Shollie

70-80 lbs
21-29"
United States
German Shepherd
Collie

The Shollie is a hybridization between the purebred German Shepherd and Border Collie; both exceedingly popular dogs.  Despite the popularity of both parents, the Shollie is not a well-known breed.  Currently, the Shollie is only recognized by the Dog Registry of America and the American Canine Hybrid Club.  The Shollie is a wonderful family dog with some of the highest intelligence of all canines.  They can be devotedly protective of their families but gentle with the ones they love.  Many Shollies maintain the German Shepherd appearance, but the Border Collie physical traits are still apparent if only subtler.     

Purpose
Companion and Guardian
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
German Shepherd and Border Collie

Shollie Health

Average Size
Male Shollie size stats
Height: 21-29 inches Weight: 70-80 lbs
Female Shollie size stats
Height: 21-29 inches Weight: 70-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Portosystemic Shunts
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Complete Physical Examination

Shollie Breed History

The Shollie is a hybridization of two popular, hard-working, intelligent canine breeds.  Despite the popularity of both parents, the Shollie is not a well-known hybrid, and little documentation is available on the history of this breed.  However, owners and those interested in adopting a Shollie can benefit from understanding the respective histories of both the German Shepherd and the Border Collie. The German Shepherd is a large herding dog that developed in Germany in the late 1800s due to the efforts of Captain Max von Stephanitz.  Stephanitz desired a herding dog for German farms that was unmatched in both herding and guardianship. Herding dogs in the region had existed for several centuries, but a distinct German breed was not established by the time Stephanitz undertook the endeavor.  However, as the German Shepherd developed, the need for herding and farm dogs significantly dropped as a result of industrialization and demand for herding dogs dropped.  Instead of abandoning the breed or live with low demands, Stephanitz convinced the military and police agencies of Germany to use the German Shepherd as canine units.  The German Shepherd played a major role in Europe during World War II for both the Germans and the Allied Forces as a Red Cross, messenger, rescuer, and sentry dog.  During the war, one German Shepherd puppy was pulled from a bombed wreckage in France by an American Corporal.  The puppy was taken back to the U.S. where he went on to play the role of Rin Tin Tin in several movies and television shows.  The German Shepherd has had many roles to fill in its history, including service dog for the blind, guardian, military,  police canine, and sniffing out drugs and bombs. Unfortunately, the German Shepherd has also experienced negative publicity as an aggressive dog over the years.  While the breed may have a heightened degree of innate aggression, the German Shepherd is a loyal and loving breed that still ranks at the American Kennel Club's 2nd most popular dog. The Border Collie rose from a long line of English Shepherds in the British Isles after fanciers took note of the intelligence, grace, and agility of the herders in the region.  The Border Collie's predecessors were native dogs that crossbred with invading Roman breeds and were left to develop on the farms and pastures along the border of Scotland and England.  The Border Collie draws its name from the Scottish and English border country, and Collie is Scottish Gaelic for sheepdog.  Fanciers wished to develop an agility dog with superior herding abilities for show, and the Border Collie was the result of these enthusiastic efforts.  Today, Border Collies are bred for the excellent herding and agility qualities as well as for conformation.  However, some believe the Border Collie is so superior as a working dog that conformation standards should not weigh in the breeding program and breeders should focus on the dog's working role instead.   The American Kennel Club recognized the Border Collie in 1995.               

Shollie Breed Appearance

The Shollie is often described as a German Shepherd because that parent's physical appearances often overpower that of the Border Collie.  The Shollie is a large dog, weighing up to 80 pounds and long, straight legs.  The Shollie's head is in proportion to its body, and the ears are large and triangular and may flop over.  The Shollie's eyes are dark brown, but some puppies may have colored eyes from the Border Collie bloodlines.  The Shollie's eyes are almond-shaped with an intelligent, gentle expression often accentuated by their colored eyebrows.  A Shollie's coat tends to be thicker than the German Shepherd parent's coat and slightly soft, a trait it gains from the Border Collie parent, and the tail is less bushy that in the German Shepherd.  Otherwise, the Shollie may sometimes be mistaken for a purebred German Shepherd, especially in its youth.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Shollie eyes
Blue
hazel Shollie eyes
Hazel
brown Shollie eyes
Brown
amber Shollie eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shollie nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shollie coat
Black
sable Shollie coat
Sable
white Shollie coat
White
brown Shollie coat
Brown
fawn Shollie coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shollie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shollie Breed Maintenance

The Shollie is a heavy shedding dog that requires daily brushing to help remove the loose and dead hair.  Their shedding increases twice a year, and daily grooming will significantly reduce the amount of hair and dander.  Frequent grooming will reduce tangling and remove dirt and debris from the hair and keep the coat looking and feeling magnificent.  The Shollie is not known to drool and has no strong doggy odor.  Owners should take care not to bathe their Shollie too often as this may reduce the amount of natural oils on the skin and lead to irritation.  If bathing is required, owners must use a hypoallergenic shampoo and refrain from overuse.  The Shollie is not prone to dental issues but brushing its teeth a few times a week will help reduce any future dental issues.
Brushes for Shollie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shollie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shollie Temperament

The Shollie has a high spirit and a lot of energy.  They are affectionate and loyal to their families and will go to lengths to protect them.  The Shollie is especially fond and protective of children and may often herd them.  However, children should never be left alone with a Shollie, or any other dog, for both the dog and the child's safety.  The Shollie tends to be aloof with strangers but never overly shy or aggressive.  Timidity and aggression are traits that may overdevelop with improper care and owners must take measures to socialize and care for their Shollies properly.  The Shollie's herding heritage makes the hybrid dog-friendly, as well as friendly with other pets, such as the cat.  They are playful but also enjoy naps and snuggling.  Their energy levels tend to be higher than the German Shepherd's, and they get most of their playfulness from their Border Collie parent.  The Shollie is considered a highly intelligent breed that is easy to train with a committed owner.

Shollie Activity Requirements

The Shollie is no indoor dog and requires a lot of time playing and running outside.  The Border Collie genes demand daily agility exercise and task-oriented playtime; otherwise, the Shollie may become bored and destructive.  Their high activity levels, as well as intelligence, requires a committed dog owner who is also experienced with dog ownership.  A Shollie that is not mentality and physically engaged will develop negative behaviors including destruction, anxiety, aggression, or even timidity.  The Shollie requires at least 60 minutes of daily activity outside, so a house with a fenced-in backyard is a must.  The Shollie is not well-suited for apartment living and does well in the country.  The Shollie is also well-suited for a range of climates, but owners should always pay close attention to the Shollie's activities in hot weather to avoid overheat, which can be life-threatening.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Shollie Food Consumption

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

Shollie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shollie size stats at six months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Shollie size stats at six months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 65 lbs
12 Months
Male Shollie size stats at 12 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 70 lbs
Female Shollie size stats at 12 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 70 lbs
18 Months
Male Shollie size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 75 lbs
Female Shollie size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 75 lbs

Shollie Owner Experiences

Aspen Capistrano Cole
10 Weeks
2 People
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Fetch
he is learning so fast. very smart. cries when we leave which kills me...
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Skampers
14 Years
5 People
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One of the best dogs I have owned. He is getting up in age, but still plays with our poms like he is a pup. He is great with family and visitors. Protective of all members of the house, including the cats even though they don't particularly like him. He plays very nice with the smaller pups.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Harley
6 Weeks
4 People
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Playing with toys, snuggling.
We just got her today. She seems like a quiet, easy going pup, and is equally snuggly as she is playful.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Crodié
4 Months
5 People
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Walk
Road trip
still very young but I love the little guy. everyday i wake up looking forward to seeing his smile!
7 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
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