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There is a negative connotation surrounding the Pitbull name that many owners have struggled to shake. This breed, along with similar dogs such as Staffordshire Terrier and Bull Terriers are instantly assumed to be aggressive and hard to handle.
While the latter can be true of some dogs due to their boisterous spirit and energy, the aggression comes from poor breeding and poor treatment. Years of use in dog fighting rings has ruined their reputation.
As a result there is a desire to breed hybrid dogs that take the best qualities of the Pitbull’s temperament and physicality and tone it down with some other dog’s personality traits.
One such example is the Pitbull Border Collie mix. Here breeders take the Border Collie and try and find the best possible mix of genes for a loving, intelligent, sociable and respectable family pet.
We will start by looking at some of the physical features of these dogs. How big do Border Collie Pitbull mixes get and what do they generally look like? This extends onto a discussion about the coat and grooming, and the exercise requirements needed to help keep the dogs trim.
Then we will look at other health care considerations for the breed, such as their potential lifespan and any major risks of illness and disease.
Then we will look at the pros and cos of their personalities. What positive behavior traits are seen with this collie pit mix and what negative aspects should we be looking out for.
Finally, we will look at different ways of getting one of these dogs.
Pitbull Border Collie Mix
The physical features of these dogs can depend on the linage and genetic mix. Size differences don’t tend to be too extreme because the height and weight of the parent animals aren’t too different.
Border Collies tend to reach 20-23 inches and 30-45 pounds, while the Pitbull is 17-22 inches and 35-65 pounds. These dogs tend be a little stockier in build, with a broader face and their ears are usually not quite as erect as those of the collie.
The first issue to consider with this being such a muscular, lean animal is that both parent breeds are also known for their energy levels. This means that these dog will require long walks and regular exercise, preferably with a yard to play in.
On the subject of play, don’t forget to include plenty of games and puzzles for mental stimulation because this is a bright dog. The Pitbull is bright enough at the best of times, but the super smart collie genes just enhance this.
As for health problems there isn’t too much to worry about here.
However, it is worth checking the health and linage of the litter when getting a pup in case of hereditary issues. Some Border Collies can deal with CHD and eye problems.
In addition to this, there is good news regarding the likely Border Collie Pitbull mix life expectancy. Both parent breeds are long lived, with an average age in the mid-teens.
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Another physical attribute to consider here is the coat of these dogs.
This is why you will see some guides that say that these Pitbull collie mix dogs are great for those that want a minimal shedding dogs and other that say they are moderate shedders. It all depends on whether you get a short haired Border Collie Pitbull mix or not.
When it comes to the personalities of these dogs, there are definitely some clear pros and cons to think about.
The up side is that both of the parent dogs have a bright, loving energetic personality that can come out in these hybrid pits. They can be great family pets with lots of love to give and a good nature, if they are given the time and socialization training needed from an early age.
The potential downside with the Border Collie Pitbull mix comes in their energy levels. There are always hopes that the over-eager, boisterous side of the pitbull may calm down a little with the right genetic mix. As was mentioned above, aggression to strangers and other animals shouldn’t be an issue with the right training and right linage. Still, this is a high energy breed and the inclusion of the genes of the energetic Border Collie doesn’t diminish that.
It is possible to get around this with the right attention and Border Collie Pitbull mix training, and the intelligence of these animals means that they are fast learners. Still they can be a difficult hybrid for first timer owners as they need a consistent approach to training and someone willing to be patient if they get bored and want to do their own thing.
Those that struggle can benefit from online guidances such as Doggy Dan the online dog trainer. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on a range of behavioral issues that can be related to all kinds of breeds and hybrids. The aim here is to allow owners and dogs to go at their own pace, so there is no pressure to succeed in a specified amount of time. This means it is ideal for a Border Collie and Pitbull mix.
If you have read this guide through and still think that one of these Border Collie pit dogs sounds like a great addition to your home, and you can handle any potential issues, you need to think about where you are going to get one.
The first place to look with a specific hybrid cross like this is with a specialist, respectable breeder with a Border Collie Pitbull mix for sale.
This is where all those concerns mentioned above about the linage come into play. It is important to see the pups with their parents in the family home to understand precisely where they come from. A strong line of well-bred Pitbulls shouldn’t have a problem when crossed with a healthy, bright Border Collie. However, a family breeding a badly behaved damaged Pitbull with a collie for fun or profit should be avoided.
On the subject of profit, be careful of those charging too little or too much for these dogs. Prices can vary based on availability, but you do need to find the middle ground for the best animals.
Alternatively, you can save a lot of money and find a Border Collie Pitbull for adoption.
This is a great way of rescuing an animal that was abandoned for no fault of there own. In many cases, the stigma of the Pitbull means that they are undesirable and even the cutest, sweetest pup is abandoned.
Also, there are adult dogs that will be there because owners didn’t know how to socialize them properly or handle their energy and demands. This is also a great place to find a black Pitbull Border Collie mix, as black dogs are more commonly abandoned over their looks.
In the end, there is a lot to consider before getting one of these dogs.
The bad news is that their demands and training needs do mean that they could be a little too much for some first-time owners. The good news is that this Pitbull cross can be full of pleasant surprises.
With the right home environment, training and attention, these dogs can be loving, playful fun members of the family that will keep you on your toes and provide years of fun memories.
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