English Boodle Dog: English Bulldog Poodle Mix

English Boodle Dog: English Bulldog Poodle Mix

Height: 12-15 inches
Weight: 15-55 pounds
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Colors: Red, white. black
Suitable for: Families, couples, active retirees
Temperament: Intelligent, fun-loving, focused, attention-seeker

 

A beautiful combination of the English Bulldog and the Poodle, the English Boodle is a friendly mixed breed that loves kids, attention, and plenty of snuggle time. This hybrid dog is full of energy as a puppy but seems to balance that energy out with a good dose of relaxation as they age. The English Boodle may be a small or medium-sized dog depending on which parent they most physically take after.

English Boodle | Dog Breed Facts and Information
English Boodle | Dog Breed Facts and Information

The head might be softer and curlier, boxier and stouter, or an impressive combination of the two. These dogs typically inherit the long muzzle that Poodles are so well known for, and many sport floppy ears that are hard for those who love cuteness to resist. While their dark eyes make them look a little mischievous, they’re fun-loving at heart and love the attention of their family members.

English Boodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament, Training
English Boodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament, Training

The English Boodle’s tail is typically long and slender, either curling over the back or pointed directly behind them. Nobody has ever sufficiently documented the history of this loveable mixed breed, so what there is to know stems back to this mixed breed’s English Bulldog and Poodle parents.

Top Pros And Cons Of Owning An English Boodle
Top Pros And Cons Of Owning An English Boodle

What is a English Boodle?

  • The friendly English Boodle brings together the gentle nature of the English Bulldog with the playful personality of the Poodle for a family-oriented dog who is super social and gets along with kids and animals alike. He is an alert boy and will be happy to alert his human pack to what he feels may be potential danger – making him great watchdog material.
  • The friendly English Boodle brings together the gentle English Bulldog with the playful Poodle.

Origin

The English Boodle is a Designer Dog that likely dates back to the 1980s or 1990s when breeders first began mixing and matching pure-bred dogs to produce a pooch that was free of the health issues that often plagued their parents. In addition to a healthier dog, breeders also began developing dogs that were smaller, hypo-allergenic and a gentler form of a popular breed.

English Boodle Dog Breed Information and Pictures
English Boodle Dog Breed Information and Pictures

Pedigree

The English Boodle is a Designer Dog meaning he does not qualify to be a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) however his parents are both long-time members; the English Bulldog joined the club’s “non-sporting” group in 1886 while the Poodle joined the same group back in 1887.

Diet and Nutrition

  • The English Boodle is not an overly active dog and he will require a food designed specifically for his age, size and activity level. You should look for a nutrient-rich top-quality kibble that is free of fillers (causing him to over-eat to feel full) and control his consumption by serving it to him 2 to 3 times a day versus allowing him to free-feed. Because the Poodle in him can suffer from digestive issues including bloat, ensure his food is low in fat and that walks and active playtime are not planned for at least 1 hour after he has eaten.
  • The English Boodle can possess the smarts of the Poodle and the stubborn nature of the English Bulldog.

How easy are English Boodle to train?

  • With the English Boodle’s passion for pleasing its owner, training has the potential to come pretty quickly. The English Boodle wants to succeed in doing what you ask them to do, making teaching them commands and new tricks easier. The Poodle especially is also very intelligent and can pick up on orders and behaviors very quickly. They seek to please you and want to do whatever it takes to make sure you’re happy. They also can pick up on actions and behaviors in addition to remembering them from the last training session.
  • This intelligence and eagerness to please their owners make English Boodles great options for training. However, the English Bulldog can also be quite stubborn when following through on what they have been taught. Sure, they may have picked up on the command or behavior, but for some reason, they may not want to move forward with it. Therefore, a lot of patience may be required, mainly if your English Boodle is more aligned with the temperament and personality of the English Boodle.
  • With their eagerness to please and friendly personality, it’s important to take on an approach of positive reinforcement with this breed, rather than scolding them for when they do not do things right, praise them and reward them when they do a complete command or other behavior you’re trying to impress upon them. When they are rewarded for good behavior, they may be more willing to continue that positive behavior.

Weight

  • Like many other Doodle mixes, the size is heavily dependent on the parents’ size involved in the breeding. For example, English Bulldogs have a standard size. They have a weight range between 40 to 55 pounds and reach a height between 12 and 16 inches tall. However, the Poodle comes in distinct sizes that can dramatically affect the kind of English Boodle that results. The Poodle can be either Toy, Miniature, or Standard.
  • They can also be Medium, which is in between a Miniature or Standard size. The Toy Poodle is between 9 to 11 inches tall, the Miniature Poodle is between 11-14 inches tall, the Medium can be between 14 to 18 inches tall, and the Standard is between 18 to 24 inches tall. Their weight ranges also vary according to their heights as well. This variety and diversity mean that the English Boodle can come in many different sizes as well. As a result of this variance, the English Boodle can have a height range between 12 and 16 inches tall.
  • They can also have a significant weight range that is between 15 and 50 pounds. This range is very much indicated by the type of Poodle involved in the breeding. For example, mixes with a Toy or Miniature Poodle in the breeding may be closer to a height of 12 to 14 and a weight of 15 to 20. On the other hand, if the Poodle is a Standard or Medium size, they may be a bit larger, with height ranges more in the 15 to 16 frame and a closer to 50 pounds. These differences are essential to keep in mind as you select the correct English Boodle for your lifestyle.

How would you describe the temperament of English Boodle?

Among the many things to love about Doodles, perhaps one of the most popular reasons is their friendly and playful temperament. And that stays true for the English Boodle as well. Like other Doodles, this dog is a great family dog that is gentle and gets along well with most other people and dogs. They enjoy being around activities and are surrounded by their family. They are very social and crave attention and affection any chance they can get. In addition, both the English Bulldog and Poodle are very active and enjoy playing and having fun with their family. They are lively, though not particularly craving exercise constantly. They enjoy spending time with family and always seek a way to get a petting in.

A characteristic of the English Bulldog that is often very apparent in English Boodles is their alertness and attentiveness to their surroundings. They may even serve as diligent and observant watchdogs dedicated to the protection and care of their family. While this tendency may be harmless, ensure that they understand they are not the boss of the house. Having too dominating a personality can lead to other behavioral issues down the road if proper care is not taken. One concern to keep in mind with this people-centered temperament is their high likelihood of developing social anxiety if they are not adequately trained or cared for.

Without the capacity and skills to cope with being alone and without human interaction, these English Boodles may develop destructive tendencies and emotional and mental health concerns, leading to some adverse effects. They also may bark excessively. Therefore, it’s important to train them well or provide an environment where they do not need to be left alone on their own for extended periods. Keeping them active and tiring them out while you are home can also make them tired and crave a nap while you are out, preventing destructive and frustrating behavior.

How healthy are English Boodle?

As a hybrid dog breed, English Boodles generally tend to be healthy dogs. However, because there is no way to predict exactly how the Poodle and Bulldog genetics are going to mix, Boodles could be prone to any inherited health conditions that impact either breed.

Serious Conditions
  • Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome
  • Heart disease
  • Luxating patellas
  • Hip dysplasia
  • von Willebrand’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Autoimmune disease
Minor Conditions
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Entropion
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Allergies

Serious Conditions

  • Bulldogs can suffer from several issues with their breathing, including a condition called brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome. These airway problems are one reason that Bulldogs are so prone to overheating.
  • Bulldogs are also prone to two inherited bone conditions, hip dysplasia and luxating patellas. Miniature Poodles can also get luxating patellas, giving your Boodle a double shot at inheriting this problem.
  • Poodles can get epilepsy, an inherited seizure disorder.
  • Poodles are also known to suffer from autoimmune diseases and sometimes von Willebrands disease, a blood disorder.
  • It is recommended that Bulldogs have their hearts evaluated before breeding, as they can be prone to heart disease.

Minor Conditions

  • Poodles are prone to some inherited eye conditions, such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which eventually causes vision loss.
  • Bulldogs can suffer from an eye condition called entropion, where their eyelids roll inward causing the lashes to irritate the eyeball.
  • Both Bulldogs and Poodles can develop trouble with their skin. Poodles are prone to a condition called sebaceous adenitis. Bulldogs often suffer allergies that cause skin and ear issues

How long will English Boodle live?

English Boodle’s have a slightly shorter lifespan than most medium breeds; 10 to 12 years is average.

How active are English Boodle?

The English Boodle doesn’t require a lot of activity to meet his exercise needs which makes him a great fit for smaller spaces including apartments. A daily walk and some interactive playtime – either indoor or outdoor in a fully fenced yard – should be sufficient. While leash-free dog parks provide a great opportunity for him to run, play and socialize, he tends to wander so ensure it is properly secured and that when out for walks, he is leashed.

The sweet-natured English Boodle loves to be part of all family activities.

Recognized Clubs

Also known as the Boddle, Boodle, Bulldogdoodle, Bulldogpoo, Bullydoodle and Bullypoo, the English Boodle is a designer dog which means he isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) however he is a member of the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of American, Inc. (DRA) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).

Coat

The English Boodle’s coat is typically short, wavy or curly and because he is a minimal shedder, easy to maintain. Weekly brushing should be sufficient to remove loose hair with periodic visits to the groomer required to help maintain his coat shape. This is a floppy eared dog, so plan to inspect and clean his ears when brushing. Removal of dirt and debris will help prevent infections that can be common in floppy eared dogs.

Puppies

Your English Boodle puppy will require early socialization and obedience training to help him overcome his tendency toward separation anxiety when he’s left for longer periods of time. Because he has the potential to develop joint issues later in life, exercise and leash training should be introduced gradually and with an eye toward not over-stressing tiny limbs.

Related Questions

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

These happy-go-lucky dogs are always excited to meet new dogs in social settings, whether at the dog park, at a friend’s house, or even while just walking around the block. They thrive in multi-pet households that may include dogs, cats, or a combination of both. But these dogs will also enjoy their lives as an only pet if they get plenty of human attention.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

  • The English Boodle makes a perfect pet for families of all shapes, sizes, and ages. These dogs will spend all day playing in the yard with kids young and old. They’ll also happily curl up on their bed next to the couch on a lazy weekend afternoon.
  • You’ll never meet an English Doodle that isn’t affectionate and loving toward their family members. This mixed breed is tolerant of things like ear tugs and rough-housing, and gentle enough to learn how to walk on a leash with even younger kids.

Final Thoughts

Mixing two breeds isn’t always going to bring consistent results as far as look and personality go. However, the English Boodle tends to be a consistently great dog no matter how varied they are in size and coat type. They might be tough to find but Boodle owners believe the long search yields a great reward. Take your time and be picky about the health of your puppy’s parents then enjoy life with your new bundle of Boodle joy!

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