Border Schnollie

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25-50 lbs
18-19"
United States

The Border Schnollie is a mix between the Border Collie and the Standard Schnauzer. The appearance and personality of each Border Schnollie litter is hard to determine purely because it depends on which traits of the parent breed are more dominant. Typically, the common Border Schnollie will have the body type of the Schnauzer with the coloring of the Border Collie. When it comes to the personality, because both parent breeds are very high energy working dogs, you can expect the Border Schnollie to need a lot of exercise in order to put that intelligence and athleticism to good use. The Border Collie was developed to be a herding dog while the Schnauzer was designed to flush out vermin and protect the home from any unwanted intruders. With jobs such as these, the combined result is an extremely intelligent hybrid dog that is loyal, courageous, and a serious workaholic. The Border Collie is considered one of the smartest dog breeds, so when paired with the spunky Schnauzer, the Border Schnollie will be quite the handful. This breed is sweet but will need a determined and well experienced owner to help him grow to his potential. 

Purpose
Companion, Herding, Guarding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Border Collie, Schnauzer

Border Schnollie Health

Average Size
Height: 18-19 inches Weight: 25-50 lbs
Height: 18-19 inches Weight: 25-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Pannus
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Occasional Tests
  • Hip And Eyes
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Border Schnollie Breed History

Because the Border Schnollie is a relatively new breed, we don’t know a lot about his origin. But, we do know quite a lot about the Border Collie and the Schnauzer.  The Border Collie was first bred somewhere in between the border country of Scotland and England. They are the definition of a classic working farm dog and are well-known for their intense eyes that compel almost anyone to move. Border Collies are excellent working dogs that are highly prized for their intelligence, work ethic, and friendly personality. This breed was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1995 and has since been split into two categories: working and show. Today, the Border Collie is used as a farm dog, showman, and a companion animal. The Schnauzer originated around the year 1492 and was once known as the Wirehaired Pinscher. It is believed that the Standard is the oldest of all three types of Schnauzers (standard, miniature, and giant) and were used on farms to guard the household and to kill rats, mice, and other vermin. In the 1870’s the Wirehaired Pinscher become known as the Schnauzer after they started being presented at shows. This breed was brought to the United States in the year 1900 and was quickly recognized by the American Kennel Club just a few years later in 1904. Combining these two breeds results in an upbeat, intelligent, loyal, and athletic dog that needs a strong leader in order to be trained properly. While they do wonderfully with other animals and people, the Border Schnollie may not be the best choice for a first-time dog owner.

Border Schnollie Breed Appearance

Because the Border Schnollie is a hybrid breed, his appearance will depend entirely upon what combination of Border Collie and Schnauzer occurs. The typical look for this breed tends to take on the body of the Schnauzer, while maintaining the marking and colors of the Border Collie. The Border Schnollie is a medium sized dog that has floppy ears, wiry fur, intelligent eyes, and an athletic build. Their color patterns can range from grey, black, brown, and tan with white markings. The eyes are always a light or dark brown that are full of life and constantly alert. The wiry fur of the Border Schnollie takes after the Schnauzer and has an under layer. While the Schnauzer does not shed often and is actually hypoallergenic, the Border Collie sheds seasonally.  Despite that fact, this is a beautiful and unique dog that will no doubt steal hearts all day long. 

Border Schnollie Breed Maintenance

 Based on the combined fur of the Border Collie and the Schnauzer, the Border Schnollie is relatively low maintenance. Brushing out his coat at least two times a week with a metal comb and brush should be enough to keep shedding to a minimum. Bathing only needs to happen every once in a while, or when your dog gets really dirty. Keep in mind, that whenever you bathe your Border Schnollie to dry his ears out thoroughly. This is because, since this breed has folded ears, any extra moisture or foreign objects trapped inside can cause infection and irritation. If you clean the ears out and dry them properly, you can decrease the chance of any infections. Besides that, trim your dog’s nails every few weeks or when you hear them clicking on the floor.

Border Schnollie Temperament

This breed is going to take on the temperament of his parent breeds, the Border Collie and the Schnauzer. Be prepared to have a dog that is high energy, eager to please, and who will be attached to your hip. Both the Border Collie and the Schnauzer love their people fiercely and aren’t afraid to defend their home. Don’t be surprised if your dog barks at new comers and suspicious activity until he is more comfortable. On top of this, keep in mind that the Border Collie is a herder; this means that your Border Schnollie may have a tendency to try to herd you, small children, and other animals. It is extremely important to remember that while this breed is loving and playful, he is also extremely energetic and stubborn. This means that training will be difficult, even though your dog will want to please you. The Border Schnollie will need an experienced dog owner and someone with a strong will to make sure that he is trained properly. Early socialization is also important in order to properly curb their protective nature into something healthy. If training is done correctly, you will end up with a great family dog who is loyal, fun, intelligent, and eager to please. The Border Schnollie makes an excellent working and companion dog.

Border Schnollie Activity Requirements

Because the Border Schnollie has very active parent breeds, he is going to need a lot of physical and mental stimulation throughout the day. This includes activities such as training, jogging, hiking, long walks, and playing a lot of fetch in the yard. Thankfully, because this breed has thick fur, he can do just fine in cold weather and you won’t have to worry about not getting him enough exercise outside in the winter months. Be sure that you get your Border Schnollie plenty of exercise so that he will not become destructive. High energy dogs that don’t have a way to release their energy in a productive way tend to destroy things that you value. However, if you can spend 1 to 2 hours a day giving your Border Schnollie good mental and physical stimulation, he will be perfectly content and happy all day long. 

Border Schnollie Owner Experiences