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Border Collie Terrier Mix: The Complete Guide

The Border Collie Terrier mix is one of the more popular collie mixes out there. With their striking appearence, high intelligence and desirable personalities, it has a lot of people asking questions!

If you want to find out more about this beautiful and interesting mix, read on!

In this article:
➡️ What is a collie terrier mix
➡️ History of the terrier border collie mix
➡️ Temperament of the collie terrier mix
➡️ Basic daily requirements
➡️ Health of the collie terrier mix
➡️ Food & diet basics
➡️ Do collie terrier mixes shed
➡️ Grooming basics of border collie terrier mixes
➡️ Are terrier collie good family dogs
➡️ Price & cost of the border collie terrier mix

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What is a Collie Terrier Mix

A Collie Terrier Mix is a blend of the energetic, intelligent Border Collie and the feisty, spirited Terrier. Imagine combining the agility and intelligence of the Border Collie, famous for herding sheep, with the courage and lively nature of the Terrier.

➡️ The result is an incredibly smart, active, and versatile dog, known for its unique combination of physical and mental attributes.

Because there are many different types of Terriers, the characteristics of a Collie Terrier Mix can vary somewhat. However, one constant is their energy and intelligence.

Most common types of terrier mixed with border collies:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Airedale Terrier
  • West Highland Terrier

They’re usually medium-sized dogs, weighing between 30-50 lbs when fully grown, displaying a mix of the physical traits of their parent breeds.

One thing is sure – no two Collie Terrier Mixes are identical, making each one uniquely delightful. They can take on more characteristics from either parent, so you may end up with a dog that has the Collie’s long snout or the Terrier’s rough coat.

History of the Terrier Border Collie Mix

Like many mixed breeds, the Border Collie Terrier Mix’s exact origin is a bit murky. While we don’t have a precise date or breeder who first intentionally created this mix, we know it’s a relatively recent phenomenon, likely within the past two to three decades.

As for the parent breeds, Border Collies are believed to have originated from the borderlands of England and Scotland, hence their name. They’ve been renowned for centuries for their sheep-herding prowess.

Terriers, on the other hand, were initially bred for hunting and vermin control. There are many different breeds of Terriers, ranging from the small Yorkshire Terrier to the larger Airedale Terrier, each with their unique history and attributes.

Today, this mix is increasingly sought after for its unique combination of traits, making it an excellent choice for active families and individuals. More on this later in the temperament section!

Temperament of the Collie Terrier Mix

The temperament of a Collie Terrier Mix can be somewhat unpredictable, given the variation in the Terrier breeds. That said, a few traits are common to all Collie Terrier Mixes.

These dogs are known to be:

  • Energetic
  • Intelligent
  • Lively
  • Attentive

These qualities reflect a balance of both parent breeds

A Collie Terrier Mix will likely have a strong work ethic inherited from both parents. They thrive when given tasks to do and enjoy mental stimulation.

Being a blend of a herding and hunting breed, don’t be surprised if they exhibit instincts like chasing and nipping. Training and socialization can manage these instincts, especially if started early.

In general, they are affectionate, loyal dogs with a great deal of adaptability. But remember, just like people, every dog has a unique personality, so your Collie Terrier Mix could vary from these norms.

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Basic Requirements of the Border Collie Terrier

Meeting the basic requirements of a Border Collie Terrier Mix can be quite demanding. These dogs need both physical and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Here’s what you need to provide:

  1. Exercise: Expect to spend at least an hour each day engaged in vigorous activities with your pup. Long walks, runs, and games of fetch are all excellent choices. The Border Collie in them loves to work, and the Terrier enjoys a good chase!
  1. Mental Stimulation: Puzzle toys, obedience training, and agility courses are all great ways to keep your dog’s mind sharp. Remember, these dogs are intelligent and love a good challenge.
  2. Space: While they’re adaptable to different living conditions, a house with a yard is ideal for these energetic dogs. If you live in an apartment, frequent trips to the dog park will be necessary.
  3. Training: Early socialization and training are crucial for these dogs. They can be somewhat stubborn, thanks to their Terrier heritage, so be patient, consistent, and use positive reinforcement techniques.

A dog is a significant commitment, and the Collie Terrier Mix is no exception. Before you decide to adopt, make sure you can meet these basic requirements. This article from the American Kennel Club can give you a better idea of what to expect when training a Border Collie Terrier Mix: AKC Training Tips.

Health of the Collie Terrier

Collie Terrier Mixes are generally healthy dogs, often benefiting from what’s known as “hybrid vigor.” This term means that mixed breeds often have better overall health due to their greater genetic diversity. However, they are still prone to some of the health issues common to their parent breeds.

Common health concerns for the Border Collie include hip dysplasia, Collie eye anomaly, and epilepsy. Terrier breeds, on the other hand, can be prone to skin issues, dental problems, and certain types of heart disease.

Regular check-ups with your vet, a healthy diet, and plenty of exercise can help maintain your dog’s health and catch any potential problems early. PetMD has a useful guide to common dog health issues that can help you know what to look out for: PetMD Dog Health.

Food & Diet Basics

Providing a balanced diet for your Collie Terrier Mix is crucial to maintain their health and energy levels. They require high-quality dog food rich in protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Protein: This should be the primary component of your dog’s diet. Look for foods with real meat as the first ingredient.
  • Healthy Fats: Fats provide energy and help keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny. Fish oil is an excellent source of healthy fats.
  • Carbohydrates: Dogs also need carbs for energy, but try to provide complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and brown rice, which provide long-lasting energy and are easier to digest.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: These are essential for various bodily functions. A high-quality dog food will provide a balanced mix of essential vitamins and minerals.

Keep in mind that the amount of food your Collie Terrier Mix needs will depend on their age, size, and activity level.

Always follow your vet’s recommendations and adjust as necessary based on your dog’s weight and overall health. Here’s an excellent guide on how to feed a Border Collie to get you started.

Do Collie Terrier Mixes Shed

The short answer is, yes, Collie Terrier Mixes do shed. The Border Collie has a double coat that sheds throughout the year, especially during shedding season in spring and fall.

Terriers, depending on the breed, may have a rough, wiry coat that also sheds, although typically less than a Border Collie.

However, the amount your Collie Terrier Mix sheds will depend on which parent they take after more. If they have more of the Border Collie’s coat, expect more shedding. On the other hand, if they’ve inherited the Terrier’s wiry coat, they may shed less. But either way, some amount of shedding is a given.

Keep in mind that regular grooming can significantly help manage shedding. It’s also a good idea to have a lint roller on hand for your furniture and clothing!

Grooming Basics Border Collie Terriers

Proper grooming is essential for your Collie Terrier Mix.

Not only does it help manage shedding, but it also keeps your dog’s skin healthy and coat shiny. Here are some grooming basics you need to know:

  • Brushing: Regular brushing is essential to reduce shedding and prevent matting. Aim to brush your dog at least once a week, more if they have the Border Collie’s longer coat.
  • Bathing: You don’t need to bathe your dog frequently – once every two to three months is usually enough, unless they get particularly dirty. Use a dog-specific shampoo to avoid irritating their skin.
  • Ear Cleaning: Terriers are prone to ear infections, so regular ear cleaning is a must. Use a vet-recommended cleaner and follow their advice on how often to clean.
  • Teeth Cleaning: Like all dogs, Collie Terrier Mixes can develop dental issues. Regular teeth cleaning, either at home or professionally, can prevent problems down the line.
  • Nail Trimming: Keep your dog’s nails trimmed to avoid discomfort when they walk. If you can hear their nails clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim.

This brush guide should be of great help!

Your vet can provide more specific advice tailored to your dog’s needs. The RSPCA also has an excellent guide to dog grooming that you might find useful: RSPCA Grooming Guide.

Are Terrier Collies Good Family Dogs

In my experience, Collie Terrier Mixes can make excellent family dogs.

They are intelligent, adaptable, and generally good with children. They can also get along well with other pets, especially if they are socialized early and properly.

These dogs have a lot of energy and love to play, making them great companions for active, outdoorsy families. Plus, their intelligence and desire to please make them relatively easy to train, despite the occasional Terrier stubbornness.

➡️ Important note: It’s essential to remember that these dogs do have a strong instinct to chase and herd, which can sometimes be directed at children or smaller pets. Early training can help manage this instinct, but always supervise interactions between your Collie Terrier Mix and small children or pets.

Keep in mind that these dogs require a lot of mental and physical stimulation, which may not be suitable for all families. But for the right family, a Collie Terrier Mix can make a wonderful, loving pet. Check out this article from Vetstreet on the best family dogs for more information: Vetstreet’s Best Family Dogs.

Price & Cost of Border Collie Terrier Mixes

The price of a Border Collie Terrier Mix can vary widely, depending on factors like the breeder, the dogs’ lineage, and even geographical location.

Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $1000 for a puppy.

However, remember that the initial cost of purchasing your puppy is only the beginning. Dogs require regular vet care, food, toys, grooming supplies, and potentially training classes or doggy daycare.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates the annual cost of owning a medium-sized dog to be around $1,580, but the first year can be significantly more expensive due to one-time costs like spaying or neutering and initial vaccinations. Here’s their complete cost breakdown: ASPCA Pet Care Costs.

It’s crucial to consider these ongoing costs before deciding to bring a dog into your home. Remember, a pet is a long-term commitment, often lasting 10 to 15 years, or even longer. Making sure you can financially support your pet is part of being a responsible pet owner.

Also, consider adopting a Collie Terrier Mix from a rescue or shelter. Not only will you be giving a dog a much-needed home, but the cost is typically much less than purchasing a puppy from a breeder. Plus, many of these dogs are already vaccinated and neutered, saving you those initial costs.

Final Thoughts

A Border Collie Terrier Mix is a fascinating blend of energy, intelligence, and versatility. These dogs are not only beautiful but also come with a personality that will keep you on your toes. They are friendly, loyal, and make excellent companions for active families or individuals.

However, remember that these dogs require a great deal of physical and mental stimulation. They need an owner who can meet their needs and give them the attention and care they deserve.

Remember to do your research before deciding to bring a dog into your home. And if you think a Collie Terrier Mix might be the right fit for you, I hope this guide has been helpful. For more information on different dog breeds, check out The Happy Puppy Site‘s comprehensive breed guide: The Happy Puppy Site’s Dog Breed Guide.

Owning a dog can be a wonderful experience, full of joy, love, and companionship. But it’s also a big responsibility. Make sure you’re prepared to meet that responsibility, and I promise you, the rewards will be worth it.


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