The Bordoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Border Collie and has become one of the more popular crossbreeds recently. This breed is a great choice for active families who aren’t looking to own a large dog.

The distinctive appearance of the Bordoodle makes it stand out from other dogs. It’s instantly recognizable for its curly, rough, and bushy hair. However, owners will find many other appealing features: the breed is intelligent and easy to train, as well as highly energetic.

The Bordoodle’s History

The first attempt to breed a bordoodle in North America was during the late 1990s. In 2013, the first Bordoodle was bred in North America. It is a 50/50 mix of Border Collie and Poodle.

After 3 or 4 generations of breeding, it’s possible to see consistent traits in a hybrid dog. There are many possibilities for the appearance of the Bordoodle because both parent breeds come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Physical Characteristics of the Dog

How much do Bordoodles shed?

Bordoodles can have long coats (like their Border Collie parents), short coats (like their Poodle parents) or something in between. They can also have a variety of different coat colors, since Border Collies come in so many colors.

Bordoodles typically have a wavy, curly coat which requires brushing. The curls or waves in their hair prevent the shedding of dead hair, so it needs to be removed by brushing. The amount that Bordoodles shed is minimal compared to most dogs.

Are Bordoodles hypoallergenic?

Like all hybrids, it is difficult to predict which traits an individual puppy in a litter will get from its parents. Some Bordoodles may have very low shedding coats like the Poodle parent, making them slightly hypoallergenic. Others may have thick coats like the Border Collie parent that shed regularly.

It’s not that the breeders are lying when they say that their dog is hypoallergenic, but it is just not possible. Hypoallergenic means “below normal” or “slightly allergenic”. No dog can be non-allergenic, as they all have some dander and saliva which will be shed and cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to dogs.

What are the most common health issues for a Bordoodle?

Bordoodles are generally healthy dogs, but they can be prone to the same health problems as their parents.

You can expect a Bordoodle to be a healthy-mixed breed. However, there are some health conditions that can affect your dog more often than others. Before you commit to a puppy, make sure you know what potential health issues they can inherit from their parents.

Speaking of health, let’s talk about the most common health issues for a Bordoodle:

  • Hip dysplasia;
  •  Elbow dysplasia;
  •  Eye problems;
  • Skin allergies.

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The coat of the Bordoodle should be brushed several times per week to remove dirt, mats, and tangles from the hair as well as distribute skin oil throughout the coat. Curly coated dogs should be brushed daily to prevent mats from forming in the curls.

They have a high shedding rate and are prone to separation anxiety. Bordoodles will do well in an apartment or house as long as they get enough exercise. They need to be exercised daily.


Bordoodles come in three different coats: wool, fleece and hair. Each coat has its own unique look and feel. The Wool coat is similar to the Border Collie with a medium length, wiry outer-coat with soft undercoat that is slightly more hypoallergenic than either parent breed.

The Fleece coat is similar to the Standard Poodle with a continuously growing, wavy or curly outer-coat with soft undercoat. The Hair coat is similar to a Flat-Coated Retriever with a short, flat, straight outer-coat and soft undercoat.

The Bordoodle is a hybrid dog, which means it has the traits of both breeds (the Border Collie and the Poodle). The appearance of this crossbreed varies greatly. Some will look more like a Border Collie, while others will be more Poodle-like.

Generally, this dog has a large, square head with almond-shaped eyes. Its nose is dark, and its ears will flop forward or stand erect. The coat can be long and fluffy or short and sleek.

Size and Weight

The standard-sized Bordoodle is a medium-sized dog that weighs between 30 and 50 pounds. Standard poodles can grow to be as large as 70 pounds, while border collies usually max out at around 45 pounds, so it’s not uncommon for Bordoodles to fall on the larger side of the spectrum. He will stand at 21-23 inches tall. In general, male Bordoodles are heavier than females, but there isn’t much variation in height.


Bordoodles are mostly friendly, loyal, and affectionate dogs who bond closely with their human families. They have an easy-going temperament and a friendly disposition. Because of the different types of breeding involved, they can take on more of the dominant traits from one parent or the other.

So while they are typically even-tempered, there is some variation depending on which parent they tend to resemble more in physical appearance and personality.

The Bordoodle is a playful, friendly dog that will quickly become a beloved member of the family. They are also highly intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train.

Grooming Needs

The Bordoodle has a medium-length coat that will require regular brushing. Depending on the dominant genes of the parent dogs, this may be a low to moderate shedding breed.

How much grooming a Bordoodle requires will depend on the dog’s coat. If it is long, curly, and of moderate thickness, then it will need to be brushed daily. It may also have to be trimmed from time to time by a professional groomer.


  • The Bordoodle is a loyal, loving and intelligent companion.
  • They are also very trainable, which makes them great for families with children.
  • They are very eager to please, but they can be stubborn at times.
  • Likewise, they do better with a gentle hand during training sessions.
  • Keep training sessions short and fun.
  • Always end on a positive note.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Yes, this breed gets along well with other pets. If you have a cat, it will probably attempt to herd it like a sheep, but cats are quick enough to get away. If you have another dog, it will definitely want to play with it and might try to herd it as well.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Bordoodle has a strong prey drive that can be difficult to control. Be sure to keep your pet on a leash or in a fenced yard.

The Bordoodle is a great family dog?

This is a medium-sized to large dog which will make a great family pet. They are loyal and loving, enthusiastic, intelligent and playful. They can be good with children if they have been well socialized around them from an early age.

These dogs need lots of attention and love being around their people, so they are best suited to homes where there is always someone at home for them to spend time with. They dislike being left alone for long periods of time, or they may become destructive as they want to be interacting with you.

Some do suffer from separation anxiety, so will need plenty of training in this area. As long as you are consistent in your training and socialization, you should be able to avoid it.


The Bordoodle has the intelligence, loyalty, and friendliness of the Border Collie and the fun-loving nature, characteristics, and grooming abilities of the Poodle.

It is a popular crossbreed dog because it combines the best traits from both breeds. The package is wrapped up in an appealing appearance, an affectionate temperament, and a willingness to learn.

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