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The Borador is an outgoing mixed breed dog that’s a combination of the Labrador Retriever and the Border Collie. They’re becoming popular amongst active owners looking for an energetic and curious dog that combines the kindly natures of both breeds.

The Borador can be a first cross (with one Labrador and one Collie parent) or they can be bred back to one of the original breeds or be two Boradors bred together - so there are varieties in size, shape, coat types and temperaments.


The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys walking more than two hours a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with children

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
Weight: 18kg–29.5kg
Height: 48–61cm
Colours: The usual colours of a Borador can be any of the Labrador solid colours or any Collie colours, with or without white, including:
black; yellow; liver; chocolate; black and white or red and white
Size: Medium to Large


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 4/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 4/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 4/5


Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Borador depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared.

The Borador can have a personality that’s a cross between the two and so may inherit the retrieving instinct or may inherit the herding instinct, or indeed they could inherit both. It’s clear from looking at the two breeds that make up the Borador that this is an extremely active dog who needs a lot of exercise, training and input (often more than most owners will be able to provide).

The personality of a Borador seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Labrador or the Border Collie personalities) or else be bred to another Borador - in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue).

History and Origins

Health and Common Issues

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Boradors

Training Boradors

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Did You Know?

  • Boradors are also referred to as ‘Border Collie Lab’ and ‘Border Lab’
  • Despite their increasing designer status, you can find lots of Boradors in rescue centres, so if you’re considering one, be sure to check there first
  • Boradors are incredibly friendly and are known to greet strangers with a wagging tail, so they’re not best suited to watchdog life
  • If your Borador takes after their Border Collie heritage, they may try herding smaller family members such as children or other animals

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