German Shepherd Border Collie Mix “CARE” guide and info

The German Shepherd Border Collie mix is an intelligent, medium to a large-sized and adorable hybrid dog also known as a Shollie. German Shepherd Border Collie mixes stand between 21 and 27 inches and can weigh up to 80 pounds. 

This is possibly one of the most trainable mixed dogs.

Being a mix between a Border collie and a German Shepherd you would expect nothing less than just amazing.

But what makes the German Border Collie so special? It is his looks, his energy, and much more that we are going to look at in this guide.

Stick with us as we go through all the essential details and care tips.

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About the German Shepherd Border Collie mix

Shollie is a mix between two of the best working dogs, the German Shepherd, and the Border Collie.

When you combine the trainability and loyalty of the German Shepherd with the incredible intelligence of the Border Collie you get a superb designer dog suitable for all active homes and farm work.

This is a dog that loves to stay busy and will pick new tricks and commands with ease.

These dogs are extremely loyal and are great companions for active individuals and families.

The Shollie mix is, however, not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs but is recognized by the following registries:

  • The American Canine Hybrid Club.
  • And the dog registry of America.

Shollie Pros and cons


✓ Great for active families.

✔ Intelligent and highly trainable.

✓ Highly adaptable.


✘ High exercise needs.

✗ Prone to mouthing.

✘ High maintenance.

Border Collie German Shepherd mix fun facts

  1. This mix is one of the best herding dogs.
  2. Shollies are great at acting which makes them great entertainers.
  3. They are smart and highly trainable but this does not make them easy to train as they are known to be independent thinkers.
  4. The Border Collie Shepherd mix crouches a lot during herding to help maintain precision.
  5. They are known to give an intense stare known as “the eye” when they want you to give them something.
  6. These mixed dogs are great search and rescue dogs.

Border Collie German Shepherd mix

Appearance and characteristics of the German Shepherd and Border Collie mix

German shepherd Border Collie mix summary table
Height 21 to 27 inches
Weight 70 to 80 pounds
Lifespan 13 to 15 years
Breed Type mixes and more
Purpose Companion and working dog
Suitable For They are best suited for active families with a
Grooming requirements moderate to high
Color Variations golden with markings of black and white, white, black, brown, or gold.
Health concerns Back Problems, Bloat, Eye Problems, and Joint Dysplasia
Temperament intelligent, eager-to-please, loyal, active, playful, trainable, affectionate, and alert
Other Names Shollie or Border Collie German Shepherd mix

How big do Shollies get?

A Shollie mix can stand between 21 and 27 inches and can weigh between 70 and 80 pounds.

Physical appearance

Shollie is a hybrid dog whose appearance may vary from one pup to another.

However, you can make predictions depending on what has been seen in other similar dogs and by looking at the parent breeds.

Nonetheless, this dog should have a muscular build and high stamina.

However, you may notice that the general appearance may lean more towards the German Shepherd.

He can also inherit the Border Collie’s muzzle, floppy ears, and hairy tail.

The coat appearance and shedding

Both of the parent breeds have dense, straight, and medium-length coats which will be inherited by the Shollie.

In case the hybrid takes more of the German Shepherd he will have a double-coat which will be thicker during winter.

The double coat can also come in handy when the dog is working in cold weather.

This dog sheds moderately throughout the year and sheds heavily twice every year during the blow out seasons at the onset of winter and as summer approaches.


This dog may come in any color but is mostly black and white or black and tan.

Some other colors that you may get are;

Blue Red Chocolate
Brindle Sable merle and gold Liver
Blue merle Black White


Shepherd Collie temperament and personality

Shollies make great working dogs with impeccable loyalty and trainability.

Their active minds need to be kept busy most of the time because them getting bored is a recipe for destructive behaviors such as barking and chewing on stuff. You will need to keep this dog both physically and mentally stimulated.

This dog may not always inherit the best traits from the parents and there is always a risk of negative traits such as being aloof towards strangers.

You should be prepared to provide this dog with a lot of exercises, play, and training if you are not just looking for a companion dog.

It is also very likely that the German Shepherd and Border collie mix that you get will have a stable temperament where he is smart, friendly, and slightly cheeky.

He adores attention, being close to family, and forming bonds with his caretaker.

Shollies are also very protective and it is for this reason that you need to make sure that the dog is well socialized consistently and from a young age.

You will be able to greatly reduce the risk of any aggressive tendencies that this dog may have especially towards other dogs.

Is the Border Collie German Shepherd mix a Good family dog?

The Border Collie German Shepherd mix is a great family when well socialized and trained from puppyhood. He is smart and playful but should never be left alone with children.

Shollies tend to get mouthy and will easily nip on the occasion of rough play.

They may also nip other smaller pets but you can get it under control by using the correct training for that. You can also involve other members of the family and friends in training for consistent results.

Frequently asked questions

Does the Shollie Bark?

The Collie Shepherd mix is a herding dog that is prone to barking as a tool he uses as he works and when communicating with you. Shollies are also very protective and alert dogs that tend to bark a lot because of this too.

How long does the Border Collie German Shepherd mix live?

The German Shepherd Border Collie mix has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years on average but can live for up to 17 years when in good health.

How big does the German Shepherd Border Collie mix get?

Shollie is a medium-sized that reaches up to 27 inches in height and weighs between 70 and 80 pounds.

German Shepherd Border Collie mix history

The Shepherd Collie has become a favorite furry friend for many people over the last decade.

This dog is the perfect blend of agility, athletism, and playfulness which seems to be the main reason why this designer dog was bred.

Apart from that, they are not much-documented information on the origin of the Shollie or who the first person to breed the dog was.

To get a better understanding of the Shepherd Collie let us look at the parent breeds.

Brief History of the Border Collie

Border Collies originated from England in a place that is known as Northumberland which is in the Border of England and Scotland.

They were bred mainly for herding livestock and would herd sheep all by themselves.

During the British invasion by the Romans, people brought dogs alongside food and other goods.

Vikings and Roman dogs were crossed to get a dog that would be suited for the hilly and rocky landscape and it is here that the Border Collie came to existence.

Border Collies are believed to have originated from the Old Hemp a tri-color dog that was bred by Adam Telfer. Old  Hemps were often used by shepherds as he was well known as the best herding dog around.

The name Border Collie came from the fact that they were bred in a place that was at the Anglo Scottish border.

Collie is a Scottish Gaelic for “Sheepdog”. The dog was named to separate the dog from already existing Collies.


Other Border Collie mixes

  • The tri-colored Border Aussie is a mix between a purebred Border Collie and a purebred Australian Shepherd.
  • A Border Jack is the product of mixing the genes of a Border Collie and a Jack Rusell giving you a dog that looks a little like a fox.
  • A Borderdoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Border Collie that is sure to make go like “awwww’.
  • Borador is a cross between a Labrador and a Border Colli
  • The Dobie has both the genes of a Doberman and a Border Collie.

A brief history of the German Shepherd

At the end of the 19th century, a man by the name Max Von Stephanitz decided that he would breed a dog that was smart, agile and could be used for herding.

In the late 1800s, a German captain by the name Max von Stephanitz decided to breed the perfect German herding dog.

He believed that dogs should be able to assist in work but he could not find a dog that could do just that.

After 35 years of working hard, the German shepherd that you know today was created.

As a result of herding sheep and other livestock German Shepherds got the famous qualities that you know for today. These qualities include versatility, intelligence, and other qualities.German-Shepherd

Other popular German Shepherd mixes 

  • Shollie is a mix between the German Shepherd and a Collie.
  • Corman Shepherd is a mix between Corgies and German Shepherds.
  • Shepadoodle is a mix between Labradoodles and German Shepherds making together a very intelligent breed.
  • Golden Shepherds is a hybrid that combines the qualities of German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers.
  • Chow Shepherd is a mix between the Chow Chow and the German Shepherd.
  • German Shepherd and Rottweiler mix

German Shepherd Border Collie mix puppy

When you look at a Shollie pup you may think that it is a purebred doggo.

These puppies tend to look more like a German Shepherd or a Border and not obvious mixes. If you have never seen a Collie Shepherd you may never notice that these puppies are mixes.

Litter size:

The size of the litter can vary and can be anywhere between 5 to 9 puppies.

How much does a Shollie cost?

A Shollie mix costs anywhere between $500 and $1000. This cost is less than that of either parent breed dogs.

You should be careful of puppies that come at a very low price as you could end up paying for puppies that come from puppy mills.

Puppy mills are places where puppies are mass-produced which often support bad breeding practices.

Adoption may also be a great option for you if you are not willing to pay as much to get the puppy.

You are also able to get a home for a doggo that needed it.

What you should know before getting a Border Collie German Shepherd mix Puppy

When you are buying a puppy you should make ensure that you get one from a responsible and reputable breeder. Doing this will increase the chances of you getting the healthiest mixed puppy.

You are also able to discourage puppy mill and bad breeding practices.

Interact with the parent to the puppy or at least the dam that is the mother. You should also ask for the AKC certification for the parent dogs and check on their health.

A good breeder should not be in a hurry to sell the puppies before he makes sure that they are going to a good home.

You should tell the breeder what your needs are so that he can cater to them because a companion dog would not be bred the same way a working dog would.

Grooming requirements of a Shollie

The German Shepherd Border Collie mix is a large dog with a thick coat and high maintenance needs.

This coat will need to be brushed at least 3 times a week to prevent matting and tangling. Brushing the coat will also help to keep the dog clean, reduce shedding, and evenly distribute coat oils.

Shollies will need to be bathed only once a month or when it is necessary.

The ears and teeth will also need to be checked and cleaned regularly and the nails clipped when they start getting long.

To do this you will need to have the right tools that can assist you.

Some of the tools that you can use while grooming a Shollie

  • Slicker brushes– are great for removing mats and tangles on dogs that have long-haired coats.
  • Detanglers– If you notice that your Shepherd Collie has a lot of tangled haired detanglers can come in handy before using slicker brushes.
  • Dematting sprays– If your German Collie has tangles that are too tight detanglers may harm the dog. This spray softens and relaxes the hair making it easier for you to remove the tangles.
  • Shampoo and Conditioners are great when you are bathing your Border collie German Shepherd mix.
  • The doggo’s skin and coat may be sensitive and you should, therefore, use high-quality conditioners and shampoos. Be aware of your hybrids coat type before going shopping for these products.
  • If you are not sure of what product will be best suited for your furry friend it would be better if you asked for assistance.
  • Microfiber towels can you absorb all the water from your pooch.
  • You may not get all the water off the heavy coat by just rinsing and these towels can come handy in this.


Shepherd Collie feeding requirements

The amount of food that you give to your German Shepherd will depend on how much he weighs.

A simple way to determine how much calories you will give to your Border Collie mix is by multiplying the dog’s weight with 30 calories.

Putting into consideration the average weight of this dog that will be about 1300 calories per day. This translates to about 3 cups of kibble. You can also have some wet food mixed with this.

German Shepherd Border Collie mix Daily Food Consumption
Guide ~1300 calories
Cups of Kibble ~3

These meals should be subdivided into two meals a day.

Good dog food should be high in proteins and the diet should at least 20% of it being proteins.

Proteins are important in the dog’s development.

Fats are also vital because it is where your dog will get his energy from. The amount of fat in the diet should be about 8% when the dog is young and developing and reduced to 5% when the dog is an adult.

You don’t want to give him too much as such could make him get obese which is common in large dogs.

The Border Collie German Shepherd mix takes about 18 months to reach maturity.

Working dogs also do well on raw foods such as meat, fruits, bones, milk, and even some vegetables.

Joint supplements are important when you are dealing with large dogs such as the Shollie as should be included in the diet to prevent joint ailments.

Exercising a German Sheperd and Border Collie mix

You may not have realized this by now but the German Border Collie is a dog that has a lot of energy and loves being active.

They are not suited for apartment living and will require homes with adequate space where they can explore.

He will need upwards of 60 minutes of exercise a day and preferably 90 minutes but should be done in a controlled manner.

Do not be too hard on the doggo and give him some time to rest after every 30 minutes of exercise.

Going too hard could lead the dog to overheat and being over-exhausted.

As mentioned earlier this dog could easily get bored and destructive and that is why exercise is important when it comes to keeping him busy.

Be ready to commit time and engage your dog in some activities such as;

  • Running
  • Training
  • Daily walks
  • Agility sports
  • Hikes
  • Playing flyball
  • Tracking

If you are taking your Shottie for a walk remember to carry a leash if he has not yet mastered recall commands. This said you will not have a hard recalling this dog as he learns quickly thanks to his intelligence.

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 60 to 90 minutes
Number of walks 2 (30 minutes each)

Training requirements

The German Shepherd Border Collie is a smart dog that is usually eager to please you as the owner.

One of the best ways to get around training this dog is through positive reinforcement which is a reward-based training system.

To understand how dog training works you have to know that dogs learn through the consequences of their behavior.

By this, I mean that when dogs experience something positive there is a high likelihood that they will repeat the behavior that led to that consequence.

When a dog is praised or rewarded he tends to repeat the same behavior as he associates that behavior with a positive consequence.

Encourage the behavior that you want to see and reward the doggo for it and repeat it.

Avoid or rather never punish your Border Collie German Shepherd mix because that never works and could even be problematic.

But you must get the dog’s trust while he is still young meaning that you should start training while he is still a pup.

Once your pup is home you should start by teaching him the basic house training.

From there you can advance to more complex tricks and commands.

Obedience training is also important as it opens up the dog’s mental health.

Just get to know what your pooch loves the most and use that to help you train your dog.

German Shepherd Border Collie mix

German Shepherd Border Collie mix health concerns

This hybrid dog is bred to be healthier than the parent breed but he may suffer from some of the health issues that are suffered by them.

Some of the health issues are:

Degenerative Myelopathy

This is a severe spinal condition that results in the paralysis of the leg.

It is a condition that currently has no cure.

Hip dysplasia

This is an inherited condition where the bone at the thigh fails to fit the hip joint snugly.

Some dogs will show signs of pain on one or both of the rear legs but others may not show any sign that they are not comfortable.

To diagnose the best thing you can do is to get an x-ray screening. As the dog gets older he may develop arthritis.

Elbow Dysplasia

This condition is very similar to hip dysplasia but it affects the forelimbs of the dog.

Elbow dysplasia is an elbow joint malfunction that occurs at the connection between the ulna and the radius.

Just like hip dysplasia, this condition causes uneven wear and a loose connection at the cartilage that pads this two-move and rotate.

This results in severe arthritis and lameness as the dog ages and can be a really painful condition to your dog.

During the young stages of the dog, examinations should be carried out to determine if your dog has elbow dysplasia.

Breed summary

The German Shepherd Border Collie mix is a stunning dog that has incredible intelligence.

These dogs are energetic, active, and affectionate towards the owner.

They are best suited for active families and loves to play a lot and learning new tricks.

To house this dog you will need to have a fenced backyard where this dog can play and explore.

If you have any experiences with this dog tell us about them in the comment section below. 

Also, you can tell us what you think about this dog and if you would get him. 

There you go WOOOOFFF!!!!!

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