Collie and Shepherd Crosses: Excellent Family Pets!
Over the years at Curious Puppies we have had many mixed breeds, including the always popular collie and shepherd crosses. We have had beautiful Border collie crosses, sheltie (Shetland sheepdog) and rough collie crosses, Australian shepherd, German shepherd and others. Many times these farm mixes are from working farm dogs, other times they are from planned litters of family pets. Both have made some amazing litters over the years and we love to show off these wonderful pets and let people know how great collie and shepherd crosses can be.
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What Makes Collie and Shepherd Crosses So Great?
There could likely be quite a list assembled of why the collie and shepherd crosses make such fantastic pets, especially if you ask current or previous owners! Many will want future pets to have some form of this cross, whether a rough or smoth collie, Border collie, German shepherd, Australian shepherd, or any of those other wonderful breeds, as they have found them to be particularly intelligent, faithful, and easy to train dogs. Over the years we hear so many stories of how quickly these dogs are trained, how attentive they are to their families, and how healthy collie and shepherd crosses tend to be. Even many vets will recommend this type of farm dog mix over a larger purebred due to the possible health issues alone when people are looking for puppies for sale. Because of the mix of breeds, collie and shepherd crosses are more likely to live longer and healthier lives. This is a proven fact of hybrid vigour and a fact that not all people understand. Most often crossing different breeds that have different common potential health issues will help to breed out some of those possibilities, giving the dog a higher chance at a healthier and longer life. Of course, you must always take into account proper care of these dogs, just as you would any other dog. They must still have all the exercise and attention given them, and quite often due to the high intelligence, they will need extra stimulation and training to keep their minds active and not become bored. When it comes to collie and shepherd crosses, we tend to recommend them to homes with at least a decent yard, or larger properties, and not very often to an apartment, as they do tend to require that extra exercise that is not always easy from an apartment. For an experienced dog owner however, especially if they have extra time, we do occasionally allow these collie and shepherd crosses into an apartment building when we know they will get all the attention and exercise they will need. The list for these fantastic dogs can go on, but these are just a few of the top reasons why collie and shepherd crosses make excellent dog choices.
Ownership of collie and shepherd crosses can have its downsides however. If you are a first-time dog owner, or never grew up with a dog, this may take a bit more work than you expected. You may possibly think that because they are so intelligent that everything will be smooth going and they will be trained in a flash. This can be true, however as with most dogs, the owner must be willing to spend the time and be consistent with the training, in order for it to go well and with minimal frustrations. We always recommend crate training as a first choice when beginning puppy training. This helps the dog to feel more comfortable in his new surroundings, as well as ease the potty training process. Another possible downside for collie and shepherd crosses can actually be their high intelligence. They will need a lot of attention and stimulation so as not to become bored, and if the new owner does not have the time needed in the early stages, you may find the dog starting to get into trouble such as chewing, barking, having accidents in the house, or other negative actions that will cause frustration. And because of their larger size and strength, more damage can be done is a shorter time than from a smaller dog. However proper time and training, as well as proper use of the crate, will make sure that none of these things need to happen at all.
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Over the years people have grown to see the amazing potential of these collie and shepherd crosses. These dogs have consistently shown such high intelligence, easy-going nature, companionship, faithfulness, and child friendly personalities. Across the world, they have made thousands of families happy and brought so much joy to many. Overall, collie and shepherd crosses make an amazing choice for anyone looking for a loving and faithful, healthy and long-living companion.