Bordoodles (Border Collie and Poodle mix)What is a Bordoodle? Bordoodle is a new designer dog created from cross-breeding two purebred dogs the Poodle and the Border Collie. Intelligent, affectionate, playful and friendly these dogs have inherited the best character traits from both their parents.
Bordoodles can sometimes be referred to as the Borpoo, Boderpoo, Borderdoodle or the Border Poodle. They make excellent family dogs as they are friendly, lovely and like companionship, at times they can be very protective of their families. These canines are also very tolerant of people ranging from very young to very old. Since the Bordoodle is a very intelligent dog, owners are advised to start training them as puppies from a very tender age. If proper socialization and behavioral training classes are not started early, the dog may exhibit stubborn traits, which eventually will result in destruction. Training will give you an ultimate and well-behaved family dog.
Bordoodle Life ExpectancyWhat is the lifespan of Bordoodle? Bordoodles live long and healthy lives, it's not uncommon to see a Bordoodle living up to the age of 18 years, but the average age of Bordoodles is commonly 15 years. The earliest a Bordoodle can pass away as about 12 years. In general, they tend to live healthy lives and are not prone to developing ailments.
Bordoodle SizeBordoodles are a medium-sized breed. Full-grown Bordoodles weigh between 30 to 60 pounds and have a height of about 15 to 22 inches. Their size makes them easy to transport and handle, they are also known for their capability in sports.
Bordoodle TemperamentThe Bordoodle exhibits the best character traits of its parents, the Poodle and the Border Collie which are both great canine breeds. The Border Collie adds work ethic, focus, attention span, and control in order to balance out the praise driven and the bubbly Poodle. On the other hand, the Poodle dulls down the energy level, shedding coat, herding instinct of the Border Collie and adds its own traits such as friendliness, food motivation, non-shedding coat and a joyful personality. These pups are highly sociable, friendly and will rarely display any aggression.
Bordoodles are highly intelligent, protective and loyal. They will safely guard their family and be wary of strangers until they are sure that they are trustworthy and safe. They get along well with children who know how to handle animals and will also make perfect playmates. Bordoodles also enjoy participating in the family's daily activities and routines. They have a generally quite reserved temperament. If they are not well trained, they will develop a sense of entitlement which will cause them to be disobedient in their adult life. Their personality is warm and loving and will always enjoy playing outside with family members and protecting them as well. Be aware that they take well to training due to their intelligence and enjoy tasks that stimulate their mind. If the dog is not well trained it will result in destructive behaviors, also avoid leaving him alone for long sessions. Their nature is to please their owners, disappointing them is not something they take pleasure in. While training them you will realize that they pick a trick twice as fast as the other dogs, thus you will not have to ply them in every step with either treats or rewards.
Are Bordoodle dogs suitable for families with children?
Children and Bordoodles are a perfect mix, provided that the dog and the children have been trained on how to socialize at a very tender age. Considering that puppies are very fragile, small kids can injure them so they need to be well trained. But generally, the Bordoodle is the ideal family dog.
In regard to other pets Bordoodles do generally well, but be keen to supervise the first interactions and set some boundaries. If you really need good results, socialize Bordoodle pup early and be sure to offer rewards for any good behavior shown.
How much exercise do Bordoodle dogs require?
Bordoodle Exercise and activity levels
A Bordoodle is a very active breed and requires a considerable amount of exercise in order to thrive. Border Collie and Poodle mix dog can be taken out for walks several times daily. Border Collie Poodle mix dog needs exercise that will provide valuable mental and physical stimulation. Since Border Collie Poodle cross dog is a very clever dog courtesy of his canine parents, he will be happy to solve puzzles, play with interactive dog toys and and do any other activity given by his handler.
Avoid leaving him alone for long hours since that can result in developing bad habits such as digging, barking and destructiveness around the home. Activities such as agility can offer both physical and mental exercises that Bordoodles really need to thrive. Bordoodles enjoy dashing over hurdles and through tunnels, but equally, they value achievements obtained as a team with their owners.
Caring for a Bordoodle
Owners are advised to take their dogs for regular routine vet checkups. This will ensure that any ailment is detected early and treated. The vets can, however, recommend a care routine that will help keep your dog healthy. Bordoodles have medium energy levels and also require some daily exercise. Taking him for walks that round up to about 45 minutes each day will help your dog stay healthy and happy. To keep the Border Collie Poodle mix dog alert, some obedience tasks should be incorporated during the exercises.
Luckily, people living in apartments can also keep these lovely dogs since they adapt easily to such environments. To keep your dogs' teeth healthy, brush his teeth on a daily basis or a few times a week. If you are not sure about canine teeth brushing, consult your dogs' vet for more advice. Trim his nails regularly and don't forget to check his ears for any debris and clean them as directed by the vet.
As with all other dogs, Bordoodles too require a well balanced and healthy diet, so as to stay in optimal shape and thrive in all aspects. High-quality dry dog food which has all essential nutrients is recommended for Bordoodles. It's important to choose the right type of food you offer your dog if you need to reap the benefits.
Avoid cheap brands of foods that have harmful additives and kibble full of fillers. Go Kibble that has high-grade ingredients that are natural so as to keep your dog healthy. Keep in mind that the kibble you choose should also be appropriate for your dog's age that is; puppy, adult or a senior his size and activity levels as well.
Feed you Bordoodle with 2 1/2 to 3 cups of dry food on a daily basis. However, do split this meal into two portions per day. This will not only make the dog not snaffle down the meal in seconds, but also improve the digestive system.
Bordoodle AppearanceBordoodles have long silky and soft wavy coats; the Poodles' extravagant curls and a tactile blend of the Border Collies silkiness. He comes in a variety of colors that resembles the Poodles which include tricolor merle, red and white, tri-color, blue or grey, black and white, golden, cream, salt, and pepper or chocolate.
Poodles and Border Collies are known to have long snouts, so this dog will definitely have a long nose and well-proportioned skull. They also have long appealing drop ears as well as waggy tails which should not be docked. Border Collie Poodle mix dogs have almond-shaped eyes which reflect their intelligence and a medium to long muzzle. Generally, their bodies are well proportioned befitting those of the parents. Bordoodles have large paws which they get from Border Collie parent which allows them to transverse large terrains Bordoodles take after the Border collies' mentality and attitude as well as the Poodles' body shape. However, they have short legs than those of their Poodles' parents, making them lower to the ground. This allows Bordoodle dogs to be quick and agile but decreases their long-distance speed.
Since Bordoodles are across Poodles and Border Collies they qualify as first-generation designer dogs. The way they inherit traits from their parent is quite unpredictable and could inherit more of one parent than the other. They are made common for two major reasons, first, they are generation dogs which makes them healthiest and second they capture what all designer dogs are about: unique, and tend to inherit some of the best traits from either of its parents.
In other instances, owners prefer just simple mixes that have lesser or bigger percentages of one breed in the mix. This will lead to generational breeding or crossing Bordoodles with Border Collies, unrelated Poodles or other Bordoodles. In the end, the multi-generational Bordoodle created will either favor one breed in terms of appearance and looks or gain more standardized traits.
Origin of Bordoodle
Like all other designer dogs, there isn't much information about the individuals' origin breed. The trend of mixing pure breeds has existed since the late 1980s. It's possible that the Poodle and the Border Collie breeds had been mixed even before the Bordoodle came to be, but no one knows the exact time when that happened. Some breeders believe that the Bordoodle originated from the United States the same as with all other hybrid dogs in the last twenty years. Despite the fact that it's not known when or where the breed began, doesn't mean that the reason for its coming to be isn't known. It's obvious that breeders decided to cross the Poodle and the Border Collie due to their high intelligence level. The expectation was to get an offspring that has a high intelligence level with a lovable nature and a potential low shedding coat.
Bordoodle breed history
The Bordoodle is created from crossing two purebred dogs the Border Collie with a Poodle. These dogs will, however, inherit traits both physical and behavioral from their parents the Border Collie and the Poodle. Since they are still very new designer dogs, potential owners are advised to familiarize themselves with the parents of the Bordoodle since their puppies may have more characteristics leaning towards either of the parents.
The Poodle was originally bred in Germany as a hunting dog. They were used as retrievers and mostly hunters' companions whereby they would help flush out ducks and other small birds. Poodles have watertight furs that make it easy for them to transverse mucky wet swamps and lakes and prevents them from cold. Eventually, they were brought over to France where they have gained popularity and resulted to be more of companion dogs.
The Border Collie originated from Britain in a county that bordered Scotland and was used to herd sheep. His name Border comes from the border where he originated and Collie is a Scottish word that meant sheepdog. The dog is known to be very hardworking and still can make a good family companion. Border Collies, however, don't like being left alone with no tasks to do, otherwise, they can be destructive. So, owners are advised to always keep them busy.
After crossing these two breeds you get a Bordoodle which mostly has the body of the Poodles with the friendly mannerism and intelligence of the Border Collie. Bordoodles are not recognized by the American Kennel Club since they are Hybrid breeds. There are other institutions that recognize Bordoodles such as the International Designer Canine Registry, The Dog Registry of America, The Designer Dogs Kennel Club, The Designer Breed Registry and the American Canine Hybrid Club.
How to groom a Bordoodle dog?Bordoodles have a range of coat patterns and colors, normally they incorporate a mix of white, black, brown and grey. The coat is between medium and long when it comes to length and mostly described as soft to the touch and wavy. In most cases you will spot Bordoodles with dark grey and white coat, this is because they inherit it from the Border Collie parent. However, if the dog inherits more genes from the Poodle parent you will spot them with the brindle or golden coats.
Bordoodles don't shed much and so brushing them once or twice a week should be okay to keep the coat soft and smooth. It will also be necessary to bathe the Bordoodle once he gets dirty.
Grooming the Bordoodles fur can be a bit challenging due to its long and thick wavy texture. Use a brush that is meant for thicker hair and it will be easier to brush it while wet. This should be fun since Bordoodles love getting wet and will not mind being sprayed by a hose.
Bordoodles adapt easily to climate but when it gets cold to make sure to provide a suitable dog coat. During hot seasons Bordoodles will enjoy being under a shade and other water activities.
Although Border Collies are not hypoallergenic the Poodles are, which means that the Bordoodles will shed a coat that can be hypoallergenic.
Here are some tips on grooming the Bordoodles specific areas.
How to groom Bordoodle face and eyes
Cut the coat diagonally above his eyes, while leaving the eyelashes long. Be sure to blend a line into ear length using scissors. Again, cut the coat around the nose and under the eyes.
How to groom Bordoodle ears
Gently cut under the side of the ear up to the ear leather. Remember to leave the ear front longer while blending it with a bang length.
How to groom Bordoodle head
On top of the Bordoodles head let it remain longer to slightly merge into the middle and gradually blend into the ears' length.
How to groom Bordoodle body
When it comes to the body it's about preference one can choose to trim it to about 3/4 - 3 inches.
How to groom Bordoodle feet
Leave the legs and feet the same length as that of the body. Round gently the fur on the bottom feet, removing any coat from touching the floor.
Grooming a Bordoodle video
Bordoodle trainingHow to train a Bordoodle? Training intelligent dogs can be fun, so is the case with Bordoodles. Bearing the fact that they like to please their owners, they will not be a hard nut to crack when it comes to training. They have the eagerness to learn and will learn really quickly. Maintain a firm but positive tone while offering some rewards and praises.
It is advisable for owners to focus on positive reinforcement training because harshness will definitely not work. Since Bordoodles are friendly dogs, you will find them easier to train than all other dogs you have come across.
After a few repetitions, the dog will be ready to pick the commands and reciprocate. To attain better results start socializing your dog while still in the puppyhood stage, otherwise, it will be harder to train him out of bad habits at an older stage.
Bordoodles puppies are small and very fragile. They demand extra care and gentleness so as not to get hurt. If your puppy will be around your children make sure they can handle the puppy correctly. They will do better with other kids and pets once socialization training starts at that early stage. They will also know how to behave in the house as well as how to walk in a leash.
Bordoodle Potty Training
Bordoodles are very intelligent pups, and more so when they are well trained. Potty training them should never be an issue since they like pleasing their owners. Once pooch gets home, select a specific spot where your Bordoodle will be eliminating. Take your dog to this potty area after every one or two hours to relieve.
Be observant: Be observant for signs that show he wants to eliminate, that's after eating or sleeping. He will either snuggle around one area or scratch down in circles. Take him outside to the designated area where you intend to be his elimination area, after 30-45 minutes. If you intend to train your Bordoodle to use an indoor dog toilet, take the dog there when he or she displays potty readiness.
Offer praises and rewards: After your dog has eliminated correctly offer him some rewards such as toys, or take him for a walk. Also, include some good words such as good potty when this is repeated several, he will associate it with that act.
In case of accidents: Do not yell harshly to the dog, instead you can say "No!" a word that will interrupt him and then take him out to finish the business. If you practice these simple potty training steps on your Bordoodle, he will never give you any hard moments, remember he grasps commands much faster than most other dogs.
Owning a Bordoodle pros and cons
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Grooming Your Doodle
Regardless of the kind of doodle you have chosen; labradoodle, goldendoodle, borderdoodle or aussiedoodle, double doodle, you’ll eventually have questions about grooming. How often should I bathe my dog? What kinds of grooming tools do I need? How difficult is this going to be to keep up? Should I use a professional groomer?
Honestly, the time and upkeep it takes are going to vary greatly depending on your doodle’s coat. As we all know doodle coat types can vary widely with everything from a flat coat, like a lab, to a wool poodle coat.
Don’t worry, if you’re well prepared, taking care of your doodle’s coat is actually pretty easy. So, let’s talk about the different types of coats and what you’ll need to brush and maintain them.
First, we have flat coats
These are the doodles who have inherited the lab type coat. Short, shiny, and by far the least maintenance required. All you really need to keep a flat coat in good shape is a curry comb! They are great for catching the shed hairs, and there WILL be some shedding with a flat coat. The good news is you can get away with a weekly once over with the curry comb and you don’t have matting to worry about! As an added bonus, a once monthly bath should be about all you need unless your dog seeks out mud like mine do.
Second are the hair coats.
These dogs typically have a straight to wavy coat with a shaggy appearance. They are still very easy to get a brush through and we would recommend either a wire brush or a comb, maybe both depending on what your dog prefers. Brushing should be done daily with this coat to prevent tangles or matts. That may sound excessive, but honestly, if you’re doing it daily it won’t take long and your dog will thank you for it. We suggest you try to make it a positive experience. Invite your dog to come sit with you for “lap time” and give him a thorough brushing while he soaks up some of that attention all doodles seem to love. The daily brushing should be accompanied by a sanitary trim every 6-8 weeks as well. This means you’ll trim the face, feet and rear end. If you’re comfortable doing this and your pooch trusts you with scissors, you can easily get this taken care of at home and save yourself some grooming costs. A monthly bath should suffice with a hair coated dog as well.
Next we have the coveted fleece coat.
These guys are very popular for their soft wavy to curly coats, their allergy friendliness and their low to no shed quality. Fleece coated dogs should still be fairly easy to brush and brushing should still be done daily with these guys. In addition to a wire brush or wide toothed comb, you may want to invest in a matt breaker comb like the Furminator Furflex to reach down into the undercoat these dogs have. These curved combs use stainless steel blades to cut through any matts without all the pulling and discomfort for your dog. They are perfectly safe and have saved me and Luna many hours of brushing over the years. If you are keeping up on your daily brushing, you shouldn’t have to use it often. With a fleece coated dog you can bathe every two weeks. Just make sure you are using a gentle, moisturizing shampoo.
Last, but definitely not least, we have the wool coats.
These dogs have coats like a poodle. Curly, allergy friendly and requiring the most maintenance. You’ll either want to invest in a good quality clipper and learn some basic haircuts yourself, or you’ll need to schedule regular grooming appointments every 6-8 weeks depending on how long you like your dog’s coat. They have a dense undercoat and wiry outer coat that will continue to grow until it is cut. Any shed hair, yes poodles do in fact shed hair just like we shed some hairs, is caught in the wiry outer coat and needs to be brushed out to prevent matting. There are specific brushes to help remove loose hair, detangle any matts or knots and remove any debris from the coat. My Rocco tends to love to lie under the pine tree and comes inside with everything from pine needles to sticks stuck in his coat from time to time.
- A slicker brush will help you remove any small matts and detangle knots. Start at the tip of the hair and work your way to the base without letting the bristles touch the dog’s skin. Never pull or yank on a matt. Just use gentle pressure to try to work the matt out. Larger matts may require a matt breaker or the help of a professional groomer.
- A pin brush will help you remove loose hairs. In most cases, a poodle’s coat actually does shed but the hair does not fall to the ground. Frequent brushing with this type of brush will help to prevent matting and is useful for the ears and topknot or any other areas you allow to grow long.
- A rake brush/ matt breaker allows you to reach into your dog’s thick coat and remove dead hair from the undercoat located near the skin. It resembles the look of a razor and only requires minimal pressure. Use it gently to avoid scratching the dog’s skin.
- A metal comb is useful for finding tangles. When you find them, brush through the tangles with a slicker or pin brush.
Your furry friend’s first haircut should happen between 8 and 12 weeks of age and should usually be a simple sanitary cut. This means you or the groomer will trim the face, the feet and the rear to prevent matting. If you decide to attempt grooming with a clipper on your own, make sure you do so slowly. You might have the sweetest natured doodle there is but those scary, vibrating clippers with their weird noise may turn your otherwise docile baby into a frightened mess.
Scared dogs don’t always react the way we expect and your safety as well as your pups is important. Make sure your dog trusts you and is not overly nervous about the sound of the clippers before you attempt a haircut. If your dog gets nippy or too wiggly it may be best to get help from a professional groomer. They are awesome at their jobs and will make your pup look adorable!
- Height: 15-22 inches
- Weight: 30-60 lb
- Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Group: not applicable
- Best Suited For: Singles, seniors, and families with children and other pets, living in a house or apartment, with or without a yard
- Temperament: Friendly, pleasant, social, loving, loyal, and protective
- Comparable Breeds: Border Collie, Poodle
Also known as the Borpoo, Borderdoodle, Borderpoo, and Border Poodle, the Bordoodle is a fantastic family dog. These canines are affectionate, intelligent, and protective, so if you are in search of a best friend that will always be at your side, this breed could be your best match. These dogs bond with their humans hard and fast. You’ll never feel alone with a bordoodle. This pup is a friend for life.
However, before bringing a Bordoodle into your family, though, you really should get to know the breed a little better. That’s where Pet Guide comes in. We’ve done the research and are prepared to provide you with everything that you need to know about the Bordoodle before committing to adding one to your family. The helpful information below will allow you to decide if this adorable pooch will love being a part of your family. So keep your eyes glued to this page and scroll away to discover everything worth knowing about the Bordoodle.
The Bordoodle is a cross between a purebred Border Collie and Poodle.
When it comes to designer dogs, there’s not much information on the origin of the individual breeds. Unfortunately, no particularly accurate history has been documented as these dogs have exploded in popularity. All we know is that the trend of crossbreeding purebreds peaked in the late 1980s with the first litter of Labradoodle. However, there have always been mixed breed dogs, even without names to label them (they just weren’t bred deliberately at that time, they were all happy accidents). This further complicates things for people who want to find out the history of a designer dog breed. For instance, there may have been Border Collie and Poodle mixes before the Bordoodle came to be, but the moment this mix was developed intentionally is the moment that ‘counts’.
Since there are no breeders to step out and claim that this hybrid breed was a result of their initiative, there is no way to know when that moment happened for the Bordoodle. The best guess anyone can have is that the Bordoodle had its start in the United States, sometime in the last 20 years- the same as most other hybrids. We may never know when the Bordoodle was officially named, but we will forever feel grateful that it happened.
Of course, just because we don’t know when or where the breed was created, it doesn’t mean that the reasons for its development are unclear. It’s easy to see why breeders decided to cross a Border Collie with a Poodle. Both are considered to be the among the most intelligent dogs in the world, and the hope was that their offspring would also be highly intelligent, with a friendly nature and potentially low-shedding coat. To say breeders succeeded in this goal would be an understatement.
The Bordoodle is a cross between a purebred Border Collie and Poodle. Like all designer dogs, this is primarily a first generation mix. This results in litters that have 50-50 percent genes from both of the parental breeds (rather than, say, 25 percent of the Poodle and the rest from the Border Collie). While this type of crossbreeding produces varying results, it’s the most common one for two reasons. First, many believe that first generation mix dogs are the healthiest. Second, this type of crossbreeding captures the essence of what designer dogs are about: each dog is unique, but all tend to inherit the best of both worlds. Every Bordoodle puppy will be a slightly different mix than the others, even amongst pups from the same litter.
Of course, there are also those who prefer uniformity or simply want a dog that has a lager or lesser percentage of one breed in the mix. This leads to multigenerational breeding- or breeding Bordoodles with unrelated Poodles, Border Collies, or other Bordoodles. As a result, the multigenerational Bordoodles might significantly favor one of the breeds in terms of look and appearance, or have more standardized traits. So, if you’re looking for more predictability in your designer dogs, it might be worth tracking down a second generation mix over a first generation one.
Bordoodles are affectionate, intelligent, and protective.
Food / Diet
Bordoodles are not that different from most other breeds when it comes to their dietary preferences. They also need a healthy, well-balanced diet to thrive and stay in optimal shape. Usually, high-quality dry food for dogs will give your pet all the essential nutrients they require. However, it’s important to choose the right type to reap the benefits. Avoid cheap brands that produce kibble full of fillers and harmful additives. Instead, opt for those that are made with natural, high-grade ingredients. Additionally, the kibble you pick should be appropriate for your Bordoodle’s age (puppy, adult, senior), size and activity level.
You can feed your dog roughly 2½ to 3 cups of dry food every day, but split this amount into at least two meals. This will prevent them from snarfing down their daily dose of food in seconds and promote better digestion.
If you are ever worried about establishing or altering your dog’s diet, then it is always worth consulting with a veterinarian. While most pet food manufacturers and pet blogs provide useful feeding guidelines, they should still be treated as guidelines and not gospel. All dogs are different after all and often have different dietary needs. Only your vet is qualified to determine the specific needs of your personal pup. So always consult with a veterinarian before making any significant changes to what goes in your pup’s mouth.
Because Bordoodles are so intelligent, they are a pleasure to work with when it comes to training. They will want to learn, and they will learn quickly. Use a firm but positive tone, and use plenty of praise and rewards while training this enthusiastic pooch. It’s always important to focus on positive reinforcement and reward-based encouragement during training. Anything less is close to abuse than training. Fortunately, Bordoodles are such friendly animals and have such a strong desire to please their owners that training should be quite easy and even rather fun (which certainly can’t be said about most dog training scenarios).
These dogs want to please their owners, so they are more inclined to obey commands with fewer repetitions. This is especially true if you begin training and socializing your dog starting in puppyhood. Always start training and socialization as early as possible for the best results. It’s important not to waste those early an impressionable days in your pup’s life. Otherwise training can be quite difficult, if not impossible.
A medium-sized breed, the Bordoodle weighs between 30 and 60 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
The Bordoodle is a popular breed because it exhibits the best qualities of the Poodle and the Border Collie, which are both wonderful canine breeds. These dogs tend to have friendly, social personalities, and they will rarely display aggression. Bordoodles are also highly intelligent, loyal, and protective. They will guard their family and be leery of strangers until they know that they are safe and trustworthy. If you have children or other pets, the Bordoodle with get along with them just fine, and these dogs make fantastic playmates for kids who know how to be gentle with animals. All-in-all, this is an incredibly sweet and lovable pooch that anyone want to have in their lives.
Common Health Problems
Because the Bordoodle is a hybrid dog breed, it could be susceptible to the health conditions that commonly affect its parent breeds. There is no guarantee, however, that your dog will end up with any of those conditions. Many times, hybrid dogs are quite healthy, thanks to their genetic diversity. Plus, it is impossible to determine what an individual dog’s health will be over the course of his lifetime.
Some of the common health concerns that are associated with the Bordoodle’s parent breeds are progressive retinal atrophy, allergies, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia. As always, it’s important to maintain regularly scheduled check ups with a vet (especially as your dog ages) to ensure that any health issues are identified and treated as quickly as possible.
The Bordoodle has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Bordoodles only require moderate amounts of activity, and they can be content with entertaining themselves indoors if you provide them with toys. Scheduling just 30 minutes of activity and exercise for your dog each day will suffice. So, these aren’t particularly taxing pets as far as exercise is concerned.
These dogs are good matches for owners who are busy or work late hours. However, they do need to go for a walk or jog in order to get exercise outside. And if you have a safe, enclosed backyard, you can let your Bordoodle run around and play when the weather is appropriate. So, that’s an option as well.
The Bordoodle makes a fantastic playmate for kids who know how to be gentle with animals.
The Bordoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
The Bordoodle features a soft, wavy, and long coat, but grooming requirements are low to moderate because it doesn’t shed much at all. Even though the Border Collie is not a hypoallergenic breed, the Poodle is, so a Bordoodle will have a low shedding coat that can be hypoallergenic. You should brush your dog’s coat one or two times a week in order to keep it soft and smooth. Bathing your dog will only be necessary when he gets dirty.
Because the Bordoodle is a dog of medium size, the puppies will be small and will require care and a gentle touch to ensure that they do not get hurt. If your Bordoodle puppy will be around your kids, make sure they know how to handle the puppy correctly. These are fragile little creatures that need to be handled with a gentle touch. So be careful about leaving them alone with children too young to be sensitive with your pup.
Bordoodle puppies should be socialized properly so that they will get along with adults, children, and other pets. Training your puppy as soon as possible will also ensure that he learns the rules of the house, as well as how to walk on a leash. It’s so important not to waste those early and impressionable puppy days. That’s when the most effective training takes place. So while you will want to spend as much time as possible snuggling and playing with your little puppy, make sure to sneak in some training time every day as well. It’ll pay off in the long run.
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The Ins and Outs of Doodle Grooming
Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Bernedoodles, Aussiedoodles – oh my! The list of quirky names for these dogs goes on and on. Simply put, a Doodle is a cross between a Poodle and another dog breed. Doodles vary in size, shape, color, and coat texture, all depending on their mix.
Because Doodles are a relatively new breed of dog (developed in the 1980s), there has not been enough time to develop predictable characteristics from the parents to pass down to their offspring. Most Doodles end up with one of two types of coats: wiry shedding coats that may have tight curls or a high maintenance soft curly type of coat that can be found in Poodles. It’s important to know what combination of hair types your Doodle has to properly maintain it’s coat and avoid matting!
Commonly Combined Hair Types
Poodle Hair Type: Harsh and curly
Similar to a Brillo pad texture, this is the classic Poodle coat type seen at dog shows. It’s easy to shape and style.
Poodle Hair Type: Soft and curly
Most often kept in cords (cultivated and well-maintained dreading done on purpose) for dog shows. This type of coat is relatively “non-shedding” in that their shed coat does not drop out of their coarse outer coat and end up on the floor. The shed hair is contained in the coat and requires constant brushing to keep it tangle and mat free.
Golden Retriever Hair Type: Double coated
Known as a double coat, they have a slightly coarser outer coat and soft undercoat used for insulation from cold and heat. This type of coat sheds moderately and constantly, typically with two heavy shedding times a year.
We’re using Golden Retrievers as the third most common hair type example, but Cocker Spaniels, Old English Sheepdogs, Black Russian Terriers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and others are also used to make a wide variety of Doodle mixes.
Matting is something we see regularly with Doodles no matter what type of coat the dog has. A tangle will form and new hair growth rises up to meet the existing tangle, tangling the hair even further and causing the hair to become matted. Mats can be very painful for your dog because they pull on the underlying skin and can lead to sores and skin infections.
Here’s an example of a very matted Doodle that the groomer had to shave. The photo above was taken mid-way through the matted shave. You can see in the lower right hand corner the hair was shaved to 1/2″ comfortably and carefully. The top portion of this Doodle’s coat had appeared to be brushed out, but you can see the main matting line just below the groomer’s thumb. This matting was so complete and even that it gave the impression of being the skin itself! Beneath the matting is the untangled new growth that is growing up into the existing mat. Below that you can see the blueish line of the dog’s actual skin.
The groomer carefully shaved the dog and removed the matted pelt. The top layer is entirely brushed out but under it is a layer of tight matting, so severe that this whole area came off in one piece! The hair is so tightly tangled that it created an illusion of skin and the owner was unaware that they were not actually brushing out completely.
Regular Grooming is Key
Matting can be avoided with proper and regular grooming maintenance. To help figure out your dog’s grooming needs, we recommend bringing in your dog to have its coat type evaluated by a groomer. The groomer can help guide you on what to expect and how often you should be getting a professional groom or brushing at home.
- For coats longer than 1-inch: professional grooming should be done every 2-4 weeks with daily brushing and checking with a comb at home.
- For coats shorter than 1-inch: professional grooming should be done every 6-8 weeks with 2-3 brushings at home per week.
- Line brushing is a relatively simple method of grooming that leaves a dog’s coat looking and feeling soft and full. It can be a time-consuming process, but consistently line-brushing your dog’s coat will help it remain healthy and free of debris, knots, and mats.
- Starting at a leg is the best way to understand line brushing. Put one hand on the wrist joint of your dog’s front leg and slide up until there is a clear line created of hair you are holding up and hair that has fallen down (this should just be the hair on the paw and below the your hand). Using a slicker brush, brush everything below your hand. When that area is brushed out, check your work for matting with a comb, if you find a tangle, switch back to your slicker and work the tangle out. Slide your hand up slightly to release more hair and repeat until the leg is finish. Repeat on all legs, then move to the body.
- Check and brush areas of high friction between grooms. These are often the ears, tail, throat latch, arm pits, collar line (where the collar sits), and where a harness would sit if your dog wears one. Use a slicker brush and greyhound comb for best results.
- If you’re having trouble keeping up with at home maintenance, our groomers would be be happy to get you on a schedule for a brush out at Furr every week to two weeks to keep a longer style.
Common Doodle Cuts
The Puppy Cut
Outside of show rings, “puppy cut” means one uniform length on the body, but does not specify the length itself. Most groomers will recommend somewhere between 1/2″ to 3/4″ to keep the dog slightly fuzzy, but eliminate a lot of the work at home for owners. This can be a relatively low maintenance groom, depending on length chosen.
Bladed Body, Fuller Leg
This is often times used to give the illusion of length, hide imperfections, or create a more sculpted appearance. A short length is used on the body itself and the legs are left longer.
Teddy Bear Head
This is an umbrella term for a commonly used type of head trim. It’s left slightly longer than the body to create some distinction and then rounded in. Ears can be left long or guard combed for less maintenance and a fluffier, more kept look. A round teddy bear head with shorter ears leaves a younger, puppy-like finish. A full teddy bear head with slightly neatened ears leaves a shaggier finish.
Tails can be one of the most highly matted areas. A squirrel tail is trimmed to one length leaving a fuzzy, bottle brush tail that requires much less at home maintenance. Nicknamed the squirrel tail, it’s usually left about 2-inches long and helps prevent matting.
- Doodles Do Not Shed
Doodles are mixes of two breeds that shed in different ways. Lots of Doodles only lose their undercoat into their top coat so you will not see hair all over your house, however this coat type is the type that will mat easily without brushing.
- Grooming Will Mess Up My Doodles Coat
Some Doodle owners think that the change in color or texture of their dog’s coat is somehow caused by the first groom, when actually it is just the adult coat that has been under the fluffy, different colored puppy coat the whole time. For many breeds and species, hair color and texture change throughout the creature’s entire life, even humans. Coat changes can be more difficult to predict with Doodles because they are a variety of mixes and don’t have decades of breeding in the past to observe and make predictions on. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are a great example of coats changing over time – They are born with a very dark coat and fade to the classic light wheaten color as they age.
- Doodles do not Need to be Groomed Until They are a Year Old
1. It’s best if dogs are introduced to grooming at an early age and we accept puppies after they’ve had their first few rounds of puppy booster vaccines. When it comes to grooming, Doodles have a highly demanding coat and will need more practice and introduction than most dogs.
2. Puppies go through a coat change somewhere between 6-12 months where they will shed their puppy coat entirely and grow in an adult coat. If there are not proper grooming practices already established, dogs can mat seemingly overnight. We don’t want your dog’s introduction to grooming to be a necessary shave down because they’re matted.
3. Grooming practices that start at a young age become a part of life, not something stressful or traumatic. It’s never too early to start a good grooming regimen at home. If you have questions on where to start, give us a call and we’ll be happy to share some tips!
- Doodles are Low Maintenance
Doodles have one of the most labor intensive coats when it comes to grooming. Other long established breeds, like Poodles, Golden Retrievers, and Old English Sheepdogs have coats that were bred into them over tens to hundreds of years, to serve a specific function. Doodles are bred as large companion animals. Popularity of soft coat texture Doodles has caused this coat type to be in higher demand and the most common texture found. This coat is hard to maintain at longer lengths and can mat easily. Matting is painful and cruel to brush out in most cases, so day-to-day maintenance is essential.
- Doodles are Hypoallergenic
No dog is truly hypoallergenic. Poodles, Bichon Frise, Maltese, Portuguese Water Dogs, Xoloitzcuintlis, Chinese Crested Dogs, and a few others are sometimes considered more hypoallergenic than other dogs. Dog allergies stem from dander (dead skin cells shed from the dog) and the amount of dander varies from dog to dog, even if they’re the same breed. On average, dogs found in these breeds shed less dander than other breeds. However, when you take a Poodle and breed it with a Golden Retriever, for example, there is now a higher chance that the offspring will shed more dander than the average Poodle. If the Poodle parent was a high dander shedder to begin with there is an even higher chance.
Bordoodle – Meet The Amazing Border Collie Poodle Mix
The Bordoodle dog is a cross between a purebred Border Collie and a purebred Poodle, also known as a Border Collie Poodle mix!
Every single Bordoodle is unique because it is impossible to guarantee the traits you’ll get in a mixed breed. But, Border Doodles are often highly intelligent, friendly, and active.
Quick Stats: Bordoodle
|Weight:||30 – 60 lbs|
|Height:||15 – 22 inches|
|Temperament:||Intelligent, playful, energetic. Find out more…|
|Coat:||Could have the curly fur of the Poodle or the straight double coat of the Border Collie.|
Common Bordoodle Questions
Follow the links to find out more!
Pros And Cons of Getting A Bordoodle
|Active||Needs lots of exercise|
|Intelligent and trainable||Prone to inherited health problems|
|Friendly||May have strong chase instincts|
|May be low shedding||May try to herd small children|
What Else Is In This Guide
Is a Bordoodle, also known as a Border Doodle, the right dog for you?
History and Original Purpose of the Bordoodle
The Bordoodle is quite a new mixed breed. They were bred as pet, or companion, dogs
Like many ‘designer dogs’ their exact origins are unclear. But we can learn a lot about these crosses from their parents’ histories.
Poodles were originally developed in Germany to work with hunters as retrieving water dogs.
The curly Poodle coat served a practical purpose in those early days, protecting the dogs from cold water.
In fact, the iconic Poodle haircut was first designed to protect certain areas of the body from the cold.
Border Collie History
A member of the herding group, the Border Collie was developed in Britain as a livestock herding dog in the rugged border counties of England and Scotland.
Border Collies are often referred to as one of the most intelligent dog breeds. They are keen and focused herders with a very strong work ethic!
The Origins of the Bordoodle
In recent years breeders have begun crossing the Border Collie and Poodle.
They hope to breed pups with the intelligence and distinctive coloration of the Border Collie, and the low shedding coat of the Poodle.
Fun Facts About Bordoodles
- Like most mixed breeds, the Bordoodle can have a huge variety of names. Some of the other popular names for this hybrid are the Borpoo, Borderdoodle, and Borderpoo!
- Because they are both clever and agile, Bordoodles are well suited to competitive sports like Agility and Flyball.
- The oldest Bordoodle ever may be alive right now! This mix has only been popular for around 10 years, so it’s likely that the longest lived Bordoodle is still with us.
The appearance of a mix breed dog is always unpredictable. They could look like either of their parent breeds, or anything in between.
Here’s our best guess at how big your Bordoodle could be, compared with their parents:
|Border Collie||Poodle (Standard)||Bordoodle|
|Size||Medium||Large||Medium to large|
|Height||18 – 22 inches||15+ inches||15 – 22 inches|
|Weight||30 – 55 lbs||40 – 50 lbs (female)|
60 – 70 lbs (male)
|30 – 60 lbs|
Today’s Poodle comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Most Borderdoodles are a mix between the Border Collie and the larger, standard Poodle.
Of course, any size Poodle can be used. If your Bordoodle has a mini or toy Poodle parent they are likely to be much smaller.
Bordoodle Coat and Eyes
Expect your Borderdoodle’s coat to be medium length with a curly or wavy texture.
A Border Collie Poodle mix will usually have brown eyes. Their coat can come in any combination of colors and patterns, including the classic black and white Border Collie markings.
Many potential owners are interested in Poodle crosses like the Bordoodle because they are concerned about grooming, shedding, and allergy issues.
Let’s look at the parent breeds now, to give us a better idea of what to expect.
Border Collie Coats
Border Collies can have a long or a short coat. Either way, they will have a soft dense undercoat that sheds heavily, seasonally. They also have a background level of daily shedding.
Rough-coated dogs may have longer fur with feathering on the legs, chest, and underside, Whereas smooth-coated Collies have shorter hair with only a small amount of feathering.
Border Collies with either coat length require once or twice weekly brushing with a slicker brush. Daily brushing may be needed during shedding season.
A Poodle’s coat is curly and dense. It is relatively high maintenance when not clipped short.
A Poodle wearing its full coat will require regular professional grooming, which is why many owners keep their coats trimmed.
Poodles do not have an undercoat like the Border Collie, which means they don’t have a heavy period of seasonal shedding.
Are Bordoodles Hypoallergenic?
Although Poodles have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, there are no guarantees with a Border Collie Poodle mix. In fact, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog.
All dogs have allergens in their fur, skin dander, and saliva – even Poodles! Some dog breeds just shed less than others.
Poodles do not shed often. In addition, their tightly curled coat will trap any hair or dander as it’s shed, which is why Poodles need frequent grooming.
However, as we know, the Border Collie sheds moderately all year round. And, their straight fur won’t catch shedding hair and dander.
So, if you have allergies, be sure to spend some time with a Bordoodle before getting one.
Like their appearance, your Bordoodle’s temperament can favor one parent breed over the other, or be a perfect mix.
But, either way, your dog will be intelligent, like both parent breeds.
In general, Border Collie Poodle mix dogs are also loving, playful, and energetic. So, they usually do well in active families with children.
Let’s take a closer look at the variety your puppy could inherit.
Poodles have been a favorite companion animal for many years. Even though they originally started as a hunting breed!
Poodles are active, proud, and intelligent dogs. This is true no matter their size.
Despite their smaller size, Miniature Poodles are just as energetic as Standard Poodles.
Border Collie Temperament
The Border Collie breed started life as a working dog. Many modern Border Collies are still working, herding dogs.
They are extremely high energy. So, their intensity level may be more than an experienced owner can handle.
Working Poodles would hunt and retriever ducks. Working Border Collies would herd sheep alongside their owners.
There are some important instincts that come with these original roles.
Hunting breeds, like the Poodle, often have a chase instinct when they see smaller animals. To minimise this, practice a strong recall.
You can also walk your Bordoodle on a leash, and exercise him in enclosed areas when he’s outside off the leash.
Herding breeds, like Border Collies, may herd small animals or young kids that run around a lot. They may nip at heels, which can be uncomfortable for small animals and children.
These instincts are something to consider before getting a Bordoodle.
Socialization is extremely important for any dog. Particularly one with the chance of strong hunting or herding instincts like the Bordoodle.
When your puppy is young, expose it to as many different new things and places as possible. Make sure all of these experiences are positive.
This will help your pup grow into a happy and friendly adult.
Training and Exercising your Bordoodle
Because they’re so smart, Bordoodles are also highly trainable.
Training your pup is a great way to keep them entertained, since intelligent dogs can get bored more easily.
And, positive reward training will increase the strong bond between you and your Border Doodle.
Both Border Collies and Poodles are athletic and intelligent. So, they need lots of exercise and activities to keep them happy.
This pretty much guarantees that your Bordoodle will be the same.
If you don’t have sheep to herd, activities like agility trials are a must.
This mix will love being outdoors with you. Whether it’s during an intense play session, or on a hike together!
Bordoodle Health and Care
Most purebred dogs have some inherited health conditions and the Border Collie and Poodle are no exception.
Mixed breeds may be healthier, thanks to their larger gene pool. But, they can still be prone to the same issues as their parents.
Bordoodle health risks to be aware of:
|Eyes:||Collie eye anomaly|
|Joints:||Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia|
|Brain:||Early onset deafness, exercise induced collapse, Addison’s disease, sebaceous adenitis, bloat, von Willebrand’s disease|
Epilepsy and Seizures
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes seizures. Standard Poodles are among a group of dog breeds that are prone to inherited epilepsy.
Veterinarians use a variety of drugs to prevent seizures, but many have serious side effects.
Collie Eye Anomaly
Of special concern for Border Collie breeders and owners is a condition called Collie eye anomaly (CEA). This is an inherited eye disease that affects different types of Collies and Sheepdogs.
With CEA, blood vessels that lead to the retina are underdeveloped. This can lead to blindness.
Fortunately, there’s a genetic test for this disease. Responsible breeders will prevent carriers from passing on the gene to future generations.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Hip and elbow dysplasia is a joint disease that is often seen in large dog breeds.
It occurs when a dog’s ball and socket joint is malformed. Over time, dogs with hip or elbow dysplasia may experience pain, difficulty moving, and even lameness.
Early Onset Deafness
Early onset deafness is a health issue often seen in the Border Collie parent.
In some cases, Border Collies can lose their hearing by age 3. But, for many it won’t happen until at least 5 years of age.
If you’re planning to herd with your Bordoodle, this health issue can be a large obstacle when issuing vocal commands, especially over long distances.
Exercise Induced Collapse
Bordoodles that suffer from Exercise Induced Collapse may experience temporary hindleg weakness and even paralysis when exercising.
Many dogs will be fine after some rest.
But, it’s important to avoid intense exercise if your dog suffers with this issue.
Lack of diversity in the gene pool has led to several autoimmune conditions in the Poodle.
Addison’s disease occurs when the dog’s immune system attacks the adrenal glands and causes a steroidal hormone deficiency.
It can lead to a poor appetite, gastroenteritis, and depression. Among other symptoms.
Sadly, this condition is not curable. Affected dogs will need lifelong treatment.
Sebaceous adenitis (SA) is an inflammatory skin disease caused by the immune system’s attack on the skin’s sebaceous (oil) glands.
Symptoms include scaling and alopecia.
Your vet may suggest topical treatments or dietary changes.
Bloat is an issue that is common in large breed dogs, but can occur in smaller ones.
This is a serious issue that can be fatal if owners don’t act fast. It happens when the stomach fills with gas and twists, cutting off blood supply.
Symptoms include distress, retching, and swollen, firm stomachs. It can occur if your dog eats too fast, or too soon after exercise.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
Von Willebrand’s disease is a bleeding disorder that is common in the Poodle parent.
Affected dogs may experience uncontrollable bleeding, which can pose problems when giving birth, or when injured.
General Health of Cross Breeds
You may have heard of the term ‘hybrid vigor’. This is the idea that mutts and mixed breeds are more robust than purebreds.
And it can be true if inbreeding is prevalent in a purebred genetic line.
So, it’s also important to verify that your Bordoodle comes from a healthy Border Collie and Poodle breeding stock. Since most purebred dogs have some inherited health problems.
Responsible breeders can minimize health problems by outcrossing with different lines and performing genetic health tests on their dogs (and only breeding healthy ones).
The exact amount of general care that your Border Doodle mix needs will depend on the traits they inherit from their parents.
But, whether their coat is curly like the Poodle, or straight like the Border Collie, you’ll need to groom them regularly.
During grooming sessions, you can check their ears and teeth too.
Make sure you trim their nails regularly to avoid any split or broken nails.
And, if you exercise your Bordoodle outside a lot, especially in long grass, check them regularly for pests like ticks.
As we said a moment ago, coat care will differ from one Bordoodle to the next. Those with Border Collie coats will shed a lot.
Grooming them a few times a week will help to control this. But you may need to groom them once a day during heavy shedding periods.
Those with Poodle-like coats will shed less visibly. But this is because shedding fur is getting caught in their tight curls.
This means tangles and knots will develop a lot more easily, which can be painful for your dog.
Regular grooming is vital if your dog has a Poodle-like coat. Many owners prefer taking their dog to a professional groomer regularly, and trimming their coat to make it more manageable.
But it will entirely depend on the coat your dog inherits.
What is the Bordoodle Life Expectancy?
The Bordoodle’s life expectancy will usually fall somewhere between its parent breeds.
According to a study into dog lifespans, Border Collies live an average of 12.25 years, and Standard Poodles live an average of 12 years.
So, you can expect the average Bordoodle to live around this long too.
One bred from healthy parents with great regular care may live even longer.
Do Bordoodles Make Good Family Pets?
The Border Collie Poodle mix is a highly energetic, intelligent dog.
This mix will suit a family that loves being out and about, walking and playing with their dog.
If you have plenty of time to spend with your new super smart pup, a Borderdoodle may be right for you.
But, there’s no way to predict the grooming requirements and shedding that your mix will do.
Plus, there is a risk of some natural instincts. So, this mix won’t always suit families with really young children or other small animals.
Rescuing a Bordoodle
If you’re willing to adopt an adult dog, Bordoodle rescue can be a great option.
To find a Border Collie Poodle mix rescue dog, check with local breed-specific rescue groups for both the Border Collie and Poodle parents.
Many of these rescues will take in mixes, as long as they have one of those parent breeds.
Rescue dogs are often cheaper than puppies, and may have some basic training. But, be aware that some older dogs may have behavioral issues.
Bordoodle Breed Rescues
Here are some great breed rescue centers that may be able to match you with a Bordoodle in need of a new home.
If you know any other great Bordoodle rescue centers, let us know in the comments so we can add them to this list.
Finding a Bordoodle Puppy
Since both the Border Collie and Standard Poodle parent breeds can be prone to a lot of health issues, you should only consider reputable Bordoodle breeders.
Look for local, small scale breeders who welcome potential clients into their homes and kennel facilities.
They should be happy to let you see the living conditions of your puppy, meet the parents and littermates, and see all genetic health test results.
Look for Bordoodle puppies that are a healthy weight with no protruding belly. Their eyes, nose, and rear end should be free from discharge.
A healthy coat and blemish-free skin is a must. As well as a good temperament. The mom’s temperament should also be friendly, with no signs of aggression.
A good breeder will show you proof of genetic health testing from organizations such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the Canine Eye Registry Foundation.
They may also have test results from private and veterinary school DNA testing laboratories.
Where to Avoid
Since mixes are so popular, there are risks when searching for a Bordoodle puppy.
Particularly if you see puppies advertised on the internet, or in retail pet shops.
There’s a chance these puppies may come from puppy mills. These are large breeding operations that only focus on profit, rather than the health and care of their puppies.
Puppy mills generally will not invest in genetic health testing like responsible breeders. So, there can be a higher risk that puppies will inherit common health issues.
As demand for Bordoodle puppies grows, it’s likely that puppies will be more expensive. Waiting lists for puppies may also be longer.
Bordoodle puppies from reputable breeders will often cost somewhere between $900 to as much as $3500.
Price will depend on demand, the quality of the parents, certain desirable traits (like coat type and color), and location.
Remember, puppies from puppy mills will often be cheaper upfront. So, search for reputable breeders that can guarantee the health of their puppies.
Raising a Bordoodle Puppy
Caring for a vulnerable Bordoodle puppy is a big responsibility.
There are some great guides to help you with all aspects of puppy care and training.
You’ll find them listed on our puppy care page.
Bordoodle Products and Accessories
Preparing for a new dog can be stressful!
There are so many things to get, and so much to choose from. But we’ve got plenty of guides to help you find the best products.
Here are some to get you started.
Bordoodles can be hard to find and won’t suit every home. But, if you aren’t sure this mix is for you, there are plenty of others to consider.
Take a look at some of these similar breeds.
The Bordoodle: Summary
Bordoodle mix dogs are intelligent, energetic dogs that can suit an active family well. They are often happiest when they have a job to do.
But, they need plenty of socialization and training from a young age.
Do you have a Border Collie Poodle mix at home?
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Have you met the adorable Bordoodle yet? This beautiful hybrid breed is one of the more active Doodles out there. If you’d like to learn more about the Border Collie Poodle mix, this is your chance. In this article, we’re going to answer all of your questions about the Bordoodle breed and more. Let’s dive in!
What Is A Bordoodle?
Bordoodle or Borderpoo, Colliedoodle or Colliepoo. This pup sure has many great names to choose from! The Border Collie and Poodle mix is a newer Doodle breed that’s becoming increasingly popular. And for a good reason! Bordoodles combine the best traits and features of their purebred parents. They’re fun-loving and loyal pups who enjoy learning new tricks and spend time with their humans. What more would you want, right?
As with any Doodle, Bordoodles come in all shapes and sizes, colors and coat types. They can look almost like the curly-haired Poodle or resemble more of the Border Collie parent. Regardless of their looks, Bordoodles are amazing mixed breed pups that have beauty and brains.
Bordoodle Physical Appearance
Bordoodles can come in many different colors. Most common colors and color pairings are black, gray, black and white, brown, brown and white, cream, silver, red, and apricot. Additionally, darker colored Bordoodles can actually fade their color and become lighter over time.
Here are some examples of the different colors of Bordoodle:
Coat & Hair
One of the main appeals of Doodles is that they’re very low to non-shedding, making them the perfect dogs for people with allergies. Bordoodles have a coat that combines traits from both Border Collie and Poodle parents. The most common coat type in Bordoodles is the wavy coat. It’s neither curly or straight, but more shaggy, and it tends to shed very little.
On the other hand, some Bordoodles have inherited the straight Border Collie coat. As the Border Collie has a double coat, Bordoodles with straight hair usually tend to shed. Because of that, straight-haired Bordoodles aren’t the best choice for people with dog dander allergy. Nevertheless, thanks to the Poodle genes, they still shed considerably less than the purebred Border Collie parent.
Then there’s also the curly-haired Bordoodle who has inherited its very low-shedding locks from the Poodle parent. Bordoodles with the curly coat are the most suitable for people who struggle with allergies. However, it’s important to keep in mind that curly-haired Bordoodles are more prone to matting, meaning you’ll most likely have to spend more time on brushing and grooming the hair.
A Bordoodle’s size is determined by the size of its parent pups. Generally, Bordoodles are medium-sized dogs, but their height and weight can greatly vary due to the size of the Poodle parent. Typically, either Mini or Standard Poodles are crossed with Border Collies. Therefore, we can expect that crossing a Border Collie with a Mini Poodle will result in a smaller Bordoodle, whereas using a Standard Poodle in the mix will result in a larger Bordoodle.
Here are the size estimates of adult Mini and Standard Bordoodles:
|Mini / Medium Bordoodle||Standard Bordoodle|
|Weight||30-45 pounds||45-60 pounds|
|Height*||12-20 inches||16-22 inches|
|When Full-Grown?||11-13 months||13-18 months|
You can learn more about the size and growth patterns of this adorable mixed breed in our Bordoodle size guide. We’ve also created an interactive puppy growth chart and calculator, which is a handy tool for predicting and tracking a Bordoodle puppy’s growth from birth to adulthood.
Bordoodle Personality & Temperament
Bordoodles are very active and outgoing dogs who really enjoy spending time with their families. They’re loyal and protective of their humans and love to take part in your everyday activities and routines. Bordoodles are equally gentle and loving and absolutely adore cuddling up to their human family. However, they can get easily attached to their family and might not tolerate being alone for too long.
What’s more, Bordoodles have inherited their high intelligence levels from the Border Collie and Poodle parents. They learn new tricks and skills in a blink of an eye and love pleasing their human parents. And as they’re also super active, Bordoodles need plenty of mental and physical stimulation for a healthy and happy life. If a Bordoodle’s exercise needs aren’t met, they can become destructive.
An important factor to keep in mind with the Collie Poodle mix is their generation. A Doodle’s generation shows us how much of their genetic makeup consists of either of the purebred parents. Let’s take a closer look at each of the Bordoodle generations and what they represent:
- An F1 or first-generation Bordoodle has a Border Collie parent and a Poodle parent. (50% Border Collie, 50% Poodle)
- An F1b or first-generation backcross Bordoodle has a Bordoodle parent and an original breed parent – usually a Poodle. (25% Border Collie, 75% Poodle)
- An F1bb is a first-generation backcross backcross Bordoodle that has an F1b Bordoodle parent and a Poodle parent (12.5% Border Collie, 87.5% Poodle)
- An F2 Bordoodle has two F1 Bordoodle parents. (50% Border Collie, 50% Poodle)
- An F2b Bordoodle has an F2 Bordoodle parent and a Poodle parent. (25% Border Collie, 75% Poodle)
- An F2bb Bordoodle has an F2b Bordoodle parent and a Poodle parent. (12.5% Border Collie, 87.5% Poodle)
- An F3 Bordoodle or third-generation Bordoodle is a hybrid of different Bordoodles.
Based on that, we can expect a Bordoodle puppy to inherit certain traits or characteristics based on their genetic makeup. For instance, if the goal is to achieve a Bordoodle puppy with a curly coat, the mix should have a higher percentage of Poodle.
Bordoodle Health & Life Expectancy
Do Bordoodles have health problems? The Border Collie Poodle mix is considered a healthy breed and often even healthier than the purebred parents. Their life expectancy is around 12-15 years. However, there are some hereditary conditions that Bordoodles are at a risk of developing. These include joint problems like hip and elbow dysplasia, eye conditions like Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, and allergies.
That’s why it’s especially important you choose a responsible breeder who eliminates the chance of genetic defects through proper health and genetic testing. Additionally, keep in mind that a Bordoodle needs a healthy diet and enough exercise for a healthy and happy life.
Bordoodle Exercise & Training
As the Bordoodle is an energetic breed, they require plenty of daily exercise. At least an hour each day should satisfy their exercise needs. Although they can live comfortably in an apartment, Bordoodles will thrive best in a home with a large fenced backyard.
Like any other breed, Bordoodles will benefit from early socialization with other pets and people, as well as early training. As both the Border Collie and Poodle parents are super intelligent pups, Bordoodles have inherited their smarts and knack for obedience. However, if they aren’t mentally or physically stimulated enough, they might start to exhibit problematic behaviors like herding the family members or becoming destructive.
When it comes to training, we recommend you start teaching your Bordoodle puppy potty training and basic obedience as soon as you bring them home. Always use positive reinforcement and you’ll soon notice how quickly this pup can learn new skills and commands.
We recommend the Online Puppy School by Baxter & Bella, which is a truly comprehensive program that provides all the resources you will need to raise a happy and well behaved dog. The online puppy school gives you a lifetime access to countless video tutorials, games and activities, classes and courses, printables, a huge resource library, and more.
Bordoodle Coat & Grooming
One of the most important steps in the Bordoodle grooming routine is brushing. Regardless if a Bordoodle has the curly or straight coat, all Bordoodle coat types require regular upkeep to avoid matting. We recommend daily brushing, as this is the best way to keep knots and tangles at bay. However, Bordoodles with shorter hair might require less maintenance. We also recommend you learn the line brushing method, as it’s a great way to combat matted hair that hasn’t been brushed for a while.
Other important steps in their grooming routine include:
Who Is Bordoodle Best For?
Bordoodles are best suited for active singles or families who are looking for a pup to join them on their many adventures. This mixed breed likes to go on hikes and long walks in nature, or join you for an evening jog.
As the Bordoodle is a very active and highly intelligent breed, they require plenty of mental and physical stimulation. Therefore, it might not be the best breed for first-time dog owners or people who look for a more laid back dog. However, if you’re up for the task, you’ll find the Bordoodle to be the best companion one could ever hope for.
Where Can You Get Bordoodle Puppies?
Getting your hands on the Border Collie Poodle mix might not be as easy, but it’s definitely worth it. Before you adopt your new puppy, make sure to do your research. A good breeder will first and foremost focus on the health and wellbeing of the parents and puppies. They should do proper health and genetic testing, provide puppies their first vaccinations, and start with basic training. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and look into testimonials and referrals. We recommend you also check out our article on how to choose a responsible breeder.
If you’re planning to adopt a Bordoodle puppy, check out our Bordoodle Breeders Directory, where you’ll be able to find a list of reputable Bordoodle breeders in the United States.
Are Bordoodles Good For Beginners?
The Bordoodle might not be the best choice for first-time dog owners. As they’re super intelligent, they have been known to outsmart their owners who aren’t as experienced. Additionally, thanks to their high intelligence and energy levels, Bordoodles require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation each day to live a healthy and fulfilled life.
Is Bordoodle A Good Dog?
The Bordoodle mixed breed has inherited a great personality and temperament from both Poodle and Border Collie parents. They’re very loving and loyal, playful and energetic dogs who like to be a part of the whole family. Bordoodles are also great with children, making them an overall great choice for active families and singles alike.
To conclude, although a fairly new hybrid breed, the Bordoodle is here to stay. They’re fun and energetic companions who don’t shy away from cuddles and family time. We hope you learned some interesting facts about the Border Collie Poodle mix and can make an informed decision when bringing your new family member home.
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As a mix of the Border Collie and Poodle, Bordoodles are cute, cuddly, and affectionate. This hybrid breed is an excellent companion for children, adults, and seniors alike. They don’t require a lot of exercise, so they fit in well with busy households. Though inquisitive, Bordoodles aren’t known for being destructive like more active breeds can be.
The Border Collie side of this mixed breed has an instinct for herding, but the Poodle side helps balance this drive with intelligence and a joyful nature. The Bordoodle sports a long, wavy coat that looks and feels luxurious. This breed comes in a variety of vibrant colors, some with white markings and others with tri-colored designs. And, thanks to the Poodle’s lineage, the average Bordoodle doesn’t shed much.
Also sometimes called Borderpoos, Borpoos, and Borpoodle, the Bordoodle is very protective of their family members which makes them a good lookout at night when everyone is blissfully sleeping. But beware that Bordoodles are extremely intelligent so they can become stubborn and hard to handle without proper training and thorough socialization. Read on to learn more about this fascinating mixed breed.
Bordoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…
Like any dog, Bordoodles require time, energy, and attention from their owners. Potential owners should be prepared to spend time training, playing, and walking on a regular basis. Fun, adventure and lots of snuggles should also be expected.
What’s the Price of Bordoodle Puppies?
The price of a new Bordoodle puppy can vary. Plan on spending anywhere from $700 to about $1,600 for one pup. The pedigree of the pup’s parents will have a big impact on the price of the dog. If a Bordoodle’s parents are registered with the AKC and have won awards, the pup would likely be sold for top dollar.
If the pup’s parents are not registered and the quality of their lineage can’t be verified, the price could be on the lower end. We recommend reading the parents’ documentation before buying a Bordoodle pup to verify their lineage and their value. Keep in mind that Bordoodles can be found in shelters too. While shelter dogs don’t come with a verifiable lineage, they do offer all the love and joy a family could want – and at an affordable price.
3 Little-Known Facts About Bordoodles
1. They’re Super Smart
Both the Border Collie and the Poodle are featured on the American Kennel Club’s most intelligent dogs list. So, it’s no surprise that the Bordoodle is considered a super-smart hybrid breed. Bordoodles learn quickly and can even teach themselves how to do things (sometimes not so great things) if they aren’t getting enough training and stimulation at home.
2. They’re Fun to Groom
Oftentimes, grooming a dog is thought of more as a chore than anything else. But their luxurious coat makes it fun to groom the Bordoodle. The long coat is easy to style in several ways, so your Bordoodle could sport a short coat during the summer and a fancier long style when the winter months arrive.
3. They Inherit the Best of Both Worlds
The Bordoodle tends to inherit the best traits of their parents, while the lesser desirable traits are muted. The result is a well-behaved dog that’s easily trainable and always loyal.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Bordoodle
The Bordoodle doesn’t have to be taught how to do something twice. This dog thrives in a training environment and tends to excel at the art of obedience. Bordoodles have a long attention span, a solid work ethic, and a bubbly personality. This breed loves praise and will do just about anything to get it. They are motivated by food, which makes treats an excellent tool to use during training time.
Bordoodles are very sociable and can get along with anyone who is gentle with them. They’ll happily play with children in the backyard and gleefully snuggle with grandma on the couch. Because the Bordoodle is protective of their family, socialization as a puppy is a must to ensure positive interactions with houseguests.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
No family could ask for a better dog than the Bordoodle. They’re gentle and kind yet have a carefree attitude that kids can appreciate. These dogs can be trained as service dogs and they don’t need a ton of exercise, which makes them a great option for the elderly. They can also keep up with the active lifestyle of singles and couples or slow down for those busy humans who don’t like to do much but relax during their downtime.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
Bordoodles get along well with other dogs and can co-exist with cats in the same household. They enjoy trips to the dog park where they can meet new friends on a regular basis. And they aren’t territorial so sharing mealtime space with other dogs shouldn’t be a problem.
Things to Know When Owning a Bordoodle:
Owning a Bordoodle isn’t all fun, games, and cuddles. There are a lot of considerations to make before taking the plunge and adopting a pup of your own. Here’s what you need to know.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
How much your Bordoodle should eat will depend on how much exercise they get throughout the day. The amount could be anywhere from one to three cups. With medium energy personalities, this breed can do well lounging around in an apartment or taking daily hikes in the woods. The more active your dog is, the more food they will require to fuel their energy needs.
A high-quality food that contains no fillers like fructose, corn, or soy should be offered for optimal health and longevity. Additional foods such as beef, eggs, and shredded carrots can be offered occasionally as a treat for additional nutrition. Bordoodles should drink about an ounce of water for every pound that they weigh. Offering a never-ending supply of fresh clean water will help ensure that they get all they need.
Bordoodles can do well with just a few walks a week. A day can be skipped here and there if the schedule is too packed, but more than a missed day could lead to boredom. This isn’t to say that a Bordoodle can’t live an extremely active lifestyle that includes regular hikes, camping trips, and swims in the ocean.
Due to this breed’s smarts, their brains need to be exercised just as much as their bodies. So, in addition to a minimum of several walks each week your Bordoodle should be exercised indoors with the help of training toys and obedience games. Some playtime in the yard or park with other dogs is also a good idea to help burn some energy and keep this breed socialized.
Training is essential to help direct this breed’s attention and energy toward positive behavior. Luckily, their intelligence makes it a breeze to teach them obedience. In fact, even children can have success in teaching a Bordoodle how to sit and stay. Bordoodles do so well with obedience training that they tend to be regular participants in obedience competitions.
Agility training is doable. But unlike their Border Collie parents, the laid-back personality of the Bordoodle may inhibit a serious interest in the sport. Focusing on the basic obedience commands will produce a well-rounded pooch that it is to work and live with.
Due to the sheer length of a Bordoodle’s coat, grooming is an essential task that will have to be faced on a regular basis. In addition to weekly brushing, occasional nail clipping and teeth brushing, and weekly ear cleaning, most Bordoodles need a haircut now and then to keep their coats from matting and knotting up. Without a good haircut, this breed can quickly start to look homeless.
Owners should be prepared to take their pooch to the groomers every couple of months unless they want to learn how to do the job themselves. The good news is that haircuts tend to be a fun task because different styles can be created each time.
Health and Conditions 🏥
The Bordoodle isn’t prone to any breed-specific health problems, but general issues could arise depending on many things such as age, general health, diet, and exercise.
- Hip Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Male vs Female
Male Bordoodles are usually a little larger and heavier than female Bordoodles. This smaller frame of the females makes them a bit more agile than males. When it comes to attention and affection, male Bordoodles seem to be more dominant. They enjoy the praise and snuggling more than the independent female typically does. Bordoodle Girls tend to be more reserved than Bordoodle boys as they age, whereas the males enjoy maintaining their younger carefree attitudes. And the girls are sometimes, but not always, more strong-willed and stubborn overall.
The Bordoodle is an excellent companion for brand new dog parents and lifelong owners alike. They can easily settle into apartment living, but they won’t complain about a big house and a nice fenced yard to play in. This breed is generally healthy and well-behaved, two qualities that important for households with young children. And we know you’ll love their soft and fluffy coat. If your family is ready to adopt a new puppy, the Bordoodle is certainly worth considering.
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