Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd Vs Border Collie

You might have been thinking about adopting a dog for a while now. Since there are hundreds of different dog breeds, it is usually difficult for soon-to-be pet parents to choose which breed is the best one for them. It is important to research the breeds and try to find the breeds that meet your expectations and fit in with your lifestyle

After doing research, most people narrow the list down to two breeds: Australian Shepherd and Border Collie. They are both fantastic dog breeds, yet they have their differences. The question we will try to answer in this article is not which breed is better but rather which breed is better for you. 

Let us start by looking at each breed’s characteristics in detail.

The Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd was originally used as a herder, and it is for a reason. They are extremely skilled at herding, and they love physical stimulation. They are quite energetic and playful.

If you are considering adopting an Australian Shepherd, you need to be able to provide them with enough physical activity, which means you need time for long walks, playing frisbee or catch, and swimming on hot summer days. As long as you keep them active, they will be happy pups. They are most suitable to live with families who live on farms or suburbs.

The Australian Shepherd is also quite intelligent and easy to train. They are also very affectionate dogs, which makes them great companion dogs and great for families with children.

They can sometimes be not so friendly toward cats. If you have a cat, you might want to dig deep into the relationship dynamics of Aussies with cats. 

The Border Collie

Similar to the Australian Shepherd, the Border Collie was also a herder. Their energetic nature makes them great herders and helpers, especially in farms and ranches. What makes them so special is the fact that they are extremely intelligent to a point where they are ranked as the most intelligent dog breed in the world. 

The Border Collie requires a lot of physical activity, maybe even more than the Australian Shepherd. They especially love to run, which makes them more suitable to live in the countryside rather than the city. They can easily be trained. Combined with their intelligence and active nature, when trained, they excel in canine sports easily. 

As much as they are active, they are also pretty affectionate and love cuddles when they are resting at home. They make great family dogs. 

Similarities and Differences Between Australian Shepherd and Border Collie

Both the Australian Shepherd and the Border Collie have many similar characteristics. Knowing in what way they are similar and different will make deciding which one is more suitable to your lifestyle much easier. If you choose your pup correctly, you will gain a life-long best friend. 


  • Both breeds are excellent herders, probably due to the fact that they were bred to be herders in the first place. We could say that Border Collies are a bit more skilled at herding livestock than the Australian Shepherds due to having high stamina. However, Aussies are still great at herding as well. 
  • Both Australian Shepherd and Border Collie are brilliant and eager to please, which makes training them much easier.
  • They both are highly energetic dogs. They require a lot of physical exercise such as walking, running, or playing around. This is quite important for their happiness. Thus, they are not suitable to live in a city, especially not in an apartment. Occasional walks will not be enough for their active nature as they love to run and need to run at least 30 minutes a day. Having a big backyard is the least you can do for them so that they can run around and play freely.
  • They are affectionate breeds, which makes them great family dogs. They get along with children amazingly well.
Border Collie


  • Even though both Australian Shepherds and Border Collies have a similar temperament, they still have their differences. Border Collies tend to be a bit shyer compared to Australian Shepherds. They also don’t bark as much as the Aussies, which makes Australian Shepherds better at being guard dogs. The Australian Shepherd will bark if anything comes even a little closer, warning their parents of any possible threat. In contrast, the Border Collie will bark when the danger occurs.
  • Both dog breeds need grooming to an extent. The Australian Shepherd needs regular grooming. Brushing their coat once a week at the least is enough to keep their coat tangle-free. They also shed hair moderately. Border Collie, on the other hand, sheds more hair. Since their coat is a bit rough, they need to be brushed twice a week at the least. It is safe to say that Aussies require a moderate amount of grooming while Border Collie requires grooming a lot more.
  • When it comes to their physical appearances, the Australian Shepherd is usually a bit bigger than the Border Collie. The Australian Shepherd’s coat is smooth while the Border Collie’s is a bit rough. 
  • Border Collies tend to live a little longer than Australian Shepherds. Border Collies usually live for 10-17 years while Aussies live for 13-15 years.

What Happens If You Cannot Decide?

It is okay if you still do not know which breed to choose. Let’s face it, they are both amazing dogs. If it comes down to it, you can go for the Australian Shepherd Border Collie mix, which is named Border Aussie.

They usually differ in their looks since both breeds have a similar temperament. Since each dog is different, you can probably find the one that is the best for you. 

Conclusion: Australian Shepherd Vs Border Collie

We have tried to compare the Australian Shepherd and Border Collie, two of the most popular breeds, to help you choose the best breed for your needs and lifestyle.

Even though each breed has its characteristics, do not forget that each dog has its own personality, and some of these general characteristics may not apply to them. Yet, in the end, they all want the same thing: loving parents and cozy home

Alaaddin Sarac

I've been an avid dog enthusiast since childhood. I started this blog in hopes of helping owners find answers to questions I had after owning my first dog. This website was created as a way to share our love for all things canine with the world. From choosing the best food for your older dog to get the best beds for your tail-wagger, I aim to give you the information you need to give your dog the best care throughout his entire life.