Bordoodle dogs are a hybrid designer cross between the intelligent Border Collie and calm Standard Poodle. Their coats are long and wavy, and they can be high shedders that need plenty of grooming or clipping. An adult Bordoodle is smart, athletic, energetic and affectionate. Plenty of training and exercise during the day will give you a relaxed, chilled companion in the evening. These working bred dogs excel as herding, retrieving or hunting partners. But they can make great pets for active homes that love positive reinforcement training, agility, flyball or tracking activities. They weigh 30 – 60 lbs and can live in their teens.
The Bordoodle combines the cooperative, hard working Border Collie with the confident, reserved Standard Poodle. These puppies can have a range of looks, personalities and other characteristics. However, there are lots of things we can do to predict how they will turn out as adult dogs.
What is a Bordoodle Dog?
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.
- Popularity: Growing
- Purpose: Companion
- Weight: 30-60lbs
- Height: 15-22 inches
- Temperament: Intelligent, playful, energetic
- Coat: Wavy to curly
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.
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!
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.
How Big Are Bordoodle Dogs?
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.
|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|
What Do They Look Like?
The appearance of a mix breed dog is always unpredictable. They could look like either of their parent breeds, or anything in between. It will vary from dog to dog, but you can be confident they will have long fur with at least a slight wave, be medium height and a relatively slim build.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Exercise
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|
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.
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.
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.
Shari Flinn says
Hello, I guess I had one of the earliest of this mix. She was born in 1983. Her mother was a Border Collie and her father was a Miniature Poodle. She was the size of a miniature Poodle She was the smartest dog we have ever had. She was trained to go outside in 2 weeks. She was never paper trained but when she got to sick to go outside at 12 years old, she never made a single mistake. She was raised with our 2 daughters and was the best babysitter. She understood when they were supposed to stay on the porch and play and would bark if they put one foot off the porch. The most destructive thing she did was put 2 small teeth marks on a piece of a puzzle. She was the best watchdog, I could tell by her bark if I needed to go check on a situation. No one but my Mom and us could even walk up my driveway without me knowing it. She lived 13 years. She was amazing!! I would love to have another mixed one.
We live in Northern Ireland and don,t know anyone who has bordoodles for sale,if you have any for sale are know some one who has pups for sale could you let me know please. It will be are first family pet as kids where to young not they are 10 and 14 they are old enough to help walk and look after a pet. Thanks Tony
Hi Tony, Ill have a litter due soon, just waiting for my girl to come into season.
Keith lamerton says
Im interested in buying a bordoodle puppy
Ruth cueto says
Would be interested in purchasing one. Just not good with computers
Ruth cueto says
I am very interested in purchasing one of you bordoodle puppies. Please contact me with information on what you have available or when available and how I can bring one of these sweet puppies home.
Deb schultz says
Hi, this is Deb. I had border collie, then a toy poodle. They were both very smart and great house dogs. I hope you find one. I was just curious what they looked like, hence I ran into your post. Your friend, Deb
We have a 5 month old borderdoodle and he is amazing! He’s happy, smart & athletic. His coat is just another part of his adorable personality and he doesn’t shed. I’d post a pic but this box doesn’t slow it.
Karen Eaves says
Looking for an adult spayed female Bordoodle… All help appreciated.
Did you ever find a female Bordoodle?
Al Bennett says
Is there somewhere in the Naples, Florida, area where we might be able to see and, hopefully, purchase a bordoodle?
Gayle Phillips says
Where are you located? Do you still have any pups?
Betty Richardson says
We are a breeder of Bordoodles! They are the best dogs ever! willowwindoodles.com
Easy to train and very loving. They just want to please you.
Brenda Abramson says
I may be interested in a Bordoodle puppy.
Where are you located and do you have any puppies available?
I am in Los Angeles.
We have a one year old golden coloured Bordoodle.
She has been a delight from day one: easy to toilet train, can be left at home safely for 7 hours a day, sociable and curious. We just adore her! She sleeps well overnight, loves to snuggle and be with us all. Couldn’t think think of a bad thing to say.
Bill Emery says
I might be interested where are you located. We had a border collie years ago and he was the best dog. I’m a runner and would like another dog.
Maybe you would like to have a Lab or a Golden retriever they need lots of exercise!
Trie a Lab or a Golden retriever they need lots of exercise!
Janice Whittington says
I had rescued a 1 yr old Goldendoodle about 4 months ago, a very good mannered, docile female, that had no training at all. She went into heat about a week after we got her, and long story short- we now have 10 Goldendoodle-Border collie pups! – all very healthy and happy at 4 weeks old! I am, of course, looking to sell them to good parents after getting all their vaccinations, etc. Any suggestions?
Where are you located? I’d love to see your puppies
Lisa B Slavin says
I am very interested! Where are you located and how can I best contact you?
Janice Whittington says
Sorry for the long delay….U have 3 left 2 males , 1 female…all doing qell…very smarand each with their own distinct personalities
Stephanie Klein says
Hello can you contact me as well if you have any puppies
Kristin Eck says
oh, I would love to see pictures and would be interested in the puppies. Where do you live?
Do you have pups available still?
Claudia TenElshof says
Hi we are looking for a hypoallergenic dog and we would love to buy one of your puppies! What area do you live in? Thank you!
I lost my golden Retriever of 14 years in December. Looking for a new puppy . Do you have any puppies left
Do you have any pups left please
We have had 3 Border Collies, 1 purebred, 1 Border Collie/Shellie mix and one our vet believed was mostly Border Collie with some Cocker. All were terrific family pets with lots of fun and energy; VERY intelligent and easy to train. Would love to get more info about your puppies. Where are you located? Thank you!
Are any of these available, if so are there pictures?
I saw one on kijiji by Trace but no contact info to see them,,
What size would you expect puppies out of a 26 pound Reiaterd Border Collie and a 10 pound ,immature registered poodle I was guessing 16-22 pounds. Is that close
Pat Hague says
We are the besotted owners of Polly doodle. Five year old, really bright, loving and obedient bordoodle. Until she was four, she was an absolute ,box of frogs, so enthusiastic and full of bounce, but then she settled so well I decided she would make an excellent therapy dog. She was assessed by the charity and granted admission. Her soft curly coat is just so tickle able and people at the various establishments we are registered with really enjoy her company.Last week in a fun dog show she won a rosette in the ,working dogs group!, she was against various sheep dogs but I reckon she won the sympathy vote. She is the right dog for us, active retirees.
Bordoodles are the best! Our bordoodle “Bailey” is very good with our kids and she is so smart! She is cream and white and her fur is on the curlier side. she is non-shedding. she is exctly what we wanted for our family. We got her from Mountain Rose Bordoodles in Utah. We just love her so much!