Golden Border Retriever Dog Breed

Golden Border Retriever
  • Other names:
  • Gollie

The Golden Border Retriever is a hybrid with super intelligence and devotion. This dog is the hybrid product of crossing a purebred Golden Retriever with a purebred Border Collie. They are devoted, hard working and eager to please, making them irreplaceable working dogs. Members of this breed are very good with kids, other pets and visitors. Moderate grooming effort and high exercise needs make this breed best suited for an active owner or family. Keep in mind some may be more Collie like while others will inherit more Golden Retriever traits; visit both parent breed pages for a more in depth idea of your new pet's personality.

Golden Border Retriever Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid10-15 yrs.21-24 in.45-75 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Golden Border Retrievers are an excellent mix of two long time favorites. The Collie is an affectionate, devoted herding dog that is beyond intelligent and equally as energetic. The Golden Retriever has history hunting and retrieving and also as a therapy dog; they are also intelligent, devoted and very friendly. This breed is wonderful for active owners and families that can provide them the amount of necessary exercise daily. In turn you will be rewarded with affection, limitless hard working devotion and plenty of cuddles. The following GBR facts can be supplemented by visiting both parent breed pages:


  • Gentle yet playful with kids
  • Good with other pets
  • Friendly with visitors
  • Top tier intelligence
  • Hard working and eager to please
  • Trains easily
  • Great exercise partner
  • Can live indoors or out
  • Helpful on a farm or ranch, or as a hunting partner


  • Needs at least an hour of daily outdoor exercise
  • Shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time
  • High intelligence may lead to nuisance behaviors if not mentally and physically stimulated
  • Moderate grooming effort required; not hypoallergenic

Golden Border Retriever Breed Description

The Golden Border Retriever is a large sized dog with a medium length coat that can range from the dense, rough Border Collie's to the soft, shaggy Golden Retrievers. These dogs' cats may be water resistant and often include shades such as tan, red, golden, yellow, white and black; this breed can be solid or multi colored. They have sweet, almond shaped eyes and medium sized ears that aren't quite as floppy as the Golden Retriever's.

This is a mix of two of the most intelligent and hard working breeds out there. Your GBR will be extremely bright and eager to please. This means they train easily, even for a first timer, however, they must have enough physical and mental stimulation to prevent boredom (and, therefore, nuisance behaviors). There's a good chance a Golden Border Retriever would make a good farm dog or therapy dog.

Members of this breed make very cool family companions; they have high levels of energy and will enjoy playtime with well behaved kids, however, they may retain some herding instincts from the Collie side. They will be very eager to please and work hard in exchange for attention and cuddles; they may well be one of the most devoted hybrids available. A well trained, friendly canine, such as this, is sure to impress your guests with their intelligence and obedience. Not to mention, a well socialized GBR is fine with other pets.

An active owner or family is certainly necessary for this breed. They are have plenty of energy and hail from breeds used to working hard. A fenced yard is ideal but they are notoriously prone to separation anxiety and boredom if not allowed to spend most of the time indoors as part of the family. Long walks, jogs, hikes, bike rides, trips to the dog park and (sometimes) swimming are all activities your Golden Border Retriever will enjoy. Training to hunt or herd, as well as obedience training are all things she will enjoy and great ways to bond with her.

Golden Border Retriever Size

The size of your Border Collie Retriever mix will depend upon the size of the parents but you can expect a large sized dog. Most GBRs fall into the range of 45-75 pounds and up to 24 inches at shoulder height. If you want a more exact estimate of the size of your potential pet, call a few breeders you are considering working with and inquire after the size of the dam and sire. Keep in mind that first generation hybrid crosses are pretty unpredictable so puppies still may fall outside of expected ranges.

Average Adult Height

21-24 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

45-75 lbs

Golden Border Retriever Variations

When you combine two different purebreds the result is more variety. Coat types, colors and even temperaments are not necessarily the same-- even within a single litter. Some will possess more Golden Retriever traits and others more Collie characteristics. This mixed breed will have coats of medium length straight hair that will vary in its texture (Collies are rough, GRs smooth). If you are interested in what difference a generation can make in your Golden Border Retriever, ask your breeder about the differences between the following:

F1= purebred Border Collie x purebred Golden Retriever
F1B= F1 Golden Border Retriever x either a purebred Border Collie or purebred Golden Retriever
F2= F1 Golden Border Retriever x F1 Golden Border Retriever
F2B= F2 Golden Border Retriever x either a purebred Border Collie or purebred Golden Retriever
F3= F2 Golden Border Retriever x F2 Golden Border Retriever

Golden Border Retriever Temperament

Highly intelligent, active, loyal, affectionate, and sometimes needy and mischievous, the Golden Retriever-Border Collie mix temperament combines the behavioral traits of two of the most beloved pure breeds known. A typical Golden Border Retriever is incredibly smart, extremely affectionate towards humans and animals alike, and very active. With their inherited tendencies to be working dogs, GBRs will need plenty of physical and mental stimulation; otherwise they might find mischief like chewing shoes or digging holes. These dogs are gentle, even shy at times, but are extremely devoted to their human families, and may suffer separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods.

Their inherent brightness, along with their willingness to please, makes GBRs unbelievably easy to train. Their keen cognitive abilities and strong work ethic mean they will learn fast; owners attest that these dogs respond best to firm but positive training techniques, and respond negatively to harsh or abusive methods. GBRs are well-suited to interactive training activities that will keep them mentally (and physically) engaged.

Though sometimes shy, their alertness and loyalty makes GBRs good watchdogs; they should typically sound a vocal alarm when confronted with a potential threat.

Golden Border Retriever Photos

Below are pictures and images of the Golden Border Retriever.

Golden Border Retriever
Golden Border Retriever
Golden Border Retriever

Golden Border Retriever Health

Often, when you cross two separate breeds to create a hybrid, you create a litter of puppies that will develop fewer health issues than either purebred parent. This "hybrid vigor" is due to greater genetic variety. The Golden Border Retriever should fall into this category, especially first generation crosses, however, this cross breed isn't yet common enough to have enough information to pinpoint specific health issues. Golden Retrievers live 10-12 years on average and Border Collies have quite a wide range (10-15, depending upon health); you can expect your GBR to have a lifespan somewhere along those lines. If you'd like to get an idea of what conditions may be passed down from both the Border Collie and Golden Retriever, visit our breed pages for both! In the meantime, a few issues common to the parent breeds include:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Disease
  • Bloat
  • Skin Allergies
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Hearth Problems
  • Cancer
  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Skin Allergies
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Golden Border Retriever Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Golden Border Retriever as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry