What breed of dog is better? Border Collie or Golden Retriever?

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  1. sammyfiction profile image61
    sammyfictionposted 13 years ago

    What breed of dog is better? Border Collie or Golden Retriever?

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    iamqweenbeeposted 13 years ago

    Golden Retriever. I had one and she made the best pet for a household with children. She would even retrieve a pigeon (I guess for her) while we were in the backyard barbqueing. LMAO! We had to stop her from that but it was in her nature

  3. Hailsale profile image60
    Hailsaleposted 13 years ago

    The dog that is best is the one that can fit into your home and lifestyle and receive the attention, training and exercise that it needs. Alot of the time we choose dogs because of their status, their looks or their size. This in many cases results in problems.

  4. wychic profile image81
    wychicposted 13 years ago

    What kind of household and activity level do you have? These are two very different kinds of dogs, and require very different kinds of families. Border collies are great for active families that love to get up and go, that have LOTS of fenced space for them to run, and that have a lot of time to engage with the dog. While I haven't had a golden retriever, the people I know who do have them describe a more laid-back dog that loves to get out and run a bit, maybe go for a swim or chase a ball around, but that also happily joins the family on the couch for a lazy evening of watching movies. Border collies also tend to have more stamina for long runs or drawn-out hiking trips. There is no one type of dog that's the best for any family, in any situation.

  5. vydyulashashi profile image59
    vydyulashashiposted 13 years ago

    golden retriever..according to my knowledge they have the most sniffing power than labs or german..

    but they are not as aggressive as they are..

    retrievers are also known for their polite nature and strictly obeying their master

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    CarriKPposted 13 years ago

    There is no one breed of dog which is best for every (human-orientated) situation.  From the two mentioned :-
    Collies are great working dogs.
    Labs may well have learned to be good-looking and very friendly.
    I'd say collies are brighter for the most part.
    But you don't always want a dog that is brighter than you - do you?

  7. Puppy Future profile image60
    Puppy Futureposted 12 years ago

    I have a Border Collie and a Black Lab. They are both good at what they were bread for. The Border Collie learns much faster than the Lab, but get's bored of the same old tricks after awhile. The Lab (which is similar to a  Golden) takes longer to learn a skill, but is eager to please once she does learn it.

    If your looking for smart. energetic and a keep you on your toes dog, go with a Border Collie. If your looking for a people pleaser, a good all around  and relaxed dog, go with the Golden.

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    kathijoposted 12 years ago

    I have a constipated 7 yr old female golden retriever.  She poops a little but not the normal amount. Do you have any suggestions.

  9. Tirzah Laughs profile image60
    Tirzah Laughsposted 12 years ago

    Depends on what you want.

    Goldens when young are goofy, often good natured dogs with lots of energy.  They are kind of loopy until 18months.  After that age, they usually settle into a nice, friendly dog.   They are a hunting breed and if you don't watch they'll over eat and get fat and gassy when they age.  Just keep an eye on the treats and keep them moving.  Check out hips before getting a puppy.  Goldens are friendly loving sweet dogs.  Easy to train and quite easy going once they hit the 18 month mark.

    Border Collies are a more difficult dog for a beginner.  They are extremely smart, hiigh energy and with a strong drive to work.   They do not do well in apartments.    They require lots of exercise.   They need more than rote direction.  BC's think and need to be challenged.  They do well when trained for agility.  Because they are a herding breed they sometimes nip more when they are younger because they try to herd people.    This needs to be trained out of them (nipping).  An excellent dog for someone who has the time to devote to them but does not do well if left to entertain themselves.

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    DoItForHerposted 12 years ago

    Border Collies in general have fewer genetic problems than Goldens. I prefer a weight of 50 pounds or less, so most Borders fall in that category. Hard to say which is the best, but these are a couple of things to consider.

  11. Douloscross profile image60
    Douloscrossposted 12 years ago

    We have had both and love both breeds. The answer will be in your lifestyle.  Do you live, work in a place where a Border Collie can be ACTIVE and WORKING at something?  They also can be possessive of their flock (i.e. their people) so if you have lots of other people, especially children around they can stress.  But they are deeply intelligent, loyal and fun dogs.
    Goldens are workers too but much more easy going about it.  They also are just in love with life and people..and as a rule other animals.  They aren't quite the type A personalities of the Border Collie.  They two are big dogs who need exercise and play.
    Both breeds shed..Goldens..a bit more.

  12. Terry.Hirneisen profile image69
    Terry.Hirneisenposted 12 years ago

    The Border Collie is smarter but must have work or can just be a hyper active dog. The Golden Retriever is also smart and probably has less tendency to drive his owner up a wall from lack of duties. I love the Golden and have two of them currently.

  13. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 11 years ago

    Neither is better. Each has unique characteristics and each individual dog within the breed has unique characteristics. Which dog is "best" for you depends on your particular lifestyle. Both dogs are very intelligent and require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Golden Retrievers shed a lot - I know because I have one and I think she sheds more than my German Shepherd used to shed. Golden Retrievers are very friendly and generally good with children. They have breed-specific health problems such as skin and ear issues. They are also probe to cancer. Border Collies are not for everyone. They are very intelligent and require a lot of mental stimulation and exercise. If they don't get it they can develop problem behaviors. Both breeds are highly trainable and do well in agility, obedience, and canine musical freestyle. Border Collies are herding dogs and need to have some outlet for this natural tendency, whether it is herding or some other sport.

  14. sleepylog profile image60
    sleepylogposted 10 years ago

    I have a Border Collie and knowing what I know about them now, I would definitely buy a Golden Retriever if you want a dog that is calm and will be happy with a daily walk.

    Border Collies are VERY energetic dogs who require lots and lots of exercise. They love to run off leash and just never seem to get tired. They get bored easily and are very strong willed. Yes they are smart, but often this can be a disadvantage because they can outsmart their owner and get themselves in trouble.

    Both breeds are good around children and neither one is aggressive, but a collie will have to be taught not to nip at them or try to herd them like they would a flock of sheep. It's instinctive for them to do so and it needs to be trained out of one very early on.

  15. epbooks profile image79
    epbooksposted 10 years ago

    I can't say that any breed is necessarily better, however, each person should get a dog based on their own personality.  Breeds have different personality traits.  For me, I love golden retrievers and rescue them as often as possible.  I also have a duck toller. Both are not for everyone, however, as they require a lot of attention and exercise.  It depends on what you are looking for in a dog.

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    Michelle Marsdenposted 6 years ago

    well i personally think golden retrievers are better for people that are active enough to walk/run everyday .
    and border collies are better for people who live on farms or a big section to
    be able  get the exercise it needs

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    kellyksposted 6 years ago

    well in my opinion Golden retriever’s are pretty easy to maintain and they are not very high on grooming needs. Whereas border collie breed needs your time and energy as they need more exercise. Both of these breeds are easy to train and they listen to the owners pretty well. Both these breeds are excellent around kids and are great family pets. The golden retriever has a better adaptability than the border collie and it responds really well. The golden retriever has the ability to modify itself as per the environment. Very important but both these breeds shed moderately and brushing their coat will make it softer. But If I were given a choice it would have been very difficult for me to choose as both are my favorite.

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    fatemehmposted 6 years ago

    i don't know  them , it may be because my native language is not english, i should search about them

  19. Mea Hera profile image90
    Mea Heraposted 5 years ago

    Neither! Beagles all the way!

  20. Castlepaloma profile image74
    Castlepalomaposted 5 years ago

    I think the golden lab retriever is the  most diverse dog in the world.

    Collies and poodles are smarter, yet not as many abilities.


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