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Border Collie Bernard (Border Collie & Saint Bernard Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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Border Collie Bernard

Height: 20-35 inches
Weight: 45-120 pounds
Lifespan: 9-12 years
Colors: Blue & brown, white & brown
Suitable for: Families, people in houses with a lot of room
Temperament: Intelligent, loyal, loving, protective, stubborn

Border Collie Bernards are mixed breeds that are made of a breeding between a Saint Bernard and Border Collie. These two totally different kinds of dogs work really well together.

Chances are that you don’t know a lot about this hybrid, even if you have owned one of the parental breeds. If so, then you are going to find this guide very useful. We will tell you some of the things that you should expect and what having a Border Collie Bernard in your home will be like.

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Border Collie Bernard Puppies – Before You Get One


Adding a new dog to your home is a big decision. That’s why you want to learn as much as possible about the breed. that you considering.  Below are some of the things that you should know about bringing a Border Collie Bernard into your house.

3 Little-Known Facts About Border Collie Bernards

1. They’re good at doing search & rescue

Because they are part St. Bernard, they are often used for search and rescue operations.

2. They’re really agile

Although they are half Saint Bernard, they’re’ a lot more agile than you’d expect. This helps them with helping people to find people who are lost.

3. Little is known about their background

Even though their two parental breeds are well known, not much is known about this hybrid. But those who have them love them, so it’s probably not that important.

The parents of Border Collie Bernard - Border Collie and Saint Bernard Mix
The parents of Border Collie Bernard. Left: Border Collie (Pauline Loroy, Unsplash) | Right: Saint Bernard (gian asuncion, Unsplash)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Border Collie Bernard 🧠

Border Collie Bernards are gentle dogs that love relaxing with their family on the sofa instead of running around. This is due to the St. Bernard in their genes. That being said, they can be spunky due to their Border Collie half. It can take some extra time when it comes to meeting strangers since they are very protective. Once you show that the person is fine, the dog is going to follow the person and pay close attention.

Border Collie Bernards might be cautious around kids and will require early training and supervision so fear aggression incidents are prevented. Even though they’re generally calm, you want to be proactive around dogs and other animals. Both of the parents are eager learners but can also be stubborn. So, you want to give it the patience and time needed to learn how they should behave around your family as well as others.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Border Collie Bernard can be, but you want to supervise them and train them early to avoid fear aggression. Early training can help greatly.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

Not much is known about this. It’s important to be proactive if you have other dogs and animals. Early training is important.

Border Collie Bernard
Image Credit: CebotariN, Shutterstock

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Things to Know When Owning a Border Collie Bernard:

Think that you might want to add this dog to your family? If so, you should know what they require on a daily basis. Read on to find out more about Border Collie Bernards.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

It’s not hard to follow your Border Collie Bernard’s diet because they are big dogs, so you want to give them plenty of food. Your dog will need 3 cups of high-quality food made for large dogs each day.

If you get your Border Collie Bernard young, ask the breeder when they should be fed and how much to give them. Then follow it precisely because the dogs have very specific nutritional requirements so they can develop and grow as the breed should.

Don’t buy cheap foods because they have a lot of fillers in them. These can lead to problems with your dog’s digestive system and they have absolutely no nutritional value, so they are pointless.

You can give your Border Collie Bernard table food and treats once in a while, but only give them small amounts. Don’t do it too often or they’ll get used to it and you’ll have issues down the road.

Exercise 🐕

This mixed breed has a moderate amount of energy because St. Bernards are very low-key, which counters the Border Collie’s restlessness. The dog thrives in homes with spacious, large yards because they love exploring and roaming outside. Keep in mind that both of the breeds are working dogs, so they want a lot of mental stimulation. Your Border Collie Bernard will love being active. Obedience and agility trials are two good options. When you give your dog mental and physical stimulation during the day, he’ll be happy spending time relaxing on the sofa in the evening.

It’s also important to note that they will do best in a climate that is average without being too hot or too cold.

Training 🦮

Border Collie Bernards are eager to learn and thrive when you are keeping them physically and mentally stimulated. You want to use treats when you’re training.

Grooming ✂️

Border Collie Bernards aren’t hypoallergenic dogs and they have moderate shedding. Saint Bernards are known for their drooling, so you shouldn’t be surprised if your dog does as well. This is why you want to make sure that you’re keeping your dog’s mouth clean all the time. Your dog’s coat is usually dense and short, making it easy for you and your dog when it comes to grooming. Brush your dog’s coat each day using a brush with firm bristles and use a comb on it each week. It also is a good idea to trim it every 6-8 weeks.

Your Border Collie Bernard’s ears are floppy, so you want to check them regularly to make sure moisture doesn’t accumulate because this can cause yeast to grow. Brush your dog’s teeth each day and trim his nails every three weeks or when needed.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Border Collie Bernards can have a variety of different health conditions that you should know about even though they may never get these problems. Below are some of the things that you should keep an eye on.

Minor Conditions
  • None
Serious Conditions
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Final Thoughts

There isn’t a lot known about the Border Collie Bernard. However, it is made up of two truly spectacular breeds of dogs that have been loved by humans for years. So, it’s a pretty good bet that you are getting their children are equally great. In all, Border Collie Bernards are wonderful dogs for your home. They will be loving, protective and loving each day. They have amazing temperaments, are extremely intelligent and have very big personalities. This will give you a great new family addition.

Featured Image Credit: PeterHauschild, Pixabay

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