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Have you ever heard of the Gollie? If not it’s about time you do! The Gollie is a Border Collie Golden Retriever Mix and they are amazing dogs for several reasons!
There are so many Golden retriever cross breeds but the Gollie is definitely one of my favorites. They are loving, clever, and energetic, so it’s safe to say that these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents!
The Gollies are amazing, they love people and snuggles, but just like Golden retrievers they are also very active and need a lot of exercise. They are mild-mannered and patient, Gollies are known to be great family dogs.
But what is it that makes the Border Collie Golden Retriever mix such a great dog? To understand that we need to understand their personality better.
Why the Border Collie Golden Retriever Mix is such a great dog
Obviously from the title you could guess that the Gollie is not a purebred dog, however, that doesn’t make them any less great and worth adopting. Unlike the Golden retriever they are actually a medium-sized dog. They are around 50 to 75 pounds heavy and range in height from 22 to 26 inches, the females are a little bit smaller than this of course.
If everything I wrote by now hasn’t convinced you that a Gollie is definitely worth looking into and maybe adopting, I’m pretty sure after reading more about their personality you will be convinced!
The Gollie is somewhat very similar to Golden retrievers, well when it comes to their characteristics at least. They are very chill, laid-back dogs. Definitely not suited to be watch dogs! They are also very affectionate! They will love spending time with you and will show you in every way possible how much they love you!
However, they aren’t for the couch potatoes around you. Gollies are full of energy and enjoy being outside. Besides being very energetic, they are also highly intelligent, so exercise sessions should always involve some kind of mental stimulation. They are also quick learners so new tricks and commands won’t be a problem!
One thing Gollies hate is being left alone. Because they are so affectionate and loving they can’t stand being without you. They also love children and get along with them great. This is because of their playful and affectionate, yet protective nature!
Gollies are dogs that are very interesting to look at! They are such a weird yet beautiful combination of Border Collies and Golden retrievers. Gollies are the type of dog that you just need to see to understand how special they are.
The Gollie also come in different colors, the most common being black, brown, gold, and white. They can be only one color, a combination of two or even three colors!
However, just as beautiful their fur is, it also needs a lot of maintenance. Gollies shed a lot, so regular grooming and daily brushing is a must!
Health wise Gollies are considered to be pretty healthy. Usually owners don’t have many problems with their dog.
However, being one part Golden retrievers they can experience some illnesses characteristic to Golden retrievers like cataracts or epilepsy, or even hip dysplasia. That is why you should make regular appointments with your vet and take your dog to checkups at least twice a year.
Other health problems your Collie might encounter are OCD, Von Willebrand’s, bloat, cancer, hypothyroidism, cancer, drug sensitivity, joint dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, and collie nose.
Like we’ve already said, the Gollie is one of the best inbred dogs you could own! They are loving, gentle, smart, and great with kids. However, if you like being indoors most of the time the Gollie might not be the dog for you. Because of their adventurous nature, they love the outdoors and hate being trapped inside all day.
In conclusion, the Border Collie Golden Retriever Mix is definitely a great crossbreed to have!