The Borador is a crossbreed of two very popular dog breeds, the Border Collie and the Labrador Retriever, and is recognized by most of the hybrid and designer dog registries and clubs. As popular as it is, the Borador is still a newly recognized crossbreed most likely within the last ten to twenty years. The Border Collie is an extremely intelligent canine, considered by many experts to be the most intelligent overall breed of dog. This breed is an extremely old breed, believed to be a combination between small, spitz-like herding dogs that travelled with Viking raiders during the third century and somewhat larger Roman herding dogs that had relocated during the Roman invasion of Britain during the first century. They were bred for performance rather than for looks and although they are an attractive dog, they are first and foremost a working dog. The Labrador Retriever also has a long history, some of which we can only guess at; although most experts are in agreement that the St. John’s dog, a water dog that became extinct in the 1980’s, founded the Labrador Retriever breed, they are divided on whether the Newfoundland dog gave rise to the St. John’s dog or was bred from the St. John’s dog. The St. John’s dog with its short, oily coat, was as at home swimming in the water as running on land and worked alongside the fishermen on the coasts of Newfoundland. They, like the Labrador, were retrievers, although they specialized in retrieving nets, ropes, and even fish, rather than the waterfowl that the Labrador was bred for. It was in the 1800’s that James Harris and Walter Scott, both of whom had been breeding the St. John’s dog to be gun dogs, met while out shooting. Mr. Harris made a gift of two of his male retrievers to Mr. Scott, who then bred them to his own dogs. The resulting canines were the ancestors of today’s modern Labradors. The combination of the two results in a highly intelligent and energetic animal with an agreeable temperament and an intense work drive.