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Weight: 35-45 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The Borador is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 14-15 years
The Borador is a cross between the Border Collie and the Labrador Retriever dogs. Like all hybrid breeds, the Borador is less prone to hereditary health problems than his purebred counterparts. However, there is still the possibility that he may experience health issues common to either parent breed.
The Borador may experience joint dysplasia or patellar luxation. Joint dysplasia occurs when malformed joints result in discomfort, pain, and limping. In more severe cases, arthritis or even lameness can result, and surgery may be required. Dogs with joint dysplasia should not be bred, so ensure your potential puppy’s parents have no history of the condition, particularly hip dysplasia. Although it is hereditary, hip dysplasia can also be triggered by rapid weight gain or injury. Patellar luxation occurs when the knee joint slides easily in and out of place, resulting in painful dislocation of the knee that can lead to intermittent lameness. Surgery can correct some cases of patellar luxation but is not always a possibility.
Hypothyroidism, a thyroid condition caused by insufficient production of hormone, is a possibility for the Borador as well. Hypothyroidism can lead to issues such as lethargy, obesity, infertility, and hair loss. Fortunately, it is treatable, but the affected dog will be required to take daily medication for the duration of his life.
Eye issues such as cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) may affect some Boradors. PRA is the gradual degeneration of the retina, ultimately resulting in failed daytime vision. Dogs with PRA generally continue to lead happy lives, and the gradual nature of the disease allows them to adjust to failing vision.
Bloat may impact some Boradors. Bloat occurs when the stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid, resulting in dangerous expansion that puts excess pressure on surrounding organs. In some cases, the stomach twists in what is referred to as gastric torsion, trapping blood in the stomach and cutting off supply to the heart and other vital organs. Bloat can be deadly, so get your Borador to the veterinarian right away if you notice symptoms such as pale gums, excessive drooling, failed attempts to vomit, or a swollen stomach.
Boradors may also suffer from epilepsy and be prone to ear infections and obesity.
Temperament & Train-ability
Although the temperament of any hybrid dog can vary, the average Borador is energetic, playful, and a wonderful family companion. He is typically intelligent, curious, gentle, and sweet.
The Borador should not live in an apartment. A large, securely fenced yard is a must for the Borador, who needs plenty of exercise, play, and time outdoors. They need brisk walks, runs, and/or vigorous play sessions daily to ensure that they do not become unhappy, bored, and potentially destructive. Fetch is a particular favorite for this breed.
These loyal, loving, and cheerful dogs make wonderful family companions and want to spend as much time with their people as possible. They thrive on attention and want to be fully involved in all family activities. They are affectionate, gentle, and playful with children, and they are very rarely aggressive towards dogs and other pets. They are typically friendly towards strangers, eliminating them from contention for the role of guard dog. However, they will bark to warn of an approaching stranger, making them adequate watchdogs. They typically do not bark without cause and are not noisy dogs.
The Borador is an intelligent dog who can easily learn new tasks and tricks with very little repetition required, making him highly trainable. Use positive reinforcement such as favorite treats, extra playtime, and encouraging praise. Do not treat the Borador harshly, as he does not respond well to this method. These highly trainable dogs are often utilized as narcotics dogs or service dogs.
The Borador’s coat can vary but will be either short or medium-length. Weekly brushing will be sufficient for shorter coats, but Boradors with medium-length coats may need to be brushed 2-3 times weekly. Regardless, the Borador is a low-shedding breed. The Borador has sensitive skin and should be bathed only as needed with a mild, hypoallergenic shampoo.
Trim nails regularly to prevent overgrowth and cracking. Check ears weekly for signs of infection such as redness, tenderness, and odor. Because the Borador can be prone to ear infections, it may be a good idea to also clean his ears with a veterinarian recommended cleanser as well. Brush his teeth at least 2-3 times weekly to maintain good overall health and prevent bad breath.
The average Borador should consume 1.5-2.5 cups of high quality dry dog food daily, preferably split into at least two smaller meals. Remember that the ideal type and amount of food for your individual dog will depend on factors such as weight, age, metabolism, and activity level.
Take preventative measures against bloat by preventing your dog from eating too quickly or drinking excessive amounts of water right before or right after eating. Impose a one hour waiting time between eating and exercise.
Ensure that your Borador has access to clean, fresh drinking water at all times.
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The Borador costs about $500 on average, although puppy prices may vary according to breeder location and reputation, as well as gender and pedigree.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Borador ranks a 2. He is generally healthy, gets along well with most people and pets, is not high maintenance in regards to grooming, and is highly trainable. Additionally, he is not noisy and tends to be well-behaved inside the home. He does need an owner who can provide adequate amounts of exercise and attention.
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