English Boodle (English Bulldog & Poodle Mix)

Height: 12-15 inches
Weight: 15-55 pounds
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Colors: Red, white. black
Suitable for: Families, couples, active retirees
Temperament: Intelligent, fun-loving, focused, attention-seeker

A beautiful combination of the English Bulldog and the Poodle, the English Boodle is a friendly mixed breed that loves kids, attention, and plenty of snuggle time. This hybrid dog is full of energy as a puppy but seems to balance that energy out with a good dose of relaxation as they age. The English Boodle may be a small or medium-sized dog depending on which parent they most physically take after.

The head might be softer and curlier, boxier and stouter, or an impressive combination of the two. These dogs typically inherit the long muzzle that Poodles are so well known for, and many sport floppy ears that are hard for those who love cuteness to resist. While their dark eyes make them look a little mischievous, they’re fun-loving at heart and love the attention of their family members.

This breed’s tail is typically long and slender, either curling over the back or pointed directly behind them. Nobody has ever sufficiently documented the history of this loveable mixed breed, so what there is to know stems back to this mixed breed’s English Bulldog and Poodle parents.

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English Boodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

The English Boodle is a fun dog to own, but there is a lot to know before adopting one. You should know exactly what to expect once you bring your new pooch home for the first time.

What’s the Price of English Boodle Puppies?

English Boodles are typically adopted out for considerably less than one of their purebred parents would go for. But you can still expect to pay upwards of $800 for one of these cute family additions. But just because you may be on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t find a loveable English Boodle to adopt at the humane society for a fraction of what it would cost to adopt from a breeder.

No matter where you decide to adopt an English Boodle from, it’s important to make sure that it is healthy and free of medical problems, like intestinal parasites. Don’t rely on the health certificate alone that you receive from the seller when adopting a new puppy. Take the time to have your own veterinarian check the puppy out and give you their seal of approval before bringing the dog home for the first time.

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3 Little-Known Facts About English Boodles

1. They Come in Many Sizes

Because there is such a big difference in size between the English Bulldog and the Poodle, you never know how big an English Boodle will get. While you can bet that an English Boodle won’t be a tiny or large breed, it could be anything in between.

2. They’re Just as Intelligent as They are Stubborn

English Boodles tend to take after their English Bulldog parent when it comes to stubbornness, but it also takes after the Poodle when intelligence comes into play. This combination can be challenging at times but is also almost always rewarding when all is said and done.

3. They Go By a Few Different Names

The English Boodle is the most popular name for this hybrid breed, but it isn’t the only one they are known for. This beautiful mixed breed also goes by the names Bullydoodle, Bully Poo, Bulldogdoodle, and Bulldogpoo.

Parents of the English Bulldog and Poodle Mix
The parents of the English Bulldog and Poodle Mix. Left: English Bulldog | Right: Poodle

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Temperament & Intelligence of the English Boodle

Although this interesting hybrid dog has a stubborn side, it is never aggressive and shows plenty of patience when spending time with kids. It will bark when someone comes to the door but quickly accept the visitors once welcomed inside.

The English Boodle has an inherent willingness to please and loves attention, so owners will usually find their dogs standing right by their side. These dogs tend to develop separation anxiety when left alone for too long, so they need another animal friend to play with when humans can’t be around.

Most English Boodles are very energetic when they are young and need lots of outdoor exploration and playtime. As they get older, these dogs tend to slow down and mellow out a little, even though they will never entirely lose their spunkiness.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The English Boodle makes a perfect pet for families of all shapes, sizes, and ages. These dogs will spend all day playing in the yard with kids young and old. They’ll also happily curl up on their bed next to the couch on a lazy weekend afternoon.

You’ll never meet an English Doodle that isn’t affectionate and loving toward their family members. This mixed breed is tolerant of things like ear tugs and rough-housing, and gentle enough to learn how to walk on a leash with even younger kids.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

These happy-go-lucky dogs are always excited to meet new dogs in social settings, whether at the dog park, at a friend’s house, or even while just walking around the block. They thrive in multi-pet households that may include dogs, cats, or a combination of both. But these dogs will also enjoy their lives as an only pet if they get plenty of human attention.

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Things to Know When Owning an English Boodle:

It’s not enough to know how to take care of dogs in general. You should know how to take specific care of an English Boodle before you even consider adopting one so you know exactly what will be expected of you.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

High-quality dry dog food is the choice of most English Boodle owners as it helps to keep their teeth free of plaque buildup. This mixed breed can eat up to three cups of food each day depending on their size and activity level. They won’t typically eat all their food in one sitting, so preparing two or three meals a day is a good bet. Treats can be used to supplement meals after an active adventure.

Exercise 🐕

The English Boodle needs about an hour of exercise on a daily basis as they age into adulthood. This exercise can be in the form of walking, hiking, agility practice, and even indoor play with training toys. Once this mixed breed reaches adulthood, it typically doesn’t need as much exercise and spends more of its time enjoying the relaxing side of life. But even later in life, you can expect your English Boodle to accompany you on daily walks and occasional camping trips.

Training 🎾

Every English Boodle should go through obedience training, preferably when they’re still puppies and are eager to learn. The stubbornness of this mixed breed can interfere with the effectiveness of your training, so it is important to be patient yet firm while teaching your pup new commands and tricks. This breed does well when it comes to agility training.

Grooming ✂️

The Poodle’s coat is usually passed on to the English Boodle, which means this mixed breed tends to require a little more grooming than the average dog. Daily brushing is a necessity to keep mats from developing and knots from forming.

Some English Boodles have such long coats that they need to be trimmed on a regular basis. Regular baths will keep the coat from getting smelly over time. This mixed breed is susceptible to skin infections, so natural cleaning products that don’t contain dyes and perfumes are preferable among owners.

Health Conditions 🏥

The English Bulldog tends to suffer from a wide variety of health issues, but Poodles aren’t prone to many health problems. So, their English Boodle offspring can be predisposed to some problems, but not nearly as many as the Bulldog thanks to the Poodle’s genes.

Minor Conditions
  • Epilepsy
Serious Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Bloating
  • Patellar luxation

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Male vs Female

Female English Boodles are almost always a few pounds lighter and an inch or two shorter than their male siblings. Males tend to be a little more stout than females, but this is not always the case. Both males and females are affectionate and loyal, and neither are aggressive even when provoked. So, whether you decide to adopt a girl or boy, you can have peace of mind in knowing that your new pup will be as fun and loveable as you expect.

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Final Thoughts:

The English Boodle is the perfect combination of spunkiness, determination, and loyalty. These dogs adapt easily to changing situations and will be happy living in an apartment or a house as long as they get daily outdoor time. This beautiful mixed breed isn’t suitable for only families. Singles, couples, and the elderly will easily fall in love with the English Boodle.


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