A Bordoodle is a mix between the Border Collie and the Poodle. Many people get Poodle mixes in the hopes they’ll be hypoallergenic, but they may inherit the coat of the Border Collie. They could be the color of either (so black and white, or a poodle color) and may have a wavy or curly coat — but it’s also possible for the coat to be straight! You can expect a medium-sized dog out of this mix.
The Border Collie and Poodle are both highly, highly intelligent. In many ways, this is a good thing. They should be easy to train and will understand most of what you’re saying to them (though they may have some selective hearing issues!). If you work patiently with your dog and train them using positive reinforcement methods, you’re likely going to have one of the best dogs around. However, their intelligence can also make them stubborn. If they start to regress, make sure you keep your patience and work through it — they’ll get there eventually.
The Bordoodle – A High Energy Dog
Not only are they both highly intelligent, but they’re both incredibly high-energy. They need plenty of outlets for that, and the Border Collie also has herding tendencies. That means they might nip at your ankles, especially as puppies, or nip at small children. Make sure you train a good “leave it” verbal cue and supervise interactions to make sure it doesn’t go too far.
If you’re looking for a Bordoodle breeder, beware. Doodle breeders are often unethical because Doodles have become a designer breed and they know they can make a profit. They sell unhealthy, unsocialized dogs for a cheap price. Do your research before taking on a new dog and make sure you’re getting it from someone good. The cheap price tag isn’t worth the vet and training bills you’ll have to pay later for a dog that hasn’t been brought up with care and expertise!