Bridoodle

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70-80 lbs
21-27"
United States

The Bridoodle is a hybrid mix between the Briard and the Poodle (Standard).  Poodles are a popular choice for hybrids and designer dogs for the dispositions and hypoallergenic qualities.  Despite their popularity as one half of the Bridoodle, little is currently known on the Bridoodle.  To better predict possible characteristics and health concerns, many owners must review the traits of both parent breeds.  Poodles, with their high intelligence and personality, are matched by the Briard’s sweet, loving disposition to produce a hybrid of high potential.  Both parent breeds are also well known for their history as hunters and for living the rugged outdoor life, making these dogs excellent for country living.  However, their well-mannered, sweet dispositions also suit city life as well.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Briard, Poodle (Standard)

Bridoodle Health

Average Size
Height: 21-27 inches Weight: 70-80 lbs
Height: 21-27 inches Weight: 70-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Lymphoma
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Cataracts
  • Atopic Dermatitis
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Bridoodle Breed History

The Bridoodle is hybrid of two old hound dogs, the Briard and the Poodle.  Its history is unknown at this time, and the hybrid is a modern dog.  The Poodle is a popular dog for crossbred hybrids because of its intelligence, disposition, health, and coat.  To better under the history of the Bridoodle, owners can acquaint themselves with the histories of the parent breeds.  The Briard is a French Shepherd of the herding group and an ancient dog at that, being connected with Emperor Charlemagne and later to Napoleon.  The Briard was considered the dog of the French Army and is an expert sheep herder with a great deal of independence.  The Briard is a loving dog and sometimes considered a “heart wrapped in hair”.  The first Briard was most likely imported to the Americas by Thomas Jefferson and did not make it to England until the 1960s despite being a close neighbor in France.  The American Kennel Club recognized the first Briard in 1928.  The Poodle is a far more popular and well-known breed with a long history.  The Poodle, for all its modern-day pomp and circumstance, was originally bred to hunt waterfowl in Germany and eventually moved to France where the modern-day Poodle was developed.  The Standard Poodle predates the Toy and Miniature, which were bred to delight French aristocrats.  Unlike other size varying breeds that are crossbred with other breeds, all Poodles are from the same bloodlines.  Smaller Poodles were produced by breeding dogs based on size alone.  Poodles were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1874 but The Poodle Club was disbanded in 1896 and not reestablished in the U.S. until 1931.

Bridoodle Breed Appearance

The Bridoodle is a hybrid between the Briard and the Poodle and will often have distinctive characteristics of both breeds.  The Bridoodle is muscular in appearance with long legs that end in compact, well-arched feet.  The hair of a Birdoodle is coarse and long with a slight wave to it.  Both parent breeds have round heads with long muzzles and the Bridoodle will also have a long muzzle with dark, oval shaped eyes.  The lips are tight and cover a scissor bite in both parent breeds and will also in the Bridoodle.  The ears, if left natural, will hang low on the side of the head. 

Bridoodle Breed Maintenance

The Bridoodle is a mix between two hypoallergenic dogs and will also be hypoallergenic, meaning shedding is very low in this hybrid.  However, the Bridoodle has long hair and requires daily brushing to remove the dead and loose hair from its coat.  The long hair also means you need to check and clean your Bridoodle’s ears often with a veterinarian approved solution.  Dirt, debris, wax, and moisture can easily collect in the Bridoodle’s ears.  Cleaning his ears will also help keep the smell of the ears down.  A foul smell from the head is usually an indication of dirty ears and a possible infection.  Daily grooming will also help prevent allergic dermatitis and keep your Bridoodle’s coat and skin health.

Bridoodle Temperament

The Bridoodle is an excellent family dog, having intelligent, sweet, and loving parent breeds to model itself after.  The Bridoodle is excellent with children, thanks to its herding heritage but is somewhat wary of strangers.  The Briard is highly suspicious of strangers whereas the Poodle parent is more tolerant.  You Bridoodle’s disposition toward strangers will depend on which parent he resembles more as well as how much socialization he gets. The independence of the Briard can make the Bridoodle more independent minded and makes leaving him alone for a time possible but training slightly more difficult.  The Poodle parent evens this trait out with its eagerness to please but the Poodle can also be slightly mischievous.  Both parent breeds require a moderate to high amount of exercise at a moderate intensity.  The Poodle is very playful but tires easier than the Briard.  Your Bridoodle will need plenty of daily exercise to stay healthy and happy.

Bridoodle Activity Requirements

The Bridoodle is a hybrid of two large, high energy dogs who need daily exercise.  The Briard requires higher intensity exercise than the Poodle so your Bridoodle will most likely require something in between the two parent breeds.  Plan on exercising between two to four hours daily, but gauge how much your Bridoodle will need.  A house with a back yard is ideal but a daily walk to the dog park for off-the-leash run time will keep your Bridoodle healthy.  The Bridoodle can adapt well to any climate and with enough exercise, he can do remarkably well in an apartment, despite the large dog size.

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