Golden Border Retriever

45-70 lbs
United States
Golden Retriever
Border Collie

The Golden Border Retriever is a hybrid mix of the Border Collie and the Golden Retriever. Both parents are highly intelligent and social. The Golden Border Retriever does not tolerate being left alone and needs daily exercise to lead a healthy life and keep its mind sufficiently stimulated. Engaging with your Golden Border Retriever builds a strong bond and can prevent destructive behaviors from developing. The Golden Border Retriever is a popular hybrid though the date of origin for the intentional breeding of the two parents is unknown. Despite the little-known history, owners can expect to find a lost of information on this designer dog, and because both parents are similar in disposition and needs, owners can look to the history and trait characteristics of the parents for insight.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Border Collie and Golden Retriever

Golden Border Retriever Health

Average Size
Male Golden Border Retriever size stats
Height: 21-24 inches Weight: 50-75 lbs
Female Golden Border Retriever size stats
Height: 19-22 inches Weight: 45-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Allergies
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Periodontal Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs

Golden Border Retriever Breed History

The Golden Border Retriever is hybrid of two intelligent companion dogs, the Border Collie and the Golden Retriever. The hybrid is a modern dog with little documentation over the last decade or so of intentional breeding. Owners can review the respective histories of both parents to understand their Golden Border Retriever better. The Border Collie is the premier sheepherder of all the dog breeds. Highly intelligent and independent, these dogs developed along the border of Scotland and England in the 19th Century though their sheepdog ancestors occupied the British Isles as long as man has. The northern Collies and sheepdogs all belonged to separate regions but were collectively known as Scotch Sheep Dogs. The Border Collie did not gain its name until 1915 when a Scotch Sheep Dog made Champion at a dog show. Secretary of the International Sheepdog Society coined the name in 1915 but did not reuse the name until 1946. It took many years for the American Kennel Club to recognize the Border Collie, and not because of this dog’s standards, which are impeccable. Many fanciers believed the Border Collie was so superior a working dog that developing conformation standards might detract from the breed, so the desire to maintain the working standard delayed entry into the American Kennel Club, which recognized the Border Collie in 1995. Like the Border Collie parent breed, the Golden Retriever was determined and hard-working. He was a welcomed addition to the hunting scene; his origins were in Britain where he was developed particularly by Lord Tweedmouth who bred the Golden Retriever with the Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct). The mating of these two dogs created the foundation for future Goldens. This breed's love of the water made him invaluable as a retriever of game on land or in bodies of water. As guns improved and game was downed further and further from the hunter, this retriever, with his gentle mouth, could return the prize. The Dog Registry of America is the only club that currently recognizes the Golden Border Retriever as a modern hybrid.

Golden Border Retriever Breed Appearance

The Golden Border Retriever is a hybrid between the Border Collie and the Golden Retriever and can look like either parent breed depending on the dominant appearance. However, the appearance leans toward one of the two in most cases. Many hybrids will have the looks of the Border Collie but the coats of the Golden Retriever and vice versa. The head is proportionate with a long, tapered muzzle with a scissor bite, and highly alert eyes set far apart. The Golden Border Retriever is a medium to large-sized dog but not full-size large and is often shorter than the Golden Retriever parent. The body is well balanced and athletic with compact, oval or round-shaped feet.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Golden Border Retriever eyes
amber Golden Border Retriever eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Golden Border Retriever nose
brown Golden Border Retriever nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Golden Border Retriever coat
pied Golden Border Retriever coat
red Golden Border Retriever coat
white Golden Border Retriever coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Golden Border Retriever wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Golden Border Retriever Breed Maintenance

The Golder Border Collie is not a hypoallergenic dog and sheds considerably no matter which parent the hybrid resembles. Bi-weekly grooming will help remove dead and loose hair and keep your Golden Border Retriever’s coat healthy. This mix is not known to smell, but weekly grooming will help distribute oils and remove dirt and dead skin that might lead to a foul smell and may also help prevent dermatitis. Frequent nail clipping is also suggested for your Golden Border Retriever if he doesn’t encounter hard surfaces that naturally wear the nails down. The Golden Border Retriever does not usually drool, but an increase in drooling may indicate your Golden Border Retriever is suffering from a dental or gum issue. Regular teeth brushing and cleaning will give you an opportunity to check his gums and prevent disease.

Brushes for Golden Border Retriever
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Golden Border Retriever requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Golden Border Retriever Temperament

The Golden Border Retriever is a high energy hybrid that loves its family. When it comes to strangers, this hybrid is friendly and curious. The Golden Border Retriever is patient and loves children. Both parents are considered excellent dogs for families with children. The Golden Border Retriever adapts well to sharing space with other dogs and cats. Early socialization with cats and dogs will help a Golden Border Retriever to live in perfect harmony with other pets. The Golden Retriever parent is always eager to please as is the Border Collie, making this hybrid a breeze for training and novice dog owners. However, these hybrid need a lot of attention, training, and playtime to prevent destructive habits from forming.

Golden Border Retriever Activity Requirements

The Golden Border Retriever is a hybrid of two breeds with high energy needs, though the Border Collie parent has the greater need of the two. Your Golden Border Retriever will need plenty of exercise but not need high-intensity exercise if he resembles the Golden Retriever. If your Golden Border Retriever resembles the Border Collie, he will love to jump and run. Agility training and task-oriented exercise are excellent ways to bond with your dog and stimulate his mind and body. His high energy means he is not well suited for apartment and urban living; however, this hybrid can live in smaller spaces if he is exercised daily. A backyard and area to run around are more suitable for this hybrid. The Golden Border Retriever has a high tolerance for both hot and cold environments but prefers temperate climates.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes
activity minutes

Golden Border Retriever Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Golden Border Retriever Owner Experiences

12 Years
4 People
House & Yard
she was the most amazing dog I've ever met
2 years, 11 months ago
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