jojo: How active would a Border Collie x Spaniel be?
I found a Border Collie x Spaniel in a shelter, and he is 2 years old and he is desperate for a home. How many hours would i need to excersise him. If i do get him i would plan on giving him a daily walk. How many hours would be enough exercise for him? And i was planning on playing fetch etc in the backyard.
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Answer by laughing; the pup is
Border Collie-2 hours to keep them calm and satisfied.
Spaniels-Generally 1-2 hours.
So, I would say a 45 minute walk in the morning, half an hour play time in the afternoon, and an hour run at night. Yep, that outta do it!
You also need to provide heaps of mental stimulation. Obedience training, interactive toys, hiding food around the house, etc. BCs are incredibly smart and need something to do or else they become destructive.
I would bet money this dog is need of a desperate home because of his exercise levels. Most likely he doesn't have much training and is destructive because of lack of mental stimulation.
Just realize he may be some work the first few weeks you have him. And also remember that this dog will be a huge commitment.
Answer by Dogmom CA
I own a Border Collie/ Springer Spaniel mix that is 3 years old now. She is happy with about an hour walk a day, plus she plays in the house and yard with my other dogs all day long, plus we play ball for at least an hour a day. If she doesn't get enough exercise, she gets excessively barky and digs. She is one of the smartest and most trainable dogs I have ever owned, and an agility dog extraordinaire! My friends say she is human. These dogs require lots of interaction and mental stimulation to be happy, but will repay you ten times over!
Answer by lisa (in reply to Dogmom CA)
i totally agree with u , my dog ella she is the same way, i swear sometimes she is human she boss me around. However she had come from an abused home and i have only had her one year and we do interact her with others as well as other dogs, but she is scared of her own shadow, and suffers severely from anxiety.
I can not go out for 5 minutes without a sitter because she will chew through the door and also she has broken two wired kennel and a plastic dome one. WHat should i do to get her out of this, I love her dearly and only want was is best for her, and the vet is useless here were i live he didn't even know what breed she was, i saw a breeder who told me. sincerely ells mom.
Answer by Roy Riederer
I also have a springer/boarder cross (mostly springer). She is 3 years old now and has extremely high energy. She is about the smartest dog I have ever owned and is very tolerant when I don't have enough time for her. I keep her supplied with plenty of new toys, lots of treats and regular social time with other dogs. If I do ignore her for too long, she will sit in front of me and give me the look. She will sit there unmoving, un-blinking for an hour if I don't get up and pay attention to her.
Her only bad habit is when she gets on the trail of a rabbit, she ignores all commands. Sometimes, just to prove her independance, when given a command, she will turn her back to me and wait for me to repeat the command. Then she looks over her shoulder, waits another moment, then responds.
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We recently purchased a 6 week old female puppy that we were told was a Cavalier Spaniel/Poodle mix. As she is now 5 weeks older she has really grown in personality. She is obviously Border Collie mixed with a Cavalier. She is very active and bites at us constantly as we pet her. She is sweet, but can be aggressive with my two girls (9 and 17).
We wanted a sweet cuddly dog who would lay in their bedrooms and just hang with them. My question is will this be possible or is this breed always going to be running, and nipping?
We will pay for training but I am wondering if we need to find her a new home and search for a different breed?
My girls are getting attached but her constant whining when we crate her to travel short distances and her biting really bother me.
Both breeds (border collie and spaniel) are very active but most of the dogs finally adjust to their owners’ habits and way of life. She’s still a small puppy and she can’t just lie in the bedroom. She’s probably frightened, and she doesn’t know how to behave herself. Whinning and biting is quite common in such situation. Try to talk to a trainer if you can afford it. Think of the good traits of these breeds. Maybe your daughters would be interested in growing up a new dog agility champion.
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