puppytoes Posted September 1, 2011 Report Share Posted September 1, 2011 I have often heard people say that doodles are not their favourite. It seems to be that generally they are neither as smart as either labs or poodles. I am not trying to diss either breed or the mix, i am more interested in how people view the border collie as part of a mix. Now before people start thinking that i am suggesting purposely breeding borders collies, rest assured i am not. I like most here, think border collies should continue to be bred the way they have been historically in order to maintain the breed we love. Unfortunately, there are a lot of border collies out there not working sheep and languishing in the system. I have 2 shelter dogs, one an apparently purebred border collie and one border collie/lab/? They are both great dogs. So assuming we are only talking about dogs that have already been bred, how does the border collie do as a contibutor to mixed breed dogs? My mutt is very smart, athletic and all around lovely. So is my purebred, only he is more, more everything. Do some breeds tend to pass on their negative traits while others tend to pass on their positive ones? Or is it simply that crosses show less intensity in the original traits and so it depends on whether one likes a certain trait or not. As an example, in my experience, labs tend to be very hyper. When crossed with other breeds, they continue to be energetic but they lose a bit of edge. A positive to me, but maybe if you love that spastic energy, then a lab cross is missing something, Thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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