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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

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. 

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

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.   

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.


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. 

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.   

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.

Bordoodle Breeder

Everything You Need To Know About Bordoodles

Bordoodles are arguably one of the most incredible dog breeds in the world. You definitely wouldn’t be alone if you’ve never heard of them before. However, these high-energy, highly intelligent dogs will have you searching for a bordoodle breeder by the time you’ve finished reading this article. Oh, and the best part? You won’t have to search very far! Puppies Downunder is the most ethical bordoodle breeder in Australia, and we’re here to help our bordoodle puppies find the perfect forever home. So, here’s everything you need to know about bordoodles. 


What Is A Bordoodle? 

A bordoodle, also known as a borpoo or borderpoo, is a mix between a border collie and a poodle. When these breeds come together, they create a dog with the intelligence, loyalty, and energy of a border collie and the intelligence and coat of a poodle. 

What Can I Expect From A Bordoodle? 

With the very best features and characteristics of both a border collie and a poodle, the bordoodle makes for quite a unique pup. 

  • Temperament. Bordoodles are naturally affectionate, intelligent, playful, friendly, and loyal. They get along with people of all ages and animals. However, bordoodles need to have plenty of training and opportunities to socialise; otherwise, they can become quite stubborn. 

  • Size. Bordoodles don’t have a standard size, so you’ll need to see the parents to indicate how big the puppy will grow. Miniature bordoodles grow to 35-45cm in height and 10-15kg in weight, while average-sized bordoodles grow to be 45-55cm in height and 15-25kg in weight. 

  • Activity. Bordoodles are part border collie, making them a very active, energetic dog. They’ll need to go on walks every day for at least 60 minutes in addition to playtime and attention. As it’s bred from a working dog, its instinct is to herd, so they may nip at the ankles of family members trying to direct them into one area. You can curb this behaviour by giving your bordoodle a chance to herd on a farm or with a herding ball. Due to their athleticism, bordoodles can be trained to compete in dog sports such as agility and obedience. 

  • Shedding. Bordoodles can have one of three coat variations; wool, fleece, or hair. Some bordoodles have a single coat, whereas others have a top coat and an undercoat. For allergy sufferers, bordoodles with a wool single coat are more suitable, as their tight curls trap hair, skin cells, and debris. However, these coats are quite high-maintenance, so if allergies aren’t an issue, a fleece or hair coat is far easier to groom. 

  • Intelligence. Border collies are widely recognised as the most intelligent dog breed in the world, and poodles regularly come in at second or third. Therefore, a bordoodle is a highly intelligent breed, which opens up all kinds of possibilities for training and obedience. However, these dogs can become destructive, stubborn, or bad-tempered when they aren’t given enough attention, mental enrichment, and playtime. 


Do Bordoodles Have Any Health Concerns?

Like any other dog breed, bordoodles have a few health concerns and are more predisposed to certain genetic diseases. However, Puppies Downunder firmly believes in conducting extensive genetic testing to minimise the chances of our puppies developing a genetic disease. We carefully select dams and sires, breeding only ‘clear’ and carrier’ or ‘clear’ and ‘clear’. So before you search for a bordoodle for sale in Australia, it’s always a good idea to understand the potential health concerns and risks. 

  • Ears. Bordoodles have long fluffy ears prone to infection, so they need to be checked and cleaned regularly. Keep an eye out for foul smells or build-up of debris and plucking out any fur growing inside the ear. 

  • Eyes. As bordoodles can develop cataracts or Progressive Rod Cone degeneration, you’ll need to check their eyes regularly. 

  • Hips. Bordoodles are at risk of developing hip dysplasia, either genetic or due to hip trauma.

  • Genetics. As they have diverse genetics, bordoodles are less likely to develop genetic diseases. However, we always screen our puppies for; 

    • Progressive Rod Cone degeneration in the eyes.

    • Multi-drug sensitivity, which causes the body to become unable to remove toxins and filter medications. 

    • Von Willebrand’s disease, a bleeding disorder caused by low levels of clotting protein in the blood. 

    • Degenerative myelopathy, which is a progressive degeneration of the spinal cord in older dogs. 


What Do I Need To Do To Keep My Bordoodle Happy?

Every new dog owner wants to keep their puppy happy, but it can be overwhelming when you have a puppy with as much energy and intelligence as a bordoodle. So here are a few tips and tricks to keeping your newest family member happy and healthy. 

  • Regular exercise. Now, this is an absolute must. The border collie in your bordoodle is very active and needs regular exercise. Otherwise, they may become destructive and unhappy. 

  • Mental stimulation. Due to their high intelligence, bordoodles need pretty consistent enrichment. When you find a bordoodle for sale, we suggest meeting the puppy before it comes home with you. That way, you can get an idea of your puppy’s personality and buy plenty of toys and games accordingly.  There are several ways to keep your bordoodle’s mind active throughout the day. 

    • Regular obedience training

    • Toys designed for mental stimulation

    • Snuffle mats

    • Switching out toys every few days, so they always have something new to play with

    • Calming dog music

  • Socialisation. Bordoodles are a very friendly, sociable breed, so they need opportunities to socialise with other dogs. Once you’ve had your puppy fully vaccinated, take them to the dog park to play with other dogs and meet new people. 

  • Make them work for their food. Dogs are natural hunters, and dogs specifically bred for hunting, like the poodle, love a bit of a challenge at mealtime. Try using snuffle mats, Kong toys, or hiding their dinner in various spots around the house. 

  • Let them sniff around while walking. While it’s good to teach your dog that it isn’t in charge on the walk, you can teach your dog a cue for ‘sniff time’, where they have a little more freedom to go off and explore the environment. You’d be surprised at how much more tired dogs are after a walk that includes sensory enrichment. 

  • Play hide and seek. Bordoodles love opportunities to explore and seek, so try playing hide and seek with them. When they’re little, try hiding somewhere in the house and calling their name until they find you. Hide behind a door or up on a table and reward them with praise or treats when they find you. As they get older, you can try hiding toys or treats around the house for them to sniff out. If you live in a small apartment, try hiding a treat under one of three cups, shuffling the cups around and letting them choose which one they believe it’s under. 


If You’re Looking For Bordoodle Puppies For Sale, Contact The Ethical Breeders At Puppies Downunder

At Puppies Downunder, the health and wellbeing of our animals is our highest priority. Dogs are our passion, and we dedicate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to their care. We’re the experts in our field, and with over 45 years of experience in breeding, raising, and training dogs, you can rest assured that your puppy is coming from a place dedicated to its enrichment and care.

We’re proud to say that Puppies Downunder is one of the only commercial dog breeders approved by the Minister for Agriculture due to our immensely high professionalism and ethical behaviour standards. In fact, we have the highest ethical standards of any dog breeder globally. We offer lifetime support for families adopting puppies from our facility, so you can always feel confident knowing we’re here for you. If you’re looking for an ethical bordoodle breeder, get in touch with the team at Puppies Downunder today. 


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