The Borador = A Very Happy and Very Sweet Companion
The Borador is a medium to large sized dog that results from a Border Collie and Labrador Retriever breeding. She is a happy and clever dog known for her participation in a variety of activities like competitive obedience, agility, drug detection, search and rescue, main trailing and police work. She has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years and is put in the breed groups of sporting and working, with talents in guiding, herding, watching, companionship, retrieving and guarding. She is sometimes referred to as a Border Collie Lab mix, a Border Lab mix, a Collie Lab mix, a Labrador collie mix and a Lab and Collie mix.
Where does the Borador come from?
Mixed breeds or Mutts have been around forever, this is not something new. What is new though is the deliberate breeding of two breeds that wouldn’t normally be brought together and then giving that mix a name that blends the two pure breeds. In the last 10 to 20 years these designer breeds or hybrids have become very popular. Sometimes the results are great and you get what the breeder wants, the best of both dogs. But sometimes you do not and that is something that cannot be guaranteed. Even puppies within the same litter might be different in appearance and temperament. Understanding a little more about the Border Collie and Labrador Retriever will give you more of a sense of where the Borador comes from.
The Border Collie
The Border Collie has been around for as long as people in Britain used dogs to herd and guard sheep! Collie coming from a Scottish dialect meaning sheepdog. He has been a top sheep dog for hundreds of years and Queen Victoria was known for being a fan of the breed.
Today he continues to be the top dog for herding and wining sheepdog trials. He is extremely alert, hardworking, clever and full of energy. He has to be busy or he becomes bored and destructive very easily. He is not the dog to get if you want a dog to chill and snuggle with, he has to be doing something. He is sensitive to his owners or handlers cues and can be strong minded or stubborn. His instinct to herd is so string if he has no sheep he may try to herd smaller pets and the kids! He also needs to socialized when he is young or he can become shy and fearful.
The Labrador Retriever
Canada is where the Lab comes from, in the island of Newfoundland of the north east coast. He was bred by fishermen to help with lines and retrieving fish and to be companions when they come home at the end of the day. They were called St John’s dogs then back in the 1700s. The English were impressed when they visited and in the 1800s he was brought to England where the nobility adopted him as a retriever for hunting. It was then he became referred to as a Labrador.
While these dogs thrived in England in Canada they disappeared because of tax laws and new regulations. In the 1920s he came to America and tops the list of favored dogs there as well as in England and Canada. Over the years he has proved invaluable in the military, the police force, as an assistant dog for those with special needs and more. He is sweet, intelligent, keen to please and devoted to his owner. Training is definitely important for him to help contain his exuberance!
The Borador is a very happy and very smart dog usually demonstrated by a wagging tail that rarely stops. She has a curious nature, is friendly and eager to please. She loves people and is very social. She will happily lap up any affection she can get and will return the favor! She can be playful and excitable but while she is an extrovert she would never usually show any aggression to people though she may to smaller dogs to dominate them. She is very loyal and will follow her family around the home to be with them as she always wants to be the center of attention!
Training and Exercise Needs
How much exercise does she need?
She needs a lot of activity as she has a lot of energy and likes to be doing something all the time. As well as a couple of long walks a day include things like trips to the dog park, some play time where you make her chase after things, some mental stimulation too, let her swim, fetch a tennis ball, play Frisbee. If you enjoy a physical activity yourself such as jogging, hiking, swimming, cycling, she would love to come and join in. In fact it is important she is owned by people who love to be active too otherwise there will be an incompatibility there where either she is not getting the exercise she needs or you are greatly begrudging the time you have to spend outside with her.
Can I train her easily?
The Borador is quite easy to train usually as she is intelligent, keen to please, loves the praise and treats and being active with you. Occasionally she can inherit the more stubborn side of the Border Collie which may hold you up but usually she is a breeze to train and in fact learns like the Lab, quicker than many other breeds. Because she has hound in her and so may be prone to seeing smaller animals as prey have her socialized and trained from a young age to make life easier on everyone and bring out the best side of her.