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Have you heard of the English Boodle?
The English Boodle may not be as popular as some other Doodle breeds, like a Labradoodle or a Goldendoodle, so you probably won’t come across many at the dog park. In fact, breeders don’t typically breed English Boodles, and your only chance of finding this unique dog is in a dog shelter or rescue agency.
Regardless, let’s learn more about this unique breed so you know what to expect whether you’ve just adopted one or if you have your eye on one in your local shelter.
What is an English Boodle?
An English Boodle, also known as a Bullypoo, is a mix between an English Bulldog and a Poodle (usually a Standard Poodle, but sometimes they’re crossed with a Miniature Poodle). These two dogs are quite different, so mixing them results in a unique mixed breed.
Although English Boodles aren’t recognized by the American Kennel Club dog registry, they are recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry, the American Canine Hybrid Club, and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.
Boodle puppies differ in size, shape, and features, depending on the genes they inherit from their parents. Let’s take a look at some commonalities among the few that exist!
Height and weight
Since English Boodles are a mix of these two breeds, their size and weight will vary depending on which parent breeds they take after more.
They are usually small or medium-sized dogs, standing between 12 and 16 inches tall.
Their weight can range from 15 to 50 pounds, and they have a stocky and boxy body, regardless of their size.
When it comes to coat types, a Bulldog Poodle mix can take after either parent breed or be a mix of both. Their coat can be short-to-medium in length, and curly, wavy, or straight in texture. While they’re usually low or medium shedders, it’s important to note that not all of them will have a hypoallergenic coat.
So, if you’re allergic to dogs, it’s best to spend some time with a Bulldog Poodle mix puppy before bringing one home.
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.
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 careful when a large Bulldog Poodle mix is around a toddler.
They are also great around other pets! They inherit some of the best qualities from each parent breed, so let’s dive into the English Bulldog and the Poodle to learn what traits and characteristics an English Boodle can inherit.
English Bulldogs are known for their kind, easy-going, and loving nature. While they’re intelligent, they’re quite stubborn making them slow learners.
Despite their sometimes intimidating appearance, English Bulldogs are not aggressive and can even become friends with strangers. They’re a loyal and affectionate breed that makes great companions for anyone looking for a gentle and loving pet.
Keep in mind that English Bulldogs require regular exercise and grooming to stay healthy and happy. They may not be the most active dogs, but they still need daily walks and playtime.
Also, their wrinkles need to be cleaned regularly to prevent skin irritation and infections.
Overall, the English Bulldog is a fun dog breed that pet lovers all over the world adore!
The Poodle is an intelligent, sophisticated, playful, and obedient dog. They are not aggressive, though they have watchdog tendencies and tend to bark and alert their family members when they see or hear anything that’s off.
These dogs absolutely love to interact with humans and are playful with their family members. Their eagerness to please their humans, combined with their intelligence, makes them quick learners who can easily pick up tricks and training.
Poodles are highly intuitive and can read their owners’ body language, tones, and expressions.
However, they are also known for being emotional and sensitive dogs.
Experienced dog owners understand the importance of exposing Poodles to various experiences to prevent them from becoming hypersensitive, which can lead to anxiety.
Additionally, leaving them alone for too long can also lead to separation anxiety, so it’s important to give them plenty of attention and stimulation.
English Boodle dogs are highly alert and have a keen sense of hearing. They make excellent watchdogs and will bark to alert their owners of any potential danger.
However, they don’t make good guard dogs. Neither the Poodle or the English Bulldog is a confrontational dog.
English Boodle dogs are known for their affectionate and loving nature. They love a good cuddle and adore being around their family members.
English Boodle dogs are highly social and enjoy the company of their owners and other pets. They’ll even make friends with strangers and love meeting new people and other pets.
You’ll be happy to know that English Boodles are smart and can easily understand what you want them to do.
That being said, they may need a bit more time to get the hang of obedience training. So, if you want to train your English Boodle dog, you’ll need to be patient and kind, and use positive reinforcement.
Like their English Bulldog parents, the English Boodle can be quite stubborn. You’ll need patience and consistency when training this mixed breed.
English Boodle dogs are highly energetic and love to play. They are great at entertaining themselves but also love playing with children and other animals!
They are playful and enjoy games like fetch, hide and seek, and tug-of-war.
English Bulldogs have plenty of energy to spare when they’re young, but as they grow older, they begin to calm down. Poodles, on the other hand, remain high-energy dogs well into older age.
So, what’s an English Boodle like?
English Boodles have medium levels of energy and need daily exercise to tire them out. Think daily walks, jogs, and playing fetch in the park.
However, it’s important to remember that excessive exercise or high-impact activities can be hard on the joints of an English Boodle, so it’s important to moderate their activity level and talk to your vet about any concerns.
English Bulldogs tend to overeat and become overweight, and so can the English Boodle.
Keep an eye on your dog’s weight, and make sure you feed them an amount recommended to you by your vet.
These adorable pups require a lot of grooming to keep their coats in good shape.
As low-to-no-shedding dogs, they need regular brushing and combing to prevent tangles and mats.
It’s a good idea to start grooming your Bulldog Poodle mix from an early age so they get used to the process and you can prevent any discomfort or anxiety.
English Boodle puppies are challenging to find. As I mentioned earlier, most of the time these dogs are in shelters and not from breeders.
Typically, shelters charge anywhere from $200 to $800 to adopt a puppy.
Where to find English Boodles
You’re unlikely to come across many English Boodle breeders. Instead, you’re likely to find an English Boodle in dog shelters and rescues.
We’ve put together a directory of Doodle breed rescue agencies that try to find homes for Poodle mix dogs—check it out to see if there are any available near you!
English Boodles may face some of the same health problems that their parent breeds face. Three common health issues include:
- Hip Dysplasia: a genetic condition where the hip joint doesn’t develop correctly, leading to pain and stiffness.
- Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS): a respiratory condition caused by the breed’s short, flat face that can lead to breathing difficulties, exercise intolerance, and overheating.
- Skin Fold Dermatitis: a condition where the folds of skin on the face, neck, and tail can become infected and inflamed, leading to itchiness, redness, and odor.
Keep in mind the above list isn’t exhaustive. You can keep your English Boodle healthy by taking regular trips to the vet—when necessary—feeding your dog high-quality dog food, and giving them enough exercise.
The average lifespan of Poodles is around 12-15 years, while the average lifespan of English Bulldogs is around 8-10 years. As the English Boodle is a rare dog, it’s challenging to predict its lifespan. However, we can assume that a healthy English Boodle can live to be the same age as its parents.
The English Boodle dog is a mixed breed with a low shedding coat and a friendly personality. This designer dog is rare and hard to find, and you might only find them in shelters and rescues.
With proper care and attention, an English Boodle can make a wonderful addition to any household.
Have you ever met an English Boodle? Let us know what it was like in the comments!
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About the Author:
Dana owns a Sheepadoodle and a rescue merle Labradoodle. Her first dog growing up was a white Toy Poodle and she’s loved dogs ever since. She has years of experience fostering dogs and has helped find homes for a variety of different breeds, both large and small! After seeing so many dogs end up unwanted and in shelters, she began blogging about different dog breeds (specifically Doodle dogs, since that’s what she knows best) to help people make informed choices when adding a new member to their family.
When Dana’s not brushing her Doodles’ hair (it takes a lot of time for two!) you can find her playing nose work games and fetch with her two amazing pups.
Learn more about her here.