The Bordoodle

What is a Bordoodle? 

A Bordoodle is a mixed breed consisting of a Border Collie and a Poodle.  Combining these two breeds together creates a dog that has the intelligence, loyalty and energy of a Border Collie with the intelligence and coat of a Poodle.

Border Collies rank number #1 as the smartest dog breed. They are known for their athleticism, agility and cuddles, and are energetic, affectionate and playful.

Poodles are ranked number #7 most popular dog breed. They are intelligent, proud and active.

They are known as the national dog of France where they were first used as retrievers. They are easy to train, and are used to retrieve, hunt and obey commands.


Puppies Downunder combines the best traits of these two breeds to create a Bordoodle.

We mix intelligence with, well more intelligence!

This results in a very impressive breed that seems to have it all.

Bordoodles and Health

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Bordoodles have diverse genetics due to being a mixed breed.

This makes them less likely to develop genetic disease when bred by a responsible breeder who genetically tests the parents.


The main genetic diseases that can appear in Bordoodles are: 

  • PRA – Progressive Rod Cone degeneration of the eyes, this comes from the genes of the Poodle. 


  • Multi-Drug Sensitivity – Even though this is more common in Australian Shepherds and Border Collies, Bordoodles can be affected by this as well. It causes the body to be unable to remove toxins and filter medications properly.


  • Von Willebrand’s Disease – A bleeding disorder caused by low levels of clotting protein in the blood. 

  • Degenerative Myelopathy – This disease causes a progressive degeneration of the spinal cord in older dogs, this occurs in both Poodles and Golden Retrievers. 


Puppies Downunder conduct full breed profile genetic testing on all our sires and dams. We carefully select which dogs we breed together and only breed from Clear to Carrier or from Clear to Clear. 

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What size Bordoodles grow to? 

Bordoodles are a mixed breed so they don’t have a set breed standard of size; the size can vary due to the generation and the parents of the dog. If you’re unsure what size your puppy will grow to ask to see the parents to get an idea of the size.


Height: 35 - 45cms

Weight: 10-15kg



Height: 45 - 55cms

Weight: 15-25kg

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What is the Best Coat for Allergy Sufferers?  


Dogs with a wool (curly) single coat are more suitable for those suffering with allergies. These coats have the lowest allergens due to curls that catch dander and are low shedding. Dogs with wool single coats shed slowly and their curls help trap hairs as they fall out.  


These coats are high maintenance requiring daily brushing. This should be done with a high-quality slicker brush which helps detangle surface hair and remove dander, dirt and debris.   


Low Maintenance Coats  


If allergies are not an issue and a low maintenance coat, is preferred, a fleece or hair coat would be most suitable.  


This type of coat is average to low shedding due to undercoat hairs falling out and new ones coming in.   

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The Bordoodle's Temperament

Bordoodles are affectionate, intelligent, quirky, playful, friendly and loyal.

They get along well with people of all ages as well as animals when well socialized and trained properly.

Bordoodles are high energy which makes them perfect for the people who love to exercise. Bordoodles need more stimulation and exercise compared to less energetic breeds like the Cavoodles, Groodles and Labradoodles.

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Bordoodles have long ears and can sometimes have fur growth inside which comes from the poodle making them more prone to dirty ears and ear infections.

Always check your Bordoodle’s ears for any foul smells or buildup of debris as well plucking out any fur that is growing inside the ear and clean them when needed.  

If you suspect your Bordoodle has an ear infection take your Bordoodle to the Veterinarian for advice on treatment. 



Bordoodles can develop cataracts or Progressive Rod Cone degeneration (PRA).  Check your Bordoodle’s eyes on a regular basis and if you notice anything of concern, take your Bordoodle to your Veterinarian. 



Bordoodles can develop Hip Dysplasia, which sometimes can be genetically inherited however is most likely to occur due to hip trauma.

Seek veterinarian advice if you suspect you Bordoodle is suffering from this conditon. 

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Do Bordoodles Shed? 

This varies depending on which breed/parent they take  after as well as the individual puppy’s coat.


There are 3 coat variations as well as single and double coats. 



A single coat of densely packed curls 


A single or double coat with waves


.A double coat with a wiry top coat on top of a fuzzy undercoat. 


Single Coat 

No undercoat 

Double Coat 

Top coat and Undercoat 


All dogs shed their old fur so new fur can grow in, and all dogs produce dander (dead skin cells). Depending on the kind of the coat the dog has deems it less or more likely to trigger allergies.   

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How Active are Bordoodles? 

Bordoodles have a high activity level and require daily walks, playtime and mental enrichment.

One of the quirks of the Bordoodle is that due to it being bred from a working dog it has the instinct to herd. If you notice your Bordoodle nipping at the ankles of family members and trying to direct them into one area then your Bordoodle is herding.


This behavior can be curbed by training your Bordoodle not to do this or by providing your Bordoodle with an opportunity to herd via a farm or by a herding ball.

Due to their athleticism, Bordoodles can be trained to compete in dog sports such as agility, obedience etc.