Shollie – German Shepherd Collie Mix

By helloBARK!
Updated on 30 March 2022

A German Shepherd Collie mix is a cross between a German Shepherd and a Border Collie.

They’re a hybrid dog that combine two of the best known breeds in the canine world to create a highly intelligent dog.

Border Collies are the smartest dogs in the world and are associated with working on a farm or ranch.

German Shepherds are the third most intelligent dogs and serve an important purpose within human society.

In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the German Shepherd Collie mix, examining their appearance, size and temperament.

We’ll break this article into the following sections:

What is a German Shepherd Collie Mix?

A German Shepherd Collie mix is a cross between two purebred dogs: a German Shepherd and a Border Collie.

Other names for these dogs include Border Collie Shepherd mix and a Shollie.

The mix breed will usually be athletic and agile, extremely intelligent and quick to learn commands, while displaying a protective and watchful nature.

German Shepherd

German Shepherd originate in Germany in the late 1890s.

The breed were designed to be a working dog with an athletic physique and noble character.

Some of their personality traits include loyal, confident and courageous.

The German Shepherd is the second most popular breed in the United States.

Border Collie

German Shepherd at the park (Photo: Adobe Stock)

German Shepherd at the park (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Border Collie is the smartest dog breed in the canine world.

Like the German Shepherd, they’re part of the American Kennel Club’s Herding Group.

Described as a “remarkably bright workaholic”, Border Collies are high energy dogs.

They need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to ensure these clever dogs behave.

They’re the 35th most popular dog in USA.

How big do German Shepherd Collie Mixes get?

Although it’s not always the case, a German Shepherd Collie Mix is usually closer in appearance to their German Shepherd parent rather than their Border Collie parent.

To get an idea of the size, we need to look at both the Border Collie and the German Shepherd.

German Shepherds can be between 22 and 26 inches in height and 50 and 90 pounds in weight. Border Collies can range between 18 and 22 inches in height and 30 to 55 pounds in weight.

So the size range for a German Shepherd Collie mix is between 18 and 26 inches in height and 30 and 90 pounds in weight.

What do German Shepherd Collie Mix look like?

A German Shepherd Collie Mix can have a variety of different colors. Having said that, the most common shade tends to be solid tan with patches of black.

German Shepherds are usually black and tan but Border Collies have a variety of possible coat colors. Therefore, a Shollie could have any combination of black, sable, white, brown and fawn.

German Shepherd Collie Mix characteristics

Usually a German Shepherd Collie Mix will have brown eyes like their German Shepherd parent. But that’s not to say they couldn’t possibly have blue, hazel or amber eyes. They should be almond-shaped.

Their nose will be black and their ears should be large and triangular in shape.

German Shepherd Collie Mix temperament

Both German Shepherds and Border Collies are hard working dogs. So you can expect a German Shepherd Collie Mix to be a willing learning and eager to please their pet parents.

We can say with some degree of certainty that a German Shepherd Collie Mix will be quite loyal to their dogs owners given this is a quality associated with both parents.

Giving both breeds are members of the Herding Group, they could be prone to herding small children or other small pets. This is a trait that is associated with the Border Collie.

While German Shepherd Collies are loyal and protective, you should never leave one of these dogs alone with a child. The same could be said for any breed of dog no matter how tall or small.

These hybrid dogs have a playful nature which they can often get from their Border Collie parent. They should be sociable with other people and other pets.

Given the high IQ of both parents, a German Shepherd Collie Mix should be relatively easy to train. As a general rule, they should learn new commands within five repetitions and obey a first command 90 per cent of the time or better.

German Shepherd Collie Mix exercise requirements

If you decide a German Shepherd Collie Mix is the right dog for you, you’ll have an active dog on your hands.

They require a lot of exercise – regular walks or runs with their dog owner, trips to the dog park, games or playtime in the back yard, as well as mental stimulation.

As the saying goes, a tired dog is a happy dog. If you don’t give a German Shepherd Collie enough exercise, they could resort to destructive behaviours out of boredom or frustration. recommends at least 60 minutes of activity on a daily basis. They need around 12 miles of exercise every week. If you’re unable to commit to an exercise regime with this mix breed, they’re probably not a good fit for you or your lifestyle.

Are German Shepherd Collie Mix hypoallergenic?

There’s no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog but some breeds and cross breeds are better suited to allergy suffers due to their low shedding coats or their lack of dander.

A German Shepherd Collie Mix isn’t consider a hypoallergenic mix breed.

Do German Shepherd Collie Mix shed?

A Shollie is usually a high shedding dog that will require brushing every day to maintain the health and quality of their coat. By doing so, pet parents will remove dead hair (as well as debris).

A German Shepherd Collie Mix will blow out its coat twice a year, which will be a challenging time for a dog owners with dog hair all over the home.

How long does a German Shepherd Collie Mix live?

German Shepherds can live between seven and 10 years. Border Collies have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

We can deduce that a German Shepherd Collie mix will have an average lifespan of around 10 to 12 years.

German Shepherd Collie Mix health problems

Mix breeds are generally considered healthier dogs that purebreds. However, some hybrid breeds can still be susceptible to some health problems.

Potential issues to look out for if you own a German Shepherd Collie Mix include Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Bloat.

German Shepherd Collie Mix price

A German Shepherd Collie Mix can cost between $500 and $1000 depending on the breeder. The price can vary between each breeder, who may value certain traits above others.

Other potential costs include dog food, pet insurance, grooming, vet trips and much more. You can check out the best pet insurance options in the USA and the UK.

German Shepherd Collie Mix to follow on Instagram

If you want to learn more about the breed, you can also look for German Shepherd Collie Mixes on Instagram.

We’ve found that dog owners on the photo-sharing platform are usually receptive and helpful when asked about their pups.

Here are some German Shepherd Collie Mix accounts that you can check out if you’re looking for more information about these designer dogs.

1) Casper and Willow (@casper_and_willow)

2) Mason The Shollie (@mason.shollie)

3) Rox The Shollie (@shollie_roxx)

Anything else to consider?

If you’re interested in a German Shepherd Collie Mix puppy, you should contact an established and reputable breeder. They’ll usually ask you to fill out a questionnaire, place you on a waiting list and request a deposit.

It’s good practice to ask to see a puppy’s mother and father, watch the puppy interact with its mother, ask for the AKC and UKC papers for both parents as well as documentation regarding health checks at the vet.

In conclusion

So there you have it, that’s our brief introduction to the German Shepherd Collie Mix. Sometimes called a Shollie, these dogs are hard working but bright pets.

They require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation but they should be quick learners thanks to the high IQ of both their Border Collie and German Shepherd parents.

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