45-55 lbs
United States
Border Collie
Borderpoo, Borpoo

The Bordoodle is a hybrid dog breed; its parent dog breeds are the Border Collie and the Poodle. The Border Collie first became popular in the early 1800s and originated in the British Isles. He was bred from many varieties of sheepdog to be a top herding dog. The Poodle can be independent and will become the alpha dog if he is spoiled. He is highly intelligent and playful, and can be destructive if he is bored. The Bordoodle is great with kids; he is recommended for anyone from singles to senior adults. He does not require a great deal of exercise and is a wonderful companion dog. He often has medium-length hair that does not require the maintenance of either parent breed. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Border Collie and Poodle

Bordoodle Health

Average Size
Male Bordoodle size stats
Height: 15-20 inches Weight: 45-55 lbs
Female Bordoodle size stats
Height: 12-17 inches Weight: 45-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Allergy Testing

Bordoodle Breed History

The Border Collie was originally known as the Scotch Sheep Dog and was a herding dog used to tend sheep. One famous fan of the breed was Queen Victoria, who was known for her penchant with dogs. The Border Collie is a descendant of several British sheepherding dogs; he was bred with the specific purpose of achieving a dog that wouldn’t nip or bark while herding. He was formally recognized by the AKC in 1995.

 The Poodle is surprisingly quite the hunter himself. He was developed for hunting waterfowl. The Poodle originated in Germany, but French breeders brought him to the dog we know today. The ancestry of the Poodle is debatable; many believe the Poodle is a mixture of European water dogs, the North African Barbet, and Asian herding dogs. It is a very old breed. There are illustrations that look very much like the modern-day Poodle in Egyptian and Roman artifacts. They have also performed as circus dogs over the years. Poodles were rare in the United States until after the Second World War. 

At one time, the Poodle was the most popular breed in the country.  The Borpoodle 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.

Bordoodle Breed Appearance

The Bordoodle’s coat is long, wavy, and soft – imagine the Border Collie’s coat length with relaxed curls. The colors of the coat will vary. 

The Border Collie is a variety of colors: black and white, red merle, blue or gray, blue merle, Australian red, black tri-color, tri-color merle, chocolate, tricolor chocolate, lilac, sable and white, and seal merle tri-color. He is a sturdy dog, not overly large in size. 

The Poodle comes in a variety of colors: blue, black, white, gray, silver, brown, café-au-lait, apricot, and cream. The hair is generally curly, stiff, and wiry. The Poodle often demands grooming as his hair grows in various lengths over the body. Poodles are considered mid-sized. They are slender. With these parental traits, your Bordoodle will be a medium size dog with dark eyes and nose and ears that flop down to the side - he'll be the perfect combo of his parents.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bordoodle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bordoodle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Bordoodle coat
blue Bordoodle coat
black Bordoodle coat
white Bordoodle coat
red Bordoodle coat
sable Bordoodle coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Bordoodle wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bordoodle Breed Maintenance

The Bordoodle is an easy-to-maintain breed. They do not shed very much, and only require weekly brushing with a wire brush. You should bathe the Bordoodle only when he gets dirty. His natural oils will protect and keep his coat shiny and soft. You should brush your Bordoodle’s teeth at least three times a week; however, if you want to prevent gum disease, brush the dog’s teeth daily. Trim your dog’s nails every other week. Because he will be an active dog, be sure to check under his floppy ears often for dirt and moisture accumulation.

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Brushes for Bordoodle
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Bordoodle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bordoodle Temperament

The Bordoodle is a happy, friendly dog who rarely meets a stranger. Borpoodles are known to be friendly, highly sociable, and rarely, if ever, aggressive. They are extremely loyal to their families and are great with children as well as senior adults. They are highly protective of their family members. They are also highly intelligent, and they do well with other pets whether canine or feline. It is important that children are gentle with them, however. 

Proper socialization is key for both children and the Bordoodle. The Bordoodle is highly trainable as well.

Bordoodle Activity Requirements

The Bordoodle is an easygoing dog who is not prone to hyperactivity or boredom. He is as happy living in an apartment as he is on a farm with limitless acres to roam. A twice daily walk of moderate distance is all the Bordoodle needs to be happy and healthy. Also, the Borpoodle is able to skip a day of exercise if the owner or handler happens to be busy or working late. 

Not to become a habit though, as both parents of this hybrid are highly intelligent. His mind needs to be exercised just as much as his body does. The Bordoodle will excel at obedience trials - this may be an activity you would like to try. It's fun for both the dog and the handler.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Bordoodle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Bordoodle Owner Experiences

10 Months
1 People
going on walks
Outings to stores
Visiting Family
My bordoodle is extremely sweet and quite active, and if she gets a lot of exercise per day she will not be destructive of anything. Otherwise, she is a chewer when she gets bored. She is protective when people knock on the door and when others are out during our walks, but when she meets most people and animals she loves them. She is a bit wary of specific people, so I suspect she notices smells, etc that I cannot that makes her protective in those instances. When approached gently she is great, though she can be scared if approached aggressively or abruptly by new people. She is very intelligent and determined, and she picks up new commands very quickly. She is very loyal, obedient, affectionate, and she loves attention. She was easy to crate train and loves to run
1 year, 9 months ago
1 Year
2 People
House & Yard
Friendliest dog around. Eayst so train wenamne histoyso and after saying the name 1 or 2 times he will fetch his toys by name.
5 years, 6 months ago
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
I rescued Durango from an abusive home, we have had some separation anxiety and now that he knows he is safe he is extremely protected of my fiancé and I. That being said he is one of the smartest, sweetest, gentlest dogs I have known. Despite what he’s gone through he has completely recovered and is as happy as can be.
3 years, 6 months ago
10 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Sophie is a dedicated family member, extremely friendly and gentle. While she will take all the attention and exercise she can get she can also lie patiently for hours waiting for her next activitiy
3 years, 5 months ago
20 Years
9+ People
He bit my ass so I chucked him in the streets (he’s a toy for a stray dog now)
3 years ago
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
best dog in the world i love him so much great on the farm for herding animals!
2 years, 9 months ago
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