Dog of the Day: Cooper the Border Collie/Flat Coated Retriever Mix

Sorry for the late post. Trying to get rid of a head cold. Ugh.

Haven’t run into any flat-coat mixes before. He almost looks like a pure border collie, but he doesn’t quite have that ridiculous ‘eyes boring into your soul’ intensity that a pure border collie tends to have. His dad says he’s calmer than a pure border collie, too, which is funny: flat coats tend to be a bit hyper and puppyish, and border collies are energetic, active, and can end up neurotic if they don’t get enough mental (and physical) exercise. And the combination is calmer than either one alone? Don’t look at me, I’m not Mendel.

He lives less than two blocks from my house, and I’ve been taking pictures for almost a year and a half now, and I’d never seen him yet. There are a lot of dogs in San Francisco.

(Edit: Added the pup’s name. For more info about him, check out the comment from his dad, in the comments section.)

Border Collie/Flat Coat Retriever Mix

This guy came from a border collie rescue, but you couldn't tell it by his attitude.

Border Collie/Flat Coat Retriever Mix

From the side, he looks like he's just black with tan socks, but he has that white chest and belly hidden away.

Flat Coat Retriever/Border Collie Mix

The famous 'baroo' puppy head tilt! He clearly doesn't quite know what to make of me.

Half Flat Coat Retriever, Half Border Collie

Dogs do such goofy things with their tongues. I should make that a tag: dogs doing goofy things with their tongues.

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4 Responses to Dog of the Day: Cooper the Border Collie/Flat Coated Retriever Mix

  1. John Wong says:

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for the post. That’s my dog, Cooper. He has his moments, that’s why I run him every morning at Chrissy Field for an hour. He came to us as a 3 month old pup via Border Collie Rescue of Northern California. For those who can run their dogs, please check out the other border collie rescues available.


  2. Wow, what a handsome dog. Great face, really interesting coloring, and nice light eyes with lots of emotion.

  3. Bonnie Donald says:

    This is so cool! I adopted my Zach from the Southern Oregon Humane Society at the beginning of December of 2010. He had just arrived from a shelter in Tehema County in Northern California and the only information they gave about him is a birth date of 11/27/09. Even though they billed Zach as a shepherd mix, I knew he had to be part Border Collie & couldn’t figure out what he might be mixed with. I decided to look for photos of black BCs with brown feet on the Internet and found you. I think my dog Zach & Cooper look enough alike to be brothers and would love to find out if they are related, so hope his dad, John, sees this and responds. (I can’t figure out how to attach pictures of him, though.) Fortunately, I don’t have to find somewhere to run him for an hour a day. I have 9+ acres, and his favorite game/love/obsession is my horses. He will spend hours just staring at them, then sneaking up with the slinky herding creep, and finally charging to see if he get then to run so he can herd them.

    • Adam Lang says:

      Awesome! I’ll drop John a quick ping and let him know you’re interested. And yes, Cooper is murder to photograph (black fur is the bane of my existence) but he’s an absolutely gorgeous dog.

      As for posting pictures, there are two ways: if you just want to put up a few pictures, you can upload them to here: And then just leave a link in a comment here, and people will be able to click the link and go to them.

      Alternately, if you have a few good pictures of him, feel free to submit them to me, at “alang” at this blog (which is to say, “”), and I’ll post them sometime, in a ‘dogs out of SF’ post.

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