Bordernese

40-80 lbs
23-28"
​United States
Bernese Mountain Dog
Border Collie

The Bordernese is a cross between the Border Collie and the Bernese Mountain Dog. This is a medium to large hybrid breed that combines the coloring and body type of a Bernese, with the coloring and fur type of the Border Collie. A combined intelligence and gentle spirit come together to create a dog that is an excellent companion for any family that may have young children or other pets. While the Border Collie tends to be an active breed, the Bernese is not; so the two balance each other out nicely to create the Bordernese, who does well in any size of home as long as there is some way for him to get exercise. Due to the fact that the Bordernese has a thick, dark coat, cooler weather is preferred to keep him from overheating. This hybrid breed is known for being gentle, loyal, intelligent, easy going, and friendly.

Purpose
Companion and Work Dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Border Collie, Bernese Mountain Dog

Bordernese Health

Average Size
Male Bordernese size stats
Height: 23-28 inches Weight: 40-80 lbs
Female Bordernese size stats
Height: 23-28 inches Weight: 40-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Meningitis
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
  • Histiocytosis
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy
  • Pannus
  • Lens Luxation
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Dna Test For Pk
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Bordernese Breed History

Because the Bordernese is a hybrid breed that has not been around long enough for a well-detailed origin, we don’t know much about their creation. On the other hand, we do know quite a few details about their parent breeds, the Border Collie and the Bernese Mountain Dog. The Border Collie is without a doubt one of the world’s smartest dog breeds. They were bred with the intention of being independent herders who were extremely intelligent and agile. Their origin begins as a classic working farm dog somewhere between the borders of Scotland and England. Their popularity grew steadily and eventually, the breed caught the attention of the royal family; Queen Victoria especially. The Border Collie was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1995 and has continued to be valued for his intelligence, work ethic, and grace ever since. The Bernese Mountain Dog is quite the opposite of the Border Collie. While still strong and beautiful, this breed is more mellow and easy-going. The Bernese was created around the 20th century n the Alpine Mountains of Switzerland, where he was used as an all-around farm dog. They used their strength to pull milk carts, act as guard dogs with their deep bark, and drove cattle to the pasture as well. The American Kennel Club recognized the Bernese as a breed in 1937 and he is now used today as a companion and show dog. When the traits of these two parent breeds are combined, the end result is the Bordernese; an intelligent, mellow, loving, loyal, and friendly dog that is not high maintenance and very easy to train.

Bordernese Breed Appearance

Since the Bordernese is a mix between the Border Collie and the Bernese Mountain dog, there is a wide variety of color combinations and body types that can occur; even within the same litter. The typical appearance for this breed is to be of either medium to large size, with long and thick fur that maintains the tri-color pattern of the Bernese (white, black, tan). Either big and sturdy like the Bernese, or small and quick like the Border Collie, the Bordernese can vary in size. Despite this, (because both parents share a similar fur type) the Bordernese will always have long, thick fur. Floppy ears and dark brown eyes set over a strong muzzle complete the features of this hybrid breed; creating a happy, alert appearance that will steal hearts any day of the week. There is no doubt that whether your Bordernese is small like the Border Collie or well-built like the Bernese, you will have a beautiful dog that is a great mix of both athletic and working companion animals.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bordernese eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bordernese nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Bordernese coat
Black
white Bordernese coat
White
brown Bordernese coat
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Bordernese wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bordernese Breed Maintenance

Just because this breed is large doesn’t mean that they need to be high maintenance. The Bordernese is actually very easy to groom, and although their fur does shed year round, a couple of brush sessions a week should do the trick at keeping the hair manageable. Bathing only needs to be done every once in a while or if your dog gets especially dirty. Because the Bordernese has folded over ears, it is extremely important to thoroughly dry your dog’s ears after bathing or swimming. This is because any extra moisture left inside the ear can cause inflammation and infection; so by drying the ears out, this issue can be avoided. Besides that, trim your dog’s nails every few weeks, or when you hear the nails clicking against the floor, in order to keep the feet healthy.
Brushes for Bordernese
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bordernese requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bordernese Temperament

​The Bordernese has a fantastic personality that is balanced well between energetic and even-tempered. He is a friendly and gentle dog that is alert and ready to protect his family without any question. While very loyal, the Bordernese is not aggressive to strangers or other animals and makes a wonderful house pet for any sized home. This breed strives to get along with pretty much any living thing and is gentle enough to be around very young children. You don’t need to be an experienced dog owner to own the Bordernese, as he is easy to train and loves nothing more than to spend time with his family. If you are looking for a good guard dog for your home, the Bordernese may be perfect for you due to the fact that while he does not bark often, he will bark in order to alert you to any suspicious activity. Overall, this breed is smart, energetic, loyal, fun, and a big cuddle bug, making the Bordernese a wonderful addition to any family.

Bordernese Activity Requirements

While the Border Collie side of the Bordernese is very active, the Bernese Mountain Dog is not. This balance between high energy and low energy makes for a relatively low-energy dog that only needs about an hour of really good activity a day. This activity can consist of training, walking, jogging, bike riding, pulling, playing with other dogs, or romping around in the back yard. Do not worry if you are unable to live in a very large house, as the Bernese Mountain Dog’s even tempered personality really helps the Bordernese adapt well to any living situation. However, just like most dogs, your Bordernese may get bored with too much inactivity, which can lead to bad manners and destruction of property. Take the time to exercise your dog so that he can be on his best behavior. Early socialization and training is key for any dog, and when it comes to the Bordernese, you shouldn’t have much trouble getting him to listen to you. This dog is eager to please and very smart, so as long as you put in the time, training should not be difficult.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Bordernese Food Consumption

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

Bordernese Owner Experiences

Pearl
6 Years
2 People
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I gave Pearl to my husband for Christmas when she was an 8 week old puppy. He cried when he opened the box. I trained Pearl because I’m more consistent than my husband but once she was trained, he kept up with the command words and outcome expectations. She knows many tricks. She responds extremely well to treat training and learns very quickly. She is very loyal and loves to be with us. She never runs away and if she goes exploring in an off leash area, she returns when my husband claps his hands. These dogs do not like being hot. Pearl enjoys being outside and has 3 acres surrounded with invisible fencing. She stays within her boundaries even without her collar on (no beeping, no shocks). She has a bed just inside out deck door. She likes to come in to spend time close to us in the evening but stays on her bed. She lets us know it’s her bedtime when she stands up. She prefers to sleep in the garage where it is cool. She has a raised sling bed with a traditional dog bed on top of it. This keeps her up off the cold concrete floor and minimizes pressure on her hips and other joints. The garage is kept slightly heated during winter (5C-10C). There is a pet door which allows Pearl the freedom to go in or out at her pleasure. If she wants to come into the house with us, she waits at the deck door and gives a little whine. If we don’t hear her, she will give 1 short “arf”. She rarely barks even when people drive onto our property. She doesn’t lick or jump up on people. She doesn’t chase or jump up on vehicles. She LOVES going in the vehicle with my husband and she really enjoys meeting people. Her coat is very healthy and does not require much brushing. She goes for grooming 2-3 times a year. She eats a raw diet of cubes of ground mixed meats which she prefers to eat frozen, straight out of the freezer once a day. She never gets into garbage in the garage. Her treats are kept in a low, open, plastic container on a table in the garage. Pearl could easily stick her nose in and start chowing but she never has. She loves getting a hand fed treat rewards and takes them very gently. Pearl does not like mice, birds, squirrels, cats, rabbits, deer, moose, coyotes, or other dogs on our property and stays busy chasing them away. Pearl is very ball motivated and will play fetch with a ball or stick with any one until they are too worn out to throw again. Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/breed/bordernese
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Poe
6 Years
2 People
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We got Poe after loosing our black lab, still had a yellow lab. This dog is loving, crazy, ball crazy, loves his sister. We have found these guys crave affection and want to be with you at all times. They are very smart, easily trained, learn quickly, mind very well. I would have to say they are the most entertaining dogs we have ever had, they make us laugh constantly.
1 month, 1 week ago
Scout
10 Years
3 People
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Walking and fetch
We rescued him and they told us he was 3, 25lbs and great with cats.....he was more like 1.5-2 yrs, chased cats, and was about 65 lbs...needless to say he is the sweetest boy, afraid of thunderstorms which is when the cats are his best thunder buddies and wouldn’t trade him for the world!
8 months, 1 week ago
Daisy
10 Years
2 People
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By the time Daisy was 10 weeks old, we were the 4th owners for her. This caused her much separation anxiety throughout the years but we have been blessed with the best dog in the world. The first 3 owners in her early stage, made a big mistake getting rid of this fantastic girl. Big....huge mistake.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
millie
2 Years
4 People
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Playing Ball
she is lovely and very excitable, playful
1 year, 1 month ago
Maddox
2 Years
3 People
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Picked up as stray. Weight 60 lbs, skinny. Two types intestinal worms and heart worms. Now 78 lbs, all infestations gone. Successful heartworm tx. Beautiful, friendly. Acts like a ungainly teen. Loves everybody.
1 year, 2 months ago
Buddy
8 Months
2 People
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training
This guy just showed up at our property. Ran away from a cattle ranch down the road, so they let me keep him. He is super affectionate and eager. Melts into pettings and wants to snuggle. Is curious and attentive. Its hard to believe how lucky I am to have this guy show up in my life! After my flat-coated retriver Duvessa passed in the spring, I wasn't sure I was ready for another dog. He really just has made himself at home tho. Even gets along with my friends rat terrier, who doesn't like ANY dogs. Shows how gentle this breed is.
1 year, 4 months ago
koda
3 Years
2 People
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she is anwsome dog . loyal ,friendly and a good sheep dog .
1 year, 7 months ago
Teddy
3 Months
4 People
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wrestling
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My Boxer and Corgi Lab mix were far easier to housebreak. He is just a fun loving fuzzy lil guy at 3 mmonths. He loves his big brother boxer Ali, 5yr old. Ted is a good puppy but tears up pillows frequently.
1 year, 11 months ago
Sophie
4 Months
3 People
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Quickly house broken but still gets too excited when guests first arrive. It takes time for her to settle down and be the good dog she often is!
1 year, 11 months ago
Bonnie
12 Months
2 People
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Tug-of-war
catch
Fetch
She is very sweet but not calm at all...needs to be in your face at all times..preferably wrapped around my neck. She was super skittish as a puppy but is way more sociable now..super sweet when she is being quiet and calm. She is also still a puppy so hopefully the need to be in ones face all of the time will change as she gets a little older..We are definately in love though..<3
2 years, 4 months ago
Smokey
3 Years
2 People
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We are in the process of adopting a 3 year old male. Don't know anything about the breed so this site has been very helpful. We had a golden retriever (lost to cancer) and a sheltie (old age) that we lost within the last 1.5 yrs and can't wait to bring another fur baby into the house. I think this breed with work for us.
2 years, 12 months ago
Dale Tucker
9 Years
1 People
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walki
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Walking
He is wonderful. Up for anything.
3 years ago
Jackie
3 Years
3 People
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She was a rescue that had heart worms and had also had a collar imbedded into her neck. She was probably left by herself b cause she was scared of everything. She didn't know how to leash walk and I guess she just ate when they threw something to her. She has had such a wonderful transformation and is turning into an awesome dog with training. Every once in a while she reverts back to hers kiddish self but I am continuing to work with her.
3 years ago
Mischief
Four Months
3 People
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Fun and loving. Easy to train and gogood compabcompany
3 years ago
Bailey
6 Years
2 People
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We adopted Bailey 2 months ago, and she has settled well with our older blue heeler, lily who is 10. Lily is not a cuddler but Bailey is which is fantastic! Sweetheart who wants constant touching, walks very well with lily and I now have two intelligent protectors!
3 years ago
Darby
14 Years
2 People
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Because she has arthritis in her 2 back legs, she is quite handicapped. She does want to go for her daily walk with our 3 yr. old golden retriever.Everyone loves her and she is very friendly with everyone she meets. She leans against people and they pet her.I plan to get another Bordenese when she leaves us as they are so good natured and easy to train.
3 years, 1 month ago
brutus
3 Years
2 People
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Fetch
most lovable and affectionate animal I've ever owned. feelings get hurt easily. Most attentive to females.
3 years, 4 months ago
Bella
3 Years
3 People
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Walking
Escape artist so fence yard a must. Very smart.
3 years, 5 months ago
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do you have contact information for someone who breeds Bordenese (cross between Bernese and Border Collie). I have not been able to find any breeders. thanks! Meredith

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Book me a walkiee?
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