Ski-Border

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

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

A brief presentation of the Ski-Border

The Ski-Border is a hybrid dog of mixed conception. It is a combination of an American Eskimo Dog and a Border Collie. This friendly, outgoing mix has all the pleasing characteristics of its parent breeds. When fully grown, they generally measure 51 centimeters at the shoulders. Females may be slightly smaller than males. They generally weigh between 9 and 11.5 kilos. It has a soft, medium-length double coat in a variety of shades and patterns. Like its parents, the Ski-Border is highly intelligent and always ready to please its master. He's a fun-loving clown who's always full of energy. If you and your family lead an active lifestyle, he could be the ideal companion dog for you.

History of the Ski-Border

The Ski-Border is a fairly recent mixed breed. It is a cross between the American Eskimo Dog and the Border Collie. It typically displays the characteristics of both parents.

 

        

A little of the American Eskimo Dog

        
The American Eskimo Dog is a beautiful variety of Nordic Spitz dog with a robust pure white coat. The exact origin of the American Eskimo Dog is unknown, but for centuries it was a common pet in German-American communities. It is thought that they are probably descended from white German Spitzes, white Keeshonds or white Pomeranians that German immigrants brought with them from their homelands when they immigrated to the USA. In the 1800s, the American Eskimo Dog became the preferred dog of circus performers due to its ability to perform a wide variety of difficult tricks. In 1995, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed as a non-sporting dog.
Presentation of the American Eskimo Dog

 

        

A little of the Border Collie

The Border Collie has a strong Scottish heritage. It was bred to herd cattle in the border country between Scotland and England. In 1860, the dog was first shown at a dog show in England. Queen Victoria quickly fell in love with the breed. In 1876, the breed was entered in the London sheepdog trials. The Border Collie amazes test spectators with its willingness to respond to its master's many commands. In 1995, the Border Collie was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a herding dog.
Standard of the Border Collie

Appearance of the Ski-Border

The Ski-Border dog is physically a beautiful combination of the characteristics of its parents. It has a moderately long, thick coat with undercoat. It has the markings of the Border Collie coat. His ears are erect and his face has the appearance and shape of a fox. It carries its tail high on its back, curled up, which resembles its parent, the American Eskimo Dog. Its paws are small and cat-like, with dark pads. The Ski-Border is a true athlete with a lean, muscular body. Its fluffy coat comes in shades of black and white, gray and white, or cream and white. The undercoat is usually gray or brown. Occasionally, the Ski-Border has an abundant ruff around the neck, reminiscent of the Border Collie.

Temperament of the Ski-Border

The Ski-Border is a highly intelligent breed that enjoys daily interaction with its owner. They don't make good apartment dogs, as they love to run and play. Ideally, this dog should live in a house with a large fenced-in yard, or in the country on a piece of land. He lives to please his master and excels in herding, agility and obedience. Although he's an athlete, the Ski-Border also loves moments of rest and enjoys napping indoors. It's also a dog that seeks attention and loves affection. The Ski-Border is an ideal family dog, as it generally adores children. They also get on well with other pets. He'll bark if a stranger approaches, but he's not overly barky.

Needs and activities of the Ski-Border

Ski-Border dogs are generally moderately active. They enjoy a daily walk, a game of ball, a jog, a visit to the dog park and other activities. When indoors, this dog is content to sit quietly and take a nap. This enthusiastic dog loves to jump on people, so he needs to be taught from an early age not to jump on people, especially small children. He is, however, an excellent companion for children, as he loves to play. He loves to collect things, and it's not unusual for him to try to collect other family pets or small children in a playful way. Ski-Borders are outgoing, friendly dogs that bond well with their owners. He loves to take part in family activities. They are affectionate, loyal and intelligent.

Maintenance of the Ski-Border

Ski-Borders have a very thick undercoat that sheds twice a year. It needs brushing to remove loose fur and prevent it from falling out in clumps. He benefits from daily brushing to keep his coat spotless. His nails need trimming once a month if his active lifestyle doesn't wear them down naturally. His upright ears may need weekly wiping to remove any build-up of debris. Some owners brush their dog's teeth every other day to remove unwanted plaque, improve breath and prevent gum disease later in life.

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