The Borador: A Complete Guide

Last Updated:

The Borador is an intelligent crossbreed derived from mixing the Labrador Retriever with Border Collie genes.

The result is a highly intelligent and active hybrid that makes for a fabulous family pet if you can keep up with it.

The Border Collie is a famous sheepherder, while the Labrador Retriever is amongst the dog world’s finest retrieving dogs, being used as gun dogs for generations.

The combination of the two breeds makes the Borador a fine working dog and an incredibly able learner.

Borador walking in sand
The Borador is intelligent, beautiful and extremely athletic.

The Borador enjoys a home with ample room to run around in, preferably with a large yard.

The Borador is a highly active medium-large sized dog that if cooped up can become destructive and behave quite naughtily.

Wearing out a Borador is no easy task, they are built for endurance and will run all day without complaint.

Borador Puppies – Before You Buy…

Welcoming a dog into your family is a big decision to make for anybody to make, there are tough decisions to be made and many personal considerations to ponder.

This guide will break down step by step whether or not the Borador is the right dog for you, and hopefully make the process a little easier.

What Price are Borador Puppies?

Borador puppies are around the same price as other dogs of similar medium-large sizing. Pups sell for approximately $800, but can be found cheaper.

Make sure if you go with a cheaper breeder that their facilities and caretaking are up to scratch and that they are not cutting any corners in raising healthy, happy animals.

Where to Find Reputable Borador Breeders?

It is essential to find a good breeder that will put to ease any worries you may have about bringing a Borador into your home.

You should find a breeder you are certain is maintaining an ethical operation to put your mind at ease.

Your Borador breeder should be able to pass the following criteria:

  • A good breeder is passionate about the animals and knows many facts and care details about the breed which they should readily offer to you. Feel free to ask the breeder any questions you may have about the Borador, taking on an animal into your family is a big decision, and they should respect your interest.
  • The breeder should be caring and compassionate about the dogs; they should give the impression that they are true animal people.
  • The breeder’s facilities should be hygienic, clean and spacious. It is important to support breeders that house their animals humanely.
  • The breeder should carry themselves with a sense of professionalism. A dog is a big financial decision, and they should be respectful of your decision-making process.

Choosing a breeder may seem overwhelming but just take a deep breath and follow your gut. This is the first step in making sure your new puppy gets its best start to its life with you and making sure you’re taking a healthy happy home to join your family.

3 Little-Known Facts About Borador Puppies

  1. Despite its overwhelmingly friendly demeanor, the Borador makes a capable guard or watchdog. It keeps a vigilant guard and intelligently alerts its owners to any dangers or invading presence.
  2. Borador’s have a pickiness to them, they are known to reject toys that they do not like, and you may find yourself struggling to find a toy they truly like. Once they become attached though, it is true love; the Borador is a devoted toy owner once he becomes enamored.
  3. Young Borador puppies sometimes instinctively herd other animals or small children, practicing for a possible life in the field herding sheep, an activity they are great at and love performing.

Physical Traits of the Borador

Borador with eyes in focus
The Borador is an overwhelmingly loving animal.

Both the Border Collie and Labrador Retriever are medium to large-sized dogs and the Borador follows suit.

The Borador tends to resemble either a Labrador or Border Collie more, taking more features from one than the other.

The Borador can inherit the wide jaw of the Labrador or the narrower snout of the Border Collie. Their hair can be short and straight or longer with a slight wave to it.

Markings and coloration are also quite variable, cream, brown, black and white variants are all common.

The Borador has a strong, extremely athletic body. It has streamlined form and lean, muscled legs. In many ways, the Borador’s profile resembles our basic idea of what a dog looks like.

It is well proportioned, being neither big nor small, it finds a comfortable middle ground.

How Big is a Full-Grown Borador?

The Borador is a medium to a large-sized dog. In height, male Borador measure between 20 and 23 inches, while females measure between 19 and 22 inches.

Male Borador can weigh between 45 and 65 pounds, whereas female Borador weighs between 40 and 60 pounds.

What is the Borador’s Life Expectancy?

The Borador is expected to last between 14 and 15 years old, which is approximately average for dogs of their size.

If the Borador receives daily exercise and a healthy diet throughout its life it’s life expectancy can extend by a couple of years.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Borador

The Borador has an excitable persona and may react with athletic displays or acts of speed, the energy of a Borador can make it seem larger than life at times.

It’s prowess as a competitive sporting, and a working dog is nigh unmatched, its unique combination of keen intelligence and physical abilities make it the perfect dog for physical or mental problem-solving.

The Borador is also an exceptionally loving and affectionate breed who is perfect for families, young children, and other animals.

The Borador rarely displays anti-social behavior, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t socialize and train a Borador puppy as soon as possible.

It is a good idea to get in early to ensure your Borador makes the most of its abundant potential.

The Borador’s Diet

Borador standing by river
The Borador adores people who take care of him.

Like any hyperactive dog, the Borador loves to eat. It requires a high-quality, high in protein diet to maintain its colossal energy levels.

However, be careful not to overfeed your Borador, it tends to overeat which can be a major cause of obesity in this breed.

Try to avoid wet foods, they are often filled with artificial flavors and tend to be harmful to your dog. As a rule of thumb, give them organic food so that they can grow naturally and into healthy adults.

The Borador enjoys meat and poultry, though it is a largely unfussy eater. As long as it’s good food, your Borador will be happy.

How Much Exercise Does the Borador Need?

The Borador is an incredibly active dog which requires a lot of exercise.

The Borador’s parent breed the Border Collie is famous for its insatiable energy, and its other parent the Labrador Retriever is certainly no slouch either.

The Borador must be walked daily, or vigorously ran with – the Borador is an encouraging jogging partner, just don’t feel bad when you can’t keep up.

If your Borador is left inside or in an enclosed, fenced off area it might humor flights of fancy, and attempt escape, or become destructive.

You should provide your Borador with a plethora of toy options, keep it preoccupied or it will let you know when it starts feeling stir crazy.

If your Borador is particularly energetic, this is a breed that excels at dog sports and can compete in dog-frisbee, swimming, and running competitions.

Borador’s absolutely live for the contest, and become extremely competitive and determined. Their mental and physical prowess allows them to excel in almost all activities they partake.

Borador Health and Conditions

The Borador is a generally healthy dog, but unfortunately, like most crossbreeds it has inherited a few health issues from its parent breeds the Labrador Retriever and Border Collie.

Serious Issues

The Borador may suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia, wobblers syndrome and hypertrophic osteodystrophy.

One often overlooked issue for The Borador is obesity.

Over-eating is a major issue for many Borador and is something all owners should be extra vigilant about; obesity can be fatal in dogs and cause irreparable bone and muscle damage.

Minor Issues

The Borador is lucky not to receive many minor health issues; many owners report that their Boradors lived full lives without ever experiencing minor health concerns, before succumbing finally to old age at a healthy time.

The Borador is blessed with an active, athletic body which if put to good use regularly will ensure a very healthy dog.

My Final Thoughts on the BoradorBorador guide

The Borador is an incredible dog.

It is intelligent, beautiful and extremely athletic, not to mention its hugely endearing personality, the Borador is an overwhelmingly loving animal that has nothing but love and affection for those it cares about.

I highly recommend the Borador for a dog of any purpose for anybody who thinks they’re up to the challenge.

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3