Border Collie or Australian Shepherd?

Who is More Intelligent?  Border Collie or Australian Shepherd?

Australian Shepherd or Border Collie? Tough question. Probably impossible to answer. Because there are so many variables, including lineage, training, and environment, it’s tough to compare.

I do know one thing, they can both be smart as a whip! But smart doesn’t always mean easy. They can be “bad” smart just as easy as “good” smart.

Australian Shepherd
Good smart
Australian Shepherd
Bad smart

Dog Training Course – Do They Help?

I am lucky – now! Our first six months with Kash the Dog, our Border Collie and Australian Shepherd mix furbaby, was going down the path of uncontrollable bad behavior. Luckily I had invested in an online dog training course that helped tremendously.

With consistent work at training the dog everyday, all day, finally paid off in a big way. At six months, long after when normal people would have probably given him back to the rescue organization, he flipped a switch and became a lover dog!

Now if you have read this blog from the beginning you all know this story. But what I am saying now, is all that information and action steps I took from the dog training course I invested in, certainly paid off in a huge way!

Let me tell you the story.

We went for our usual walk in the woods, taking the trail I take in the morning. But this particular morning, Kash stopped sideways blocking the trail. I could see in eyes and action that he was trying to tell me something.

Australian Shepherd
Smart “life saver” Australian Shepherd

He would not let me push past him. He kept looking down the trail so I thought it was maybe coyotes. We stood there a minute until I gave in and turned around. We walked about 20 steps and CRACK! A tree crashed down across the trail! And then a second one fell!

Now how did this Australian Shepherd that we almost gave up on, know that those trees were going to fall, right where we were going to walk? The weird thing was, there was slight to no wind at all that morning! Maybe saved my life!

Well that’s my story. Who cares what breed is the “smartest”, because for sure, your dog is the best dog ever!

My Border Collie and Australian Shepherd dog does come from two intelligent breeds, both in the top ten. But Kash the Dog is smart, lovable, brave, loyal, and trainable, all good traits.


Pet your dog and hug him.

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie mix
Thomas & Kash the Dog 




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