The offspring born as a result of this is bound to borrow traits from both parents, though the proportion cannot be determined. Since both, the Collie and Shepherd are herding dogs, their offspring is, as expected, protective, athletic, and a little reserved.
To be able to determine the personality of a crossbreed, one needs to be acquainted with the traits of both parents. Introducing, the German Shepherd and the Border Collie.
► Once they’re familiar with their family, they are instinctively drawn to children, and are known to be very gentle and protective, being natural herders. They never think twice before leaping to their family’s rescue during perilous situations.
► They have an air of maturity and sobriety, and lack the goofiness of some smaller breeds. They are very playful and athletic, and love spending time in the outdoors.
► A dog with this level of intelligence and physical strength needs a lot of exercise―both mental and physical.
► They are herders by instinct, and are thus very disciplined. Living with a family, they exhibit the same qualities, and therefore, should only be allowed to interact with older and more responsible children.
► These dogs are happiest when they have a ‘job’ to do, therefore, it is necessary to keep them occupied for most part of the day.
► They can get very cranky and destructive if left alone for long periods in enclosed spaces. Thus, Collies are not meant to be apartment dogs for professionals.
► Overall, Collies are healthy, athletic, loving, and highly intelligent. They are a bit suspicious to begin with, but bond really well once they begin to trust an individual.
► Your Collie-Shepherd is most likely to pick discipline from the former, and a protective instinct from the latter.
► Your dog will need to be socialized since puppyhood, as she will tend to be a bit suspicious of strangers. She will look up to a human as her pack leader, so this member needs to be firm and efficient.
► This dog loves to play―this includes running, climbing, and of course, playing fetch. It is a great pet for people who love the outdoors and have a large yard for the dog to roam around. Their energy levels are extremely high, so be prepared to spend a good couple of hours in the morning and evening to exhaust them.
► Being born of intelligent parents, this crossbreed also requires a lot of mental stimulation. Therefore, engage him with an interesting game like a treasure hunt to keep him occupied. Boredom does not bode well with this dog, and he will get seriously cranky.
► Describing their appearance can be tricky, as mentioned earlier, as they can take after any parent when it comes to physical characteristics. In most cases, these dogs tend to look more like the German Shepherd, with the characteristic tan coat with the black saddle. However, they may inherit the Collie’s floppy, furry ears, which gives them a much softer look than the rather serious-looking Shepherd.