Golden Retriever Collie Mix puppies are the perfect choice if you are having trouble deciding between these two wonderful breeds.
Gollie (Golden Collie) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Golden Retriever and a Collie
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 14 – 18 years
» Average estimated weight of between 40 – 60 pounds
» Average height of approximately 18 – 22 inches
» Training difficulty – Low
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Medium
Both breeds are popular choices for family dogs, but they are not right for everyone. Be sure to learn about the Golden Retriever Collie Mix before deciding if this kind of dog is right for you.
Personality, Exercising and Training of Retriever Collie Mixes
The Gollie is a combination of two breeds that are generally loyal and loving, and will likely fit in very well with a family. Each breed is a working breed; originally bred to do a specific job.
For the Collie it is herding and for the Golden Retriever it is hunting and retrieving. Because of this, your Golden Retriever Collie cross will require daily exercise.
Both breeds are highly loyal and motivated to please you. Training your Gollie is important, but probably will not be particularly challenging. Your puppy will probably respond very well to positive reinforcement training.
Appearance and Taking Care of Collie Retriever Puppies
The appearance of your Golden Retriever Collie Mix will depend a lot upon the type of Collie that is mixed with a Golden Retriever to make your puppy. The rough coated Collie is the most well known, but the Collie actually comes in two varieties: smooth coated and rough coated.
A combination of a rough coated Collie and a Golden Retriever will likely feature a large amount of long hair that requires frequent brushing.
On the other hand, if your puppy is a mix of a Golden and a smooth coated Collie, you might end up with a slightly less hairy dog, but the Golden Retriever in your puppy will ensure that your dig still has a pretty good amount of hair to care for. In either case, regular brushing is essential for breeds with long hair to avoid matting, excessive shedding and other issues.
Health Issues of Golden Retriever Collies
Both breeds are, unfortunately, prone to some serious health issues. Both the Collie and the Golden Retriever are susceptible to orthopedic problems like hip dysplasia and arthritis, eye issues, cancer and heart issues.
Choose your breeder carefully and be sure to bring your Golden Retriever Collie Mix to the veterinarian on a regular basis to help minimize the risk of health issues for your dog.
Even if you are careful in choosing a puppy and diligent about taking your Gollie in for veterinary care, be sure you can handle the financial responsibility of a dog that might develop one of these health issues before bringing this type of puppy into your life. If you decide on this type of puppy, consider pet insurance to help cover any unexpected veterinary costs.
Choosing a puppy that is a mix of two breeds is not much different than choosing a purebred puppy. You should find out as much as you can about both breeds and take your lifestyle into consideration when deciding what kind of puppy is right for you.
If you choose a Gollie you will likely be happy with your choice, Golden Retriever Collie Mix puppies make wonderful pets for many families.