18-22 lbs
American Eskimo
Border Collie
The Ski-Border is a hybrid designer dog mix. He is a combination of an American Eskimo and a Border Collie. The friendly, outgoing mix possesses all of the delightful characteristics of its parent breeds. Typically, when fully grown he stands 20 inches at the shoulders. Females may be a tiny bit smaller than males. He usually weighs about 20 to 25 pounds. He has a soft, medium-length double coat that comes in a variety of shades and patterns. Like his parents, the Ski-Border is highly intelligent and always willing to please his owner. He is a fun-loving clown who is always bursting with energy. If you and your family live an active lifestyle then this might be the perfect companion dog for you.
Date of Origin
American Eskimo and Border Collie

Ski-Border Health

Average Size
Male Ski-Border size stats
Height: 19-20 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Female Ski-Border size stats
Height: 18-19 inches Weight: 18-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Eye Conditions
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Up:Uc Ratio For Kidney Function
  • Wellness Check
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Ski-Border Breed History

The Ski-Border is a fairly new mix breed. It is a mix of the American Eskimo and Border Collie.  He typically displays characteristics of both of his parents. The American Eskimo dog is a beautiful Nordic Spitz dog variety with a robust pure white coat. The exact origin of the American Eskimo dog is unknown, but for centuries they have been a common pet in German communities in America. It is believed that they were probably the descendants of white German Spitz, white Keeshonden, or white Pomeranians that the German immigrants brought with them from their native homeland when they immigrated to the United States. In the 1800s, the American Eskimo became a favorite dog of circus performers because of their ability to do a wide variety of difficult tricks. In 1995, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in the Non-Sporting Group. The Border Collie has a strong Scottish heritage. It was bred to guard flocks in the border country between Scotland and England. In 1860, the dog was shown for the first time at a dog show in England. Queen Victoria quickly became enamored with the breed. In 1876, the breed was entered in the sheepdog herding trials in London. The Border Collie astounded spectators at the trial with its willingness to respond to the handlers many commands. In 1995, the Border Collie was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the Herding Group.

Ski-Border Breed Appearance

The Ski-Border dog is physically a lovely combination of its parent's features. He has a moderately long, thick coat that boasts an undercoat. He has the coat markings of the Border Collie. His ears stand upright and his face is almost fox-like in appearance and shape. He carries his tail high on his back in a curl, which looks similar to his parent the American Eskimo. His feet are small and catlike with dark pads. The Ski-Border is a true athlete with a lean, muscular body. His fluffy fur comes in shades of black and white, grey and white, or cream and white. The undercoat is usually grey or brown. Sometimes the Ski-Border has an abundant ruff around his neck that is reminiscent of the Border Collie.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Ski-Border eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Ski-Border nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Ski-Border coat
white Ski-Border coat
gray Ski-Border coat
cream Ski-Border coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Ski-Border straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Ski-Border Breed Maintenance

The Ski-Border has a very thick undercoat that sheds out twice a year. He requires brushing to remove the loose fur and keep it from falling off him in clumps. He benefits from daily brushing to keep his coat looking pristine. His nails should be trimmed once a month if his active lifestyle does not naturally wear them down. His upright ears might require a weekly wipe-out to remove any debris buildup. Some owners brush their dog’s teeth every few days to remove unwanted plaque, improve their breath, and prevent gum disease later in life.
Brushes for Ski-Border
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Ski-Border requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Ski-Border Temperament

The Ski-Border is a highly intelligent breed that loves to interact on a daily basis with his owner. He does not make a good apartment dog because he enjoys running and playing. Ideally, this dog should live in a home with a large, fenced yard or in the country on acreage. He lives to please his owner and excels at herding, agility, and obedience.  Although he is is an athlete, the Ski-Border also likes downtime and enjoys napping indoors. He is also an attention seeking dog who loves affection. The Ski-Border is a great dog for a family because he usually adores children. He also gets along well with other pets. He will bark if a stranger approaches but he is not overly barky.

Ski-Border Activity Requirements

Ski-Border dogs are usually moderately active. They enjoy a daily walk, a game of fetch, jogging, a visit to the dog park, and other activities. When indoors, this dog is content to remain quiet and nap. This eager dog does like to jump up on people so from an early age he needs to be taught not to jump on people, especially small children. He is a great companion for children though, because loves to play. He enjoys herding things and it is not uncommon for him to try to herd other family pets or toddlers in a fun-loving way. The Ski-Border dog is outgoing, friendly, and bonds well with his owners. He likes to be involved in family functions. He is loving, loyal, and smart. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Ski-Border Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $60.00

Ski-Border Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Ski-Border size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
Female Ski-Border size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Ski-Border size stats at 12 months
Height: 19.5 inches Weight: 20.0 lbs
Female Ski-Border size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Ski-Border size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Ski-Border size stats at 18 months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 20.0 lbs

Ski-Border Owner Experiences

4 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Dog Parks
Playing in the snow
Our Ski-Border was a rescue and started off timid before growing into a lively young lady. Her temperament is still skittish at times, likely due to her time as a rescue, but she is affectionate and loves attention. She's great with our baby (now toddler) but had some issues with pre-school age children she wasn't familiar with. Her loving personality and beautiful appearance always gets attention when we're out.
3 years, 3 months ago
10 Years
4 People
Fox has been my best friend since the day we got him. He is the sweetest dog in the world, and would never hurt a fly. He greets everyone he meets with love and affection, and loves doing most activities. Since we were both young, we would play hide and seek together and he absolutely adores it. I would hide, and he would search all throughout the house for me. Whenever he would find me, he’d pounce on me with pure excitement and joy and run back to where we originally were so I would hide again. Whenever I’m feeling down, he truly senses it. I don’t even have to cry, he’ll come sit by my side and lean on me as if he knows that I’m sad and wants to comfort me. He follows me around wherever I go, and we’re stuck to each other like glue. He sleeps in my room at night and sits with me during the day. He makes the strangest noises sometimes, and he intensifies them when I laugh and he’ll roll around on his back because he knows how happy it makes me and how much laughter comes of it. He is super intelligent, and understands many of the words i use with him. He even gives kisses on command, and he picked that up fairly quickly. His coat is fluffy and purely white, but around his ears are such a light shade of brown that they look somewhat like a cream-orange. He is truly the best dog I’ve ever had and probably ever will have, and I’ll always love him dearly. I would definitely recommend adopting a border collie/eskimo mix. They will be your loyal and loving companion for as long as they live.
1 year, 11 months ago
6 Years
8 People
Walks an runs
Tip has been a phenomenal member of the family, he is loving and though he can he moody usually on rainy days when he isnt taken out as much. He loves the out doors and has a preference to sleep outside unless he manages to sneak o to the bed. But sometimes I pet him to the dismay of my partner. He is highly intelligent and follows commands pretty easily but dont expect him to do tricks all day, eventually he looks and expects you to give him a hand shake and dance lol he really has a personality, and in my opinion with this breed your getting more than a dog, your getting a family member and a friend.
1 year, 10 months ago
7 Years
4 People
House & Yard
walking- throwing a ball
very loving to me, very loyal, smart and trainable
1 year, 2 months ago
1 Year
2 People
House & Yard
He is a fun loving dog. high energy, very lovable. Always want to be included with us. very loyal He is a circus clown, can stand on his hine legs and eat treats staying up with amazing balance.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
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