Small breed dogs have gained popularity in the last few years. That to the miniature version of popular huge pooches. Everything is going mad about having the small breeds, of which one is the miniature border collie. We all know about the border collie, how intelligent, smart, and trainable it is. They love their family and behave reserved with strangers, make a good pet for the home with children too. However what about mini border collie? Are they the same? Only one way to find out. Read the article.
Here in this article, we have mentioned a few facts about the small version of border collie along with its specifications. Without much delay let’s jump in!
Mini Border Collie Breed Overview:
Name: Mini Border Collie
Breed Group: Small Breed
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Height: 12 inches to 23 inches
Weight: 30 to 60 pounds
Personality Traits: Affectionate, Playful, Loyal
Facts about Mini Border Collie:
1. They are energetic
We shouldn’t doubt the energy levels of the little cousin of border collie, after all, they have small bloof running. Not every small dog breed is as energetic, but in the mini collie’s case, it is because of its hue version. This is good, right?
They are the ones that need something to do throughout the day, someone to play with, and enough space to run and wear themselves out. If you are someone who can’t give enough attention and love to them, this breed isn’t for you. Why? They get destructive when left alone or cooped up in a little space.
2. They have a longer lifespan.
The lifespan of the miniature border collie is around 12 to 15 years, which is similar to its huge counterpart. Strange, but that’s true. This cute little bundle of energy and joy will tag with you for the longest span of time.
Undoubtedly, they too come with some pet health problems, of which main is genetic problems (more on that later). So have regular checkups at the vet and ask which food to add to its diet for its well-being.
3. They need less food and exercise
Okay! This one was pretty obvious and predictable. The smaller version requires less food, exercise, and even bed. You can get a small pup bed and carrier. They also won’t mistakenly destruct anything (*wink*). In short, this breed is also a low-maintenance breed and not much of a typical dog drama.
4. They are not the natural breed.
Yes, they aren’t the direct gift of God. This is the breeder creation designed with one of the three breeding methods. Though it’s a miniature version, it can give birth to full-size puppies. Normally, this mini breed is the result of breeding border collie with the small dog breeds, which can also lead to genetic problems.
5. Mini border collies come with few genetic defects.
As said in the 4th point, they can have genetic problems. The question is why? Even the breeder bred the new version of border collie, isn’t that okay? When the dog breed is altered, especially with its true size, it is bound to have some defects.
The mini border collie is prone to the following genetic defects or you can say problems – seizures, canine hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and retinal atrophy. Relax! It isn’t necessary your pup will have any of them. Get regular check-ups with the vet and ask for the things to take care of.
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6. The small border collies are miniaturized while breeding.
Yes, that’s true. We already said it isn’t the natural breed, it is the one bred by the breeders. So how are miniature border collie bred? Want to know? Let’s see:
There are three methods of breeding of which the first one is mixing border collie with the small breed, the second one is introducing dwarfism, and the last one is repeatedly bred from the smaller border collies (also known as runts).
Which type of mini border collie you can find?
#1: Border Collie Pomeranian Mix – a mixture of female border collie and male pomeranian
#2: Border Jack Russell – a mixture of border collie and Jack Russell
#3: Bordoodle – a mixture of border collie and poodle
#4: Border Sheepdog – a mixture of border collie and shetland sheepdog
#5: Border Chigi – a mixture of border collie and chihuahua
#6: Mini Border Aussie – a mixture of border collie and miniature Australian shepherd
There are chances your breeder might have breeds other than these, have a look at them, and make sure about the genuinity.
7. They can get relatively larger than any other small breed.
The height and weight of the small border collie are 12” to 23” and 30 to 60 pounds respectively. They are not exactly the size of actual borders but it is too big for the small dog breed. Maybe this can be the reason, it is not yet recognized as the official breed.
Regardless of its height and weight, it does make a good pet for the house with older people and small children, because of its playful and loyal personality.
8. Oh! And yes they are quite intelligent too!
Last but not the least, they are intelligent too. We guess, all the dogs are but still this one is extraordinary, how? It is a breed with the background of herding. The trainability of the dog is beyond expectations, many experts have rated them 10 on 10 for the trainability.
Training them is not a heck of a task, they are quick learners. Let it know about the command once or twice, it is more than enough. Call out the command and see how quickly it reacts to it without much hesitation. You won’t have to spend weeks and months giving this little pup obedience training.
This is all you need to know about the mini border collie. This cute, little, and energy ball is a perfect pet for you. All you need to check is the breeder’s background before buying it and regular vet checkups for its well-being. So what are you waiting for? Get this bundle of joy to your place today! For more pet breed information, visit Petsnurturing