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Bordoodle Dog Info: Border Collie Poodle Mix

Border Collie Poodle Mix

What is a Bordoodle Dog?


Border Collie Poodle Mix

Other Names:

Borderpoo, Borpoo, Borpoodle, Border Collie Poodle Mix

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Border Collie Poodle Mix Breed History

Border Collie Breed History:

Border Collies originated in Britain from the dogs of two ancient groups of warriors: the Roman Empire and the Vikings.  To feed each group as they conquered new territory they brought along their own livestock.  Of course, they both needed excellent herding dogs to attend to their food supply.

The Roman dogs were large and heavy-boned while the Viking dogs were smaller and quicker. The agile and compact Border Collie is the end result of these traits eventually being merged.  The name “Border Collie” comes from the fact that these dogs originated on the border of England and Scotland.

Poodle Breed History:

While commonly associated with the French, the Poodle actually originated as a duck hunter in Germany over 400 years ago.  In German, “pudelin” refers to the splashing in water that the dogs would do to retrieve waterfowl.  The Poodle’s curly, weatherproof coat as well as its natural swimming ability and high intelligence made it an excellent retriever. 

Eventually, Poodles made their way from the lake to the life of luxury as they were the breed of choice by French nobles, and eventually royalty across all of Europe.  To this day, the Poodle is still the national dog of France.  The entertainment industry then caught on to the Poodle’s showy looks, intelligence, and ease of trainability and gave them a prominent role in circus acts across the world.

While the Poodle started out as the “standard” variety, eventually the miniature and toy variations were bred.  The Toy Poodle started in the United States in the early 20th century to be a city-dwelling companion dog.  Due to the many positive personality traits and its hypoallergenic coat, Poodles are now commonly bred with a wide variety of other breeds to produce the “designer” hybrid dogs known and loved by many as “doodles.”

Bordoodle Breed History:

As one of the newer hybrids, the Bordoodle breed doesn’t have a clear or lengthy history.

Border Collie Poodle Mix Appearance & Grooming

How Big Do Bordoodles Get?

A Bordoodle’s size is determined mostly by whether its Poodle parent was a standard, miniature, or toy.  On top of that, the gender of the puppy and the genetics of the parents play important factors as well.

Bordoodles are rarely, if ever, bred from Toy Poodles.  A Miniature Bordoodle will weigh in at around 20-30 pounds and stand roughly 16-17 inches tall.  The Standard Bordoodle, will weigh approximately 30-60 pounds and stand about 18-22 inches tall.

Read More: Bordoodle Size Full Grown: How Big Do Bordoodles Get? (Mini, Medium, Standard)

Bordoodle Dog Breed Coat & Grooming:

The coat of a Bordoodle dog typically comes in black, white, silver, brown, or a combination of those colors.  Their fur can range anywhere from long and straight like the Border Collie to curly like the Poodle and usually is of medium to longer length.

How curly your dog’s fur is dictates how often they must be brushed.  A minimum of brushing every other day is required for Bordoodles, with the ideal frequency being every day to prevent matting and tangles.

Are Bordoodles Hypoallergenic?
Do Bordoodles Shed?

Due to the presence of the Poodle’s genes, the Bordoodle breed is sometimes promoted as being hypoallergenic and/or non-shedding.  While this can be true, due to the unpredictability of genetics, there is no guarantee that any particular dog, or litter of dogs will be hypoallergenic.  Some individuals’ allergies are more sensitive to certain breeds than other breeds, but there is no scientific evidence that shows that certain hybrid breeds are universally more or less hypoallergenic than others.

With that being said, as a rule of thumb, the larger the percentage of Poodle is in a dog’s heritage, the more likely they are to be hypoallergenic or non-shedding.  So an F1BB Bordoodle (87.5% Poodle) is more likely to be hypoallergenic than an F1B Bordoodle (75% Poodle) which is more likely than an F1 or F2 Bordoodle (50% Poodle).

Border Collie Poodle Mix Health & Wellness

Bordoodle Dog Breed Lifespan:

A healthy and well-cared-for Bordoodle’s life expectancy is around 12-15 years.

Bordoodle Dog Breed Common Health Concerns:

Bordoodles may be susceptible to the common health problems of both the Border Collie and the Poodle.  However, due to the genetic diversity from crossing these two breeds, the result may be a lower chance of developing these inherited health concerns.

Some of the more common genetic disorders to be on the lookout for in the Poodle Border Collie Mix include Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, and Epilepsy.

Due to the cost of treating these common health concerns, we highly encourage all dog owners invest in pet insurance. We recommend getting a free online quote from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance.

Border Collie Poodle Mix Temperament & Personality

Bordoodle Dog Breed Behavioral Traits:

The Border Collie Poodle Mix is a friendly and social breed that makes a great family pet.  While loyal and protective of their family, they are rarely, if ever, aggressive.

A blend of two highly intelligent breeds, they are easily trainable.  In fact, keeping up with training and giving them tasks to complete will help make them happy by keeping them mentally stimulated.

They get along well with kids as well as both dogs and cats.  One thing to look out for is their natural tendency to herd.  This might display itself in light bumping or nipping of pets, children, or even adults as a puppy.  Don’t panic, as this is not aggressive at all and completely natural.  It is just something that should be addressed early on in training and likely won’t be much of an issue afterwards.

Bordoodle Dog Breed Activity Requirements:

In order to keep all that natural intelligence and energy constructive, Bordoodles must have sufficient exercise.  One longer or two shorter walks a day is sufficient for the Border Collie Poodle Mix, with at least 45 minutes of exercise each day being a good minimum.  

Border Collie Poodle Mix Pictures

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Bordoodle Breed of Dog
Poodle Border Collie Mix
Cross Between a Border Collie and a Poodle

Alternative Breeds to the Border Collie Poodle Mix