Mini Bordoodle dogs: border collie and poodle mix

Mini Bordoodle dogs: border collie and poodle mix

Height: 15-22 inches
Weight: 30-60 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Black, brown, red, grey, sable, multi-color
Suitable for: Active families, couples, apartments
Temperament: Affectionate, loyal, social, intelligent, active

The Bordoodle is a hybrid breed, a cross between the energetic Border Collie and the intelligent Poodle. These dogs inherit some of the best qualities from their parent breeds and are friendly, playful, and intelligent, but with this high intelligence comes an independence and stubbornness that can be a challenge during training. While they can be energetic, they don’t need a ton of exercise, making them ideal for families living in small homes or apartments.

Bordoodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament, Grooming
Bordoodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament, Grooming

They typically have a medium-length coat and come in a variety of colors and can vary in size depending on the Poodle parent. They are a fairly new designer breed, and there is not much information around about their exact origins, but both the Border Collie and Poodle have been around as working dogs for centuries. They are loyal, affectionate dogs that are highly alert and make great watchdogs, although they are rarely aggressive.

Bordoodle – Meet The Border Collie Poodle Mix Breed
Bordoodle – Meet The Border Collie Poodle Mix Breed

If the Bordoodle sounds like the breed for you, read on for more information on this adorable family pooch.

What is a Bordoodle?

Also known as the Borpoo, Borderdoodle, Borderpoo, and Border Poodle, the Bordoodle is a fantastic family dog. These canines are affectionate, intelligent, and protective, so if you are in search of a best friend that will always be at your side, this breed could be your best match. These dogs bond with their humans hard and fast. You’ll never feel alone with a bordoodle. This pup is a friend for life.However, before bringing a Bordoodle into your family, though, you really should get to know the breed a little better. That’s where Pet Guide comes in. We’ve done the research and are prepared to provide you with everything that you need to know about the Bordoodle before committing to adding one to your family. The helpful information below will allow you to decide if this adorable pooch will love being a part of your family. So keep your eyes glued to this page and scroll away to discover everything worth knowing about the Bordoodle.

The Bordoodle is a cross between a purebred Border Collie and Poodle.

About Bordoodles, F1, F1b, F2b, F3, multi gene Bordoodles
About Bordoodles, F1, F1b, F2b, F3, multi gene Bordoodles


  • When it comes to designer dogs, there’s not much information on the origin of the individual breeds. Unfortunately, no particularly accurate history has been documented as these dogs have exploded in popularity. All we know is that the trend of crossbreeding purebreds peaked in the late 1980s with the first litter of Labradoodle. However, there have always been mixed breed dogs, even without names to label them (they just weren’t bred deliberately at that time, they were all happy accidents). This further complicates things for people who want to find out the history of a designer dog breed. For instance, there may have been Border Collie and Poodle mixes before the Bordoodle came to be, but the moment this mix was developed intentionally is the moment that ‘counts’.
  • Since there are no breeders to step out and claim that this hybrid breed was a result of their initiative, there is no way to know when that moment happened for the Bordoodle. The best guess anyone can have is that the Bordoodle had its start in the United States, sometime in the last 20 years- the same as most other hybrids. We may never know when the Bordoodle was officially named, but we will forever feel grateful that it happened.
  • Of course, just because we don’t know when or where the breed was created, it doesn’t mean that the reasons for its development are unclear. It’s easy to see why breeders decided to cross a Border Collie with a Poodle. Both are considered to be the among the most intelligent dogs in the world, and the hope was that their offspring would also be highly intelligent, with a friendly nature and potentially low-shedding coat. To say breeders succeeded in this goal would be an understatement.


  • The Bordoodle is a cross between a purebred Border Collie and Poodle. Like all designer dogs, this is primarily a first generation mix. This results in litters that have 50-50 percent genes from both of the parental breeds (rather than, say, 25 percent of the Poodle and the rest from the Border Collie). While this type of crossbreeding produces varying results, it’s the most common one for two reasons. First, many believe that first generation mix dogs are the healthiest. Second, this type of crossbreeding captures the essence of what designer dogs are about: each dog is unique, but all tend to inherit the best of both worlds. Every Bordoodle puppy will be a slightly different mix than the others, even amongst pups from the same litter.
  • Of course, there are also those who prefer uniformity or simply want a dog that has a lager or lesser percentage of one breed in the mix. This leads to multigenerational breeding- or breeding Bordoodles with unrelated Poodles, Border Collies, or other Bordoodles. As a result, the multigenerational Bordoodles might significantly favor one of the breeds in terms of look and appearance, or have more standardized traits. So, if you’re looking for more predictability in your designer dogs, it might be worth tracking down a second generation mix over a first generation one.
  • Bordoodles are affectionate, intelligent, and protective.

How easy are Bordoodle to train?

  • For the most part, Bordoodles are easy dogs to train because they are eager to please and highly intelligent. They are great dogs for novice dog owners because they take to training quickly and easily and generally love the process. It’s important to note that these dogs can be sensitive, so reward-based methods are best. Any harsh training methods are not recommended for Bordoodles and will not help to establish trust or a strong bond. Rewarding good behavior and ignoring bad behavior has proved highly successful for intelligent dog breeds, and the Bordoodle has two of the most intelligent parent breeds in the world!
  • It’s worth noting that there can be a downside to the high intelligence of your Bordoodle, as this can cause them to be stubborn and independent at times. With patience, dedication, and the correct techniques, however, training your Bordoodle should be rewarding, fun, and easy.

Diet and Nutrition

  • Bordoodles are not that different from most other breeds when it comes to their dietary preferences. They also need a healthy, well-balanced diet to thrive and stay in optimal shape. Usually, high-quality dry food for dogs will give your pet all the essential nutrients they require. However, it’s important to choose the right type to reap the benefits. Avoid cheap brands that produce kibble full of fillers and harmful additives. Instead, opt for those that are made with natural, high-grade ingredients. Additionally, the kibble you pick should be appropriate for your Bordoodle’s age (puppy, adult, senior), size and activity level.
  • You can feed your dog roughly 2½ to 3 cups of dry food every day, but split this amount into at least two meals. This will prevent them from snarfing down their daily dose of food in seconds and promote better digestion.
  • If you are ever worried about establishing or altering your dog’s diet, then it is always worth consulting with a veterinarian. While most pet food manufacturers and pet blogs provide useful feeding guidelines, they should still be treated as guidelines and not gospel. All dogs are different after all and often have different dietary needs. Only your vet is qualified to determine the specific needs of your personal pup. So always consult with a veterinarian before making any significant changes to what goes in your pup’s mouth.

How would you describe the temperament of Bordoodle?

The Bordoodle is a popular breed because it exhibits the best qualities of the Poodle and the Border Collie, which are both wonderful canine breeds. These dogs tend to have friendly, social personalities, and they will rarely display aggression. Bordoodles are also highly intelligent, loyal, and protective. They will guard their family and be leery of strangers until they know that they are safe and trustworthy. If you have children or other pets, the Bordoodle with get along with them just fine, and these dogs make fantastic playmates for kids who know how to be gentle with animals. All-in-all, this is an incredibly sweet and lovable pooch that anyone want to have in their lives.


A medium sized breed, the Bordoodle weighs between 30 and 60 pounds. Of course, this means that they will require a lot of free space and time to spend their energy and exercise. If you are living in a small apartment or a tiny home, this might not be the breed for you.

How healthy are Bordoodle?

  • Because the Bordoodle is a hybrid dog breed, it could be susceptible to the health conditions that commonly affect its parent breeds. There is no guarantee, however, that your dog will end up with any of those conditions. Many times, hybrid dogs are quite healthy, thanks to their genetic diversity. Plus, it is impossible to determine what an individual dog’s health will be over the course of his lifetime.
  • Some of the common health concerns that are associated with the Bordoodle’s parent breeds are progressive retinal atrophy, allergies, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia. As always, it’s important to maintain regularly scheduled check ups with a vet (especially as your dog ages) to ensure that any health issues are identified and treated as quickly as possible.

How active are Bordoodle?

  • Bordoodles only require moderate amounts of activity, and they can be content with entertaining themselves indoors if you provide them with toys. Scheduling just 30 minutes of activity and exercise for your dog each day will suffice. So, these aren’t particularly taxing pets as far as exercise is concerned.
  • These dogs are good matches for owners who are busy or work late hours. However, they do need to go for a walk or jog in order to get exercise outside. And if you have a safe, enclosed backyard, you can let your Bordoodle run around and play when the weather is appropriate. So, that’s an option as well.
  • The Bordoodle makes a fantastic playmate for kids who know how to be gentle with animals.

How long will Bordoodle live?

  • The Bordoodle has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Considering that the average maximum lifespan for most dog breeds is around 15 years, we can see that the Bordoodle falls right into that general category. With proper care they can even exceed that maximum, which makes them ideal as affectionate and friendly companion pets. If you are looking for a dog that you can share a good part of your life with, this unique breed can be the right choice.
  • Of course, you can’t fully rely on your pet’s presumed maximum lifespan as a certainty: they will need a lot of help in order to reach that number of years in good health. Regular vet checkups, exercise and balanced diet, and a lot of love – this is the recipe for a long and happy canine life. And it’s up to you to provide them!


  • The Bordoodle features a soft, wavy, and long coat, but grooming requirements are low to moderate because it doesn’t shed much at all. Even though the Border Collie is not a hypoallergenic breed, the Poodle is, so a Bordoodle will have a low shedding coat that can be hypoallergenic. You should brush your dog’s coat one or two times a week in order to keep it soft and smooth. Bathing your dog will only be necessary when he gets dirty.
  • Of course, simple brushing won’t be a challenge – all it takes is a couple of minutes per day to get rid of any loose hairs and to tidy up your pet’s coat. But when grooming is concerned, it might require some more dedicated work. To that end, you might want to take your pet to the professional grooming salon. Here, the groomer can get rid of any undercoat and trim the hairs a bit, ensuring that your four-legged bestie looks their best

Recognized Clubs

The Bordoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR). Besides all this, there are always special clubs and organizations that are devoted to specific designer breeds, including the Bordoodle. These are usually run by enthusiasts and long time owners of the breed, and that ensures that only the best information and advice is directed your way. If you are a future or recent Bordoodle owner, getting in touch with these clubs and owner-run groups will allow you an important insight into all the tips and tricks that you’ll need to know.


  • Because the Bordoodle is a dog of medium size, the puppies will be small and will require care and a gentle touch to ensure that they do not get hurt. If your Bordoodle puppy will be around your kids, make sure they know how to handle the puppy correctly. These are fragile little creatures that need to be handled with a gentle touch. So be careful about leaving them alone with children too young to be sensitive with your pup.
  • Training your puppy as soon as possible will ensure that he learns the rules of the house, as well as how to walk on a leash. It’s so important not to waste those early and impressionable puppy days. That’s when the most effective training takes place. So while you will want to spend as much time as possible snuggling and playing with your little puppy, make sure to sneak in some training time every day as well. It’ll pay off in the long run.
  • In addition to training, your pet should be properly socialized as soon as possible. As far as socialization goes, it is quite crucial for the proper development of a dog. Starting early and taking a measured approach is crucial for your pet’s later life. Not only will your dog be more comfortable around strangers and other dogs, but they will be much more affectionate with you as well. Bordoodles are energetic, smart, and inquisitive, and you should encourage socialization. Introduce your puppy to new people, kids, and other friendly dogs. If everything is done properly and with minimal stress, your pet should quickly become friendly and sociable. This removes the possibility of aggression, anxiety, and fear in their adult life. Do not underestimate the importance of socialization.

Related Questions

What’s the Price of Bordoodle Puppies?

  • Bordoodle puppies can vary fairly widely in price depending on the pedigree of their parent breeds, the breeder, and availability. You can expect to pay anywhere between $600 and $1,500 for a Bordoodle puppy and possibly more for pups with a high pedigree.
  • When choosing your Bordoodle puppy, we highly recommend visiting the breeder and checking out the facilities. This will give you a chance to make sure that everything is above board and to ask the breeder any questions that you may have about the breed. The breeder should have experience with both parent breeds, as well as Bordoodles. It will also be a great opportunity to meet the parents and assess their temperament. If the breeder is selling puppies at a lower than average price and is hesitant to let you come and view the facilities, this should raise immediate red flags.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

Bordoodles are social dogs that generally get along great with other dogs and are fine with cats too. They do not have much of a prey drive — despite their history — and even smaller pets are usually safe. That said, they do have a history of herding, and while they may not hunt other pets, there is a strong chance that they’ll attempt to herd them!

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Bordoodles are gentle with children, rarely aggressive, highly intelligent, and not overly energetic, making them ideal family dogs. They are protective of their human family but are generally friendly and sweet with strangers. If you are an active owner who likes long walks or trail runs, these dogs are always up for it, but they are just as happy to play interactive games in the yard too, making them adaptable to almost any living environment. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better family pooch!

How Big Do Mini Bordoodles Get?

So how big do Mini Bordoodles get? Mini Bordoodle size will range between 20 and 40 pounds and stand 15-20 inches tall.

How Big Do Medium Bordoodles Get?

How big do Medium Bordoodles get? Medium Bordoodles typically weigh 30-45 pounds and are between 18-21 inches tall.

How Big Do Standard Bordoodles Get?

So how big do Standard Bordoodles Get? Standard Bordoodle size is anything above 40 pounds, though Standard Bordoodles typically weigh between 40 and 70 pounds and stand 20-25 inches tall.

Final Thoughts

The Bordoodle is a wonderful family dog, as they are not overly energetic but are always ready and willing for a walk or play session. They make great watchdogs but are rarely aggressive, making them great for families with small children. With their intelligent parent breeds, you can be sure your Bordoodle will be smart too, and this combined with their eager-to-please attitude typically makes them easy to train. They are also healthy dogs overall that suffer from few genetic health problems, but they do require daily brushing to keep their coats knot-free.

If you are looking for an affectionate family dog that is intelligent and easy to train, the Bordoodle is a wonderful choice!

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.