A family dog can be hard to come by since they are normally the first to go when a breeder has a new litter ready.
One dog breed that is exceptionally rare that not many families know about goes by the name Border Schnollie.
Being a mix of a Border Collie and a Schnauzer, you’ll be right to assume that the Border Schnollie has an affectionate demeanor that can be overprotective at times.
Keep reading for a detailed look at the Border Schnollie.
Border Schnollie Puppies – Before You Buy…
Since it takes a lot more effort to find a Border Schnollie breeder, you should equip yourself with the relevant information regarding how to take care of a Border Schnollie.
You want to be well prepared in the area of the Border Schnollie before you bring it home.
What price are Border Schnollie Puppies?
Border Schnollie seems to be a rare dog to find, so you shouldn’t expect them to have a cheap price tag.
For about $300 to $700, you could add a new member to your family in the form of a Border Schnollie.
You may have to travel outside your local area to pick up a Border Schnollie from a reputable breeder since the demand for this puppy varies from state to state.
Don’t forget that you’ll have to cough up more money than just the amount that’s needed to purchase the Border Schnollie.
You have to take into account the cost of all the vaccinations, spaying, dog gear, and much more. Those costs alone will increase your dog bill about one thousand dollars.
How to Find Reputable Border Schnollie Breeders?
You can refer to a list of breeders that the American Kennel Club provides, or you can take matters into your own hands and find the breeder yourself.
3 Little-known facts about Border Schnollie Puppies
- Exhibits herding tendencies
- Is Considered both a Working and Show Dog
- Extremely high energy dog
Physical Traits of the Border Schnollie
The Border Schnollie is a hybrid blend of the Border Collie and a Schnauzer.
Each Border Schnollie ends up resembling one parent more than the other, so you may have to go through several breeders to find one that looks exactly like how you would prefer it.
If you’re not too picky as to which parent the Border Schnollie takes after, then you’ll have an easier time finding one to bring home.
We can give you a general idea as to what a Border Schnollie will look like. This hybrid breed will have a body resembling that of the Schnauzer side of the family.
From the Border Collie side, it inherits the colors and markings on its coat.
Trademark Border Schnollie features include floppy ears, intelligent eyes, wiry coat, and a strong build.
Their eyes can vary from light to dark brown, and have a lot of life to them. The coat can vary in texture since Border Schnollie’s that have smooth coats take after the Border Collie parent.
The Border Schnollie’s wiry coat comes from the Schnauzer parent and is known to be a double layer coat. The double-layer coat is why the Border Schnollie can withstand cold temperatures.
Even though the Schnauzer is considered to be a hypoallergenic dog, the Border Collie sheds all the time.
This means when you combine the two breeds; you end up with a dog that sheds small amounts of fur.
You’ll see a Border Schnollie come in a variety of color patterns that range from grey, to black, to tan, to brown, with white markings.
The rest of their fur comes in the color white, black, red, salt and pepper, or sable.
Keep in mind that some of the Border Schnollies can come with two or more colors. Trying to find a Border Schnollie that comes in one color is close to impossible.
How big is a full-grown Border Schnollie?
Border Schnollie grows to medium size when it reaches adulthood. If you have a male Border Schnollie, it’ll grow to be 17 to 22 inches tall and weigh around 30 to 50 pounds.
Those with a female Border Schnollie will have it grow to 15 to 20 inches tall and weigh around 28 to 48 pounds. As you can tell, the male Border Schnollie tends to grow taller and bigger than the female one.
What is the life expectancy of the Border Schnollie?
You can expect your Border Schnollie to live for about 10 to 13 dog years, which is similar to its Border Collie parent.
In human years that would translate to 60 to 74 years.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Border Schnollie
The Border Schnollie exhibits the temperaments of both of its parents, the Schnauzer and Border Collie.
This is a high energy dog that loves to please its owner. It will experience separation anxiety if you leave it alone for too long.
If you’ve ever had to take care of a Border Collie or Schnauzer, you could tell that both breeds show a lot of affection and will defend you when the time comes.
The Border Schnollie will bark at strangers if they approach it. It will take a while for the Border Schnollie to accommodate and trust new faces.
Taking after the Border Collie side of the family, the Border Schnollie also tends to herd. This means that your Border Schnollie will try to herd you, small animals, and even small children.
Even though a Border Schnollie shows signs of being playful and loving, you should never forget that it can be extremely stubborn as well.
When it comes time to train your Border Schnollie, you should expect it to be a difficult process.
For those who have no experience training a dog, you will want to think twice before you purchase a Border Schnollie. An experienced dog owner will have no issues training this dog.
The best thing you can do for your Border Schnollie is early socialization. If you buy the dog while it’s still a puppy, you can properly develop its protective instincts to being something healthy.
A properly trained Border Schnollie will transform into an excellent family dog that has loving, intelligent, and obedient characteristics.
The Border Schnollie can also serve to be an ideal companion dog, which is great news for those who need a bit of love in their lives.
The Border Schnollie’s Diet
Veterinarians recommend feeding your Border Schnollie twice a day to ensure it grows at a healthy pace. Each meal should consist of a half cup of dry dog food.
Those who wish to add wet food to their Border Schnollie’s diet should cut the dry dog food serving in half and add the equivalent amount of wet dog food.
You can ask your vet as to what types of foods would be best for your Border Schnollie to consume.
How much Exercise does a Border Schnollie need?
Known to be highly energetic, a Border Schnollie will require a lot of exercises to satiate its high activity levels.
The Border Schnollie comes from very two active dog breeds, the Border Collie and the Schnauzer.
You can easily take your Border Schnollie as a companion on your hiking trip or long run. This helps you form a bond with your Border Schnollie that cannot be done with most dog breeds.
For those who aren’t active themselves, you’ll have to ensure that your Border Schnollie receives the physical activity it needs.
You also need to account for mental stimulation as well since the Border Schnollie is known to be an intelligent dog.
Physical activities your Border Schnollie could engage in include training sessions long walks, jogging, playing fetch, and much more.
Dog sports are also an option since Border Schnollie’s thrive participating in exercises that combine both physical and mental agility.
You could even take your Border Schnollie out for a swim if you want to switch up the scenery. Border Schnollie’s have a hunting nature to them that comes out whenever they see small animals.
This means you should always keep your Border Schnollie on a leash whenever you take it out for an exercise session.
We wouldn’t recommend letting your Border Schnollie out and about in an area that isn’t fenced in. In fact, these dogs prefer to play in a fenced yard since it gives them parameters as to where they can go.
An apartment can be a suitable living environment for a Border Schnollie, as long as you make sure to take it out for physical activity every day.
Setting yourself guidelines to follow makes keeping track of the physical activity easy.
Your Border Schnollie should receive up to 60 minutes of physical activity every day. By the end of the week, it should have covered a total of 11 miles of pavement.
You’ll be glad to hear that Border Schnollie’s aren’t sensitive to extreme temperature changes.
However, during those blazing summer months, you want to avoid taking your Border Schnollie out for strenuous physical activity.
When wintertime comes along, the Border Schnollie can survive in outdoor conditions thanks to its thick fur.
This means if you live in an area that experiences a temperate climate, you can readily take care of a Border Schnollie.
You want to make sure that your Border Schnollie receives the exercise it requires. Otherwise, your dog will become a ball of destruction.
A high energy dog that can’t release its energy will find a productive way to destroy objects that mean a lot to you.
A Border Schnollie will need up to two hours of physical and mental stimulation combined to live a healthy life.
You’ll know it’s time to take your Border Schnollie out for a walk when it starts to dig and bark everywhere around the house.
Border Schnollie Health and Conditions
As your Border Schnollie ages, it’ll inevitably develop some health conditions that will require surgery or medication.
List of Common Health Conditions
- Hip Dysplasia
- Collie Eye Anomaly
My final thoughts on the Border Schnollie
If your kids have been adamant about raising a puppy, then you may have found what you’re looking for with the Border Schnollie.
As you can see, the Border Schnollie doesn’t require much maintenance.
If you have the time to take it out on walks, so it has a healthy way of releasing pent-up energy, then you should purchase your family a Border Schnollie today.
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When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- Border Schnollie Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Border Schnollie
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Border Schnollie
- The Border Schnollie’s Diet
- Border Schnollie Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Border Schnollie