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Golden Collie

History

The Golden Collie is a designer breed that developed by crossing the Border Collie and the Golden Retriever. Not much is known about the history of this dog since it is bred recently. They are large in size and are characterized by their sturdy looks and a long face. Their snout is elongated with hanging ears, oval to almond-shaped eyes, long tail and a black nose. It has a dense flowing coat that covers the entire body except for the feet. It is fond of staying in the human company.

Border Collie Mix with Golden Retriever

Facts About Golden Collie
Breed Group Watchdog, companion dog
Breed Type Crossbreed
Country of Origin NA
Other Names Gollie, Golden Border Retriever, border collie-golden retriever mix
Size Large
Height 24 inches maximum
Weight 45-75 lbs
Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR
Shedding Moderate
Hypoallergenic No
Litter Size NA
Colour Black, White, Black and Tan, Brown, Golden, Yellow
Life Expectancy 10-15 years
Coat Dense, Corded, Harsh, Rough, Water-Resistant
Price $300-$700

Temperament and Personality

Collie mix puppies are dedicated, active, loyal and always tend to please their owners. Their friendly and affectionate behavior makes them compatible with kids. Also, cheerful and enthusiastic nature makes them an attention seeker. Some of these dogs tend to be shy but socializes well and be happy all the time. They develop separation anxiety if left alone for a prolonged period. Additionally, their alert, watchful and barking nature is perfect for them being a guard dog.

Care

Exercise

Being a border collie mix it needs a vigorous regular activity for about 90 minutes to burn down their energy. Take them for walk or jog once a day to keep them fit both mentally and physically. Also, include playtime and running off-leash in a fenced area.

Grooming

Being an average shedder, it requires high maintenance. At least 4-5 times of brushing in a week are essential to do away with loose and dead hair. Bathe them only when necessary to maintain its shine and glossiness. Keep its nail clipped and clean its teeth frequently to avoid tooth decay and other infections.

Health Problems

A tight back lit shot of the head and shoulders of a serene looking small female collie mix

It a healthy breed, but like its parents, it is prone to OCD, hip dysplasia, joint dysplasia, eye problem, collie nose, allergies, and cancer.

Training

It is easy to train and enjoys teaching sessions. Prefer to teach them indoors so that even if they get tired of working, they might fall asleep. Usually, it listens well to commands and is eager to please its owner. His intelligent nature makes training quicker than most of the dogs and requires less repetition. Teach them to socialize at a very early stage and use positive reinforcement techniques to train appropriately.

 

Feeding

Serve them with 2½ to 3 cups of high-quality dry kibbles according to its size. Split the meal into two times per day.

 

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Nicole Lehpamer December 26, 2018 at 3:19 pm

I have a golden retriever/border collie mix. He weighs 50-55 lbs. He is definitely both a header and a retriever.

He treats fetch and swimming like an olympic sport. I wish I loved anything as much as he loves his ball.

He is very vocal. Aside from being a watch dog, he talks. (Though, I’m not sure where he gets this)

He’s definitely desperate for attention, gets bored easily, and gets separation anxiety so he requires stimulation. When he’s bored, he’s constantly scouting for things to get into.

He is very adaptable. I live a pretty nomadic life and he adjusts to new environments perfectly. He also loves being outside in all seasons.

He’s great with kids and other dogs, though he definitely heards and instegates them because he always wants to play.

He’s extremely smart. Every decision he makes is calculated. The hardest part of owning him is finding ways to trick him into thinking that it’s a good idea to listen to me. He’s also motivated by praise/affection and not food. He loves to be challenged and he is easy to train, especially when you make everything into a game. For instance, he knows the names of many of his toys. I could say “go get your lambchop”, and he will find it and bring it to me. However, you can’t fool him twice which makes training more difficult if done improperly.

He has a mind of his own, so while he is almost always affectionate, cuddly, loyall, and eager to please, he sometimes just isn’t in the mood.

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Jonathan Weeks January 7, 2019 at 11:17 am

Great to hear your experience for your lovely pet.. These inputs will really be helpful for the other readers…Meanwhile have a wonderful time with him and keep sharing your experiences.

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