The Bordoodle, also famous by the names of Borderpoo or Borpoo, is a cross between a Poodle and a Border Collie. These pups are incredibly friendly, highly intelligent, and are bursting at the seams with love and affection for their owners. They are great family pets, growing instantly protective of the people that they love. However, due to their smarts, these pups may develop some level of stubbornness, so it is best to start them young when it comes to socialization and training.
Like many of its other Doodle peers, the exact point of origin of the Bordoodle is difficult to trace. These pups may have existed naturally before intentional breeding of the Poodle, and Border Collie began. However, it is understood that Bordoodle is a relatively recent addition to the Doodle club. The aim of crossing the Poodle with the Border Collie was probably to create a pup with the hypoallergenic coat and intelligence of the Poodle and the friendly and protective nature of the Border Collie. While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact intentions, it is safe to say we’re glad these two breeds were crossed!
Bordoodles are as friendly as they get and incredibly intelligent. These are social animals that love being around people. This makes them perfect for families as they will make a great addition to any loving home. The Bordoodle is an affectionate pup, enjoying cuddling indoors and a game of fetch outside in equal parts. They are active dogs and should be allowed to get rid of any pent-up energy through exercise. Due to their intelligent nature, the Bordoodle is very easy to train and will be picking up tricks and desired behaviors in no time. However, make sure your dog’s emotional and physical needs are being met, and they are adequately mentally stimulated. Otherwise, they may become destructive. They are protective dogs and will alert you in case of any intruders, although it is best not to rely on them for any kind of protection since the Bordoodle is the very opposite of intimidating.
The Bordoodle is a medium-sized dog breed. However, some may be bigger or smaller than expected. These pups come in a variety of different sizes due to their mixed nature, with their size being dependent on which parent they take after. In general, most weigh around 30-60 pounds and be expected to grow anywhere between 12 to 22 inches tall.
The Bordoodle enjoys relatively good health. Genetic illnesses are more of an issue when it comes to purebred dogs where the gene pool becomes incredibly restricted, forcing disease-causing genes to surface more frequently. A mixed pooch mostly manages to avoid this issue. However, there is still a likelihood that some genetic illnesses may develop. When getting your Bordoodle puppy from a breeder, make sure adequate health clearance certificates are provided for both the Border Collie and Poodle parents and ensure that both parents were older than two years at the time of mating (since that is the age when most genetic illnesses tend to show symptoms). It is necessary for you to schedule regular visits to your local veterinarian to ensure that your pup is in good health and, in case of any issues, is given prompt medical attention. Some illnesses that the Bordoodle may be predisposed to include degenerative eye diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy, bone-related issues such as hip dysplasia, and neurological issues such as epilepsy. Also, take care of your Bordoodle’s ears and oral hygiene since they may develop ear infections or dental issues.
While energetic and playful, the Bordoodle doesn’t have exercise needs as demanding as other Doodle breeds like the Shepadoodle. They need moderate daily exercise, with a 45 minute-walk broken up into two walks a day being more than enough to keep your pup satisfied and healthy. These are highly intelligent dogs that require mental stimulation in order to live their best life. Provide them with lots of toys and trinkets and keep them engaged in stimulating activities to keep them from getting bored. Due to their high levels of obedience, the Bordoodle is easy to train. They love to please and will be picking up tricks in no time. These pups can easily adjust to life in the city, so you don’t need to worry about having a house next to the woods or along the beach to keep the Bordoodle happy.
The Bordoodle has a medium frame with moderate energy levels, so their diet should be tailored accordingly. When coming up with a feeding plan for your Bordoodle, speak to a professional so that you can make sure your dog’s nutritional needs are being met. If the Bordoodle does not get adequate exercise and is allowed to overeat, they will grow overweight. It is best to avoid free feeding, instead choosing to stick to a schedule. The amount of food that your dog needs to stay healthy and active will change as they age. Speak to a professional before introducing any changes to their diet.
The Bordoodle’s coat usually comes in a combination of the colors black, white, brown, and grey; and has a texture that is lusciously soft to the touch. It can be either wavy or curly, depending on the genes the dog has inherited. The coat grows to a medium to long length and is relatively low-shedding owing to the Bordoodle’s Poodle genes.
You should brush your Bordoodle at least once a week to ensure their coat stays tangle-free and there is no matting of the fur. While their coat offers some level of protection from colder weather, be sure to put a jacket on your dog if you feel like the weather is getting a little too chilly for your pup. Make sure to keep your Bordoodle’s ears free of any dirt or debris to keep any ear infections at bay. They should be bathed when necessary, but do not overdo it since excessive bathing can dry out and irritate your dog’s skin. Clip their nails if they do not wear away naturally, and make sure you maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your Bordoodle’s teeth regularly.
A Bordoodle puppy can come with a price tag ranging from anywhere between $700 to $1500, depending on the traits of the dog and whether you choose to adopt a rescue or buy from a breeder.
While it is rare for a “designer dog” to end up in a shelter, it is always a good idea to look into your rescue options before opting to buy from a breeder. Remember, when it comes to pets, it is always a better idea to adopt than to shop! Here is a list of organizations that house Bordoodle rescues (among other breeds):