Bordoodles Pros And Cons
Mountain Rose Bordoodles (Photo: Mountain Rose Bordoodles)
helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on June 20, 2019
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Bordoodes are a hybrid dog that is the result of breeding between a Border Collie and a Poodle.

The designer breed have become more popular in the past decade or so as Doodles become more and more common.

Bordoodles are usually bred to combine the best traits of both the Border Collie and the Poodle.

By combining two of the smartest canines in the dog world, Bordoodles will usually be very intelligent.

However, there’s no guarantee that a Bordoodle will inherit certain desired traits from each parent.

So it’s important to remember that the pros and cons of each individual Bordoodle could vary.

Let’s take a look at some of the general pros and cons of Bordoodles.

Pros

Highly intelligent

Border Collie Poodle mix Jeanie (Photo: Liz Gregg / @blackwhite.gold)

Bordoodles are smart dogs. The Border Collie is the smartest dog in the world and the Poodle comes in at number two ahead of the German Shepherd. By breeding a Border Collie with a Poodle, you can expect to get a pretty intelligent dog that will be quick to learn commands and tricks. Bordoodles are very trainable with the right positive methods. If you’re unsure how to train your Bordoodle or any puppy for that matter, you can start by going to puppy manners classes before progressing to one-on-one training if required.

The Girl Pack writes:

Initially I just taught Jeanie how to play, she learnt that I was fun and worth listening to and I learnt as many ways as possible to reward her while training her. This is really worth doing with Bordoodles, they are very bright and so willing to learn but they don’t like being forced to do anything, they prefer to be allowed to make their own choices.

Loving and loyal

Bordoodles love to receive affection from the dog owners. These designer dogs might be an active pooch but they also enjoy snuggling up to their owner at the end of a long day. If you’re looking for a dog that you’ll be able to bond with on a deep level, Bordoodles could be the hybrid breed for you.

Mountain Rose Bordoodles writes:

They like having things to do, playing games and going places. They are tolerant, affectionate and very loyal. They are ideal as family pets and well suited for kids.

Great with children

Bordoodles are patient and tolerant dogs that do well within a family setting. They love to be part of a home environment, especially within a family that has an active lifestyle. Bordoodles like to be outside playing games, going on hikes, enjoying trips to the beach or running through the countryside and woodland. Bordoodles usually get along with children and other animals.

Hypoallergenic

Mountain Rose Bordoodles (Photo: Mountrain Rose Bordoodles)
Mountain Rose Bordoodles (Photo: Mountrain Rose Bordoodles)

There is no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog breed. However, some breeds have more hypoallergenic qualities than other dogs. The Poodle is a low shedding dog that doesn’t produce much dander. Bordoodles are usually hypoallergenic but there’s no guarantee. An experienced breeder will have an idea whether a Bordoodle puppy is going to be hypoallergenic at six weeks. Although first generation Bordoodles may shed, F1b Bordoodles do not shed. These are Bordoodles that are the result of breeding between a Bordoodle and a Poodle.

The Girl Pack writes:

This can never be guaranteed with a cross where not all the breeds involved are non-shedding. Jeanie doesn’t shed, but this is not always the case.

Cons

Grooming

F1 Bordoodles may be hypoallergenic and F1b Bordoodles are hypoallergenic. However, just because these designer dogs are unlikely to shed much or at all doesn’t mean they won’t need grooming. If their coats continue to grow, they’ll need regular grooming and haircuts. Unless you’re a seasoned groomer, this can be quite expensive. So it’s something to consider and budget for if you’re thinking about a Bordoodle.

Mountain Rose Bordoodles writes:

Bordoodles that do not shed have coats that continue to grow (hair) and definitely need regular grooming and haircuts.

Could bark a lot

Bordoodles can be quite talkative. This is a trait that reflects their Border Collie parent more than their Poodle parent. Border Collies have a reputation for a breed that likes to talk about what they see. Some Border Collies may be family pets but others are used to herd farm animals, which requires the breed to be vocal at times. If a Border Collie or Bordoodle is barking a lot, it could be a sign that you’re not giving your dog enough exercise and mental stimulation.

The Girl Park writes:

She could have been a very barky dog. I had to work on her love for barking right from the start. I obviously let her express herself, dogs bark, but I made sure it didn’t get out of control by never rewarding her barking. For example, she used to bark for me to throw a ball, when she did I would immediately put the ball in my pocket and walk away from her.

Require a lot of exercise

Poodle's are the second smartest dogs in the world (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Poodle’s are the second smartest dogs in the world (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Both the Border Collie and Poodle are very active dogs that require a lot of exercise. So it’s safe to assume a Bordoodle will be no different. They’ll need a moderate amount of exercise. This could be in the garden or yard, out for walks or runs with their owner or at the dog park. If you don’t have the time to give these designer dogs daily walks or exercise, they may not be a good fit for you.

Mountain Rose Bordoodles writes:

The requirement of exercise depends a bit on the Bordoodles natural temperament which can be discovered by Volhard Testing young puppies and also by observation. Puppies that inherently have low anxiety will require less exercise than a puppy with high anxiety.

Expensive

It’s difficult to pinpoint the average price of a Bordoodle as there are a lot of different breeders out there who charge varying amounts. As a rough guide, these dogs tend to cost between $2200 and $2800. However, some breeders could charge more.

Important: Most reputable breeders will require prospective buyers to fill out a detailed questionnaire to get an idea of your personal circumstances and whether you’re a good fit for a Bordoodle.

If they believe you are, you’ll usually be asked to give them a deposit before you’re placed on a waiting list. As a potential buyer, you should always ask to see a puppy with its mother to make sure that they interact ok and the mother is healthy and is being appropriately cared for.

We recommend going directly to a breeder rather than a pet store, online website or third party dealer. You should ask to see American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club documentation for each parent as well as proof of health tests and veterinarian examinations.

Anything else to consider?

As we already mentioned, each Bordoodle can have different physical and personality traits. There’s no guarantee a Bordoodle puppy will inherits certain features from each parent.

If you’re thinking about a Bordoodle as a pet, you can always contact Bordoodle owners on Instagram to learn more about these wonderful hybrid dogs.

Our final thoughts

So we’ve broken down some pros and cons of Bordoodles.

The mixed breed are usually smart dogs that thrive in a family home. However, they’ll need regular grooming and exercise to make sure they remain happy and healthy.