Sometimes shortened to “Border Collie Pom,” sometimes called a Borderian, whatever you call these mixed dogs, they are always adorable and a delightful pick as a doggy companion.
Border Collie Pomeranians are a relatively medium-small sized dog that is loyal, intelligent with some of its more energetic, alert wariness and herding qualities subdued by its Pomeranian half.
If you have been looking for a convenient article that will explain everything you need to know about this mixed breed in one spot, then look no further and read on!
Physical Characteristics (Size and Physical Look)
The Border collie pomeranian mix results in a dog of medium build, that is not as small as the toy-dog size of pomeranians, but ultimately its size will fluctuate wildly between a smaller end or a slightly medium build of its border collie half.
The physical look is going to vary just as wildly here, as the only thing that can be ascertained is that the mixed pup will have a double coating just like both of its parents. The length and texture of the hair would be almost impossible to predict from youth.
Similarly, fur colors will vary, from a mixture of black, white, sable, chocolate, lilac, slate, red, white, merle, striking merle, cream, orange, brown, blue, to brindles. Eye color can be either brown, blue or dark brown.
Since a border collie’s life span is around 13 years, and a smaller pomeranian is that of 10 years, we can judge the mix to have a lifespan of around 13 years. Since mixed breeds tend to live longer due to genetic variance.
As mentioned earlier, both parent breeds are known for their double-coating as well as shedding. Expect plenty of grooming in the form of hair-brushing.
Some sources claim that the Pomeranian half will take off the more aggressive aspects of the border collie’s shedding, but that will depend on the individual pup and its parents’ genes.
Expect brushing every other day, with routine baths and nail clipping or trimming according to how dirty/unkempt the dog gets. Never be tempted to shave off all of the fur from your dog, as it provides necessary insulation from the elements as well as allowing temperature regulation.
Both parent breeds are known for their intelligence, particularly the border collie which is considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds around.
Loyalty is another quality which is shared by both parent breeds, as the pomeranian half is noticeably more extroverted, outgoing and friendly with strangers and other dog breeds.
While intelligence and loyalty are the most likely traits of your border collie mix, other traits seen in its parent breeds that can be inherited in your pup can be: eager to please, possessing a high to medium energy level, alertness, and even small dog syndrome.
Considering how the border collie possesses high energy levels and is usually always down for a walk or running activity with its owner, and how a pomeranian can be tired out easier by long walks (usually described as having “medium” energy levels), expect the border collie pomeranian mix to have something in between the two.
This will require observing and longtime familiarity with the pet on behalf of the owner to determine if the mix is more like its border collie half or the pomeranian in temperament (see above). If the latter, you’re going to need to take it easy on extensive walks and aerobic exercises.
Otherwise, a long walk or hike from an hour to even three hours should be enough to tire out the restless doggy within them and satisfy their daily energy expenditure. Brain-stimulating activities such as agility, obstacle courses and games of fetch and training are recommended as well.
While mixed dogs can be determined to be slightly “healthier” than their parent breeds that does not exclude them from the same health risks which are likely with their parent breeds, particularly if those risks are shared by both parents.
The most common health concerns are eye anomalies, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, early onset deafness (which is more prominent in dogs carrying the merle fur coating color gene), hyperthyroidism and collapsing tracheas.
Before settling on a puppy to take home from the center, your breeder must always provide a certificate of proof of legitimate and humane breeding, and should confidently inform you of clear eye tests and hip scores from genetic testing done on its parents.
Breeders that withhold this information should be avoided, as all breeders should be open and honest about any possible health problems and risks about their dogs.
There is limited consensus on the exact amount as well as type of food a border collie pomeranian mixed dog should eat, particularly because these mixes turn out so differently in size and genetics.
Since it’s likely that the size of a border collie pomeranian mix will turn out to be medium to medium-small, it’s best to adopt a feeding schedule of the same regimen of the pomeranian, albeit with slightly more in quantity.
However, be wary of obesity, as dogs in the United States tend to get overfed frequently.
It is pivotal that you consult your veterinarian on the nutritional needs of your border collie pomeranian mix, as the more specialized the hybrid breed the more limited information is available as to what to feed, and foods to avoid.
Considering how both parent breeds of this mix are prone to having hip/elbow dysplasia problems, a dietary supplement of fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin may be necessary to add into their daily meal.
Are Border Collie Pomeranian Mixes Protective?
Yes, Border Collie Pomeranian mixed dogs can be protective, especially when it takes more after its border collie half, although pomeranians are known to be vocal and alert as watchdogs for the house.
Because of the herding nature of border collies, it’s possible and likely for the border collie pomeranian dog to inherit its intense stare, as well as distrust and wariness of strangers both human or fellow dog.
How Much Does a Border Collie Pomeranian Mix Cost?
Border Collie Pomeranian mixes can cost anywhere from 800 USD to over a grand. Expect to pay even more from prized breeders. As discussed above, take great care not to contribute to unethical puppy mills and always ask or look for a certificate and signs of credibility.
Is a Border Collie Pomeranian Mix Right for Me?
If your home is lively, always bustling with activity and family members, you’re already on the right track to providing an ideal home for this breed. If you’d describe yourself as somewhere in between energetic to full on outdoors person, then this mix may be perfect for you.
Since they might have retained most or some of their herding nature from the border collie half, they are able to be competent watchdogs while being small and friendly enough for children and less dog-savvy strangers.
Their lovable, loyal nature makes them instantly likeable by even the most reluctant of canine unbelievers, and their intelligence makes them reliable and an endless source of fascination to family members of all ages.
Best Climate for a Border Collie Pomeranian Mix
While both parent breeds originate from colder, Northern hemispheres, the Pomerian half (that is, the one most troubled by shedding issues) has its load lightened albeit slightly by its Border collie half, pun intended.
It would seem that border collie poms can enjoy climates from frigid cold to states above the bible belt, otherwise it may find the days too warm and humid to its liking in regard to its double fur coat.
The Attention a Border Collie Pomeranian Mix Needs
Border collie poms are sociable and enjoy attention, and aren’t the kind of dogs (or any pet for that matter) that enjoy being locked up outside. They shouldn’t be left alone too long and will fall into depression if kept away from human contact for a long time.
Compatibility with Kids
The friendly, loyal nature of the border collie pomeranian mix makes this an excellent breed for children.
While the pomeranian’s issue was that its small size, compounded by its tendency to overestimate itself would result in it usually getting injured by small, rowdy children, when you throw a border collie into the mix, the results are likely going to be much better.
A border collie is alert and bigger than a pomeranian, and thus the added size as well as wary temperament will make it more situationally aware and possibly kinesthetically aware as well of one child stepping the line or being a little too rough in his movement.
It may also attempt to herd your kids, which, depending on your outlook, is either a bonus during cleanup time or hilarious given its slightly smaller size from its pomeranian half!
Compatibility with Other Animals
Border Collie Pomeranians have seen no prevalent issues with other animals in the house, provided that it has been socialized properly from birth as a puppy into maturity.
Depending on which half is more dominant, the mix will either be outright friendly or slightly more distrusting or even territorial with a new dog being introduced to the house.
Take things slowly at a time; if you suspect that poor socialization is the cause for your pet being less wont to acclimatize to its fellow canine house member, remember that it’s never too late for training regarding a dog’s age.