German Shepherd Border Collie Mix guide for you


The German Shepherd Border Collie mix is an adorable hybrid dog that is also known as Shollie.

This is possibly one of the most trainable mixed dogs that you may come around.

Being a mix between a Border collie and a German Shepherd you would expect nothing less than just amazing.

What makes the German Border Collie so special?

If you are interested in learning more about this dog and all that he entails then you have come to the right place.

By the end of this article, you should be able to know if the Border Collie x German Shepherd is the right for you and if you want the dog to be part of your life.

Border Collie German Shepherd cross

So, stay with us as we dive right into it.

About the German Shepherd Border Collie mix

Shollie is a mix dog and you are right it is between a German Shepherd and a Border Collie.

These are two of the world’s best herding dogs breeds.

When you combine the trainability and loyalty of the German Shepherd with the incredible intelligence of the Border Collie you get a superb designer dog suitable for any active home.

This is a dog that loves to stay busy and will easily pick up the commands that you teach him.

These dogs are extremely loyal and are ideal as working dogs.

Apart from these, they can also make great companion dogs.

They are however not recognized by the AKC as they are not purebred dogs.

Although this is the case they are recognized by:

  • The American Canine Hybrid Club.
  • And the dog registry of America.

Though this is a mixed dog you are not always assured of a dog that is 50% german Shepherd and 50% border Collie.

You may have some variation even in puppies of the same litter and it is not something that you should be concerned about.

Border Collie German Shepherd mix

Now let us look and the appearance of the German Shepherd Border Collie mix 

General appearance and characteristics of the German Shepherd and Border Collie mix

German shepherd Border Collie mix summary table
Height Ranges from 21 to 27 inches tall at the shoulders
Weight 70 to 80 pounds depending on the genes of the dominant parent
Lifespan 13 to 15 years especially when in good health, can reach up to 17 years
Breed Type mixes and more
Purpose Companion and working dog
Suitable For They are best suited for families with an active lifestyle
Grooming requirements May require moderate to high grooming
Color Variations golden with markings of black and white, white, black, brown, or gold.
Health concerns Back Problems, Bloat, Eye Problems, and Joint Dysplasia
Temperament intelligent, eager-to-please, loyal, active, playful, trainable, affectionate and alert
Other Names also known as a Shollie or Border Collie German Shepherd mix

Shollie is a hybrid dog whose appearance may vary from one pup to another. You can only make predictions depending on what has been seen in other similar dogs which we will do for you.

No matter how your furry friend will look you are sure of getting a great dog that has high stamina and strong muscles.

Generally, these pooches could reach a height of 28 inches and could weigh up to 80 pounds.

Depending on the genes of the dominant parent the mixed Border Collie may look more like a German Shepherd or a Border Collie.

However, you may notice that the general appearance may lean more towards the German Shepherd.

The bodies may be muscular which can often be confused for a purebred German Shepherd dog.

One way you know that this is a designer dog is by looking at the floppy ears and the tail which mostly resembles that of a Collie.

The coat appearance

Both of the parent breeds have dense, straight and medium length coats which will be inherited by the Shollie.

In case the hybrid takes more of the German Shepherd he will have a double-coat which will be thicker during winter.

The double coat can also come in handy when the dog is working in cold weather.

This dog may come in any color but is mostly black and white or black and tan.

It is also possible that you may get a white German Shepherd Border mix with the coat being pure white but it is rare.

Some other colors that you may get from the Border collie are:

  • Blue
  • red
  • Chocolate
  • Brindle
  • Sable merle and gold
  • liver
  • Blue merle

He may also inherit any of the following German Shepherd colors:

  • Black and tan
  • Black
  • White

If you are not used to dealing with shedding in dogs the German Border Collie may be a bit overwhelming for you.

You may also want to consider this before going out to get this dog if you have anyone in the family that is an allergy sufferer because Shollie is not hypoallergenic.

If you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog you may want to consider one of the dogs on this list.


Shepherd Collie temperament and personality

Shollies make great working dogs with impeccable loyalty and trainability.

Their active minds need to be kept busy most of the time because leaving them to get bored is a recipe for destructive behaviors such as barking and chewing on stuff.

This dog may not always inherit the best traits from the parents and there is always a risk of negative traits.

They can inherit the aloof nature of the German Shepherd.

The dog can also inherit the highly-strung nature of the Border Collie if not stimulated.

These are some of the temperament issues that he may develop and one that should make you consider if you are ready to handle this hybrid dog.

You should be prepared to provide this dog with a lot of exercises, play, and training if you are not just looking for a companion dog.

It is also very likely that the German Shepherd and Border collie mix that you get will have a stable temperament where he is smart, friendly and a bit cheeky.

This is a dog that greatly adores its owner forming great bonds with them.

Shollies can also be very protective and it is for this reason that you need to make sure that the dog is well socialized from a young age.

When a pup is well socialized you can reduce the likelihood that he will react aggressively when he meets new people.

Suitability to the family

When you are bringing any hybrid dog home you will need to determine how suitable he will be as a member of the family.

The Border collie Shepherd mix makes a great family pet as long as he is socialized well with the family which should happen naturally.

However, this pooch should not be left alone with small children.

They may nip other smaller pets and small children but it is something that you can get rid of by providing the dog with the correct training.

Other family members must get involved in the training of this dog preventing any inconsistencies which may send mixed messages to the dog.

German-Shepherd-Border-Collie mix


Does the Shollie Bark?

Every dog barks because this is their way of communicating with you.

The Collie Shepherd does not bark often and only does it if there is a reason.

And because this is a protective dog he will only bark he will only bark when he senses a threat to you or the family.

How long does the Border Collie German Shepherd mix live?

On average the German shepherd lives anywhere from 13 to 15 years.

But if the dog is in extremely good health he could live for up to 17 years.

How big does the German Shepherd Border Collie mix get?

Shollie is a large dog reaches up to 29 inches in height.

In terms of mass, he could be anywhere between 70 to 80 pounds.

German Shepherd Border Collie mix history

The Shepherd Collie has become a favorite furry friend for many people over the last decade.

This dog is the perfect blend of agility, athletism, and playfulness which seems to be the main reason why this designer dog was bred.

Apart from that, they are not much-documented information on the origin of the Shollie or who the first person to breed the dog was.

The only thing that is known is that designer dogs have become popular over the last  2 decades.

To get a better understanding of the Shepherd Collie let us look at the parent breeds.

Brief History of the Border Collie

Border Collies originated from England in a place that is known as Northumberland which is in the Border of England and Scotland.

They were bred mainly for herding livestock and would herd sheep all by themselves.

During the British invasion by the Romans, people brought dogs alongside food and other goods.

Vikings and Roman dogs were crossed to get a dog that would be suited for the hilly and rocky landscape and it is here that the Border Collie came to existence.

Border Collies are believed to have originated from the Old Hemp a tri-color dog that was bred by Adam Telfer.

Old  Hemps were often used by shepherds as he was well known as the best herding dog around.

The name Border Collie came from the fact that they were bred in a place that was at the Anglo Scottish border.

Collie is a Scottish Gaelic for “Sheepdog”.

The dog was named to separate the dog from already existing Collies.

This dog was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995.

Border Collie is also ranked as the smartest dog.

They can easily and quickly pick up commands which means that they also get bored easily.


Other Border Collie mixes

  • The tri-colored Border Aussie is a mix between a purebred Border Collie and purebred Australian Shepherd.
  • A Border Jack is the product of mixing the genes of a Border Collie and a Jack Rusell giving you a dog that looks a little like a fox.
  • Crossing a Pitbull and a Border Collie gives you a hybrid dog called a Border Collie pit.
  • A Borderdoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Border Collie that is sure to make go like “awwww’.
  • Borador is a cross between a Labrador and a Border Collie.
  • Border Point is a stunning mix between a Border Collie and a Pointer.
  • When you blend a Blue Heeler and a Border Collie you are sure to get an adorable hybrid with bat-like ears known as the Border Heeler.
  • Have you heard of the Bodacion that is a mix between a Dalmatian and a Border Collie?
  • Mixing the Great Pyrenees and a Border Collie gives you a hybrid dog called the Border Pyrenees.
  • Borderness is a stunning mix between a Bernese Mountain dog and a Collie that has a hypnotizing stare.
  • Border Beagle is a mix that combines the genes of a Border Collie and a Beagle.
  • The beautiful combination of a Newfoundland and a Border Collie is known as the Border Newfie.
  • When you blend a Border Collie and a Shetland Sheepdog you get a long-haired lass known as the Borderland.
  • Border Schnollie is a cross between a Schnauzer and a Border Collie.
  • Borgie is a combination between a Corgi and a border collie.
  • The Dobie has both the genes of a Doberman and a Border Collie.

A brief history of the German Shepherd

At the end of the 19th century, a man by the name Max Von Stephanitz decided that he would breed a dog that was smart, agile and could be used for herding.

Deutsche Schäferhunds or German Shepherds are guarding dogs.

This is one of the most popular breeds in the US.

The German Shepherd is an intelligent dog that is capable of working and excelling in what you teach him.

German Shepherd can weigh up to 90 pounds with heights of about 5 inches. Males are usually larger than females.

In the late 1800s, a German captain by the name Max von Stephanitz decided to breed the perfect German herding dog.

He believed that dogs should be able to assist in work but he could not find a dog that could do just that.

After 35 years of working hard, the German shepherd that you know today was created.

As a result of herding sheep and other livestock German Shepherds got the famous qualities that you know for today. These qualities include versatility, intelligence, and other qualities.

Did you know the German shepherds were once known as Alsatians?

These dogs have a relatively small history. This is because they are a relatively new breed.

At the start of the 19th-century, German Shepherds became famous in the US mainly due to Hollywood stars like Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart.

Although their use as herding dogs reduced as technology took over cunning nature and intelligence remained. They are now used as the first choice for police and the military.


Other popular German Shepherd mixes 

  • Shug is an odd mix of the two: German Shepherds and Pugs.
  • Siberian Shepherd. Also known as the Gerberian Shepsky, the German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky mixes both intelligent and obedient.
  • Shollie is a mix between the German Shepherd and a Collie.
  • Corman Shepherd is a mix between Corgies and German Shepherds.
  • Shepadoodle is a mix between Labradoodles and German Shepherds making together a very intelligent breed.
  • Wolf Shepherd is as close as you can get to a wild animal.
  • Shepkita is a mix between Akitas and German shepherds.
  • Shepherdpit is a cross between a Pitbull Terrier and a German Shepherd.
  • Labrashepherds is a combination of Labradors and German shepherds.
  • Golden Shepherds is a hybrid that combines the qualities of German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. 
  • Chow Shepherd is a mix between the Chow Chow and the German Shepherd.
  • German Shepherd and Rottweiler mix
  • Shepweiller is a mix between a Rottweiler and a Geman Shepherd that makes a well-muscled bodyguard-dog.
  • Wel do you that a wolf could be mixed with a German Shepherd to give you a Wolf Shepherd a striking and intimidating dog.
  • Mixing the genes of a German Shepherd and a Bernese mountain dog gives you an adorable dog known as the Euro Mountain Sheparnese.
  • The German Shepherd and Newfoundland mix is known as the new Shep and is the perfect swimming doggo.
  • When you mix the German Shepherd with a Saint Bernard you get a giant dog that is known as Saint Shepherd.
  • The German Australian Shepherd is an intelligent mix between a German Shepherd and an Australian Shepherd.

German Shepherd Border Collie mix puppy

When you look at a Shollie pup you may think that it is a purebred doggo.

These puppies tend to look more like a Germa Shepherd or a Border and not obvious mixes. If you have never seen a Collie Shepherd you may never notice that these puppies are mixes.

The size of the litter can vary and can be anywhere between 5 to 9 puppies.

If you decide to buy a Border Collie German Shepherd mix you could end up paying anywhere from 450 dollars to 900 dollars.

This cost is less than that of either parent breed dogs.

You should be careful of puppies that come at a very low price as you could end up paying for puppies that come from puppy mills.

Puppy mills are places where puppies are mass-produced which often support bad breeding practices.

Adoption may also be a great option for you if you are not willing to pay as much to get the puppy.

You are also able to get a home for a doggo that needed it.

german-shepherd-border-collie-mix pup

What you should know when getting a Puppy

When you are buying a puppy you must make sure that the breeder you are dealing with is a responsible and reputable one.

By doing this you can increase your chances of buying a puppy that is in the best possible condition.

You are also able to discourage puppy mill practices and bad breeding as well.

Interact with the parent to the puppy or at least the dam that is the mother.

You should also ask for the AKC certification of the parent dogs and check on their health.

A good breeder should not be in a hurry to sell the puppies before he makes sure that they are going to a good home.

You should tell the breeder what your needs are so that he can cater to them because a companion dog would not be bred the same way a working dog would.

Avoid buying puppies that have any of the following:

  • Too many hereditary diseases in family history.
  • No certification was issued by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for both its parent
  • Any signs of aggression from any of the mixes parents.

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Grooming requirements of a Shollie

The German Shepherd Border Collie mix is a large dog that has a heavy coat that comes with high maintenance needs.

If you are going to own this dog you should know that you are going to have a lot in your hands when it comes to grooming the dog.

You should be ready for the seasonal shedding that is seen in this adorable pooch.

The coat falls off twice every year in fall and in spring to create room for a new coat to grow.

And even if the dog will not have a double-coat he will still shed a bit throughout the year and you, therefore, need to brush the coat twice in a week.

You should have a good time to bond with your Shottie when you are grooming him.

Brushing is a good way to keep the coat in top condition. It will also help you get rid of dead hair and remove dander which is responsible for allergic reactions.

To do this you will need to have the right tools that can assist you.

Some of the tools that you can use while grooming your Shottie

Slicker brushes– are great for removing mats and tangles on dogs that have long-haired coats.

Detanglers– If you notice that your Shepherd Collie has a lot of tangled haired detanglers can come in handy before using slicker brushes.

Dematting sprays– If your German Collie has tangles that are too tight detanglers may harm the dog. This spray softens and relaxes the hair making it easier for you to remove the tangles.

Shampoo and Conditioners are great when you are bathing your Border collie German Shepherd mix.

The doggo’s skin and coat may be sensitive and you should, therefore, use high-quality conditioners and shampoos. Be aware of your hybrids coat type before going shopping for these products.

If you are not sure of what product will be best suited for your furry friend it would be better if you asked for assistance.

Microfiber towels can you absorb all the water from your pooch.

You may not get all the water off the heavy coat by just rinsing and these towels can come handy in this.

Other Grooming requirements

Apart from taking care of the coat, there are other exciting things that you can do to make sure that everyone admires you doggo.

You should check the ears for infections and clean them.

To clean the ears dip a cotton bud in a dog ear cleaning solution and use it to clean the ears.

You can do this every twice or once every month and if you are not comfortable doing it by yourself don’t be afraid to seek professional help.

Nail clipping s also an important part of grooming which should be carried out while taking care not to hurt the dog.

Brush the dog’s teeth at least two times a week to reduce the risk of periodontal diseases.


Shepherd Collie feeding requirements

The amount of food that you give to your German Shepherd will depend on how much he weighs.

A simple way to determine how much calories you will give to your Border Collie mix is by multiplying the dog’s weight with 30 calories.

Putting into consideration the average weight of this dog that will be about 1300 calories per day.

This translates to about 3 cups of kibble. You can also have some wet food mixed with this.

These meals should be subdivided into two meals a day.

Good dog food should be high in proteins and the diet should at least 25% of it being proteins.

Proteins are important in the dog’s development.

Fats are also vital because it is where your dog will get his energy from. The amount of fat in the diet should be about 8% when the dog is young and developing and reduced to 5% when the dog is an adult.

You don’t want to give him too much as such could make him get obese which is common in large dogs.

The Border Collie German Shepherd mix takes about 18 months to reach maturity.

Working dogs also do well on raw foods such as meat, fruits, bones, milk, and even some vegetables.

Joint supplements are important when you are dealing with large dogs such as the Shollie as should be included in the diet to prevent joint ailments.

Exercising a German Sheperd and Border Collie mix

You may not have realized this by now but the German Border Collie is a dog that has a lot of energy and loves being active.

They are not suited for apartment living and will require homes with adequate space where they can explore.

He will need upwards of 60 minutes of exercise a day and preferably 120 minutes but should be done in a controlled manner.

Do not be too hard on the doggo and give him some time to rest after every 30 minutes of exercise.

Going too hard could lead the dog to overheat and being over-exhausted.

As mentioned earlier this dog could easily get bored and destructive and that is why exercise is important when it comes to keeping him busy.

Be ready to commit time and engage your dog in some activities such as;

  • Running
  • Training
  • Daily walks
  • Agility sports
  • Hikes
  • Playing flyball
  • Tracking

If you are taking your Shottie for a walk remember to carry a leash if he has not yet mastered recall commands. This said you will not have a hard recalling this dog as he learns quickly thanks to his intelligence.

German Shepherd Border Collie mix

Training requirements

The German Shepherd Border Collie is a smart dog that is usually eager to please you as the owner.

One of the best ways to get around training this dog is through positive reinforcement which is a reward-based training system.

To understand how dog training works you have to know that dogs learn through the consequences of their behavior.

By this, I mean that when dogs experience something positive there is a high likelihood that they will repeat the behavior that led to that consequence.

When a dog is praised or rewarded he tends to repeat the same behavior as he associates that behavior with a positive consequence.

Encourage the behavior that you want to see and reward the doggo for it and repeat it.

Avoid or rather never punish your Border Collie German Shepherd mix because that never works and could even be problematic.

But you must get the dog’s trust while he is still young meaning that you should start training while he is still a pup.

Once your pup is home you should start by teaching him the basic house training.

From there you can advance to more complex tricks and commands.

Obedience training is also important as it opens up the dog’s mental health.

Just get to know what your pooch loves the most and use that to help you train your dog.

German Shepherd Border Collie mix

German Shepherd Border Collie mix health concerns

This hybrid dog is bred to be healthier than the parent breed but he may suffer from some of the health issues that are suffered by them.

Some of the health issues are:

Degenerative Myelopathy

This is a severe spinal condition that results in the paralysis of the leg.

It is a condition that currently has no cure.

Hip dysplasia

This is an inherited condition where the bone at the thigh fails to fit the hip joint snugly.

Some dogs will show signs of pain on one or both of the rear legs but others may not show any sign that they are not comfortable.

To diagnose the best thing you can do is to get an x-ray screening. As the dog gets older he may develop arthritis.

Elbow Dysplasia

This condition is very similar to hip dysplasia but it affects the forelimbs of the dog.

Elbow dysplasia is an elbow joint malfunction that occurs at the connection between the ulna and the radius.

Just like hip dysplasia, this condition causes uneven wear and a loose connection at the cartilage that pads this two-move and rotate.

This results in severe arthritis and lameness as the dog ages and can be a really painful condition to your dog.

During the young stages of the dog, examinations should be carried out to determine if your dog has elbow dysplasia.

Breed summary

The German Shepherd Border Collie mix is a stunning dog that has incredible intelligence.

These dogs are energetic, active and affectionate towards the owner.

They are best suited for active families and loves to play a lot and learning new tricks.

To house this dog you will need to have a fenced backyard where this dog can play and explore.

If you have any experiences with this dog tell us about them in the comment section below. 

Also, you can tell us what you think about this dog and if you would get him. 

There you go WOOOOFFF!!!!!

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