labrador collie cross breed, any info anyone?

  1. Hi
    I'm thinking about buying a labrador that has been crossed with a collie but I can't find any information about it on the web, just wondering if anyone knows anything about this type of dog. I have three children, the youngest being six and two cats. The only thing I know is that it is slightly smaller than a labrador. Any info would be great. Thanks
    Last edit by emmy on May 5, '04
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  3. by   RN 2005
    Hi,
    I have a dog I adopted from the humane society as a puppy. She is supposed to be a cross between a lab and a border collie. Not quite the same mix as what you mentioned but I thought my input may help. We have had her for 5 years and she is so sweet and calm now but the first few years were rather rough because she tended to be high-strung. She would "herd" my kids by chasing them constantly. The border collie in her!! If you decide to get the dog I would really recommend obedience training from the start - I hope I did not discourage you - just wanted to let you know with children my dog tended to be confused by all the activity. A fenced yard would also be good to let the dog get some of that extra energy out!! Of course a regular collie may be much calmer so take this with a grain of salt......
  4. by   LydiaGreen
    If you have already chosen one from the litter that you want - take a look at the paws on the hind legs. If there is webbing between the toes, then you will want to do activities that are geared for the labrador, if not, then you will want to do activities that are geared for the collie. Labradors have webbing between their toes and are water dogs - they LOVE to swim. We have a 50 foot rope for our's because if we let him he would just keep swimming and not come back! Both breeds are highly intelligent. If you want a dog that just lies there all day, this is NOT the dog for you. Both breeds require physical and mental stimulation. A good way to accomplish both is a long walk on a daily basis (evening being the best because it will settle them down for a good, long sleep during the night). All puppies are fairly high strung but the recommendation for obedience training from the start is a good one. Again, both of those breeds are intelligent - if they aren't kept busy and active, they WILL find ways to entertain themselves and a lot of the time, it leads to destructive behaviours that you will not want to deal with. The youngest of your children is six? That's great - old enough to be taught what NOT to do with the puppy (never let a puppy chew on hands - teach your kids to never put their hand in the puppy's mouth - this only teaches a puppy that people are chew toys), and old enough to HELP with the dog that the puppy will become. Labradors are SO loving and devoted to their families, so are collies. The puppy phase is not always easy, which is why I haven't gotten puppies since I was a kid. We only adopt older dogs now. Right now, we have an 11 year old pomeranian and a 7 year old Flat Coat (sub-species of Newfoundlander). I personally prefer big dogs - they are far less skitish and much calmer as they age. The biggest thing to remember with a larger breed dog is to never, ever allow it to jump up on you or anyone else. It's cute as long as the puppy is a puppy but when it's full grown it leads to a lot of injuries to children that the dog never intended. A hard habit to break once the dog matures.

    The best piece of advice I can give you is to make sure that you and your children are prepared for the work of a puppy. Most puppies and dogs are easily trained, it's the humans that are hard to train! If your puppy is getting mixed signals (like children allowing the puppy to jump up when Mom or Dad aren't around), the puppy will never be trained and will become a problematic dog. Your children are all old enough to understand the consequences of behaviours if you explain it (like the puppy chewing on the hand now, means a dog biting people later - or a puppy jumping up now means a dog scratching them with claws by accident later). Let the children become VERY involved in caring for the puppy. Get a haltie (it's a kind of dog lead that allows control of the dog without risk of harm to the dog or the owner) and your children will be able to walk the dog. A happy, well-behaved dog is one that is a part of the family - that does a lot of things with the family. If the kids are outside after school, the dog is with them. If the kids go for a walk, they take the dog with them.

    I hope I'm not deterring you. Both collies and labradors are excellent breeds of dogs and it is always better to get a mixed breed than a purebred (less chances of poor genetic traits - like hip dysplasia being common to labs). I tend to be very passionate about this issue - raising a good dog requires a team effort. If your team is ready - then congratulations on the new addition to your family!

    P.S. - Don't be surprised if the collie in this puppy causes it to herd your cats! The cats can take care of themselves though, so don't worry!
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    My son picked out the one yellow-brown puppy of a litter born to a collie. A doberman had jumed the fence. Her littermates looked like dobies.

    My thirteen year old boy trained her all summer, built a dog house, and later adopted a shepard mix so she wouldn't be so lonely when school started.

    Lady was smart and loving. She knew what day it was.
    She barked constantly when the Goodyear blimp was in the sky. Couln't let that big bird land in her yard.
    Lady was good company for 21 years. She died in her sleep.

    Maybe this puppie will retrieve a ball!
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    My ex's dog is a black Lab/border collie mix. Very smart and lovable dog that came from the shelter. We had to spell words in front of her, because she'd know what we were talking about. I miss that dog more than the ex.
  7. by   emmy
    Thanks for all the advice everyone. We decided to go ahead and buy him. He's so funny and he's very gentle with the cats. They're a bit wary of him at the moment but no fighting which is what I was worried about. I'm sure my kids will be fine with him they're at school at the moment so they haven't seen him, we gave them plenty of rules when we got the cats so they're used to rules :chuckle
    Thanks again for all the advice, it's been a while since I've had a puppy so I need all the help I can get :chuckle It's like having a baby again, all go one minute and then they wear themselves out and sleep :chuckle

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