No matter which breed of dog you plan to keep, it is always advisable to find out as much as you can as this will help you to decide if it is the right breed for you and your lifestyle. In the case of designer breeds, they are often relatively new, and this means that people do not always know much about them. Therefore, doing a little research is even more crucial. One hybrid dog is the Bordoodle, and this designer breed has both pros and cons. You should not only learn about this hybrid, but you should also find out more about its two parent breeds. So that you can decide if they are a good choice for you, here are 20 things that you probably do not know about the Bordoodle.
1. It is Half Border Collie and Half Poodle
Dog Time says that the Bordoodle is a hybrid, not a purebred. This means that they are the result of mating two purebred dogs of different breeds. In the case of the Bordoodle, they have one parent that is a Border Collie, and the other parent is a Poodle. The Border Collie is a farming and herding dog that became popular in the United Kingdom. Although poodles originate in Germany, they are often associated with France, as this is where they became popular. The Poodle’s intelligence means they have been used in various working roles. These two breeds were combined to get the best attributes of both breeds and to eliminate or reduce the risk of developing health conditions associated with each breed.
2. Bordoodles Probably Originate from the United States
Bordoodles are not a new thing, because people have always bred different breeds to create hybrid dogs. Therefore, the exact origins of the Bordoodle are unknown. However, the trend for designer breeds, such as the Labradoodle, began in the United States, so it is possible that Bordoodle also comes from the United States. Similarly, when they were first named is unknown, although it is believed they have been around for approximately 20 years.
3. They Are Known by Several Names
The most common name for this hybrid dog is the Bordoodle, although it is not the only name by which this breed is known. They are also known as Borpoos and Borderpoos. Do not let the name variations confuse you. If you see pups advertised with these names, they are no different from a Borderpoo as the names are simply different terminology that people use that combine the names of both parent breeds.
4. They Are a Great Choice for Families
If you have children in your household, then you need to put a lot of thought into the dog breed you introduce into your home. Some dog breeds are better than others with children. A Borderpoo is a good option for people with children, as they do not typically have issues being in a family environment. Borederpoos are loving and affectionate dogs that will enjoy getting involved with the family, and they do not have an aggressive nature that will pose a risk to children. They can even cope with younger children who do not always handle dogs carefully as they are a medium-sized dog that is relatively robust. However, when you first introduce your Borderpoo to your children, supervision is advisable, and this advice applies to all breeds.
5. It is an Intelligent Designer Breed
One of the parents of a Borderpoo is a Poodle, which is one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Therefore, the Borderpoo generally inherits this trait from the Poodle parent. Due to their intelligence, the Borderpoo is usually easy to train. However, you must begin training early and use positive reinforcement as encouragement. Like many dog breeds, they do not react well to shouting during training.
6. Bordoodles Are Available in Various Colors
Borderpoos can vary significantly in appearance depending on which traits they have inherited from the Border Collie, and which traits come from the Poodle parent. One element of their appearance that can vary is the color, and there are many colors of Borderpoos available. Some options include white, black, blue, gray, chocolate, red, and various shades of tan. Many Borderpoos are bicolor, usually white with one other color. Whatever your color preference, you will find a Bordoodle in a color you admire.
7. They Need Regular Exercise
The Borderpoo is a lively and energetic breed, so they need regular exercise. It is recommended that you walk a Borderpoo for nine miles each week. You should achieve this distance if you walk for 45 minutes at least three times a week. Borderpoos also love to play, so you should incorporate some playtimes as part of their exercize regime. As this is an intelligent breed that can easily become bored, try to vary their exercise regime as much as possible. Try walking different routes over different terrain, or playing games with your Bordoodle.
8. They Are a Medium-Sized Breed
Although the height of Borderpoos can vary, they are classed as a medium-sized dog. Their size depends on the height of both their parents, and the pups will usually grow within the same height range as their parents when they reach adulthood. The typical height of a healthy Borderpoo is between 15 and 22-inches.
9. Bordoodles Can Vary in Weight Significantly
Similarly, the weight of a Borderpoo can also vary. Their height is one factor that impacts their weight, and taller dogs are usually heavier, while shorter dogs are lighter. However, there are many other factors that impact weight, including diet, exercise, and general health. You can check with your vet the healthy weight range for your dog. To keep your Borderpoo within a healthy weight range, you should make sure they eat a healthy and age-appropriate diet and get plenty of exercise. If your dog is overweight, your vet will give you advice about their diet and exercise. Typically, Borderpoos weigh between 30 and 60-pounds.
10. They Are Adaptable in Different Climates
Some breeds are suited to colder climates, while others prefer living in warmer climates. The Borderpoo is an adaptable breed that is happy to live in most climates. In cold weather, it is best that they wear a coat. To the other extreme, you will need to make sure that your Borderpoo has plenty of fresh water in hot weather. They will also benefit from having an area of shade in the yard where they can spend time away from the direct sunlight.
11. Bordoodles Usually Get Along with Other Pets
If you already have pets in your home and you are introducing a new dog, then there are extra considerations to make. You should think about how your current pets will react to the introduction of a new pet and make sure that the dog breed you choose can mix well with other animals. A Bordoodle is a good choice because it usually gets along well with other dogs and does not pose a significant threat to other animals. However, you should proceed with caution when introducing any new animal into your home and supervise initial interactions. Begin socializing the animals as soon as possible.
12. They Have a Wavy Coat
According to Wag Walking, Bordoodles have a wavy coat that is the result of having one parent with a curly coat and another with a straight coat. Their coat is usually medium length and density, which is easy to brush. Due to the genetics they inherit from their Poodle parent, they do not shed a lot, and they are considered a good option for people who suffer from allergies.
13. You Must Check Their Ears
One of the distinctive features of Bordoodles is their floppy ears. While this is a cute feature, it is also one that can cause them problems. They are an active dog that can easily get dirty, and the dirt can become trapped in their ears. In turn, this can lead to ear infections. It is vital that you check your Bordoodle’s ears regularly and keep them clean. Another issue with a Bordoodle’s ears that is common in many breeds that have floppy ears is that they can develop excessive ear wax. Again, checking and regularly wiping their ears can reduce this problem.If they develop ear problems, you should get your dog checked by the vet.
14. Bordoodles Are Easy to Groom
The coat of a Borderpoo is easy to groom as it is not too thick, and it is wavy rather than curly. However, they still need regular grooming, and you should brush their coat at least twice a week. It is also important to bath them weekly, and using conditioner will keep their coat in good condition. Another essential element of the grooming regime is trimming their nails, and this is something you should do at least once a fortnight. You will need the correct equipment for this task. If you are not comfortable trimming your dog’s nails yourself, you should book regular appointments with a professional dog groomer.
15. They Need to Exercise Their Mind
While physical exercise is important for this lively dog, Borderpoos also need to exercise their brains. If they do not get mental stimulation, a Borderpoo can easily become bored. A great way to stimulate your Borderpoo’s mind is to play games where they can interact with you and others in your family.
16. These Dogs Can Live for Up to 15 Years
The life expectancy of dogs varies from one breed to the next. According to Pet Guide, the life expectancy of a Bordoodle is between 12 and 15 years. However, your dog may have a shorter or longer life. Factors that impact the life expectancy of Bordoodles include diet, exercise, care, and general health. To make sure your dog lives a full and happy life, you should make sure they eat a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, and see the vet if they develop any unusual symptoms.
17. Bordoodles are Loyal and Protective
Bordoodles has many positive personality traits that make them a breed worth considering. Two of their best traits are that they are loyal and protective. Once they have bonded with their owner, they will remain loyal to them for the rest of their lives. They are also friendly, sociable, affectionate, and trustworthy.
18. The American Kennel Club Does Not Recognize Bordoodles as a Breed
Currently, the American Kennel Club does not recognize Bordoodles as an official breed. Instead, they classify them as a hybrid dog. Therefore, Bordoodles cannot register with the American Kennel Club or compete in any competitions involving this organization. However, there are some organizations that do recognize them as a breed and allow Bordoodle owners to register their pets. Some of these include the International Canine Registry, the Dog Registry of America, Inc., the Designer Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and the American Canine Hybrid Club.
19. They Can Suffer from Hip Dysplasia
Generally, Bordoodles are considered a healthy dog. As they are a hybrid, they do not suffer from many of the conditions that are associated with their purebred parents. However, one condition from which they can suffer is hip dysplasia. It is a condition where the hip slips in and out of its joint. If your dog suffers from this condition, then they will begin to show symptoms while they are still a pup. It is important that you seek the advice of a veterinarian who will recommend the best treatment for this condition.
20. There Are Some Other Health Conditions Associated with Bordoodles
There are also some other conditions that are associated with Bordoodles and are relatively common. Two of the most common are epilepsy and an eye condition called progressive retinal atrophy.
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