The Border Point: A Complete Guide

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While there is not much to show for the historical background of a Border Point, there are several amusing qualities inherent in this mixed breed.

It is important to look into these characteristics, particularly for anyone interested in going for a Border Point for a pet.

This manual is custom-made for potential dog owners who want to bring a new furry mate into their life.

So if you’re simply scrolling through several dog breeds and stumbled upon a Border Point, or if this hybrid has already clicked with you and you want to gather as much information on it as you can, you’ve landed on the right page.

The first question when it comes to any mixed dog breed is always this: which pedigree dogs did the puppy come from?

In this case, the Border Collie and the American Pointer come together to produce a smart, friendly, and intuitive dog.

The Border Point borrows its personality traits from both its parents due to the simple fact that the Border Collie and the Pointer share most of their characteristics.

Therefore, if you decide to get a Border Point for your home, you can expect a zealous dog full of energy that will not think twice before acting to protect its owner (usually by barking).

The Border Point thrives in an environment where it can practice agile movement. Therefore, this dog will adapt better to rural living than it will to apartment life.

So if you live in a small house with other small pets that can be a subject of interest to feed the Border Point’s inherent hunting needs, you will do a favor to yourself by looking into other breeds.

However, if you have no other pets to worry about, can provide ample open area and opportunities for your dog to move around freely, and are confident that you will train it well, the Border Point will make an admirable pet for you.

The Border Point Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Border Point sitting on the couch
The Border Point needs serious agility training.

Every such decision requires a lot of research before you reach a conclusion.

The following questions will give you a fair idea of what to expect before you decide that this is the breed you want:

  • Will I be able to afford a Border Point puppy?
  • Are good breeders available for the Border Point mixed breed?
  • Do I have all that is needed to raise a Border Point puppy?

In the following sentences, you will find the answers to all the above queries and more.

What price are the Border Point puppies?

Since this is a lesser-known breed, the price that is quoted to you will be exclusive to the breeder.

However, a good way to estimate how much a Border Point puppy could cost is to check the price ranges of both parent breeds.

An average Border Collie puppy will cost you anywhere between $600 and $800. On the other hand, a Pointer puppy is relatively more expensive than the Border Collie.

Depending on the quality of the pedigree, a Pointer puppy will have a price within the range of $1000 to $1250.

Most of the time, mixed-breed puppies are known to be less pricey than their purebred parents.

Keeping that in mind, you should expect that a Border Point mix will cost you anything from $600 to $1000.

Having said that, the price that you are quoted will be contingent on several factors, most of which will be under the control of your breeder.

Which makes the next part of this section all the more important: how do you decide which breeder is good for you?

How to find reputable Border Point breeders?

While finding a good, reliable breed for a breed that has little available information can be daunting, it is not the most difficult ordeal in the world.

In order to make your search not only safe but also fruitful, we’ve compiled the following list of signs that indicate when a breeder is right for you, and when you should run far away from the breeder.

Signs of the RIGHT breeder:

  • He/she will not hesitate to hand you important documentation that proves that both parent dogs have been tested and cleared for health issues.
  • The breeder will let you see both parents of the puppy to allow you to have a better idea of what qualities your Border Point puppy will inherit.
  • The breeder will have a lot of knowledge of the breed and will thus be able to answer any of your questions confidently.
  • Not only will the breeder answer your questions, but will also pose a lot of queries towards you to make sure that you go home with exactly the kind of puppy that is right for you and your lifestyle.

Signs of the WRONG breeder:

  • All disreputable breeders are notorious for getting their supply of puppies from unethical puppy mills, where puppies are produced on a mass scale and not cared for.
  • A breeder that is only in the business for money and does not care about the health of the puppies will often have a lot of litters available.
  • In some cases, they will also tell you they have the exact kind of puppy that matches your description; even if those traits are not consistent with the particular breed you’re interested in.
  • A shady breeder will also try to rush you into making the purchase without carrying out all the required steps, like showing proof of breeding rights or providing you with health certifications.

3 Little-known facts about the Border Point puppies

This is an interesting breed with a lot to be learned about it.

Read these facts about Border Point puppies that are less commonly known:

  • This is a dog that thrives in the presence of its pack

This “pack” does not necessarily comprise of its own kind; as long as you keep your Border Point accompanied, it will prove to be one of the most affectionate and expressive pets ever.

For exactly this reason, it is important to understand that you should not leave this dog alone, and especially not for extended periods of time.

  • The Border Point is very expressive and extroverted

When you return home, expect to have the Border Point ready to welcome you at the doorstep, uncontrollably wagging its tail to show you how much you’ve been missed.

Furthermore, you can expect this dog to be quite sociable with other animals and humans, provided that you socialize it correctly during its early years.

  • While this is a very clever breed, these dogs will require firm and consistent training by a patient owner

When training your pet, make sure that you establish your leadership in the household.

Otherwise, the Border Point can tend to take advantage of its owner by expressing dominance and rigidness.

Therefore, incorporate a lot of positive reinforcement into the training of your Border Point puppy, and reward it with a lot of treats and praise.

Physical Traits of the Border Point

A Border Point on a leash out for a walk
The Border Point loves doggy games like fetch and flyball.

Border Point dogs can differ in appearance from puppy to puppy, owing to the varying physical characteristics of the Border Collie and the Pointer.

How big is a full-grown Border Point?

Border Points are known to have a well-built, strong, and muscular bone structure. Usually, dogs of this kind are medium-size, but some of these may also grow into large dogs.

The average Border Point will weigh between 35 to 65 pounds.

If your Border Point takes after more of the Pointer lineage, you can expect it to be relatively taller than the average Collie.

Having said that, a standard Border Point mix will grow up to be between 23 and 27 inches tall when it is full-grown.

What is the life expectancy of the Border Point?

While an exact figure for the lifespan of a Border Point is unknown, considering the life expectancies of each of the parents can make a rough estimate.

While Border Collies have a long-range of 10 to 17 years, Pointers are known to live between 12 to 14 years.

Therefore, your Border Point can be expected to live a good 11 to 15 years, depending on the health and lifestyle provided to the dog.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Border Point

As far as mixed breeds go, the Border Point is versatile due to the differing personalities of its parent breeds.

Therefore, the best way to judge the temperament and other characteristics of your Border Point is to look at each of its parents individually.

The Border Collie is a tolerant dog with intense herding instincts. This is what makes the Border Pointer good with kids and the ideal companion dog.

The Pointer, on the other hand, was bred for hunting, which means it contributes to the energy and zest of the Border Pointer.

Both breeds are working dogs, which translates into a certain fondness of working hard and pleasing its owner inherent in the Border Pointer.

Not only is the Border Pointer extremely clever, but it is also very intuitive.

Hence, you should expect your pet to be very protective of you and your family, especially if it senses an unfamiliar stimulus in its surroundings.

The Border Point will undoubtedly be wary of strange faces, but this is a trait that can easily be diminished with the right kind of socialization.

Keep in mind that despite this wariness, this is a dog that loves to socialize and will develop separation anxiety if left alone for a long time.

These dogs prefer to move in packs, and will not hesitate to show you how much they cherish your presence in their life.

The Border Point Diet

A Border Point standing on leaves looking up at you
The Border Point requires a lot of time spent outdoors.

All dogs should be fed the diet that is best suited for their kind. Whatever diet you feed your Border Point should be of top quality.

Ideally, a wholesome combination of the important nutrients and minerals is vital for your dog’s development.

For further guidance on what kind of diet to feed your dog (raw, processed, or home-made), consulting your vet is a safe option.

How much Exercise does a Border Point need?

Since both the Border Collie and the Pointer are breeds that were meant to be working dogs, the

Border Point will need to be in a constant cycle of regular activity. This means that you cannot slack off on giving this dog the exercise that it needs.

Take your pet for lengthy walks, jogs, and hikes. The Border Point will thrive in nature, so make sure you allow it ample time in the outdoors.

These dogs are often fond of following their sense of smell, which can result in them straying off far from home to follow their nose.

To avoid this, make sure that you have a fenced-in yard where your dog can freely run about without the possibility of running off and going missing.

Teach it different commands, which it will pick up on very easily due to its responsiveness and desire to please its human.

Additionally, other doggy games like fetch and flyball will also help keep your dog agile and healthy.

The Border Point Health and Conditions

A Border Point has inherently strong genes, which makes it a sturdy and agile dog.

Some common issues that the parents are at risk of include hip dysplasia, Addison’s disease, eye problems, and allergies.

My final thoughts on the Border PointA Border Point dog

If you’re pondering about getting a Border Collie and Pointer mix for yourself, you can bid farewell to your lazy days of being a couch potato.

A lot of agility training and socialization will take your pet a long way to develop it into the most loyal, protective, and affectionate mate for you and your family.

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