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40-80 lbs
​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.

Companion and Work Dog
Date of Origin
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
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bordernese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Bordernese coat
white Bordernese coat
brown Bordernese coat
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
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
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Bordernese Owner Experiences

14 Years
2 People
House & Yard
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.
2 weeks, 3 days ago
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
most lovable and affectionate animal I've ever owned. feelings get hurt easily. Most attentive to females.
3 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Escape artist so fence yard a must. Very smart.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
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