Border Collies are smart. In his 1994 book “The Intelligence of Dogs”, canine intelligence expert Professor Stanley Coren, identifies the energetic Border Collie as the most intelligent dog of all breeds. By contrast, Coren says the Whippet is the 50th most intelligent breed. It would be interesting to know where the Whippet Border Collie mix might appear on his list!
With very different parent dogs, bred for completely different purposes, the Collie Whippet cross makes for a very interesting mix.
The Whippet is a sighthound hunter, bred for its speed and ability to catch small prey. The Border Collie is a shepherd, historically bred as a working dog to herd livestock.
In this post I’m going to discuss Whippet Border Collie mixes by focusing on the following areas:
Table of Contents
- Whippet Border Collie Mix Appearance
- Exercise & Care
- Whippet Border Collie Images from Instagram
Whippet Border Collie Mix Appearance
As I always advise, the appearance, as well as personality, of any Whippet mix can vary enormously. Since Collie Whippet crosses are the result of breeding two separate dog breeds, their appearance is not a given.
Both Whippets and Border Collies are medium-sized dogs. In terms of specific size information, a Whippet Collie may fall between 18″ to 22″ (45cm to 56cm) and possibly weigh 25lbs to 55lbs (11.5kg to 25kg).
Where Whippets are likely slightly taller and more lean, Collies are shorter and stockier. However, both dog breeds have athletic builds
Border Collies have a much thicker coat than Whippets. In fact they have a double-coat, which can be rough or smooth, which sheds both year round and seasonally.
As a consequence, it’s difficult to predict what the coat of a Whippet Collie mix puppy will be like. Purebred Whippets don’t shed very much. But because of the Collie genes in the mix, it’s likely that a Whippet Collie will shed more frequently.
Whippets have short fur, so combining the two breeds can result in a coat of medium thickness. Since Whippet and Collie coats can have a range of colours, again it’s hard to predict what the resulting colour of mixing a Whippet with a Border Collie will be.
Whippets come in a wide variety of gorgeous cross breeds. Find out more about Whippet mixes in my super detailed guide!
Collie Whip Temperament
Whippets are categorised in the sighthound family. As such they have a very strong prey drive and will chase anything that takes their fancy!
They are a very affectionate breed and love spending time with their family. They can be a little aloof but once they know you, they accept you as an extension of their pack.
Many people know Whippets as couch potatoes but this isn’t strictly true. Whippets enjoy good walks (with bouts of sprinting) and playtime at home. However, a well-exercised Whippet will then spend most of the day lounging around in and out of sleep.
Border Collies are very loyal, attentive and make great family pets. They’ve been bred to be working dogs and so have bags of endurance and energy. Additionally, since they’re highly-intelligent they require more mental entertainment than most other breeds.
They have a strong herding drive, which is why they’re a favourite of farm owners to help manage the movement of livestock. Their endurance, alertness and intelligence mean they need to keep busy!
I’ve heard it said that Whippet Collies are higher energy than purebred Whippets but less scatty than Collies!
A Whippet Border Collie mix will probably result in a very even-tempered, loving and people-friendly dog that will be ideal in a family environment.
It’s always hard to predict specific health issues likely to affect crossbred dogs. Whippets and Border Collies both tend to have predispositions to certain health problems, which may or may not be passed onto a Whippet Border Collie mix.
The following lists detail the health issues generally associated with both breeds.
- Canine Hemangiosarcoma
- Canine von Willebrand’s Disease
- Mitral Valve Degeneration
- Sinus problems
- Collie Eye Anomaly
- Border Collie Collapse
- Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome
- Hearing Loss
- Elbow Dysplasia
The life expectancy for a Whippet is 12 to 15 years, whereas that of a Border Collie is 10 to 17 years. We might assume the life expectancy for a Whippet Border Collie that’s well looked after could be between 10 to 17 years.
Exercise & Care for a Whippet Border Collie Mix
Given the sighthound and working dog parentage, a Whippet Collie will need plenty of exercise if they’re to remain healthy and happy.
Adult Whippets need up to an hour of “off the leash” exercise each day. This should include opportunities for them to run around with other dogs or chase after toys.
By contrast, adult Collies require around 1.5 to 2 hours… though more than this is not discouraged! Border Collies are high energy dogs that are more than capable of spending many hours outside each day to sniff around, use up their energy and herd things!
The combination of both breeds in Whippet Collie crosses will likely mean they need 1 to 2 hours each day off the leash. As importantly, you’ll need to provide plenty of mental stimulation to satisfy a Collie Whip’s intelligence.
It’s worth noting that any dog that’s not given a suitable amount of exercise can become unhappy and destructive at home. This can be especially true of intelligent dog breeds.
Whippets can require dedication to train since they can be quite independent. Collie’s on the other hand relish the challenge of training and are considered very somewhat easier to adapt to training. A Border Collie Whippet cross will probably then be easier to train than a pure Whippet.
Neither Whippets nor Collies enjoy long periods of time spent at home on their own. If you plan on leaving your dog alone for much of the day, this too might result in destructive behaviours.
In terms of grooming, a Whippet Collie will shed more than a Whippet, though the fur it sheds will also be far more apparent since its coat is thicker. Whippet Collies mixes will need regular grooming every 1 to 2 weeks, though more frequent grooming will be required during spring and autumn.
If you suffer from dog allergies you should note that Collies and Whippets are not hypoallergenic.
Whippet Border Collie Images from Instagram
If you want to know what a Whippet Border Collie mix looks like, here are a few images to fawn over from Instagram!
High-energy, intelligent and loyal, the Whippet Border Collie mix will make a great family dog for those able to provide lots of exercise and playtime.
With a solid routine, lots of quality time and a loving home, a Collie Whippet should be a happy and content dog that provides close companionship and loyalty.
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Do you own a Whippet Border Collie mix? Or perhaps you simply love Collie Whips? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.