Border Collie Bernard

45-120 lbs
Border Collie
Saint Bernard

Protective, intelligent, and gentle, the Border Collie Bernard is a hybrid breed that originated from the Border Collie and the Saint Bernard. While its background is not well documented, it is known that the Border Collie Bernard is a friendly breed who will do anything to protect its family. This breed is a medium-to-large dog that requires daily exercise to maintain good mental and physical health. This devoted canine enjoys being able to participate in activities such as agility, herding, scent detection and search and rescue. His multi-talented traits allow him to be a favorable dog with families. Maintaining your Border Collie Bernard's coat will require some moderate grooming due to its the thickness and texture. This loyal breed will be sure to protect you from intruders while providing great companionship. 

Guard dog, Rescue dog
Date of Origin
Border Collie, Saint Bernard

Border Collie Bernard Health

Average Size
Male Border Collie Bernard size stats
Height: 20-35 inches Weight: 45-120 lbs
Female Border Collie Bernard size stats
Height: 20-35 inches Weight: 45-120 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ectropion
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Optical Examination
  • Angiocardiogram
  • Echocardiogram

Border Collie Bernard Breed History

While the exact origin of the Border Collie Bernard is unknown, it is suspected that the breed was developed after a surge in hybrid breeds. Many hybrid breeds were developed in order to rule out major health conditions. The Border Collie Bernard was conceived from a mix of the Border Collie and the Saint Bernard. While the Saint Bernard is a giant breed, the Border Collie Bernard is a medium-to-large breed with a significantly smaller build. This cautious canine is believed to have existed prior to 1800. While the Border Collie itself was not known by its name, there were numerous working dogs that possessed unique herding styles at the time. In 1860, the Birmingham Dog Society shined light on the Border Collie by holding classes for “Scotch Sheep Dogs”. The first standard for the Border Collie was developed in 1906. In 1995, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Border Collie. The Border Collie Bernard's other parent breed – the Saint Bernard – is a massive breed also known by a plethora of other names: the Alpine Mastiff, the Alpine Dog, the Alpine Spaniel, the Barry Dog, the Good Samaritan Dog, the Holy Dog, the Monastery Dog, the Mountain Dog, and the Saint. Throughout the years, the Saint Bernard has saved human lives in the Swiss alps (over 2000 lives). Its talent for rescue is impressive and the breed has an excellent track record. In 1810, the breed was first brought to England under various names. In 1830, the Saint Bernard was then cross-bred with the Newfoundland in order to rid it of harsh diseases. In 1885, the Saint Bernard was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. 

Border Collie Bernard Breed Appearance

The Border Collie Bernard has some dominant characteristics from the Border Collie in regards to its facial expressions. It strongly resembles the Saint Bernard with its harsh, rough, and dense coat. Color combinations resemble the Saint Bernard with either brown and white or dark brown and white. The breed also resembles the Saint Bernard with its mask-like face. Eye colors will usually result in a rich brown but have been known to occasionally pop up with light brown or blue. Nose color will usually always result in black. Ears can resemble either parent breed and can vary on each litter. The height and weight of this hybrid can vary greatly, even in siblings of the same family.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Border Collie Bernard eyes
brown Border Collie Bernard eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Border Collie Bernard nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Border Collie Bernard coat
brown Border Collie Bernard coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Border Collie Bernard straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Border Collie Bernard Breed Maintenance

Your Border Collie Bernard is not a hypoallergenic dog and will shed moderately like many other breeds. The Saint Bernard is a gentle giant who spends much of its time drooling. Apply this to the Border Collie Bernard and take steps to ensure its mouth is kept clean at all times. Its coat is usually short and dense which will make for a relatively easy-going grooming maintenance. Brush its coat daily with a firm bristle brush and run a comb through it once weekly. The coat may require some light trimming every 6 to 8 weeks. The ears of this hybrid should be checked on a regular basis for moisture accumulation leading to yeast growth. The teeth and nails should be taken care of adequately as well; trim the nails every few weeks and brush the teeth daily.

Brushes for Border Collie Bernard
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Border Collie Bernard requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Border Collie Bernard Temperament

The Border Collie Bernard is a gentle breed that may prefer to spend time relaxing on the couch rather than running all day with you due to its parent breed, the Saint Bernard. However, the Border Collie may add a bit of spunk to the character of your hybrid. Meeting strangers may require extra time since this loyal canine will want to protect you. Once it is shown that the stranger is welcomed, the Border Collie Bernard will follow and pay attention to them. This breed may be cautious around children and requires supervision in addition to early training to prevent any incidents of fear aggression. While the breed is generally calm, it is important to be proactive around other animals and dogs. Both the Border Collie and the Saint Bernard are stubborn but eager learners. It is important to provide it with the time and patience to learn how to behave around family and others. Positive reinforcement and treats will make for one happy dog. 

Border Collie Bernard Activity Requirements

The Border Collie Bernard has a moderate energy level due to the low energy level typically seen in the Saint Bernard, though the Border Collie brings a high energy level to the mix. Thriving in a home with a large, spacious yard, this hybrid will love the freedom to explore and roam while outside. Remember, both parents are working breeds so the mental aspect of their day-to-day goings on is an important part of their heritage. This canine will do best with an active lifestyle. Agility and obedience trials are two of many options. Stimulate your hybrid mentally and physically and he will be ready to relax on the couch at the end of the day. While the Saint Bernard is used to extremely cold temperatures, it is important for the Border Collie Bernard to remain in average climate.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Border Collie Bernard Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Border Collie Bernard Owner Experiences

5 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Stubborn, very energetic
2 days ago
15 Years
2 People
Rosko is amazing, he gets along with everyone he meets, especially other small animals such as cats and chihuhua's. Hes amazing around kids! All he wants is a little bit of love and snuggles. Love to bark at the sky though!!
4 months, 3 weeks ago
12 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Nice indoor, full energy outdoor
6 months, 3 weeks ago
9 Years
3 People
House & Yard
have had him since 5 weeks, is neutered, still very excitable and hard to manage at 9 years old, he's a very smart dog but he has not responded to usual training not to jump on people...he is also very aggressive toward people who come onto our farm so he has to be restrained on a tie out until that person leaves....he is free to roam otherwise
9 months, 3 weeks ago
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