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One of the latest designer dogs that people have fallen in love with is the Boodle. This mixed breed dog is a bundle of cuteness and joy that will make your life happy.
While it is not as popular as some other famous Doodle breeds, those who know about it want to adopt one. They are great pets for families and individuals.
Boodle, or Poodle Bulldog mix, is an interesting pet with a friendly temperament. These dogs make friends easily, even with strangers. They are also great with children.
Let’s learn more about the Boodle so you know whether or not they’re the right dog for you and your family.
What is a Boodle?
The English or French Bulldog Poodle mix, also known as Boodle, is a designer dog with Poodle and Bulldog as its parents.
If the parent is a French Bulldog, the dog is a French Bulldog Poodle mix. On the other hand, when the dog has an English Bulldog as its parent, it is called an English Bulldog Poodle mix.
The Boodle is a confident, devoted, and intelligent dog. As a Poodle Bulldog mix, they vary in size, shape, and coat type. Boodle is recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), a reputed designer breed registry.
But most kennel clubs, like the American Kennel Club, do not recognize this dog as it is a mixed breed.
It is family-oriented and makes friends with strangers easily. It also loves to be the center of attention, though it is slightly stubborn in nature. But with a little bit of patience, you can train a Bulldog Poodle mix. A French or English Boodle puppy can be a great addition to your family.
What Does a Bulldog Poodle Mix Look Like?
Boodle puppies differ in size, shape, and features, depending on the genes they inherit from their parents. It can be anything from small to medium in size. Some of them have bat-like erect ears, while others have ears that hang down. They have dark and round eyes on round faces.
They have compact and muscular bodies with straight and stout legs. Their tails may differ in structure and length. Their fur may be short and smooth or a little long and ragged. After all, its parent breeds differ vastly in looks, and it’s hard to predict which characteristics it will inherit.
Since French Bulldogs are the descendants of English Bulldogs, the two distant relatives have the same wrinkly face and a fun personality. However, the two differ in size, with the English Bulldog being a few inches larger than the Frenchie. Plus, an English Bulldog has droopy ears, while the ears of French Bulldogs are erect. Their fur is fine and short.
Poodles, on the other hand, are of different sizes, depending on whether they are Standard Poodles or Miniature, or Toy Poodles. This dog has a dense, curly coat, floppy ears, and a prominent muzzle. As a combination of these two dog breeds, Boodle puppies may inherit any mix of the genes from their parents. So, it is usually difficult to predict the look of the dog.
A Bulldog Poodle mix can have different types of coats, depending on the genes inherited from the parent breeds. The coat type can be similar to any one parent breed or a combination of the two. Bulldog Poodle mix dogs usually have a dense, short-to-medium length coat.
The texture of the coat may be curly, wavy, or straight. They are low or medium shedders, though you cannot always expect them to be non-shedders with a hypoallergenic coat. If you have allergy issues, it is a good idea to spend some time with a Bulldog Poodle mix puppy to see how you react to its coat.
Bulldog Poodle mix coat needs a lots of grooming. As low- to no-shedding dogs, they need plenty of brushing and combing to ensure their hair doesn’t tangle and mat.
The coat of an English or French Bulldog Poodle mix can vary in color, too, based on the parents’ coats. A Boodle puppy may be red, fawn, black, or white. Some puppies may also develop gray, silver, or blue coats. The shades will differ, and the coat may be solid, with a single color, or have brindle patterns in two or more colors.
Height and Weight
The size of a Boodle will depend on the parent breeds. This breed is usually a small or medium-sized dog. If it has either the French Bulldog or the Miniature/Toy Poodle as a parent, it may be smaller in size. They usually stand between 12 inches and 16 inches in height.
The weight of Boodles, too, will vary from 15 lb. to 50 lb. Some of the English and French Bulldog Poodle mix dogs are just tiny dogs, while others are longer and leaner. Either way, they have a stocky and boxy body.
Boodle Personality and Temperament
An English or French Bulldog Poodle mix dog can make a great family pet because of its playful personality. These dogs are loyal companions for children, though you should be a little careful when a large Bulldog Poodle mix is around a toddler. They are also great around other household pets. They inherit some of the best qualities for the parent breeds. So let’s check them out individually.
Bulldog Personality and Temperament
French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs are distant relatives. They both have a sweet nature and love to socialize. They are bold, active, and energetic, which makes them a good watchdog. They are not loud dogs; usually, their intimidating personality is enough to scare everyone.
A Bulldog is kind, easy-going, and loving, but can also be lively and a little stubborn. There are many shades of personality when it comes to a Bulldog. However, you have to be patient with Bulldogs as they can be a little slow when it comes to learning, but once they learn something new, they will remember it for a long time.
Of course, the temperament of the dog will depend on many factors. Heredity is only one factor. The rest will depend on the training, environment, and socialization provided by the pet owners. Bulldog puppies are more energetic and playful, but they become calmer as they grow old.
Bulldogs are always ready to approach others and can even become friends with strangers. At the time of choosing a puppy, pet parents are advised to meet the parents and the siblings and observe the behavior of the puppies. It’s better to avoid one that’s aggressive towards its siblings or is too shy.
Like other dogs, a Bulldog needs to be exposed to various experiences from an early age through regular socialization with other pets. Different sights and sounds in parks, stores, and more will help a Bulldog puppy develop a well-rounded personality and improve its social skills.
Poodle Personality and Temperament
The Poodle is an intelligent, sophisticated, playful, and obedient dog. They are not at all aggressive, though they have watchdog tendencies and tend to bark and alert their family members when they see or hear anything that’s off. They can act shy and reserved around strangers, but can quickly warm up.
They love to interact with humans and play with their family members. Their tendency to please their humans, along with their sharpness, allows them to pick up any trick and training easily. They even learn to read the body language, tones, and expressions of their owners, which means they are quite intuitive.
Poodles are themselves quite emotional and sensitive. Experienced dog owners know that it is important to expose a Poodle to various experiences to prevent them from becoming hypersensitive. Otherwise, even a small touch or sound can startle the dog and lead to anxiety. Leaving them alone for too long may also lead to separation anxiety.
A Toy and Miniature Poodle is generally believed to be more energetic than a Standard Poodle. All Poodles are high-strung, happy, and full of energy and can play for a long time. However, they calm down a little as they grow older. It loves the company of its human pack, especially children.
English or French Bulldog Poodle Mix Personality and Temperament
Both the French Boodle and the English Boodle inherit some amazing personality traits from the parents. While they are small or medium dogs, don’t be fooled by their size. They can be feisty little animals with scary appearances. They are careful and courageous, which makes them good watchdogs. But don’t count on them to be guard dogs as they are neither fighters nor attackers with a loud voice.
Plus, English and French Boodle dogs make friends with strangers quite fast. That’s because they are affectionate and sweet pets, and they love to be around other animals and people. At the same time, these hybrid dogs are very protective of their humans and react strongly if something happens to the owners. They are always ready to protect and defend their family.
An English or French Bulldog Poodle mix is extremely intelligent and can easily understand the instructions of their owner. However, they may take a little longer to obedience training. You have to be kind and patient and use positive reinforcement to train a Boodle dog. Training must also start at an early age. Boodles love attention and love to be around their owners.
An English or French Bulldog Poodle mix dog has a moderate level of energy that usually does not act hyper around other pets. However, it does love to play outside, even though its size allows it to get comfortable in small spaces. They are patient, and until they are provoked, they do not lose their temper easily. It is essential to monitor how children or other animals behave with them.
Bulldog Poodle Mix Exercise Needs
Be it an English Boodle or a French Boodle: you must ensure that it gets about an hour of exercise every day. You can take the dog out for walks, allow them to run around in the park, or let them play indoors. As they grow older, your English or French Bulldog poodle mix dog may prefer to relax and exercise less.
However, staying active is essential, not only for puppies but also for grown-up dogs. So take them for daily walks and occasional hikes. It is crucial to make a French or English Boodle undergo obedience training, preferably at an early stage when they are still eager to learn and not too set in their ways.
Along with its obedience and agility training, a Bulldog Poodle mix also needs high-quality dog food. Speak to your vet to find the best food that will meet nutritional requirements for you dog.
It’s a good idea to talk to your vet about the exact food needs and portions. French or English Boodle dogs have the tendency to overeat and become overweight. So refrain from giving in to their requests for more food than recommended by the vet.
English/French Boodle Price
English/French Boodles are not as widely available as some other breeds of hybrid dogs. As a result, their price will vary, depending on where you live. Buying English/French Boodle puppies from a reputable breeder may cost you anything between $1,000 and $2500.
This is only the price of a single puppy. The cost of vaccinations, health certificates, etc., will be added to this. Plus, you must also consider the cost of vet dog food, grooming, vet visits, pet sitter’s fees, and more. Unless you’re ready to bear these costs, it is better not to bring home an English/French Boodle.
Where to Buy a Bulldog Poodle Mix
You can find an English/French Boodle puppy at local shelters or buy one from a reputable breeder. Let’s take a look individually.
Since the English/French Boodle is a mix of Poodle and Bulldog, it may end up in a rescue meant for either of two breeds. You may find this dog in some local shelters. We’ve put together a directory of Doodle breed rescue agencies—check it out to see if there are any near you.
If you think you cannot handle a dog that has been abandoned and has lived in rescues, you can go to a breeder to buy a puppy. However, you need to make sure to avoid puppy mills and unethical breeders.
A good breeder will provide you with proof that both the parents are healthy dog breeds and should also provide you with the health guarantee of the puppy as well as its parents. They will also allow you to meet the parents and show you that the growing and breeding environment is healthy.
Always do a background check on a breeder you find online. Visit the facilities and find out whether they put in the effort to take puppies out for walks and regular vet visits so that they live a healthy life until a pet parent buys them. A breeder who refuses to show you the health certificates of the puppy and its parents or their facilities isn’t reliable.
Bulldog Poodle Mix Health Problems and Lifespan
The health of an English/French Boodle depends on the parents. So take some time out to see if either of the purebred dogs have any genetic health problems that the puppy may inherit. Generally, Poodles, especially Miniature Poodles, are considered healthier than the Bulldog parent breeds.
However, like all dog breeds, you may expect certain health problems to develop as the dog grows older. These include –
- Obesity: Overweight issues due to overfeeding and inactivity
- Hip Dysplasia: Problem in the hip joint causing mobility issues
- Addison’s Disease: Reduced production of cortisol, i.e., stress hormones
- Patellar Luxation: Dislocated kneecaps leading to pain during movements
The English/French Boodle may also suffer from some other common health concerns like epilepsy/seizure, skin diseases, heart conditions, etc. As the Boodle is a rare Doodle breed, it’s hard to determine its lifespan.
An English/French Boodle has a personality of its own and will need your patience. It is a bit set in its ways. It’s also a loving pet that can become the perfect companion for our family. Because it is kind and playful, you can expect a wonderful companion when you take home a Boodle.
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