Beardoodle

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35-55 lbs
19-21"
United States
Bearded Collie
Poodle

The Beardoodle is a medium sized breed that is a mix of the Bearded Collie and Poodle. They average about 50 pounds, stand approximately 21 inches high as an adult, and have long, thick fur that is usually black, brown, or blue. They can be great family companions and get along well with everyone including other pets and children. However, they need to be socialized early so they get along with other animals and visitors. They are intelligent, brave, and easy to train so you should have no problem with this, although they do need plenty of exercise or they may get bored.  

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Bearded Collie and Poodle

Beardoodle Health

Average Size
Male Beardoodle size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 40-60 lbs
Female Beardoodle size stats
Height: 19-21 inches Weight: 35-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Addison's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Follicular Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • CT or MRI scan
  • Blood Tests

Beardoodle Breed History

The Beardoodle’s history is unknown since they are new hybrids so it is important to look at the histories of the Bearded Collie and Poodle breeds. The Bearded Collie originated in Scotland in the 1500s as a sheep herder. They are descendants of the Magyar Komondor, which is also called the Lowland Polish Sheepdog, from Central Europe. According to documents, these dogs were brought to Scotland in 1514 by traders from Poland. There is also a portrait of the Duke of Buccleuch with a Bearded Collie dated from 1771, which is the first photograph of the breed. They were excellent sheep herders and were also able to drive cattle for miles through rough terrain. At first, there were two types of Bearded Collie, which were the border (brown and white) and the highland (gray and white) but they were bred together to make one breed. They almost became extinct in the early 1900s when the owner of Bothkennar Kennels, Mrs. Willison, decided to breed them as show dogs. She then started the Bearded Collie Club of Britain in 1955. The first litter was born in the United States in 1967 and they were accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1976 where they are the 126th most popular breed. The Poodle is one of the oldest and most well-known dog breeds. They originated in Germany sometime around the 8th century but were perfected in France when they were mixed with a combination of European dogs like the French, Hungarian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian Water Dogs. They are also thought to be related to the North African Barbet. The Poodle started out as a hunter and retriever but moved on to shows when it was discovered how smart and beautiful they were. In 1887, the Poodle was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club and they are the 7th most popular breed of dog in America. 

Beardoodle Breed Appearance

The Beardoodle is a medium sized dog with brown or amber almond shaped eyes and a black or brown nose. They are about 20 to 22 inches tall and weigh about 40 to 60 pounds on average. The Beardoodle has an intelligent expression, floppy ears, long muzzle, and a dense, harsh, long, and wavy coat that is usually black, brown, or blue. They do not shed much due to their Poodle genes but they will shed a bit during shedding season. Their legs and tail are long and furry, their head is mostly rounded, and their body is sleek but well-muscled.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Beardoodle eyes
Brown
amber Beardoodle eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Beardoodle nose
Black
brown Beardoodle nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Beardoodle coat
Black
brown Beardoodle coat
Brown
blue Beardoodle coat
Blue
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Beardoodle wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Beardoodle Breed Maintenance

Your Beardoodle will need to be brushed well with a pin brush and metal comb at least four or five times a week, preferably every day to keep it from getting matted. A dematting tool should be used when needed as well to remove dead hair and prevent tangles. Some Beardoodles will need to be groomed with a trimmer if their coat is too thick and gets matted easily. In addition, you should clean your dog’s ears once a week with a moist cotton ball and look for redness, irritation, dirt, and debris. Trim her toenails when needed and brush her teeth once or twice a week to prevent dental problems. 

Brushes for Beardoodle
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Beardoodle requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Beardoodle Temperament

The Beardoodle makes a great family pet because they love everyone as long as they are socialized well as puppies. They are one of the most intelligent breeds as well and can be taught to do almost any trick there is. Training them is usually easy and as long as you use positive reinforcement there should be no problems with housetraining. While they do like attention, they are actually pretty happy with being left alone too, so you do not have to worry about separation anxiety either. Your Beardoodle is alert, fun-loving, and enjoys playing with other pets and children. However, they do need to be supervised with young children under school age. 

Beardoodle Activity Requirements

This breed loves to perform like a Poodle and is also a good working dog like a Bearded Collie so she will need plenty of vigorous activity every day. In fact, you should provide at least one hour to 90 minutes of exercise daily to keep her from getting bored or out of shape. Some of her favorite activities may include agility training, playing frisbee or flyball, hiking, swimming, or taking a walk around your neighborhood. She would also enjoy playing with other dogs at the dog park if you have one nearby. If they do not get enough exercise, the Beardoodle may become bored or develop behavior problems. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Beardoodle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.6 - $2.4
Monthly Cost
$48 - $72

Beardoodle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Beardoodle size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Beardoodle size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 30 lbs
12 Months
Male Beardoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Beardoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 35 lbs
18 Months
Male Beardoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Female Beardoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 45 lbs

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