Border Springer

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Sprollie

A brief presentation of the Border Springer

The Border Springer is a cross between the Border Collie and the English Springer Spaniel. It is a more recent hybrid breed with a rather unknown origin story. It can be difficult to determine the exact appearance and personality of the Border Springer, even in the same litter, as results can vary considerably depending on which genes of the parent breed are strongest. For the most part, the Border Springer, also known as the Sprollie, is a medium to large dog that has the body of the English Springer Spaniel with the coloration, markings and personality traits of both breeds combined. This breed loves nothing more than to work alongside their owners, whether hunting or training. They are full of energy and intelligence combined with good looks. The Border Springer is an excellent family dog, but may not be the best choice for a novice dog owner due to its training needs. It is used for hunting and as a companion dog.

History of the Border Springer

Because the Border Springer is a new hybrid breed, there's not much information available about its origins. The parent breeds involved in the creation of the Border Springer are the Border Collie and the English Springer Spaniel, both of which are high-energy, athletic dogs bred specifically for professional purposes. When these two breeds are combined, the result is a lively, friendly and highly intelligent dog. While they may not be the best watchdogs due to their loving nature, the Border Springer is more than happy to let you know when someone approaches with a few barks. They make excellent pets and wonderful companions for those who love lots of exercise and adventure.
        

A little of the Border Collie

        
The Border Collie has been used for generations as a herding dog and is without doubt one of the most intelligent breeds in existence. Created between Scotland and England, they are extremely intelligent, loyal and eager to please. This breed has an intense gaze and is not for the faint of heart, as its breeding skills can get out of hand if proper training doesn't take place. However, the Border Collie is highly prized and excellent for both showing and breeding.
Standard of the Border Collie

A little of the English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel was created to be a hunter, companion, show dog and field trial participant. They began life in Spain and were known for their ability to leap prey quickly and efficiently. The breed was divided into two types: the smaller version for hunting and the larger, more beautiful version for show.
Standard of the English Springer Spaniel

Appearance of the Border Springer

The Border Springer takes on the appearance of both the Border Collie and the English Springer Spaniel. Although appearance can vary even within the same litter, the typical Border Springer will have the body of a Springer and a combination of other Border Collie traits. This is a medium-sized dog that may be available in a variety of colors; the most common being black and white or liver and white. Although the coat can be long or short and smooth, it is always lined with a dense topcoat and soft undercoat. If the coat is longer, feathers will be present along the legs, belly and tail. Border Springers have bright, oval-shaped eyes, full of life and intelligence, with a tendency to be dark brown or black on occasion. The ears are medium-sized and set wide apart on a broad, proud head. They are supple, as none of the parent breeds tend to have erect ears.

Temperament of the Border Springer

The Border Springer temperament is a combination of Border Collie and English Springer Spaniel. This means that while both breeds are very loving, loyal and great with children, they have a high intelligence that can sometimes make this a fault. Due to the fact that the Spaniel is designed to hunt prey and the Border Collie is meant for herding, if your Border Springer doesn't have proper training and socialization when it's young, it can end up hunting and herding young children or other animals. Border Springers, while not overly noisy, tend to bark at strangers or disturbances to alert their owners. While this is a good thing in some cases, it can become annoying for close neighbors. This, and the combined need for plenty of space to exercise, make the Border Springer a dog that needs a bigger house with a yard and more living space in the suburbs or countryside. There's no doubt that while this breed is beautiful and highly intelligent, it's not a breed for inexperienced owners. Proper training and determination will be needed to ensure that your Border Springer doesn't congregate inappropriately and that its energy is used productively. Overall, this breed is an excellent companion, worker and family dog with lots of energy and lots of love.

Needs and activities of the Border Springer

Because the Border Springer has very active and energetic genes, it's a breed that will need plenty of exercise during the day. This doesn't just mean exercising alone in the yard. The Border Collie and English Springer Spaniel are highly intelligent, so physical and mental stimulation is necessary to keep your dog happy and content. Long walks, jogging, bike rides, fetch, puzzles and yard fetch are excellent ways to keep your Border Springer entertained. Be sure to stay on top of training to ensure that your dog not only learns to behave, but can also be mentally exhausted. This breed does best in a home that has plenty of space to exercise, preferably in a mild climate. If you don't allow your Border Springer enough exercise, it can become destructive and annoying with all its barking. This is not a dog for someone who just wants to sit on the sofa in his spare time. The Border Springer needs an owner who wants to invest in him and spend as much time as possible outdoors.

Maintenance of the Border Springer

Since the Border Collie and English Springer Spaniel are relatively low-maintenance, there's not too much to do to keep your Border Springer clean. Both parent breeds tend to shed moderately all year round, so bear in mind that hair is going to be a constant presence in your home. The best way to minimize shedding is to brush your Border Springer at least a few times a week to remove any dirt or loose body hair. If you have a long-haired version of this breed, be sure to concentrate on the feathers and longer sections of hair to remove debris and tangles. Bathing should only take place occasionally or when your dog is particularly dirty. In addition to brushing and bathing, regular ear cleaning should take place often, as this breed has folded over ears that can trap moisture and foreign bodies, leading to infection and irritation. Always dry your dog's ears thoroughly after bathing or swimming. Nails should be trimmed every few weeks to keep feet healthy.

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