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Nicole Cosgrove

June 4, 2021
gollie border collie golden retriever cross mixed breed

The Gollie is a large cross breed mixing the Collie with the Golden Retriever. He is a very intelligent and very responsive dog and makes a great companion. He also has talents in Herding and Watchdog. He has an expected life span of 12 to 15 years and is best suited to active owners due to his high energy and love of being active.

Here is the Gollie at a Glance
Other Names Golden Collie
Average height Up to 24 inches
Average weight 50 to 75 pounds
Coat type Harsh, short to long
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Daily to keep up with the shedding
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Very good to excellent
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Excellent
Good with other Pets? Very good, early socialization is a good idea too
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Moderate
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Excellent
Exercise Needs Very active – he will need a lot of exercise
Tendency to get Fat Moderate
Major Health Concerns OCD, Von Willebrand’s, bloat, cancer,, hypothyroidism, cancer, drug sensitivity
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, collie nose
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 – $700
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 – $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $920 – $1050

Where does the Gollie come from?

The Gollie is a designer or hybrid dog part of a growing number of mixed dogs given cute blended names in the last 20 years. Most hybrids have been bred in American where the popularity for these dogs started and the Gollie may be a part of that. But nothing is really known about who first deliberately bred this dog and then named him. Designer dogs do not really have origins or history to tell to give you a sense of the type of dog they are. To understand the Gollie it is best to look at the parents, the Golden Retriever and the Collie.

The Collie

The Collie is from Scotland around the Highlands and her name comes from either the Anglo-Saxon word meaning black or the black-faced sheep called colley that she would guard. Back then the Collies were more like Border Collies we know today and were black and great herders. Queen Victoria when visiting Scotland saw them and loved them and brought some back with her and the Collie became popular. In 1879 the first one came to America.

The Collie is now a great family dog, gentle, friendly and sweet. She is great with kids and protective of them. She loves to play too and she is very clever and loyal. These temperaments can be brought out further with early socialization and training.

The Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever was bred in Scotland to be a attentive, talented and loyal retriever who would also be a great family dog. He was specifically bred to be calm and even tempered when in the the home. Lord Tweedmouth the one who bred him specifically chose yellow dogs to work with. In 1911 the breed was recognized by the Kennel Club as Retriever – yellow or golden. It was in 1920 when the name was officially made Golden Retriever.

This dog is the second most popular dog in America and for good reason. He is still gentle and calm in nature and is utterly devoted to his owner and family. He is intelligent and sweet and loves people. He loves training, classes and other such activities. He is great with children though when he is being boisterous he may knock over the toddlers accidentally.


The Gollie is affectionate, intelligent and great with people. He has a loveable cheerful and attentive disposition and is gentle and naturally inclined to be obedient. He is also playful and fun loving and active. He is alert and can be a good watchdog. He will be very loyal and responsive but because he is such a pack dog he is not good being left for a long time on his own.

What does a Gollie look like

He is a large dog up to 24 inches tall and 50 to 75 pounds in weight. He has a harsh or rough coat that can range from short to long in length as it can be like either the Collie’s or the Golden Retriever’s. Colors range from black, tan, golden, cream, tricolor, yellow and white. His muzzle is narrow, he has almond shaped eyes and his ears become erect when excited but otherwise droop.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Gollie need to be?

He is a very active dog and will need lots of exercise each day to keep healthy and content. The best owners will be active themselves and happy to take regular brisk walks, let him join in runs or jogs, go to the dog park and play with him. He will also need mental challenges as boredom can lead to poor behavior and chasing small animals and even cars.

Does he train quickly?

He is easy to train and he will enjoy it too. He usually listens well to commands and is keen to please his owner. As he is also intelligent he will mostly likely train quicker than many dogs needing less repetitions. Early socialization and training are important as he is a chaser otherwise. Keep your tone firm, be consistent and use positive methods such as praise and reward.

Living with a Gollie

How much grooming is needed?

The Gollie has moderate grooming needs and will shed regularly so you will need to clean up with a good vacuum. He is also a seasonal shedder so he will shed more in the Spring and Fall. Brush once a day to help remove dead hair and control what is left on your clothes or your furnishings. He will need a bath as and when he needs it, his ears wiped clean and checked once a week, his teeth brushed at least three times a week and his nails clipped. Nails can be clipped by a professional groomer if you are not familiar with it as dog nails have nerves in the lower part so care needs to be taken.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is a great dog with kids, he can be gentle but also playful, he is affectionate and protective. Early socialization and training will ensure he is at his best and will stop him being accepted to chase any small pets. Make sure the children know not to tug on tails and ears and not to tease the dog.

General information

The Gollie is a great watchdog and will ark to alert you of intruders. He will need to be fed high quality dry dog food. As he can lean towards obesity if allowed to overeat try to make sure he just gets 21/2 to 3 cups a day divided into two meals. He is an occasional barker and is best in a home with a yard, though he can adapt to an apartment as he is calm when indoors, he will need to be exercised each day.

Health Concerns

Any puppy could inherit health conditions their parents are prone to and unfortunately the Collie and the Golden Retriever are both prone to some serious health problems. These include OCD, Von Willebrand’s, bloat, cancer,, hypothyroidism, cancer, drug sensitivity, joint dysplasia, eye problems, allergies and collie nose.

Costs involved in owning a Gollie

A Gollie puppy is worth around $300 to $700 though this can fluctuate according to trend, location, how reputable the breeder is and so on. You should have the puppy checked over by a vet, he will run blood tests, deworm him, vaccinate him if needed, put in a micro chip and neuter him. You will also need to get a collar and leash and a create. This comes to $460 – $550. Each year you will need to budget for medical costs such as vaccinations, check ups, flea prevention and health insurance. This comes to $485 – $600. You will also need to cover non-medical costs such as long hair grooming, training, a license, food, treats and toys coming to $920 – $1050.


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He is a great dog, responsive and smart, affectionate and loyal. He can adapt to apartment living if he has to, as long as you still get him outside every day. He is adaptable to most climates too. Give him your love, train him and take him out every day and he will adore you in return.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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