The Borador is a mongrel dog, a cross between the Border Collie and Labrador Retriever dog breeds. Extroverted, curious and energetic, these puppies inherit some of the best qualities of their two parents. Boradors go by various names, such as Border Collie Lab and Border Lab. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can find these mixed-breed dogs in shelters and breed-specific rescues, so remember to adopt. These friendly, energetic pups make excellent companions for active owners and can thrive in any space. However, these medium to large dogs can get bored easily and need space, so they tend to do best in homes with yards and lots of activity. If you want a medium-sized, loyal, loving dog who thinks he is a lap dog, the Eraser may be the right puppy for you.


The Borador is a mixed breed dog. They are not pure breeds like their parents Border Collie or Labrador Retriever. The main colors of the Boradors are brown, black, tan and white. Sometimes their coat is solid and sometimes they have a mixture of colors. Labradors are very easy to groom. One good brushing a week is probably enough. Most Boradors are so outgoing that they will greet any stranger with a wag of the tail. This makes them better as companions than guard dogs. The puppy’s Border Collie instincts may take hold and they may try to herd smaller family members, whether they are children or other animals. Any biting related to herding tendencies can be easily curbed with positive reinforcement and training. In general, Boradors get along well with children, other pets, and all family members. Play between dogs and children, as always, should be supervised.


The Borador dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders began intentionally mixing Border Collies and Labrador Retrievers in the early 2000s, probably in North America. Breeders probably started crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Border Collie to create an intelligent, family dog. Both breeds are working and herding dogs and, when combined, result in an intelligent and loving puppy. Breeders continued to create Boradors as the demand for mixed breed dogs increased. Although the Borador mixed breed began as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adopting if you decide this is the breed for you. Check local shelters, look for Borador rescues, or check with breed-specific Labrador Retriever or Border Collie rescues, as they sometimes take in mixed breed dogs and find them homes.