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Bordoodle: The Ultimate Guide to This Brilliant Crossbreed Dog - PawSafe

Bordoodle: The Ultimate Guide to This Brilliant Crossbreed Dog

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe

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The Bordoodle, also known as the Border Doodle, is a crossbreed between a Border Collie and a Poodle. This breed is becoming increasingly popular due to its intelligence, loyalty, and possibly allergy-friendly coat. 

The Bordoodle is an excellent companion for families, as well as a great working dog for farmers and ranchers. Their brilliance and frequent bouts of extreme energy and playfulness call for mind games such as snuffle mats and loads of exercise. 

These pups are great for owners that love a playful dog and can meet their energy demands. We have consulted experts like George Hoppendale in his Bordoodle manual to give you a complete guide to this brilliant mix.

Have you ever wanted a Border Collie so much but knew your lifestyle couldn’t meet their energy demands? Then meet the Bordoodle. These pups have that Border Collie essence but tuned a few notches down. However, remember that Bordoodles are still quite the energy balls because Poodles are hyperactive too. 

Bordoodles are highly intelligent and easy to train, making them a great choice for first-time dog owners. They are also very social and love to be around people, making them great family pets. 

However, they can be wary of strangers and require early socialization to prevent any potential aggression. Overall, the Bordoodle is a wonderful breed for those looking for a loyal and intelligent companion.

Check out this adorable Bordoodle.

Bordoodle Generations Explained

You may have heard the terms F1 or F2 Bordoodle and wondered what they mean. Each generation of Bordoodle has slightly different traits, so let’s briefly go over it here.

A F1 Bordoodle is the first-generation crossbreed between a Border Collie and a Poodle. This generation results in a 50% Border Collie and 50% Poodle mix. F1 Bordoodles are known for their genetic diversity, combining traits from both parent breeds. They typically have a wavy or curly coat and can vary in size, appearance, and temperament.

An F2 Bordoodle is the result of breeding two F1 Bordoodles. This generation further mixes the genes of the Border Collie and Poodle breeds, resulting in a diverse range of traits and appearances. F2 Bordoodles can vary in coat type, size, and temperament, and they may have a higher likelihood of exhibiting “hybrid vigor”.

An F1b Bordoodle is a backcross between an F1 Bordoodle and either a Poodle or a Border Collie. The “b” in F1b signifies the addition of a purebred parent, which is usually a Poodle to ensure a more hypoallergenic coat in the puppies. This breeding is done to enhance specific traits, such as hypoallergenic coats or particular coat colors. F1b Bordoodles are often more consistent in appearance and temperament than F1 or F2 generations. They are also usually 75% Poodle, so they are more like a Poodle than a Border Collie in personality and appearance.

An F1bb Bordoodle is a second-generation backcross. It is produced by crossing an F1b Bordoodle with either a Poodle or a Border Collie. F1bb Bordoodles are generally more consistent in their traits and resemble either the Poodle or Border Collie parent more closely. These backcrosses are often done to achieve specific traits or to maintain particular bloodlines within the breed.

History of the Bordoodle or Border Collie Poodle Designer Dog

The Bordoodle is a relatively new mixed breed that has gained popularity in recent years. To understand the history of the Bordoodle, it is important to first look at the history of its parent breeds: the Border Collie and the Poodle.

The Border Collie originated in the border region between Scotland and England in the 19th century. They were originally bred for their herding abilities and were highly valued for their intelligence and work ethic. Today, the Border Collie is still widely used as a working dog since they are happiest when they have a job to do.

The Poodle, on the other hand, has a much longer history. This breed originated in Germany in the 15th century and was bred for water retrieval. Over time, they became popular as circus performers and eventually became a favorite of the French aristocracy. Today, the Poodle is known for its intelligence, allergy-friendly coat, and versatility.

The Bordoodle itself is a designer breed that was created by crossing a Border Collie with a Poodle. Designer breeds like the Border Doodles have become increasingly popular in recent years as people look for dogs that combine the best traits of two different breeds.

Unlike new breeds like North American Mastiffs and mixes like Pomskies with elaborate histories, Bordoodles have an unclear past. However, it is believed that the breed was first developed in the United States in the 1990s. 

Other Bordoodle names include:

  • Borpoos;
  • Borderpoos;
  • Borderdoodles;
  • Borderdoodle Poodles; and
  • Border Poodles.

What Does the Bordoodle Look Like?

Borderdoodles are medium to large dogs with athletic bodies and a sturdy build. Their body shape may resemble that of a Border Collie, with a deep chest and straight back. They have moderately long and muscular legs, contributing to their agility and ability to move swiftly.

Their ears are usually floppy (although some can have the Collie’s small ears), and their eyes are almond-shaped. Eye color can range from brown to amber or hazel, depending on the individual dog. Bordoodles typically have a moderately long and well-defined muzzle and a broad head.

Border Doodle Coat and Colors 

They have a wavy or curly coat, which is typically low-shedding and allergy-friendly. Bordoodles come in a variety of colors, including:

  • Black;
  • White;
  • Brown;
  • Gray;
  • Apricot; 
  • Cream;
  • Marbled or Merle; and 
  • Particolored. 

By far the most common color is black, often with white markings on the chest and paws.

This adorable black, Bordoodle has stunning blue eyes 

How Big Does the Bordoodle Grow?

Standard Bordoodles can grow up to 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm) tall and weigh between 45-70 pounds (20 to 32kg). Their height places them in the medium to large Doodle category, along with Aussie Mountain Doodles and Bernedoodles

Mini Border Doodles can grow up to 14-18 inches (38 to 46 cm) tall and weigh between 15-30 pounds (6 to 13 kg). They are perfect for those who want a smaller dog but still enjoy the intelligence and loyalty of a Bordoodle.

Bordoodle Temperament and Intelligence 

How Do Borpoos Behave?

Bordoodles are highly sensitive and alert dogs that are incredibly active. Border Poodles are insanely intelligent, affectionate, highly sociable dogs, willful, and happy dogs. They are also sensitive, making them uniquely capable of being empathetic to their owners. 

We need to put special emphasis on just how energetic these dogs are. The dog community knows that owning Border Collies in apartments is borderline cruel due to their energy levels. While Poodles tune the energy down a bit, they’re still an active, playful breed.

Bordoodles are prone to barking and can become destructive if they get bored. Some even chatter their teeth when they get too excited due to their high drive. They need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy.

Bordoodles are also known for being very intelligent, making them easy to train. However, they can still be too active and busy for the average owner and if they are bored, they easily become destructive. This can mean chewing, barking, escaping, or digging. They’re also more susceptible to separation anxiety than many breeds since the Collie side bonds deeply with that special hooman.

Bordoodle Health

What are the Common Health Issues in Border Poodles?

Bordoodles are generally healthy dogs, but they can be prone to certain health issues common in their parent breeds. Some of the common health issues that Bordoodles may face include:

  • Hip dysplasia: This is a genetic condition that affects the hip joint. It can cause pain and lameness. 
  • Eye problems: Bordoodles can be prone to eye problems such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and glaucoma. They can also suffer from Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) affecting the retina, sclera, and choroid.
  • Epilepsy: Research has shown that Border Collies have a higher susceptibility to epilepsy that they may pass to Bordoodles
  • Hypothyroidism and other thyroid issues
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD): OCD is a joint disorder that affects cartilage development, particularly in the shoulder or elbow joints, leading to lameness and pain.
  • Multidrug Resistance Mutation, causing issues like drug reactions and shaking after vaccines
  • Addison’s Disease occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones
  • A bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Allergies: Bordoodles can be prone to allergies, which can cause skin irritation, itching, and other symptoms. Allergies can be caused by food, pollen, dust, and other environmental factors.
  • Other common issues like obesity, dental issues, stomach sensitivity, and ear infections

How Long Do Bordoodles Live?

The life expectancy of a Bordoodle is around 12 to 15 years. This is similar to the life expectancy of other medium-sized dogs. However, the life expectancy of a Bordoodle can be affected by factors such as genetics, diet, exercise, and overall health.

Caring for a Bordoodle

What Should a Borpoo Eat?

Bordoodles require a well-balanced diet to maintain their health and energy levels. High-quality dog food that meets their nutritional needs is essential. Animal protein should be the most abundant nutrient (25 to 30%), as well as vitamins, carbs, minerals, and fiber. 

 Owners should consult their veterinarian to determine the appropriate amount and type of food for their Bordoodle based on age, weight, and activity level. It is also important to monitor their weight and adjust their diet accordingly to prevent obesity.


Bordoodles are an active breed and require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. They enjoy various activities, such as walking, running, hiking, and playing fetch.

Owners should aim to provide at least 1 to 2 hours of exercise per day for their Bordoodle. It is important to provide mental stimulation as well, such as training, puzzles, and games.

How to groom a Bordoodle

Bordoodles have a thick, wavy coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.


 Owners should brush their Bordoodle’s coat at least once a week and more frequently during shedding season. 


Bathing should be done monthly or as needed with a proper dog shampoo, but not too often as it can strip the coat of its natural oils. 

Cleaning the Teeth

You must brush your dog’s teeth at least twice a week and use other methods like dental additives and chews for oral health. This prevents dental issues like bad breath, decay, and periodontitis.

Other Grooming

Owners should also trim their Bordoodle’s nails regularly with dog clippers and clean their ears with ear wipes to prevent infection.

Training a Bordoodle

Training Techniques

Bordoodles are highly intelligent dogs that can easily outsmart owners when they least suspect. Positive reinforcement training techniques work best with this breed. Using treats, praise, and toys as rewards for good behavior can help them learn quickly.

Consistency is key when training a Bordoodle. They respond well to a structured routine with clear boundaries and rules. It is important to start training early and to be patient, as Bordoodles can be stubborn at times.

Bordoodles are also very active dogs, so incorporating physical exercise into their training routine is essential. Long walks, runs, and playtime in the backyard can help keep them physically fit and mentally stimulated.


Socialization is crucial for Bordoodles. They are friendly dogs but can be wary of strangers if they are not socialized properly. Introducing them to different people, animals, and environments early on can help them become well-adjusted and confident dogs.

Puppy socialization classes are a great way to introduce Bordoodles to new experiences in a controlled environment. These classes can help them learn how to interact with other dogs and people positively.

It is also important to expose Bordoodles to different environments, such as busy streets, parks, and other public places. This can help them become comfortable in new situations and prevent them from becoming fearful or aggressive.

Suitable Home for a Bordoodle

  1. Owners ready to dedicate time and effort to training these intelligent dogs; 
  2. People with yards and space;
  3. Families with allergic people due to their reasonably allergy-friendly coats; 
  4. Highly active individuals; and 
  5. People who will be at home a lot since they are prone to separation anxiety. 

Adopting a Bordoodle

How Much Does a Bordoodle Puppy Cost?

The cost of a Bordoodle puppy can vary depending on the breeder, location, and demand. On average, a Bordoodle puppy for sale can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000. It’s recommended to do research on the breeder and ask for health clearances before making a purchase.

Finding a Breeder

When looking for a Bordoodle breeder, it’s important to find a reputable one who prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs. 

One way to find a good breeder is to ask for referrals from other Bordoodle owners or from breed-specific rescue organizations. It’s also recommended to visit the breeder in person to see the living conditions of the puppies and their parents.

When visiting a breeder, it’s important to ask questions about the health clearances of the parents, the socialization of the puppies, and any potential genetic health issues. A good breeder should be willing to answer any questions and provide documentation for health clearances.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the average lifespan of a Bordoodle?

The average lifespan of a Bordoodle is around 12 to 15 years. However, this can vary depending on the individual dog’s health and lifestyle.

Are Bordoodles smart?

Yes, Bordoodles are known for their extremely high intelligence and trainability as their parent breeds are the two smartest breeds in the world. They are quick learners and excel in obedience training, agility, and other dog sports.

Are Bordoodles good with children?

Bordoodles are generally good with children and make great family pets. However, as with any dog breed, it’s important to supervise interactions between children and dogs to ensure safety for both.

Do Bordoodles shed a lot?

Bordoodles have a low to moderate shedding level, depending on the individual dog’s coat type. If they take after their Border Collie parent, they can shed quite heavily when the seasons change. They have a wavy or curly coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.

Does the Bordoodle bark a lot?

Bordoodles are known to be heavy barkers. Like any dog breed, they may bark to alert their owners to potential danger or when they are feeling anxious or stressed. Additionally, they’re easily visually stimulated, adding to their barking levels. 

Are Bordoodles good with other pets?

Bordoodles can be good with other pets if they are socialized properly from a young age. However, they may have a high prey drive and may not be suitable for homes with small animals such as birds or rodents.

Are Bordoodles good with cats?

Bordoodles can be good with cats if they are introduced to them at a young age and are socialized properly. However, they may have a high prey drive and may not be suitable for homes with cats that are not used to living with dogs. They can fixate on herding or chasing cats.

Are Bordoodles friendly?

Bordoodles are generally friendly and social dogs. They enjoy being around people and other dogs and make great companions.

Are Bordoodles high energy?

Bordoodles are extremely high-energy and require daily exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behavior. They enjoy activities such as hiking, running, and playing fetch.


The Bordoodle is a unique mixed breed that combines the best traits of the Border Collie and the Poodle. This breed is highly intelligent, energetic, and affectionate, making it an excellent choice for families looking for a loyal and loving companion. One of the most significant advantages of the Bordoodle is its low-shedding coat, making it an ideal choice for families with allergies. 

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Tamsin De La Harpe


Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.