The Bordoodle is a mixed breed dog — a cross between the Border Collie and Poodle dog breeds. Friendly, playful, and intelligent, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.
Bordoodles are also sometimes known as Borpoos and Borderpoos. You can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues, so remember to always adopt! Don’t shop if you’re looking to add a Bordoodle to your home!
Bordoodles makes for excellent family dogs. They’re friendly, love companionship, and will even become protective towards your family. The mixed breed is relatively low maintenance and is tolerant of most people, from very young to very old.
Just be warned. Due to the Bordoodle’s intelligence, they can start to show stubborn traits if they don’t get proper socialization and training from a young age. Destructive behaviour could even become an issue. But if you make sure you train your pooch well, you’ll have the ultimately family dog!
Some dogs are simply easier than others; they take to training better and are fairly easygoing. They’re also resilient enough to bounce back from your mistakes or inconsistencies.
Dogs who are highly sensitive, independent thinking, or assertive may be harder for a first-time dog parent to manage. You’ll get your best match if you take your dog-owning experience into account as you choose your new pooch.
If you’re new to dog parenting, take a look at 101 Dog Tricks and read up on how to train your dog!
Some dogs will let a stern reprimand roll off their backs, while others take even a dirty look to heart. Low-sensitivity dogs, also called “easygoing,” “tolerant,” “resilient,” and even “thick-skinned,” can better handle a noisy, chaotic household, a louder or more assertive owner, and an inconsistent or variable routine. Do you have young kids, throw lots of dinner parties, play in a garage band, or lead a hectic life? Go with a low-sensitivity dog.
Some breeds bond very closely with their family and are more prone to worry or even panic when left alone by their owner. An anxious dog can be very destructive–barking, whining, chewing, and otherwise causing mayhem. These breeds do best when a family member is home during the day or if you can take the dog to work.
Dogs with thick, double coats are more vulnerable to overheating. So are breeds with short noses, like Bulldogs or Pugs, since they can’t pant as well to cool themselves off. If you want a heat-sensitive breed, your dog will need to stay indoors with you on warm or humid days, and you’ll need to be extra cautious about exercising your dog in the heat.
All Around Friendliness
Some breeds are independent and aloof, even if they’ve been raised by the same person since puppyhood; others bond closely to one person and are indifferent to everyone else; and some shower the whole family with affection. Breed isn’t the only factor that goes into affection levels; dogs who were raised inside a home with people around feel more comfortable with humans and bond more easily.
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Being gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed pets and hugs they can dish out, and having a blasé attitude toward running, screaming children are all traits that make a kid-friendly dog. You may be surprised by who’s on that list: Fierce-looking Boxers are considered good with children, as are American Staffordshire Terriers (which are considered Pit Bulls). Small, delicate, and potentially snappy dogs such as Chihuahuas aren’t always so family-friendly.
**All dogs are individuals. Our ratings are generalizations, and they’re not a guarantee of how any breed or individual dog will behave. Dogs from any breed can be good with children based on their past experiences, training on how to get along with kids, and personality. No matter what the breed or breed type, all dogs have strong jaws, sharp pointy teeth, and may bite in stressful circumstances. Young children and dogs of any breed should always be supervised by an adult and never left alone together, period.
Friendliness toward dogs and friendliness toward humans are two completely different things. Some dogs may attack or try to dominate other dogs, even if they’re love-bugs with people; others would rather play than fight; and some will turn tail and run. Breed isn’t the only factor. Dogs who lived with their littermates and mother until at least six to eight weeks of age and who spent lots of time playing with other dogs during puppyhood, are more likely to have good canine social skills.
Health And Grooming Needs
Drool-prone dogs may drape ropes of slobber on your arm and leave big, wet spots on your clothes when they come over to say hello. If you’ve got a laid-back attitude toward slobber, fine; but if you’re a neatnik, you may want to choose a dog who rates low in the drool department.
Some breeds are brush-and-go dogs; others require regular bathing, clipping, and other grooming just to stay clean and healthy. Consider whether you have the time and patience for a dog who needs a lot of grooming, or the money to pay someone else to do it.
Due to poor breeding practices, some breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, such as hip dysplasia. This doesn’t mean that every dog of that breed will develop those diseases; it just means that they’re at an increased risk.
If you’re adopting a puppy, it’s a good idea to find out which genetic illnesses are common to the breed you’re interested in. You may also want to ask if your shelter or rescue has information about the physical health of your potential pup’s parents and other relatives.
Some breeds have hearty appetites and tend to put on weight easily. As in humans, being overweight can cause health problems in dogs. If you pick a breed that’s prone to packing on pounds, you’ll need to limit treats, make sure they get enough exercise, and measure out their daily food servings into regular meals rather than leaving food out all the time.
Ask your vet about your dog’s diet and what they recommend for feeding your pooch to keep them at a healthy weight. Weight gain can lead to other health issues or worsen problems like arthritis.
Dogs come in all sizes, from the world’s smallest pooch, the Chihuahua, to the towering Great Dane, how much space a dog takes up is a key factor in deciding if they’re compatible with you and your living space. Large dog breeds might seem overpowering and intimidating, but some of them are incredibly sweet! Take a look and find the right sized dog for you!
Easy-to-train dogs are more adept at forming an association between a prompt (such as the word “sit”), an action (sitting), and a consequence (getting a treat) very quickly. Other dogs need more time, patience, and repetition during training.
Many breeds are intelligent but approach training with a “What’s in it for me?” attitude, in which case you’ll need to use rewards and games to teach them to want to comply with your requests.
Dogs who were bred for jobs that require decision making, intelligence, and concentration, such as herding livestock, need to exercise their brains, just as dogs who were bred to run all day need to exercise their bodies. If they don’t get the mental stimulation they need, they’ll make their own work–usually with projects you won’t like, such as digging and chewing. Obedience training and interactive dog toys are good ways to give a dog a brain workout, as are dog sports and careers, such as agility and search and rescue.
Common in most breeds during puppyhood and in Retriever breeds at all ages, mouthiness means a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite (a soft, fairly painless bite that doesn’t puncture the skin). Mouthy dogs are more likely to use their mouths to hold or “herd” their human family members, and they need training to learn that it’s fine to gnaw on chew toys, but not on people. Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy a game of fetch, as well as a good chew on a toy that’s been stuffed with kibble and treats.
Dogs who were bred to hunt, such as Terriers, have an inborn desire to chase–and sometimes kill–other animals. Anything whizzing by, such as cats, squirrels, and perhaps even cars, can trigger that instinct. Dogs who like to chase need to be leashed or kept in a fenced area when outdoors, and you’ll need a high, secure fence in your yard. These breeds generally aren’t a good fit for homes with smaller pets that can look like prey, such as cats, hamsters, or small dogs. Breeds that were originally used for bird hunting, on the other hand, generally won’t chase, but you’ll probably have a hard time getting their attention when there are birds flying by.
Some breeds sound off more often than others. When choosing a breed, think about how often the dog vocalizes with barks or howls. If you’re considering a hound, would you find their trademark howls musical or maddening? If you’re considering a watchdog, will a city full of suspicious “strangers” put your pup on permanent alert? Will the local wildlife literally drive your dog wild? Do you live in housing with noise restrictions? Do you have neighbors nearby? Then you may wish to choose a quieter dog.
Some breeds are more free-spirited than others. Nordic dogs such as Siberian Huskies were bred to range long distances, and given the chance, they’ll take off after anything that catches their interest. And many hounds simply must follow their noses–or that bunny that just ran across the path–even if it means leaving you behind.
High-energy dogs are always ready and waiting for action. Originally bred to perform a canine job of some sort, such as retrieving game for hunters or herding livestock, they have the stamina to put in a full workday. They need a significant amount of exercise and mental stimulation, and they’re more likely to spend time jumping, playing, and investigating any new sights and smells.
Low-energy dogs are the canine equivalent of a couch potato, content to doze the day away. When picking a breed, consider your own activity level and lifestyle, and think about whether you’ll find a frisky, energetic dog invigorating or annoying.
A vigorous dog may or may not have high energy, but everything they do, they do with vigor: they strain on the leash (until you train them not to), try to plow through obstacles, and even eats and drinks with great big gulps. These dynamos need lots of training to learn good manners, and may not be the best fit for a home with young kids or someone who’s elderly or frail. A low-vigor dog, on the other hand, has a more subdued approach to life.
Some breeds do fine with a slow evening stroll around the block. Others need daily, vigorous exercise, especially those that were originally bred for physically demanding jobs, like herding or hunting.
Without enough exercise, these breeds may put on weight and vent their pent-up energy in ways you don’t like, such as barking, chewing, and digging. Breeds that need a lot of exercise are good for outdoorsy, active people, or those interested in training their dog to compete in a high-energy dog sport, such as agility.
Some dogs are perpetual puppies — always begging for a game — while others are more serious and sedate. Although a playful pup sounds endearing, consider how many games of fetch or tag you want to play each day, and whether you have kids or other dogs who can stand in as playmates for the dog.
Dog Breed Group:Mixed Breed DogsHeight:12 to 22 inchesWeight:30 to 60 poundsLife Span:12 to 15 years
More About This Breed
- The Bordoodle is a mixed breed dog. They are not purebreds like their Border Collie or Poodle parents.
- Bordoodles come in a range of coat colors and patterns, usually incorporating a mix of black, white, gray and brown.
- Bordoodles don’t shed too much. Brushing your dog one or two times a week should suffice.
- These dogs are extremely smart, but that intelligence can sometimes manifest itself in destructive behavior if the dog is left alone or not properly trained.
- Children and Bordoodles are a great mix. In general, you couldn’t ask for a better family dog than the Bordoodle. It’s still important to supervise playtime with all kids and dogs.
- A couple of walks every day, totaling around 45 minutes, should do the trick to keep the dog happy and healthy. Although, due to the mixed breed’s intelligence, it’s of great benefit to incorporate obedience tasks into the exercise mix to keep the dog alert.
The Bordoodle is one of the newest dog breeds around, so there’s not that much accurate information about how they first came on the scene. But if you take a look at the history of their parent breeds, you can start to understand where the Bordoodle comes from.
The Poodle breed can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt times. After that, the dog became popular in France as a duck hunting dog.
When it comes to the Border Collie, it’s said the breed was beloved by Queen Victoria and descended from British sheep-herding dogs. At one point, the Border Collie was even known as the Scotch Sheep Dog!
The Bordoodle has become known as a designer dog breed, but many of them unfortunately end up in shelters. So consider contacting your local rescue groups and shelters if you’re thinking about adding the Bordoodle to your home.
The Bordoodle is usually described as a medium-sized dog. Although, as is always the case with newer dog breeds, exact size standards might vary.
Most weigh in at 30 to 60 pounds and range in height from twelve to 22 inches.
When people describe their Bordoodles, they usually say that they’re both highly sociable and extremely intelligent dogs. This is true. The mixed breed usually gets along great with families and will love to become a part of daily activities and routines.
They’re happy to chill out and snuggle, but also happy to join in play sessions with the kids. The breed’s intelligence means that they also take well to training and will enjoy being mentally stimulated, especially if given fetch and herding-style tasks to undertake.
Just be warned that this same intelligence can sometimes manifest itself in destructive behavior if the dog is left alone or not properly trained. So make sure to let the Bordoodle become a central part of your family and enjoy a great dog!
Also be aware that the Bordoodle will quickly become protective towards the family that adopts them. While the mixed breed might not look like a classic guard dog, they will prove wary of strangers. This is a dog who’s loyal to the people who show them love.
Bordoodles are generally considered to be healthy dogs; although, the mixed breed can be predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Border Collie and Poodle face. As always, it’s important to schedule regular wellness visits with your dog’s vet.
Some of the more common health problems Bordoodles suffer from include:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Hip Dysplasia
As with all dogs, it’s important to keep up your Bordoodle’s regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.
The Bordoodle is a dog with medium energy and exercise needs. A couple of walks every day, totaling around 45 minutes, should do the trick to keep the dog happy and healthy. Although, due to the mixed breed’s intelligence, it’s of great benefit to incorporate obedience tasks into the exercise mix to keep the dog alert.
Thankfully, the Bordoodle can adapt easily to apartment living, so don’t worry if you live in an urban area without access to great expanses of outdoor space.
When it comes to dental care, try and brush your Bordoodle’s teeth every day or at least a few times a week. Consult your regular vet if you need advice on how best to carry out canine teeth cleanings. Also, check the mixed breed’s paw pads and nails every week or so for any signs of damage, and trim the dog’s nails every fortnight. Make sure to check their ears for debris or pests and clean them as recommended by your vet.
An ideal Bordoodle diet should be formulated for a medium breed with medium energy.
Bordoodles need to stick to a healthy diet, as overeating can cause weight gain and associated health problems, especially if adequate exercise isn’t offered.
As with all dogs, the Bordoodle’s dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Bordoodle’s diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs–including weight, energy, and health–to make a specific recommendation.
Coat Color And Grooming
You’ll see the Bordoodle in a range of coat colors and patterns, usually incorporating a mix of black, white, gray and brown.
The Bordoodle’s coat is somewhere between medium and long in terms of length, and described as soft to the touch and wavy. Shedding is on the lower side of things–brushing the dog one or two times a week should suffice.
In general, the Bordoodle is an adaptable dog when it comes to climate. Make sure to provide a suitable dog coat if the weather seems like it’s getting too frosty and your canine seems cold. Also, during hotter months, make sure shade and fresh water are always available during outdoor play and activity sessions.
Children And Other Pets
Children and Bordoodles are a great mix–just be sure to follow the usual guidelines of ensuring proper socialization and training takes place at an early age for both kids and dogs. But in general, you couldn’t ask for a better family dog than the Bordoodle.
When it comes to existing household pets, the breed is usually fine. But always supervise those first interactions and make sure that boundaries are set if necessary.
Ultimately, early socialization really pays off with this breed. Make sure to reward your Bordoodle for good behavior and adhere to a proper training regime when you bring them home to your family.
It may be hard to find a breed-specific rescue for Bordoodles because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Border Collie or Poodle breed-specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:
- Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue, Inc.
- Carolina Poodle Rescue