Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

High

Best For

Border Collies are best for experienced dog parents who have ample time to train, walk and play with their pet. They'll do well in single-dog homes with plenty of space to run.

Border Collie Temperament

Intelligent and loyal, Border Collies like their routine and being a partner with their human. A Border Collie is a working dog and is happiest when given a task to do, preferably with or alongside you. If they aren’t given a job—long walks do count—they may com...

Intelligent and loyal, Border Collies like their routine and being a partner with their human. A Border Collie is a working dog and is happiest when given a task to do, preferably with or alongside you. If they aren’t given a job—long walks do count—they may come up with their own job requirements. And these requirements (think: hunting socks, digging holes, chewing furniture) may not be what you had in mind.

A Border Collie was bred for herding sheep and take their role as Herder-in-Chief seriously, which can become a problem in houses with small children or other animals. They appreciate order and may get overwhelmed in a chaotic household or a household where they can’t readily predict their next walk or play session. But that doesn’t mean the Border Collie breed isn’t a great choice for a family pet. They are happy to be part of the pack but need guidance on what their role entails. They’d also do well as the solo dog to a solo pet parent, provided their human has plenty of time for them and can make them a true partner in their lives.

Border Collies are fiercely loyal to their people, and this protectiveness can potentially lead to aggression around strangers or other dogs. On top of that, their intelligence can give them an “I know best” attitude, and they may appoint themselves Park Ranger at the dog park to make sure other dogs stay in line, which may not be appreciated. For those reasons, a Border Collie needs to be well-trained as a puppy to be primed for playing nicely with others.

Border Collie Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

High

Best For

The Australian Shepherd is best for high-energy families with older kids and teens in homes where there is plenty of room to run. They need an experienced pet parent who has the time for training...

The Australian Shepherd is best for high-energy families with older kids and teens in homes where there is plenty of room to run. They need an experienced pet parent who has the time for training and teaching an Aussie a few over-the-top tricks.

Australian Shepherd Temperament

Because herding sheep and cattle is in their blood, the Australian Shepherd dog is always looking for a herd to round up, which may include your children or your unsuspecting neighbors on a bike ride. For this reason, it’s important to train your Aussie early so they understand app...

Because herding sheep and cattle is in their blood, the Australian Shepherd dog is always looking for a herd to round up, which may include your children or your unsuspecting neighbors on a bike ride. For this reason, it’s important to train your Aussie early so they understand appropriate behaviors and your expectations. Aussies are known for their speed, so keep that in mind before letting your untrained pup off-leash.

While your Aussie’s up-for-anything personality might make you think they are incredibly social, they tend to be more cautious around strangers at first. Start your Australian Shepherd puppy’s training and socialization early to help them get used to new environments and the people they may encounter.

Aussies are super-smart, so don’t be surprised if you get locked in a battle of wits with your pup. Cultivate their natural curiosity by implementing daily training sessions that engage their mind and their bodies. They do want to please you, so consider your daily training sessions as a way to deepen your bond.

Did we mention the Australian Shepherd dog has a lot of energy? It’s one of their best-known characteristics! So, just about any game you invent will be enthusiastically enjoyed by your pup. Aussies adore fetch and can be quite impressive with their skills. They have a well-deserved reputation as canine disc champions, so take a Frisbee with you to the park, and onlookers will be amazed at what your Aussie can do.

Bottom line: Aussies dislike downtime (except when they’re sleeping!), so have plenty of activities in mind and toys at home, including interactive chew toys, discs and balls to keep them loving their “work.”

Australian Shepherd Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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