If you’re in the market for a dog with incomparable intelligence, athleticism, and personality to boot, you’re on the right track looking at a Bordoodle. This incredible mixed breed is bursting with charm, but he also may be a bit much for novice dog owners.
While many sing the Bordoodle praises, others point out that this is a dog who requires plenty of time, energy, patience and training.
Do you have what it takes to raise a happy, healthy Bordoodle? Let’s find out. Here are 15 things you should know before getting a Bordoodle dog.
1. The Bordoodle Is A Hybrid Dog, Which Is Somewhat Controversial
The Bordoodle is a crossbreed dog, which some consider to be controversial.
First and foremost, let’s cover the basics. The Bordoodle is not a purebred, nor is he a mutt. In fact, this dog is a hybrid. Also known as a crossbreed, designer dog, or mixed breed, a hybrid dog is the offspring of two purebred parent breeds.
Most breeders hope that dogs like the Bordoodle will maintain the best characteristics of both their parent breeds, though this is wishful thinking considering genetics are usually unpredictable.
This is where the crossbreed controversy comes in. In the beginning, crossbreeding was a practice performed by experienced breeders focused on creating a particular purebred for working purposes.
It takes generations of breeding and perfecting for dogs to be considered purebreds, which is why most first, second and third generation crossbreed dogs were not usually sold or even considered sellable.
However, a lot has changed in the last 20 years. Celebrities toting miniature crossbreeds in purses led to an explosion of crossbreeding amongst commercial breeders. Not long after, dogs like the Maltipoo, the Labradoodle, and other hybrid dogs made names for themselves as popular and beloved family companions.
However, some skeptics fear that very little is known about these hybrid dogs, and that aspects like their temperament, personality and even health are at risk.
Others insist that there are benefits to crossbreeding, with a reduction in potential genetic health issues being one of them.
While the jury is still out and we continue to learn more about our hybrid friends, one thing is for certain – crossbreeds like the Bordoodle are not going anywhere anytime soon.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the Bordoodle and how this unique hybrid came to be.
2. The Bordoodle Dog Is A Mix Between the Border Collie and the Poodle
As you may have guessed from his name, the Bordoodle hybrid is a cross between the purebred Poodle and the purebred Border Collie.
Both of these dogs are known for their incredible intelligence and athletic nature, but there is more you should know about them to help determine what characteristics their crossbreed offspring might inherit.
The Border Collie
The Border Collie is considered one of the most intelligent dogs in the world.
A likely fusion of ancient Viking dogs and Roman Spitz, the Border Collie is a bred working dog hailing from the British Isles. He has been described time and again as a Shepherd’s dream, combining loyalty, incredible speed, agility, and affection to all his daily endeavours.
The Border Collie of today continues to work as a herding dog on many farms and ranches. Owners who decide to invest in this clever purebred should be prepared for a dog who is highly intelligent, energetic, and focused – sometimes to his own detriment.
He does make a good family dog for homes with children and other pets, though his drive and herding instinct can make him problematic for some. This is a breed who needs consistent training and lots of mental stimulation to help him stay calm, happy and healthy.
Height: 18 – 22 inches
Weight: 30 – 55 Pounds
Coat: Double-coated, medium length, wavy, soft, shedding
Life Span: 12 – 15 years
Personality: Affectionate, Intelligent, Energetic, Focused
The Standard Poodle is the largest of the three Poodle sizes.
Often referred to as “The French Poodle”, the Poodle is actually a dog of German descent who was originally bred for water retrieving. In fact, his glorious haircut was originally designed to help protect him from the cold German waters.
The Standard Poodle played many roles throughout history, including serving as a circus dog, a street performer, and a water dog before eventually becoming a symbol of status amongst nobility in France.
It was there the Poodle was bred down from his standard size to smaller, more compact sizes. Today, the Poodle comes in three common sizes including standard, miniature and toy. He is a wonderful family dog who emits charm, intelligence, and affection upon all who know him.
Height: 9 – 15+ Inches
Weight: 6 – 70 Pounds
Coat: Dense, curly, hypoallergenic
Life Span: 10 – 18 years
Personality: Affectionate, Athletic, Proud, Intelligent
3. The Bordoodle Is A Very Intelligent And Athletic Dog
Bordoodles are incredibly smart and routinely outwit their owners.
The Bordoodle comes from two of the smartest purebred dogs in the canine kingdom, so it’s no surprise he too is going to be incredibly brainy. The Bordoodle also comes from two very athletic, work-oriented breeds, so this too should be considered.
While smart and athletic dogs can be a pleasure for some, for other dog owners, these combined traits can be downright disastrous.
Without the proper mental and physical stimulation, intelligent and athletic dogs can be prone to serious problems including depression and anxiety, which can lead to destructive behaviors like chewing, digging, barking, bathroom accidents and more.
This means, if you are considering investing in a Bordoodle dog, you should prepare for a dog who is going to require lots of time and attention. This is not a dog who can be left to his own devices inside a house or in a backyard for hours on end with nothing to occupy him.
He will need routine exercise, lots of consistent training, plenty of space to run and play, and lots of mental stimulation to keep him happy.
That said, when all this energy and intelligence is correctly harnessed, the Bordoodle has the potential to make an incredible addition to any household. He can be taught to help out with certain chores, will be able to learn amazing tricks, and will enjoy being an active part of a loving family.
4. The Bordoodle May Be Hypoallergenic, But There’s A Catch
The type of coat your Bordoodle has will largely depend on genetics and the generation of hybrid he is.
If you’re an allergy sufferer, you’ll be happy to know that the Bordoodle dog could (potentially) be a hypoallergenic dog. However, this will depend greatly on if he is a first, second or third generation crossbreed.
Remember, the Bordoodle has a thick, shedding coat while the Poodle’s coat is curly and hypoallergenic.
That said, we should note that there really is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. Even dogs like Poodles shed slightly, though their hair creates much less allergy-inducing dander, making them ideal for those who struggle with allergies.
If you do want to ensure you get a Bordoodle that is hypoallergenic, your best bet is to go through a breeder who will be able to provide you with a third or second generation crossbreed. You can also rescue an adult Bordoodle, whose coat has been established so you know for sure.
5. Your Bordoodle’s Appearance Could Vary
Your Bordoodle could look more like his Poodle parent or more like his Border Collie parent. It’s all up to genetics.
Just as your Bordoodle’s coat type can be unpredictable, so can his overall appearance. His size, weight, coat type, color and texture will all depend on genetics and which traits he inherits from each of his purebred parents.
There will also be height variations in your Bordoodle depending on which type of Poodle he is crossed with, whether it is a Standard Poodle, a Toy Poodle or a Miniature Poodle.
Take a look.
Bordoodle Height: 10 – 22 inches
Bordoodle Weight: 6 – 80 Pounds
Bordoodle Coat Color: Black, white, grey, brown, apricot, black and white, black and brown, or a combination.
Bordoodle Coat Type: Wavy, light shedding or hypoallergenic, weather-resistant
Bordoodle Eye Color: Dark brown
6. The Bordoodle Is An Energetic Dog Who May Not Be Suited For Apartment Living
Most Bordoodles do best in homes with backyards where they can run and play freely.
Because he is so intelligent and athletic, most Bordoodle dogs are not the best dogs for apartment living. They generally require plenty of exercise and will enjoy backyard play where they can run and explore freely.
However, so long as his exercise needs are met, some Bordoodle owners may be able to make apartments work. This will require a routine and a closely followed schedule, however, and plenty of maintenance to ensure your Bordoodle does not become bored and subsequently destructive in smaller spaces.
7. The Bordoodle Is Highly Trainable, But Needs A Dedicated Owner With A Flexible Schedule
Bordoodle dogs need consistent training from an early age.
As we’ve covered briefly above, the Bordoodle does have the potential to make an excellent family companion, but he is not right for every type of family. This is a hybrid dog who is best suited for owners who have a flexible schedule and are willing and able to spend lots of time training and exercising their Bordoodle.
The ideal owner would be able to work from home or is able to enroll their Bordoodle in doggy daycare while at work. Other options include hiring a professional dog walker to stop in once or twice a day to give your Bordoodle the exercise and mental stimulation he needs.
Both the Poodle and the Border Collie come from working backgrounds, but the Border Collie specifically is known as a “workaholic”. If your Bordoodle inherits this trait, it’s likely he won’t be satisfied unless he has a job to do.
If you don’t provide your Bordoodle with a job, he will likely create one for himself, which could be problematic for everyone.
8. Like All Dogs, The Bordoodle Can Be Prone To Genetic Health Issues
All dogs can suffer from genetic health issues, and the Bordoodle is no exception.
Brains and beauty aren’t the only things the Bordoodle has going for him. This is also a relatively long-lived dog, with a lifespan of between 12 – 18 years.
Many experts suggest that crossbreed dogs like the Bordoodle may also be healthier than their purebred counterparts. This is largely due to the fact that crossbreed dogs have a wider genepool and are therefore less likely to inherit certain genetic conditions.
That said, it’s still important to remember that genetics are unpredictable, and your Bordoodle could potentially inherit any of the same genetic health issues as his purebred parent breeds.
Some of the most common genetic health issues you should be aware of when it comes to the Bordoodle include:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- And Allergies
You can help combat certain health issues by making sure you get your Bordoodle dog from a reputable source. You can prepare for any potential issues by having your Bernedoodle health screened at an early age.
Other ways to help ensure your Bordoodle’s overall health and vitality is to make sure he is on a high quality diet, has plenty of exercise each and every day, and that you keep up with routine grooming practices.
9. The Bordoodle Is Great For Owners Who Understand Working Dogs
Bordoodles come from two bred working dogs, and thus will be happiest when given a job to do.
For the most part, the Bordoodle will thrive with more experienced dog owners who understand the background and psychology of working dog breeds. However, if you are dedicated and willing to learn, any dog enthusiast has the potential to be a great Bordoodle parent.
Just remember that this is a dog that is going to require lots of time, attention, patience, training and work. If you are looking for a more low-maintenance dog who goes with the flow and enjoys lounging, the Bordoodle is not for you.
10. Bordoodle Dogs Need To Be Socialized and Trained At An Early Age To Reduce Anxiety
Because they are so intelligent, Bordoodle dogs can be prone to anxiety if not properly socialized.
All dogs require training and socialization to grow up happy, healthy and well rounded, and the Bordoodle is no exception. In fact, this type of dog especially will do best with routine training and socialization throughout his life to avoid problems like anxiety and destructive behaviors.
Begin socializing your Bordoodle as early as possible, and introduce him to new experiences, places, people and things in a calm, positive manner. Refrain from forcing your Bordoodle into experiences that frightened him, and allow him to explore things at his own pace.
When training, make sure you use treats and praise. Avoid using punishment and scolding, and stick with positive reinforcement. The Bordoodle is a very clever dog who is eager to please and wants to do right by you, but he can become quickly bored if training sessions are not kept short and fun.
Once you get in a rhythm with your Bordoodle and the two of you understand each other, training will be a blast for both of you!
11. The Bordoodle Does Best On A Quality Dog Food Specified For His Age, Weight and Activity Level
Bordoodle dogs should eat a healthy, quality dog food to stay happy and thriving.
Because the Bordoodle is such an athletic and intelligent hybrid, he will need a high quality dog food that is rich in protein, carbs, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and water. Make sure his dog food is free of any additives, fillers, artificial dyes, by-products, corn, wheat or soy, and go for food that is specified for his age, weight and activity level.
You have plenty of options when it comes to the best dog food for your Bordoodle, including dry dog food, wet dog food, and even raw dog food. Because the Bordoodle can be prone to suffering from allergies, a hypoallergenic dog food with limited ingredients may help combat these issues and improve overall coat and skin health.
Some dog owners prefer to make their dog food at home. If you do choose to make homemade dog food, we suggest speaking with your veterinarian about your Bordoodle’s unique needs to ensure he doesn’t miss out on any vital nutrients.
12. The Bordoodle Is An Athletic Working Dog Who Needs Plenty Of Exercise and Mental Stimulation
Bordoodle dogs will enjoy lots of outside time and make excellent hiking and camping companions.
Exercise and mental stimulation is going to play a key role in your Bordoodle’s overall health and happiness.
He should do well with two good walks a day. Bordoodle dogs will also make excellent jogging partners, and many even enjoy swimming. Along with walks or jogs, your Bordoodle will also appreciate plenty of backyard playtime. If you don’t have a backyard, consider taking your Bordoodle to a dog park. This way he can run and play freely, which the Border Collie side of him will truly appreciate.
Your Bordoodle will also need constant mental stimulation throughout the day to keep his clever mind active and to keep him from getting into mischief.
Puzzle toys can help combat naughty behaviors brought on by boredom, but we also suggest teaching your Bordoodle how to help out around the house. You can train him to help bring in the mail, sort the laundry, load the dishwasher, and even carry in groceries. He will love you for it!
13. Bordoodle Dogs Can Make Wonderful Additions To Homes With Children And Pets, Though They May Have Herding Instincts
Bordoodle dogs get along well with children and other pets.
Bordoodle dogs are loving and affectionate by nature, and will enjoy having children to play with in the home. They can also get along well with other pets including both dogs and cats, though it’s important to keep in mind that the Border Collie specifically is a born herding dog.
If your Bordoodle inherits these herding instincts from his Border Collie parent breed, he may be inclined to herd smaller kids and animals around the home, which can be frustrating. You will need to work with your children and your Bordoodle to reduce these problematic behaviors.
We also suggest teaching children how to properly and respectfully interact with the family dog, and monitor younger children around your Bordoodle to ensure everyone is getting along safely and happily.
14. Your Bordoodle’s Grooming Needs Are Moderate
Grooming maintenance will depend on the type of coat your Bordoodle inherits.
Both the Poodle and the Border Collie have different grooming needs, and your Bordoodle’s grooming needs will vary greatly depending on his coat and the type of haircut you give him.
For the most part, the Bordoodle will need routine brushing with a dematting comb at least once or twice a week. He will also need to be bathed once every few weeks, unless he gets particularly dirty.
Along with brushing, the Bordoodle should have his nails trimmed regularly to keep them from cracking or splitting. His ears should be checked and cleaned often to ensure they do not accumulate a buildup of moisture and debris, which can cause ear infections.
Like all dogs, your Bordoodle will also do best with having his teeth brushed at least once a day using a dog-safe toothbrush and toothpaste.
15. Bordoodle Puppies Can Be Expensive, But Don’t Cut Corners
Bordoodle puppies can be more costly than some other hybrid dogs, but it’s important to go through reputable sources and avoid cutting corners.
On average, a Bordoodle puppy from a breeder can cost anywhere between $1,000 to $6,000, depending on the breeder and the quality of your Bordoodle’s parent breeds.
While this is certainly a hefty price to pay, it’s important not to cut corners when looking for a Bordoodle puppy. Avoid going through backyard breeders or online sellers in the hopes of finding a puppy at a cheaper price.
If you do so, you could be an unwitting supporter of puppy mills and even wind up with a sick or dying puppy. This could cost you much more in the long run both financially and emotionally.
When going through a breeder, remember that most reputable breeders will be able to provide you with health certificates proving their puppies have been screened and cleared of any serious health issues. You might also be able to get a look at the Bordoodle’s parents to get a better idea at what your particular Bordoodle puppy will grow up to look like.
Of course, you also have the option of adopting a Bordoodle dog. There are many benefits of going through a rescue or shelter to adopt a dog, including a reduction in price. Furthermore, many shelters provide a free initial vet exam and often have their dogs undergo behavioral testing to ensure they are adopted out into the right family.
Three Products A Bordoodle Dog Owner Needs To Know About
Bordoodle dogs will thrive with puzzle toys to keep them busy.
Have you decided that the Bordoodle crossbreed is the right dog for your family? Congratulations! This is certainly a unique and incredible family companion, and we couldn’t be happier for you. As such, we want to help start you and your furkid off on the right foot.
Take a look at three of our favorite products for Bordoodles that every Bordoodle parent should know about.
Nina Ottosson Puzzle Toy By Outward Hound
Dogs like Bordoodles will surely appreciate toys that challenge them and keep their intelligent minds busy. For this reason, we have listed the above puzzle toy by Outward Hound. This is a company that makes a number of puzzle toys for intelligent dogs, but we particularly like the Nina Ottosson toy because it is a bit more challenging.
You can even order it in different levels from easy to expert, allowing your Bordoodle to grow with the toy.
Blue Buffalo Basics LID Dog Food
Bordoodle dogs can be prone to allergies and skin issues, so we recommend a dog food that is rich in protein but has limited ingredients. The above dog food by Blue Buffalo is made with salmon to help promote a healthy skin and coat, and it is free of poultry, which can aggravate sensitivities in dogs.
This dog food is also ideal for athletic, energetic dogs like the Bordoodle as it is rich in single animal protein. It also supports a healthy digestion and healthy brain development.
PetSafe Easy Walk Dog Harness
Because walking and exercise are going to play such a key role in your Bordoodle parenthood experience, we recommend investing in a good dog harness. One of our favorites is the EasyWalk Dog Harness because it promotes safer walking that is more comfortable for both you and your dog.
The harness is a front clip harness that does not put pressure on your Bordoodle’s sensitive throat or trachea, and it redirects him if he pulls. This harness can be ordered in different colors and sizes, depending on your needs.
And that’s it.
So, after reading up on the Bordoodle, what do you think? Is this the right dog for you and your lifestyle?
Leave us your thoughts about the Bordoodle hybrid in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!
Jen Jones is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist with more than 25 years of experience. As the founder of ‘Your Dog Advisor’ and the ‘Canine Connection’ rehabilitation center, she applies a holistic, empathetic approach, aiming to address root causes rather than merely treating symptoms.
Well known for her intuitive and compassionate approach, Jen adopts scientifically-proven, reward-based methods, encouraging positive reinforcement over punishment. Jen specializes in obedience training, behavior modification, and puppy socialization. Her innovative methods, particularly in addressing anxiety and aggression issues, have been widely recognized. Jen has worked with many of the world’s leading dog behaviorists and in her free time volunteers with local animal shelters and rescue groups.