This breed is highly intelligent, friendly, and active. It could have the curly fur of the Poodle, or the straight double coat of the Border Collie.
Every single Bordoodle is different because it is impossible to guarantee the traits you’ll get in a mixed breed.
The best way to estimate is by looking at the parent breeds.
What’s In This Guide
These are our readers’ current most popular and frequently asked questions about the Bordoodle.
- Are Bordoodles good family dogs
- Do Bordoodles shed?
- How big do Bordoodles get?
- Are Bordoodles smart?
It would be hard to come up with a more intelligent and lively mixed breed dog than the Bordoodle—the Border Collie Poodle mix.
But is a Bordoodle, also known as a Border Doodle, the right dog for you?
Bordoodle: Breed At A Glance
- Popularity: Increasing!
- Purpose: Companion
- Weight: 30 – 60 pounds
- Temperament: Intelligent, playful, energetic
Bordoodle Breed Review: Contents
- History and original purpose
- Fun facts about Bordoodle
- Bordoodle appearance
- Bordoodle temperament
- Training and exercising your Bordoodle
- Bordoodle health and care
- Do Bordoodle make good family pets
- Rescuing a Bordoodle
- Finding a Bordoodle puppy
- Raising a Bordoodle puppy
- Bordoodle products and accessories
History and Original Purpose
The Bordoodle is quite a new mixed breed. So, the exact origins of the breed are a bit of a mystery!
Just like most designer dogs!
To find out more about the history of the Bordoodle, we can look at the history of each parent.
But, before we look at each parent breed, it’s important to understand exactly what a designer mixed breed dog is.
What is a Designer Dog
What’s the difference between a purebred dog, a mutt, and a mixed breed dog? Here’s a quick run-down but you can read an in-depth comparison in this article.
A purebred is the offspring of two dogs of the same breed that have a pedigree (known ancestry).
So-called pedigree dogs are usually registered with an official breed organization like the American Kennel Club (AKC).
A mutt, on the other hand, is the product of two dogs of unknown ancestry mating. One or both parents could be a mutt or a recognizable breed.
A designer dog, however, is the result of a planned mating between two purebred dogs of different breeds.
Mixed Breed vs Purebred
Designer dogs have become increasingly popular over the past few decades and the Poodle is commonly used in hybrids.
Are mixed breed dogs inherently healthier than purebred dogs?
You may have heard of the term hybrid vigor.
The idea of hybrid vigor—that mutts and mixed breeds are more robust than purebreds—can be true if inbreeding is prevalent in a purebred genetic line.
Therefore, 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).
To get more of an idea about the Bordoodle’s history, let’s look at its parent breeds.
Despite their association with France, 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 between 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!
Fun Facts about Bordoodles
As with any mixed breed dog, the Bordoodle can have physical characteristics of either parent breed, in any combination.
In general, you can expect your full grown Border Collie Poodle mix to be medium-sized, between 15 and 22 inches tall at the shoulders and weighing anywhere from 30 to 60 lbs, depending on gender.
These size ranges vary from dog to dog and are based on the standard Poodle as one of the parent breeds.
But remember, there are no size guarantees with a crossbreed! The best way to estimate is by looking at the parent breeds.
Today’s Poodle comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Most Borderdoodles are a mix between the Border Collie and larger standard Poodle.
But of course, any size Poodle can be used.
A standard Poodle should be 15 inches or taller at the shoulders. Males weigh between 60 and 70 lbs, whereas females weigh between 40 and 50 lbs.
The breed standard calls for an elegant and proud appearance—Poodles are well-known for a dignified yet jaunty demeanor that fans of the breed find very appealing.
Border Collie Size
Border Collies are medium-sized dogs with males reaching 19 to 22 inches tall at the shoulders and females reaching 18 to 21 inches.
These dogs weigh around 30 lbs for females to 55 lbs for males.
The AKC breed standard suggests Border Collies should have an overall appearance of athleticism, grace, and agility—fitting for their job as a livestock herding dog.
Expect your Borderdoodle’s coat to be medium length with a curly or wavy in texture. Shedding and grooming requirements can vary, given the different coat types of the parent breeds.
Don’t assume your Bordoodle will be low shedding, although it is a possibility.
Border Collie Poodle mix coats can come in any combination of colors and patterns. Many people like the classic black and white Border Collie markings, but various colors and patterns are possible.
Finally, a Border Collie Poodle mix will usually have brown eyes.
Many potential owners are interested in Poodle crosses like the Bordoodle because they are concerned about grooming, shedding, and allergy issues. Looking at the parents will 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 seasonally.
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.
Border Collie Colors
Most people think of black and white fur when they think of a Border Collie, but they can come in any coat color with any type of markings.
Like other working breeds, color is less important than performance.
A Poodle’s coat is curly and dense and 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 shed seasonally, and they are generally regarded as a low shedding breed.
The Poodle can come in a wide range of coat colors, from white to black and many shades in between.
With purebred Poodles, their color is solid and even with no markings.
Are Bordoodle’s Hypoallergenic?
Similar to size, the Border Collie Poodle mix can have coat characteristics of either parent breed in any combination.
This is important to note if you are allergic to dogs. Although Poodles have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, there are no guarantees with a Border Collie Poodle mix.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog. All dogs have allergens in their fur, skin dander, and saliva – even poodles, some just shed less than others.
Again, it’s important to remember that your Bordoodle’s temperament can favor one parent breed over the other or be a combination of both.
Either way, expect your dog to be intelligent given the high intelligence of both parent breeds.
In general, they are also loving, playful, and energetic so a Bordoodle usually does well in active families with children.
Let’s look at both parent breeds to get an idea of what else to expect.
The Poodle has been a favorite companion animal for many years. Although it was originally a hunting breed.
Poodles are active, proud, and intelligent dogs. This is true no matter their size!
Just because Miniature Poodles are smaller, they are just as energetic as Standard Poodles!
Border Collie Temperament
The Border Collie has been primarily bred as a working dog.
They are extremely high energy and their intensity level may be more than an inexperienced owner can handle.
Poodles were originally used to hunt ducks. Whereas Border Collies are a herding breed.
There are some important instincts that come with these roles.
Hunting breeds often have a chase instinct when they see smaller animals. To minimise this you should practice strong recall. You can also walk your pup on a leash, or exercise him in enclosed areas when he’s outside off the leash.
Herding breeds like Border Collies are known to herd small animals or young children that run around a lot.
They might nip at heels to do this, which can be uncomfortable for small animals or children!
These instincts are something to consider before getting a Bordoodle.
Socialization is extremely important for any dog.
When your puppy is young you should expose it to as many different new things and places as possible.
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 also a great way to keep them entertained – since intelligent dogs can get bored more easily.
Both Border Collies and Poodles are athletic and intelligent. So they require a lot 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, engaging your dog in activities like agility trials is a must.
This is a breed that will love being outdoors with you, whether it’s during an intense play session, or on a hike together.
Bordoodle Health and Care
As we mentioned earlier, most purebred dogs have some inherited health conditions and the Border Collie and Poodle are no exception.
Here is an overview of the most significant health issues of Border Collies and Poodles that potential Borderdoodle owners should know about.
Border Collie Health Problems
Because the Border Collie has long been bred for its working ability rather than appearance, it is a relatively healthy breed. However, there are still a few potential health risks to bear in mind.
The American Border Collie Association (ABCA) lists the genetic health conditions that may occur in Border Collies.
The most common are:
- hip dysplasia
- early-onset deafness
- exercise-induced collapse
These health conditions are common in many purebred dog breeds.
Collie Eye Anomaly
Of special concern for Border Collie breeders and owners is a condition called Collie eye anomaly (CEA), an inherited eye disease that affects different types of Collies and Sheepdogs.
With CEA, blood vessels that lead to the retina are underdeveloped, which can lead to blindness.
Fortunately, there’s a genetic test for this disease and responsible breeders will prevent carriers from passing on the gene to future generations.
Poodle Health Problems
The standard Poodle has several serious genetic health conditions that potential Bordoodle owners should know about.
The complete list is quite long, but here are a few of the most significant problems.
Lack of diversity in the gene pool has led to several autoimmune conditions in the Poodle. Addison’s disease and sebaceous adenitis are two of the more common.
Addison’s disease occurs when the dog’s immune system attacks the adrenal glands and causes a steroidal hormone deficiency.
Sebaceous adenitis (SA) is an inflammatory skin disease caused by the immune system’s attack on the skin’s sebaceous (oil) glands.
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.
Other Health Issues
There are some additional health issues that may affect standard Poodles, including:
- eye problems
- hip dysplasia
- von Willebrand disease, an inherited bleeding disorder
Genetic tests are also available for several Poodle health problems.
Back to the Bordoodle
So what about the Bordoodle?
Do Bordoodles Make Good Family Pets
The Border Collie Poodle mix is a highly energetic, intelligent dog.
If you love being out and about, walking and playing with your dog, and have plenty of time to spend with your new super smart bestie, a Borderdoodle may be the right choice for you.
However, you can’t predict the grooming requirements and shedding your hybrid will do.
Plus, remember there is a risk of some natural instincts. These can mean they don’t suit families with really young children and small animals.
Whatever breed you decide, good luck in the search for your new best friend!
Rescuing a Bordoodle
A Bordoodle rescue can be a great option, especially if you’re willing to adopt an adult dog.
To find a Border Collie Poodle mix rescue dog, check with local breed-specific rescue groups for both the Border Collie and Poodle. Tell them you are interested in a Bordoodle.
You can also do a breed-focused search on pet adoption websites like Petfinder.
Click here to see our list of Bordoodle rescues
Finding a Bordoodle Puppy
Because both the Border Collie and (especially) the standard Poodle can have a number of inherited health conditions, it’s important to consider only reputable Bordoodle breeders.
Look for local, small-scale breeders who welcomes potential clients into their home and kennel facilities.
You should be allowed see the living conditions of your puppy, meet the parents and littermates, and most importantly, see all genetic health test results.
Where to Avoid
Because hybrids are so popular, when you buy a Bordoodle from a retail pet shop or from an ad on the internet, there are some risks.
There is a chance that your puppy may come from a large, for-profit breeding operation called a puppy mill—puppy mills do not generally invest in genetic health testing like responsible breeders do.
Health Tests to Look For
So, what kind of health tests should you look for?
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.
In addition to test results, look for Bordoodle puppies that have a healthy weight with no protruding belly
Their eyes, nose, and rear end should be free from discharge.
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.
Pros And Cons of Getting A Bordoodle
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of this energetic mixed breed.
They need a lot of exercise, so can’t suit families that aren’t active.
Bordoodles can have herding and chasing instincts. So they aren’t the best fit for homes with small kids and animals.
They can experience some nasty inherited health issues.
If they inherit the Border Collie coat, they can shed all year round.
They are a really friendly breed that loves being around people.
They are intelligent so take to training well.
Comparing the Bordoodle with other breeds
If you aren’t sure that the Bordoodle is the best breed for you, there are loads of others you can also consider!
Bordoodle Breed Rescues
Here are some great breed rescue centers that you should be able to find a Bordoodle in.
If you know any other great Bordoodle rescue centers, let us know in the comments so we can add them to this list.
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