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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

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The Bordoodle is also known as the Borderdoodle or the Borderpoo and is a cross between the Border Collie and the Poodle. She has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years and is in the herding dog group with the talents of agility and jogging. She is a medium sized dog good for any climate, affable and caring in nature. She is referred to as a hybrid or designer dog.

Here is the Bordoodle at a Glance
Average height 15 – 22 inches
Average weight 30 – 60 pounds
Coat type Long, wavy, soft
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to none
Brushing Low, once or twice a week
Touchiness Moderately high – can be a sensitive dog
Tolerant to Solitude? Low he is not good alone
Barking Rare barker
Tolerance to Heat Very good but in high heats needs shade provided
Tolerance to Cold Very good but in extreme cold needs shelter
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Very good
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good
Good with other Pets? Good if socialized young
A roamer or Wanderer? Low to moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Yes
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Very easy to train
Exercise Needs Low moderate to moderate
Tendency to get Fat Moderate
Major Health Concerns None known
Other Health Concerns Potential for allergies, epilepsy, hip dysplasia and
progressive retinal atrophy
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $600 – $1200
Average Annual Medical Expense $500 – $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $500 – $650

Where does the Bordoodle come from?

A hybrid dog can inherit traits from both parent breeds but just how much and what is really mostly up to mother nature. The Bordoodle is a recent hybrid and so does not have a detailed history though it is believed her origins are in America in the last two decades. To better understand where a Bordoodle comes from you can look at her parents the Poodle and the Border Collie.

The Poodle

The Poodle is a very old breed coming from Germany bred to hunt waterfowl. It was in France though that it developed its more distinct look and where the sizes came in to play as noble ladies wanted little dogs to carry around as companions. This brought about the breeding of toy poodles, the other sizes being miniature poodles and standard poodles. Now it is known to be an incredibly intelligent breed, with a great sense of loyalty and desire to please which also makes it very easy and quick to train. The Poodle can also be quite mischievous and makes a great family pet, excellent with children, loving and affectionate.

The Border Collie

The Border Collie originates from Britain in a county in England that bordered Scotland and was used as a herding dog for sheep. His name comes from the border where he originated and the word collie is Scottish dialect for sheepdog. Today he is still the best sheepdog around but is also a great family dog though needs to be socialized and trained young to be able to handle children better. He is quite a sensitive dog and does not tolerate being alone very well. But he is also very intelligent and easy to train. He is alert and hardworking and needs to be kept busy or he can become bored and destructive.


The Bordoodle is very intelligent not surprisingly considering both parent breeds are super intelligent dogs too. She has a happy, affable disposition and is loving and affectionate to her owners. She loves to have fun and play and is a great family dog or a companion to a single owner. She is very rarely ever aggressive and is very loyal. Her intelligence makes her easy and quick to train.

What does a Bordoodle look like

A Bordoodle is a medium sized dog at a height of 15 to 22 inches weighing 30 – 60 pounds. She has a mostly rounded head with flappy ears hanging down. Her eyes are almond shaped and reflect her intelligence. She has a muzzle that is medium to long. Her coat is silky and soft to touch and long in length with a waviness. Colors are commonly black, golden, cream, white, brown, gray, salt and pepper, or chocolate. It is not a coat that sheds much if at all because of their Poodle background.

Training and Exercise Needs

What kind of activity does she require?

She will need regular exercise but she does not require as much as some breeds to remain healthy, happy and well behaved. A walk a day or a jog is enough along with some play in the yard if you have one or inside if you do not. These dogs are good for apartment living. Plan on at least 30 minutes a day total, an hour if you have the time. So a 15 minute walk and 15 minute tug of war would do the job! Because she does not require as much exercise as some should you be busy or ill and unable to take her out one day she will be fine.

Will training be difficult?

Definitely not going to be a problem with this cutie! She is very intelligent and inclined to listen to commands and obey them. She likes to please and will in fact be a little quicker to train than other breeds needing less repetitions before she masters each stage. Training and early socialization are super important though, you see the best side of your dog when they have received both from an early age and they will be better able to live with children and other pets. When training use firm tones but be positive and use rewards and praise to encourage her.

Living with a Bordoodle

Grooming needs

She has low to moderate needs when it comes to grooming making her a good choice if you do not have time for things like daily brushing. A brush once or twice a week is enough to keep her fur clear of tangles and debris and remove any loose hairs. She does not usually shed very much at all and should be safe for people with allergies. Bathing will be needed but just when she gets super dirty.

Other regular grooming needs are just like any other dogs. Brush her teeth regularly, check and clean her ears once a week, check her eyes, and clip her nails when they get too long. The nails need to be done with care as cutting too low can cause damage and bleeding and pain. Some owners opt to leave that to a groomer or the vet. Taking care of her helps to prevent infections or to spot issues early. Start from a young age and she will get used to it.

Good with pets and children?

She is good with children but early socialization is still recommended with her. Her Poodle side loves kids but her Border Collie side is so so on them, so socialization and training will help bring out the best. Makes sure the children know how to properly interact with her and play without hurting her. Young children should be supervised. She is fine around other pets and dogs too but again socialization makes sure of that.

Other information on living with a Bordoodle

She will not make a great watchdog but is very adaptable and can live in most climates both in a house with a yard or in an apartment. She will need 2½ to 3 cups of high quality dry dog food a day split into two meals. She is not much of a barker so concern about neighbors if you live in an apartment should not be an issue. She may be stand offish with strangers but if she sees her owner friendly with them she will warm up to them eventually.

Health Concerns

There are no known major health concerns yet as she is a fairly new hybrid but as a mixed breed she is more healthy than a pure breed. If you buy from an honest and reputable breeder you are more likely to get a healthy puppy. Possible concerns coming from her parents are hip dysplasia, epilepsy, allergies and progressive retinal atrophy.

Costs involved in owning a Bordoodle

This mix is hard to find so cost of a puppy may be higher as she is harder to source. You will pay more for a reputable breeder but that price is worth it to get a health puppy and to see health clearances from the parents. At the moment puppy prices ranges between $600 to $1200. Yearly medical costs such as emergency savings and vet visits will be between $500 to $600. Yearly non medical costs covering things like training, food, treats and toys and a licensee will be $500 to $650. You also have initial costs to cover for items like bedding, bowls, collar, leash, crate, as well as medical things to cover like a micro chip, spaying, deworming and so on. These will be around $475 – $575.


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This dog is great for people in apartments who want a companion and want a dog bigger than a lap dog! The Bordoodle also makes a good family dog and is intelligent and easy to train. Just make sure if there will be children or other pets she should be socialized, though this is something that all dogs should get regardless. She has a lovely temperament, she will be affable and care about you as much as you grow to care about her.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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