Golden Border Retriever

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

Origin
Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Golden Border Retriever

The Golden Border Retriever is a specific cross between 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 his mind sufficiently stimulated. Engaging with your Golden Border Retriever creates a strong bond and can prevent the development of destructive behaviors. The Golden Border Retriever is a popular hybrid, although the date of origin of the intentional breeding of both parents is unknown. Despite the little-known history, owners can expect to find a loss of information about this hybrid dog, and because both parents have similar dispositions and needs, owners can consult the history and characteristics of the parents for insight.

History of the Golden Border Retriever

The Golden Border Retriever is a hybrid of two intelligent companion dogs, the Border Collie and the Golden Retriever. The hybrid is a modern dog with little documentation over the past decade of intentional breeding. Owners can consult the respective histories of both parents to better understand their Golden Border Retriever. The Dog Registry of America is the only club that currently recognizes the Golden Border Retriever as a modern hybrid.

 

        

A little of the Golden Retriever

        
The Golden Retriever originated in Scotland on the estate of a man known as Lord Tweedmouth (real name Sir Dudley Majoribanks). Lord Tweedmouth bred animals of all kinds and kept records of his breeding program. Tweedmouth was a waterfowl hunter and, in his notes, he described aiming for a superior retriever. He wanted the Retriever to have a superb nose, but he also wanted the dog to be more attuned to its human hunting companion than other popular hunting dogs of the day. He also wanted the Retriever to be loyal and have a good disposition away from the hunting ground. Lord Tweedmouth bred a dog he owned, Nous, to a now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. The Tweed Water Spaniel was known for being extremely calm and loyal, but also an excellent Retriever. These characteristics were passed on to the Golden Retriever. He bred the descendants of Nous and the Tweed Water Spaniel with wavy and flat-coated Retrievers and a Red Setter. The result was the direct ancestor of the Golden Retriever we know today.
Standard of the Golden Retriever

A little of the Border Collie

The Border Collie is the first shepherd of all dog breeds. Highly intelligent and independent, these dogs developed along the border between Scotland and England in the 19th century, although their sheepdog ancestors have occupied the British Isles as long as man. Northern Colleys and sheepdogs all belonged to distinct regions, but were collectively known as Scottish sheepdogs. The Border Collie didn't earn its name until 1915, when a Scottish sheepdog became champion at a dog show. The secretary of the International Sheepdog Society invented the name in 1915, but didn't reuse it until 1946. It took many years for the American Kennel Club to recognize the Border Collie, and not because of the dog's impeccable standards. Many enthusiasts felt that the Border Collie was such a superior working dog that the development of conformation standards could be detrimental to the breed, so the desire to maintain the working standard delayed entry into the American Kennel Club, which recognized the Border Collie in 1995.
Standard of the Border Collie

Appearance of the Golden Border Retriever

The Golden Border Retriever is a hybrid between the Border Collie and the Golden Retriever, and can resemble either parent breed depending on dominant appearance. In most cases, however, the appearance leans towards one of the two. Many hybrids will have the appearance of a Border Collie but the coats of a Golden Retriever, and vice versa. The head is proportionate, with a long, tapering muzzle with a scissor bite and very alert eyes set far apart. The Golden Border Retriever is a medium to large dog, but not tall, and is often shorter than the Golden Retriever parent. The body is well balanced and athletic, with compact, oval or round feet.

Temperament of the Golden Border Retriever

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 adores children. Both parents are considered excellent dogs for families with children. Golden Border Retrievers adapt 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 hybrids need a lot of attention, training and playtime to prevent destructive habits from forming.

Needs and activities of the Golden Border Retriever

The Golden Border Retriever is a hybrid of two breeds with high energy requirements, although the Border Collie parent has the greater need of the two. Your Golden Border Retriever will need plenty of exercise, but not high-intensity exercise if it resembles the Golden Retriever. If your Golden Border Retriever looks like a Border Collie, he'll love jumping and running. Agility training and task-oriented exercises are great ways to bond with your dog and stimulate his mind and body. His high energy level means he's not well suited to apartment and city living, however, this hybrid can live in smaller spaces if he gets daily exercise. A backyard and running space are more suitable for this hybrid. The Golden Border Retriever is highly tolerant of both hot and cold environments, but prefers temperate climates.

Maintenance of the Golden Border Retriever

The Golden Border Retriever is not a hypoallergenic dog, and sheds considerably regardless of which parent the hybrid resembles. Twice-weekly brushing will help remove dead and loose hairs and keep your Golden Border Retriever's coat healthy. This mix isn't known for smelling, but weekly grooming will help distribute oils and remove dirt and dead skin that could lead to a foul odor, and can also help prevent dermatitis. Frequent nail trimming is also suggested for your Golden Border Retriever if he doesn't encounter hard surfaces that naturally wear down nails. Golden Border Retrievers don't usually drool, but an increase in drooling may indicate that your Golden Border Retriever is suffering from a dental or gum problem. Regular brushing and cleaning of the teeth will enable you to check his gums and prevent disease.

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