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The universal saying is that a dog is a man’s best friend. And if that best friend happens to be loving, caring and protective, it will be the only friend that you will ever need. One such breed of dogs, who perfectly fit these criteria is the Bordoodle.
Known by several names such as Borpoo, Borderdoodle, Borderpoo, and Border Poodle, this breed happens to be a wonderful family dog. If you happen to be in search of a friend who will always be by your side, then the Bordoodle is what you are looking for.
Origin of the Bordoodle
It is a designer crossbreed that is found in the United States and is a cross between a Border Collie and the soft Poodle. These dogs generally tend to have a life span of twelve to fifteen years and tend to be agile and highly active. The Bordoodle is a recent crossbreed and thus, there is not a long historical record about this breed. This breed tends to have the characteristics of both the poodle as well as the Border Collie. These dogs are a combination of loyalty, pleasant attitude, mischievous, loving, affectionate as well as alert, hardworking and easy to train.
The Bordoodle Appearance
At a glance, dogs of this breed have an average height of 15 to 22 inches and weigh about thirty to sixty pounds. The coat is generally long, wavy and soft and doesn’t involve a lot of grooming, brushing and shedding. However, they can be very emotional and don’t respond well to being left alone. These dogs adapt well to the sweltering heat as well as the harsh winter season and have good social skills. These dogs treat everyone else very lovingly – be it humans, other dogs or even other animals. They are easy to train, don’t have heavy exercising needs and don’t carry any major health concerns.
The Bordoodle Temperament
The Poodle, as well as the Border Collie, are a highly intelligent breed of dogs. So that intelligence can be found in the Bordoodle too. Bordoodles tend to be happy, affectionate dogs with a pleasant disposition and loving to their owners. They love having fun and playing around and are great family dogs and even a good companion for those who are living all by themselves. They are extremely loyal and get aggressive very rarely when extremely harsh treatment is meted out to them or to those they love. They are highly intelligent and agile, making it easier to train them.
Bordoodle health issues
Bordoodles don’t carry any health issues. This is because, in the case of this breed, two wide genetic pools have been brought together that creates a healthy and energetic breed that stays with you for a long time in a happy, wholesome state. However, with that being said, they might be prone to health concerns that poodles and border collies tend to carry, such as allergies, epilepsy and retinal atrophy.
These dogs require little to moderate exercise and will be happy running around indoors, provided they have sufficient toys to play around with. So you don’t have to wake up early or drag yourself out in the evenings to ensure that your dog gets enough exercise. Just taking out thirty minutes of activity and exercise for your dog every day will be enough to keep him happy and healthy.
If you tend to work for long hours or tend to be super busy, this is the right breed for you. If you have a backyard or a garden, you can let you Bordoodle run around out there, while you go about handling your daily chores. Your dog is getting all the exercise that it needs.
Feeding a Bordoodle
Like any other breed, stick to a superior quality brand of dog food to give your Bordoodle the nutrition that he needs. You can give him around three cups of dry dog food but it is better to split this up into two meals every day. If you want, you can also give him wet food, but then adjust the dry food accordingly as you don’t want these active, alert beauties to turn into couch potatoes.
Grooming a Bordoodle
They generally have a soft, wavy and long coat but you don’t have to spend a lot of time grooming them as this breed doesn’t shed much. The Poodle is a hypoallergenic breed, even though the Border Collie is not, so the bordoodle will have a hypoallergenic low-shedding coat. Make sure you run a brush through your dog’s coat at least twice a week so that it remains clean and soft. You don’t have to bathe him necessarily until he gets dirty.
Being friendly and intelligent, training them is a wonderful experience. They are willing to learn and learn quickly. They pick up well when you use a firm but gentle voice peppered with lots of praise and remarkable comments. These dogs love to impress their owners, so they follow instructions willingly and won’t make you repeat your instructions often. In fact, you will have a more joyful time training them if you start doing so when they’re young.
Overall, Bordoodles are light-hearted, playful and friendly, but are also loyal and protective of their loved ones. Whether you have a family or are living alone, these pets make wonderful companions. They are easy to groom, have low maintenance and also don’t carry any major health concerns. If you happen to get a Bordooodle for yourself, we can assure you a wonderful journey with your new pet!
Ray Roman is the founder and main contributor to this site. He enjoys researching and writing about hybrid dogs. He enjoys spending time with his family and their 14-year old Dashhund Zooey.