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By helloBARK! staff
Updated on June 24, 2019
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Bordoodles are hybrid dogs that are the result of cross breeding between a Border Collie and a Poodle.

They’re usually intelligent dogs given the high IQ of both the Border Collie and the Poodle.

By combining the English and French breeds, you should get a designer dog that has a coat with some hypoallergenic qualities.

There’s no guarantee which characteristics a Bordoodle will inherit from each parent.

In this article, we’re going to delve a little deeper into Bordoodles and learn more about their physical characteristics, personality traits, grooming and exercise needs.

We’ll break this article up into the following sections:

• What is Bordoodle?
• What is a border collie crossed with a poodle called?
• How big do Bordoodles get?
• What does Bordoodle look like?
• Bordoodle temperament
• Are Bordoodles smart?
• Are Bordoodles easy to train?
• Is a Bordoodle hypoallergenic?
• Bordoodle energy level and exercise
• Bordoodle grooming and shedding
• Bordoodle lifespan
• Bordoodle health problems
• Mini Bordoodle
• Bordoodle price
• Blue merle Bordoodle
• Bordoodle vs Aussiedoodle
• Bordoodle vs Labradoodle
• Bordoodles to follow on Instagram
• Anything else to consider?
• In conclusion

What is Bordoodle?

Border Collie Poodle mix Jeanie with her sibling Dolly (Photo: Liz Gregg /

Border Collie Poodle mix Jeanie with her sibling Dolly (Photo: Liz Gregg /

A Bordoodle is a cross between a Border Collie and a Poodle. Designer breeds started to become more popular in the late the 1980s and early 1990s. They’ve continued to become more and more common in the past 20 years or so.

The Bordoodle is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry.

What is a border collie crossed with a poodle called?

While a cross between a Border Collie and a Poodle is commonly called a Bordoodle, they have a couple of other names. They can also be called a Borderpoo, Borpoo, Borpoodle or simply Border Collie Poodle mix.

The Border Collie is a high spirited but harding working dog. The breed are known for having a lot of energy and a high IQ. Bordie Collies require regular daily exercise and mental stimulation.

Poodles can come in three different sizes – standard, miniature and toy. They’re instantly recognisable thanks to their elegant coats, which are waterproof. They were bred to hunt ducks. Like the Border Collie, they’re also smart dogs that are highly trainable.

How big do Bordoodles get?

Bordoodles are medium-sized dogs.

Males can grow to a height of 15 to 22 inches (38 to 56 cm), while they can weigh between 45 and 55 pounds (20 to 25 kg).

Females can grow between 12 and 17 inches (30 to 38 cm) tall, while they may weigh between 45 and 55 pounds (20 to 25 kg).

What does Bordoodle look like?

A Border Collie Poodle mix can have a number of different colors and patterns.

Border Collies are best known for their trademark black and white coats. However, the English breed can come in any color with any patterns. The colors include but are not limited to black and white, red merle, blue or gray, blue merle, black tri-color, tri-color merle, chocolate and much more.

These working dogs can have a rough coat or smooth coat. They’re moderate shedders that will need daily brushing during shedding season.

Poodles, on the other hand, can have black, apricot or white coats. They’ve got a low shedding coat that requires a lot of grooming.

A Border Collie Poodle mix can inherit different colors and coat types from each parent. Therefore it’s not easy to predict the color and coat of a Bordoodle.

Bordoodle temperament

Border Collie Poodle mix Jeanie with her siblings (Photo: Liz Gregg /

Bordoodles tend to be very intelligent dogs given both the Bordie Collie and Poodle have high IQs. They’re usually friendly and like to socialise with other people and other dogs. They may be wary of strangers initially before their owners have made it clear that visitors are welcome in the home. Borpoodle can be protective of family members and their territory.

Encompassing some of the traits of both breeds, Bordoodles are usually intelligent, loyal and affectionate. But it’s difficult to predict a Bordoodle’s temperament in detail given they’re going to inherit personality traits from both parents.

To get a better idea of the potential personalities of these dogs, we can look at the temperament of Border Collies and Poodles.

Border Collies were bred to be working dogs. They’re able to make quick decisions, learn new commands with ease and love to work. Border Collies were used to herd livestock on farms and ranches. There’s a potential that they may try to herd or nip other small animals or children.

Poodles were primarily used to hunt ducks rather than herd. They can often have a high prey drive and could chase after birds or small animals.

As a result, Poodles can have poor recall unless you work on this element with your dog.

Are Bordoodles smart?

There’s a good chance that a Bordoodle puppy is going to mature into a smart canine.

According to The Intelligence of Dogs, Border Collies are the smartest dogs in the world. The Poodle is the second only to the Border Collie.

Both breeds can learn a new command within five repetitions and they’ll obey an instruction without hesitation 95 per cent of the time or better.

Are Bordoodles easy to train?

Border Collie Poodle mix Jeanie (Photo: Liz Gregg /

Give Bordoodles are intelligent dogs, they’re usually pretty easy to train. Border Collies do have an independent streak that can often lead the herding dogs to be slightly stubborn.

Of course, that’s not to say a Bordoodle will be difficult but they could inherit that trait from their Border Collie parent. For that reason, it’s a good idea to train a Borderpoo from a young age.

Is a Bordoodle hypoallergenic?

There’s no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog breed.

However, Bordoodles are thought to have coats with hypoallergenic qualities thanks to their Poodle parent.

Poodles have unique coats that don’t shed a lot and don’t produce a lot of dander.

But if a Border Collie Poodle mix inherits a coat more similar to their Border Collie parent, the designer dog could be less hypoallergenic.

They often make great service dogs thanks to their high IQ and low shedding coats, especially for people with allergies to pups.

Bordoodles are the latest and greatest discovery in high quality service dogs, especially well suited for Mobility Assistance, PTSD, Diabetic Alert and Seizure Response as well as Seizure Alert service dogs, according to Mountain Rose Bordoodles.

Just remember: There is no guarantee that the coat will have hypoallergenic qualities.

Bordoodle grooming and shedding

Bordoodles shouldn’t require too much maintenance given their usually low-shedding dogs. As a result, Borderpoo owners will only need to give their pup weekly brushing to get rid of any dirt or debris.

Bordoodle energy level and exercise

As you’ve probably figured out already, Bordoodles do require substantial exercise.

Both Border Collies and Poodles are active breeds so Bordoodles will usually have lots of energy to burn.

Bordoodles will need between 45 minutes and 60 minutes of exercise a day. This could be going for a run with their owner, a long walk or trip to the dog park.

Their high IQ dictates that Border Collie Poodle mixes will need a lot of mental stimulation to prevent them resorting to destructive and unwanted behaviors due to frustration or boredom.

Bordoodle lifespan

A Bordoodle should have a life expectancy ranging between 12 and 18 years.

Bordoodle health problems

Border Collie Poodle mix Jeanie with her sibling Elsa (Photo: Liz Gregg /

Hybrid dogs are usually considered to be healthier than pure breeds with less problems.

The Bordoodle is a young breed so a lot of potential health problems are yet to be identified.

However, a Borpoodle owner should keep an eye out for hip dysplasia, epilepsy and progressive retinal atrophy.

Mini Bordoodle

Bordoodles can come in two different sizes.

As we mentioned, they’ll usually grow to between 12 and 20 inches tall and weigh between 45 and 55 pounds.

However, a Mini Bordoodle is the result of breeding between a Miniature Poodle and a Border Collie to result in a companion-sized designer dog.

Bordoodle price

Bordoodle puppies don’t come cheap – so be prepared to dig deep into your pockets.

Breeders can charge between $2,000 and $3000 for a Bordoodle puppy. They’ll usually require potential owners to place a non-refundable deposit to get on a waiting list.

In our experience, Borderpoo breeders will charge a fixed sum regardless of color, size and gender.

Blue merle Bordoodle

One sought after variety of these dogs tends to be the blue merle Bordoodle.

According to Oregon Bordoodles, a blue merle dog is actually a black and white dog, with a merle pattern “on top”, giving it the “swirl” look.

They may be a popular type of Bordoodle, but you shouldn’t be charged extra for this color.

Bordoodle vs Aussiedoodle and Bordoodle vs Labradoodle

When considering a Bordoodle, you’ll often see them compared to other designer dogs. The most common comparisons are with the Aussiedoodle and Labradoodle. The Australian Shepherd’s function was similar to a Border Collie, so in theory, a Bordoodle and Aussiedoodle could have similar traits. Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador and Poodle. Labradors, like Border Collies and Poodles, are very intelligent dogs. To find out more about the differences and similarities, you could contact breeders.

For other Poodles mixes, check out Sheepadoodles, Irish Doodles and Goldendoodles.

Bordoodles to follow on Instagram

Border Collie Poodle mix Jeanie with her siblings (Photo: Liz Gregg /

If you’re eager to learn more about Border Collie Poodle mixes, you can contact some Borpoodle owners on Instagram.

They’ll usually be more than obliging when it comes to shedding light on these designer dogs.

You can learn key information and revealing insights from some Bordoodles on social media.

Here are five Instagram accounts that you may want to consider checking out.

1)Jeanie (

2)Oregon Bordoodles (@oregon_bordoodles)

3)Mountain Rose Bordoodles (@mountainrosebordoodles)

Anything else to consider?

We don’t recommend purchasing a Bordoodle from a pet shop, online or through a third party.

You should contact an established and reputable breeder, who will usually ask you to fill out a questionnaire, place you on a waiting list and request a deposit.

It’s good practice to ask to see a puppy’s mother and father, watch the puppy interact with its mother, ask for the AKC and UKC papers for both parents as well as documentation regarding health checks at the vet.

In conclusion

So there you have it, we’ve provided a little more insight into Bordoodles.

They’re a cross between a Border Collie and a Poodle. A Borpoodle is a smart dog that requires a lot of exercise.

However, in the right environment, they can make great pets with coats that tend to have hypoallergenic qualities.