Have you ever thought about what the world’s most intelligent dog breed is? Well, according to some websites, the most intelligent breed is the Border Collie. Now combine that breed with an also smart and water-loving one, the poodle.
Put them together, and you get the Bordoodle or also referred to as the Bordoodle. Unlike its parents, this beautiful crossbreed is relatively new and is to be believed that it’s only come into the limelight in the past few decades.
Similarly, as this breed is not a purebred, it can be hard to detect its temperament. In all honesty, the two breeds of its parents are so vast, it can be difficult to imagine what a Bordoodle might actually be like.
We bet your brain is going crazy right now, trying to imagine this breed. Well, to help build a better picture in your minds, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about the Border Collie Poodle mix in this article.
What Will You Learn? 👇
The Bordoodle temperament explained ✨
One of the major deciding factors for dog owners before bringing them home is their temperament. Often temperament is a matter of personal choice for each owner; for example, you might want a dog that is obedient or hyperactive, energetic, and a little bit cheeky. Likewise, you may want a dog with a personality that is neither of those.
To help see if a Bordoodle’s temperament meets your expectations, we need to first review its parent’s temperament. First of all, poodles come from Germany and developed into a distinct breed in France. This breed is loyal, easy to please, and a great dog, i.e., easy to train. It does also have a mischievous side too.
Whereas a Border Collie derives from Scotland, England. It’s often known as one of the smartest dogs in the world and is full of energy. Similarly, this breed is renowned for being athletic and requires frequent mental and physical stimulation.
So now you have an idea of both of its parent’s temperament and a chance of having a 50/50 inheritance; what temperament does a Bordoodle have?
Well, speaking of stimulation, just like its parents, a Bordoodle is full of life and energy, just like another working dog – the Ausiedoodle. This means they need to be played with frequently and can’t be left on their own for long. If you leave them at home for a long time, they could become anxious, self-destructive, or destruct your favorite furniture.
The Border Collie Poodle mix is also a gentle dog that is full of love and not aggressive. Because of this, they are the perfect breed for families and also friendly with children. They loved to be cuddled and fussed over. But, if you’re looking for a dog that might fit well into your home, their friendliness isn’t just one of the most important qualities they have.
A Bordoodle is very obedient and loyal, making it very easy to train and respond to any commands. So if you’re looking for a dog that may fit in with your family and not be too hard to house train, a Bordoodle may be for you!
How tall is the Border Collie Poodle mix? 📐
Are you a lover of small or big dogs? If you’re a lover of both, then you might like the Bordoodle as this breed sits right in the middle; it’s often referred to as a medium sized dog.
In all honesty, their size can vary depending on their pattern of inheritance from their Poodle and Border Collie parents. Similarly, it depends whether its poodle parent is either a miniature, standard, or toy breed.
If the Bordoodle has a standard poodle parent, it could typically grow anything between 12-22 inches tall. It can weigh between 35-65 pounds. However, if you’re looking to get a Bordoodle that has had a miniature poodle parent, you may want to speak to a well known breeder first, who will be able to tell you more about its size.
What does a Bordoodle’s coat look like? 🐩
In today’s world, there are so many dog lovers who love dogs for their personality and their aesthetic. If you’re one of those individuals, you may love the Bordoodle. This breed has a beautiful curly coat, just like its Border Collie parent.
The curls are loose, and because of this, they often look like a big curly four legged teddy bear, ready to be snuggled. Similar to its Border Collie parent, it has a black and white coat.
However, depending on its inheritance pattern, it can adopt the colors of its poodle parent, and you could also see a Bordoodle having a coat that is either white, black, red, apricot, brown, silver, or cream. Likewise, it could have a combination of a range of those colors.
Often their coat is medium length or a long one; in addition to their overcoat, they also have an underlayer which shed according to certain seasons.
Are Bordoodles hypoallergenic? 🤧
A common question that often arises when people are looking to bring a dog into their home is, are they hypoallergenic?
The truth is, no dog is fully hypoallergenic. But, when it comes to a Bordoodle, it’s not really considered as a hypoallergenic dog. This is because their poodle parent sheds very little, and also, a Bordoodle often has a curly coat just like its parent.
The curls on their coat work very well to trap any dander or dust and reduce the chances of an allergic reaction.
But, we can’t predict that every Border Doodle will take after its Poodle parent; there is also a chance to inherit coat characteristics from the Border Collie. This breed is not considered a hypoallergenic dog as it shed moderately and often regularly.
Therefore because you cannot guarantee what characteristics they’re going to inherit from their parents, we recommend spending time with a Bordoodle before you buy one.
If you suffer from allergies, you can see if you’re affected first. Similarly, you can also speak to the breeder in advance to ask about how often it sheds. Often an advanced breeder will be able to tell you once the Border Doodle is 6 weeks old.
What grooming is required for a Bordoodle? ✂️
If you own a Bordoodle, you must groom it frequently. This means that you brush it weekly using a slicker brush or a greyhound comb. You must do this to stop the curls in their coat from becoming tangled. Similarly, they need weekly ear cleaning, nail trimming, and daily teeth brushing.
Moreover, you should bathe your Bordoodle every 8-12 weeks to keep them clean and prevent them from smelling. In addition to this, a Bordoodle can suffer from many eye problems. As a result, you should check its eyes each week. If you notice it is weeping or there is changes to how they look, or the Border Doodle is scratching them, seek the advice of a vet.
Common Bordoodle health issues 💊
Generally, Bordoodles are a healthy breed and tend to have a lifespan ranging from 11-16 years. However, because they are a crossbreed, they can be prone to the following health problems:
- Hip dysplasia-Where the dog’s ball and hip socket do not align, eventually leading to a dislocated hip. Often Bordoodles can be born with this condition, and symptoms can often be seen as limping or pain.
- Collie eye anomaly- If it inherits certain characteristics from its Border Collie parent, it could be prone to Collie eye anomaly. This is where their blood vessels in their retina do not develop properly, which can trigger blindness. However, you can get genetic tests to see if they are at risk of getting it.
- Epilepsy- This is a neurological disorder that can trigger seizures, loss of consciousness, foaming at the mouth, and more. Usually, this is inherited and can be controlled with medication.
- Early onset deafness– In rare cases, a Bordoodle can lose hearing as they come into adulthood. It’s believed that its pattern of inheritance causes this.
- Progressive retinal atrophy– As mentioned above, Bordoodles can suffer from many eye problems, just like their parents. This means it’s a risk of their photoreceptor cells in their eyes being damaged and, as a result, can cause blindness later on in life.
- Exercise induced collapse– If your Bordoodles muscles are weak and undergo strenuous exercise, it could be at risk of collapsing.
How much does a Border Doodle puppy cost? 💲
If you’re looking to buy a Bordoodle expect to pay anything ranging from $700-$1500. Due to its obedient nature and reputation for shedding very little, this breed is on the rise and slowly becoming more expensive.
In addition to this, other variables will influence its costs, such as its heritage, type of breeder, appearance, health problems, location, and more.
Similarly, you must prepare yourself when buying one for any additional health costs like vet bills, food, grooming expenses, toys, and more.
Final thoughts ✔️
The Bordoodle is a fun loving, energetic, and obedient breed. Because of its temperament, it’s a great addition to any home with a family as it loves to be snuggled and is easy to house train.
If you choose to own a Bordoodle, you must take it for regular exercise as it needs daily mental and physical stimulation. If you don’t, it could become self destructive and tear apart your home.
Generally, their coat is black and white, but if it inherits more from its Poodle parent, it could have a mixture of markings and come in a range of colors. Because we aren’t exactly sure which parent it will take after, some Bordoodles can be hypoallergenic, and some may not.
Therefore if you suffer from any allergies, we recommend speaking to a reputable breeder first about the dog. Usually, they can identify the Bordoodles characteristics from as young as six weeks old.
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Marko is the founder and author at PoodleHQ, where he blends profound expertise with formal training in Animal Behavior and Canine Genetics. With multiple generations of poodles under his care, he’s a breed connoisseur, honored with the Canine Care Excellence Award and lauded by the International Pet Enthusiasts Association.