Border Collies and Siberian Huskies originated from vastly different parts of the world, but actually have a lot in common. They both do well at their job, with Collies focused on herding and helping out around farms while Huskies do a great job pulling heavier objects and running long distances.
When mixed together, you get a breed fondly referred to as a Border Husky. They are loving and sweet, but can easily become a handful. They need a lot of work to be a calm member of the family and enjoy having a task to do.
If you want to learn more about the mesmerizing Border Husky and its two parent breeds, keep reading.
Comparison Table for the Border Collie, Siberian Husky, and the Border Husky
|Border Collie||Border Husky||Siberian Husky|
|Height||18-22 inches||18-22 inches||20-24 inches|
|Weight||30-55 pounds||30-55 pounds||35-60 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years||12-15 years||12-14 years|
|Colors||Black Brindle Blue merle Gold Red Sable Sable merle Seal Slate Lilac||Brown Blue merle Gray Red Red merle White||Black and white Black Tan and white Brown and white Gray and white Red and white Sable and white White|
|Coat Type||Wavy, double coat Medium length||Double coat Medium length||Double coat Medium length|
|Affection levels||Very affectionate Very playful||Very affectionate Very playful||Very affectionate Very playful|
|Shedding Level||Average shedding||Fair amount of shedding||Fair amount of shedding|
|Temperament||Average protectiveness||Average protectiveness||Not protective|
|Health Issues||Hip dysplasia Eye disorders Collie eye anomaly Trapped neutrophil syndrome||Hip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Collie eye anomaly Deafness Seizures||Hip dysplasia Eye disorders|
|Trainability||Very easy to train||Pretty easy to train||Average trainability|
|Exercise||Very high energy||Very high energy||Very high energy|
|Friendliness to People||Pretty friendly||Pretty friendly||Very friendly|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Very good with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drool||Little to no drool||Little to no drool|
|Mental Stimulation||High mental stimulation||Needs more than average mental stimulation||Needs more than average mental stimulation|
|Barking Level||Fair amount of barking||Fair amount of barking||Lots of barking|
About Border Collies
Sometimes confused with the modern-day Collie, Border Collies are hardworking herding dogs with their roots in Scottish and Welsh history.
Both dog breeds are classed as working dogs, but their differences shine through in their temperaments, as Collies can perform spectacularly in families with children and other pets and are a bit more laidback.
A Border Collie is at its happiest when it has a job to do and while they are still commonly seen guiding a flock of sheep in the fields of the British countryside, today they are also some of the fiercest competitors in categories like agility training.
These intelligent and athletic bundles of energy are not usually recommended for first-time dog owners or novice trainers due to the extensive time investment required to balance their energy and stimulation needs.
That being said, they are affectionate and eager to please so they will respond positively to consistent training before settling down to cuddle when the working day is done.
About Siberian Huskies
Siberian Huskies have risen in popularity beyond their appealing characteristics for transport in the frigid lands of Siberia. In the past, they were primarily bred and trained to be sledding dogs where they would quickly run marathon distances with light loads as a team.
These days, the dog breed is popular with families for its quirky, talkative nature with many videos being regularly posted to the internet showcasing their howls and other vocal grumbles.
The iconic Balto, a Siberian Husky involved in the “serum run” to save children from a diphtheria outbreak in Alaska, is probably one of the most well-known dogs of all time. He is immortalized in New York City’s Central Park, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Universal Pictures movie sharing his name.
Despite their popularity, Siberian Huskies are not for everyone. Their thick double coat can lead to excessive shedding in climates that are warmer than the breed is used to, their high energy and mental stimulation needs cannot be met by everyone, and while some enjoy arguing with their pets, the regular barking and howling can be annoying to others and their neighbors.
About The Border Husky Dog Mix
Border Huskies are commonly medium-sized dogs as they are between 30 and 55 pounds and 18 to 22 inches. They are not the easiest dog to take care of but are very energetic and smart, which can make them a great companion for more active owners.
What Are Some Downsides of a Border Husky?
As with every downside, it depends on the person looking to get the dog as to whether or not it is a problem for you. However, some potential issues that you might find when trying to train this energetic pup are:
- They need a lot of exercise. Border Huskies can easily spend hours running and may become destructive if too bored.
- Border Huskies are smart. They need a lot of mental stimulation such as games, puzzles, or a task
- Socialization is a must early on. Almost every dog needs proper socialization, but if you plan to have a Border Husky around young children or small animals, this is very important. They are natural herders and hunters due to their parent breeds. If you don’t want them harming small animals and nipping at children, they need to learn the correct behavior early on.
- Grooming. For the most part, brushing once or twice a week is enough. However, around shedding season, they will need to be groomed daily to break through their double coat and prevent matting.
- Separation Anxiety. If you and your family are gone most of the day, you may find your dog becoming a problem and acting out often.
What Conditions do Border Huskies Do Best in?
Border Huskies do best in places where they can have a clear task. Jobs such as herding, pulling, running, or even competitions are good for them as it provides this breed with both physical and mental stimulation.
They also need quite a bit of love and attention and struggle to behave when left alone for long periods. If you and your family have a busy lifestyle, this may not be the dog for you. They are best with families that can provide an alpha but also usually have someone home at all times.
Bigger yards with proper fencing are also best. Huskies are known as escape artists and can easily get over fences, and their offspring are no exception. Having space to roam without them being able to escape does this dog best.
There is no doubt that Border Huskies are a handful. They need a lot of socialization, grooming, and exercise or they may quickly become a problem pup. However, if their owner is able and willing to put in the time, effort, and love to take care of their pet, they will become a great member of the family.
However, if this mixed breed fits your lifestyle, it can be a great addition to your family and home. They are loving and make wonderful companions that you will never forget.