.
Many dogs enjoy romping around the dog park with their fellow dog friends on a nice, sunny day. Some dogs love it more than others. A Border Collie Lab mix is the perfect tag-alongbuddy that you can take anywhere and everywhere!
Farmer’s markets, dog parks, human parks—you name it. Your Border Collie Lab mix will be the life any party with a wagging tail and slobbery kiss.
2. It is a hybrid dog.
You may have guessed it already—this pup is a mix of a Border Collie and a Labrador. Two of the best dogs you could have in your home!
A Border Collie is known for its regality and sharp sheepdog skills. The breed originated in the United Kingdom and was used primarily to guard and herd sheep in the fields. It has been said that even Queen Victoria was a huge Border Collie lover.
You can still find the Border Collie herding sheep in fields all across the world. As pets, however, the Border Collie does much more than just herd sheep. They provide lots of energy, hard work, and alertness for your family at all times.
One thing about a Border Collie is that it craves movement and play. If you don’t give the Border Collie enough time to run and frolic, they could start destroying beloved items in your home simply due to their pent-up energy! No one wants to lose a couch or those plumpcushions!
Other notable characteristics of a Border Collie:
– Sensitive to their owners
– Not a snuggler
– Must be kept busy throughout the day
– Can be very stubborn
– Needs firm discipline
– Great at herding small animals (maybe even your children)
– Craves socialization to decrease shyness and being timid
On the other hand, the Labrador Retriever (the other half of the Border Collie Lab mix) hails from the great Newfoundland island which is located in the northeast coast of Canada.
Labradors were originally bred to help fishermen on their boats or on the shore to retrieve fish from the water. Fishermen started taking their loyal fishing companions home with them, which started the domestication of the Labrador Retriever.
As the years progressed, Labs become some of the best retrievers and were used by hunters in England to help locate and retrieve animals they killed.
You may see Labradors working as police dogs, military dogs, or even special needs companion dogs in today’s society. They really do have a wide variety of skills you could utilize in many ways!
Other notable characteristics of a Labrador Retriever:
– Very lovable
– East to train
– Super devoted to owners and families
– Eager to please
– Must be trained and kept with firm discipline
– Must be exercised regularly
– Can have over excitement and impulsive behaviors
3. It is an unclassified dog breed.
To some, this may not be that important of a fact to talk about. But, to others, knowing whether a dog breed is classified or not is of high importance.
Because the two breeds that the Border Collie Lab mix comes from are two different classes (a retriever and a shepherd), the mix of the two do not have a class of its own.
But that’s actually okay and even better in some cases! The unclassified title means that your Border Collie Lab mix will be able to do what each of its parent breed can do. What does that mean, exactly? It means you will get a very intelligent dog that is one of the best retrievers in all of dog breeds!
4. They crave exercise and movement.
If you have a family that doesn’t get out much or requires long hours away from the home which requires your pup to be left alone, a Border Collie Lab mix may not be the best option for you!
Both a Border Collie and a Labrador need and crave exercise! If they do not get the right amount of exercise and movement, they could start displaying destructive behaviors that could create a lot of chaos in your home.
You will need to take your Border Collie Lab mix out into the yard multiple times a day, out to dog parks to play with other dogs, and to any space that allows them to burn off some of that energy! Let your kids take your pup out in the yard and let them both burn off some energy—it’s a win-win for everyone!
5. Your grooming habits will be super easy!
Dog owners around the world will agree that grooming a dog can be expensive and time-consuming.
But, not with a Border Collie Lab mix! These pups are known for how little they shed, which means you don’t have to spend tons of money getting your dog bathed and brushed on a weekly basis.
The low shedding aspect of the Border Collie Lab mix also makes it a great choice for families with children. Kids stick things in their mouth without thinking twice about it, which could mean hairballs could end up in a child’s mouth without a moment’s notice. With a Border Collie Lab mix, you won’t have this problem nearly as much as other dog owners with dogs that shed crazy amounts of fur!
And, if you decide to bathe your Border Collie Lab mix at home, your dog will not contest the bath! In fact, Border Collies and Labs are known for being swimmers, which means they will enjoy the water! This could definitely help you cut down on the overall costs of grooming, too!
6. Playing fetch has never been so fun.
If you’ve had dogs in the past that refused to bring you back the toy you threw into the yard for them, the Border Collie Lab mix is about to change the game for you! The Labrador part of the mixed breed will ensure that your dog brings back the toy each and every time. That’s what they were born to do: fetch and retrieve!
You may have to purchase multiple toys for your dog at a time because they do love to tear up their toys when they’re bored. Because you can’t possibly play fetch and let them run around all day long (you most likely have a job and other responsibilities), giving them toys to chew on and play with while you’re busy is the best way to go.
Be aware, however, that the toys may get destroyed after only a few uses due to their innate need to do something at almost all times of the day. This is completely normal and nothing you should be concerned about! Just make sure they understand what toys are theirs and the appropriate things to destroy (aka NOT your shoes)!
7. They eat. A lot.
Some dogs are known to be “snackers” while other dogs are known to chow down at all times of the day!
If you choose to bring a Border Collie Lab mix into your home, be prepared for a heftier food bill than you were probably anticipating. Because these dogs are known for their overactive energy levels, they use their food as an energy source quite quickly and frequently. Therefore, they will need more food often!
To ensure that your dog is receiving the best nutrition for their specific breed’s needs, find kibble that is specifically targeted towards the Border Collie Lab mix! Of course, dog food companies don’t label their food “Border Collie Lab mix approved,” but they will specify if the food is great for a Border Collie or Lab. Either one of those types of foods will do the job!
8. Health problems aren’t really much of a problem.
Unfortunately, for some dog breeds, the list of health problems the dog could endure throughout its lifetime may be extensive. However, lucky for the Border Collie Lab mix, the list of health problems really isn’t much of a list at all.
In fact, the Border Collie Lab mix comes from two genetically healthy dog breeds. Of course, having a mix of any type can cause you to experience health problems other dogs may not experience, but a Border Collie Lab mix is really not known to have any major health problems throughout their lifetime.
As you can see, bringing a Border Collie Lab mix into your home is a great choice! Fun, active, and loyal are great attributes for any dog to have, and the Border Collie Lab mix has all of those plus more!