English Boodle

Mary Simpson
by Mary Simpson
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About English Boodle

15-50 lb
12-16 inches
10-12 years
Not Applicable
Best Suited For
first-time dog owners, families with kids and pets, apartment dwellers, those seeking a low-shedding dog
loving, playful, friendly, alert, gentle
Comparable Breeds
Miniature Poodle, English Bulldog
English Boodle Basics

The friendly English Boodle brings together the gentle nature of the English Bulldog with the playful personality of the Poodle for a family-oriented dog who is super social and gets along with kids and animals alike. He is an alert boy and will be happy to alert his human pack to what he feels may be potential danger – making him great watchdog material.

The friendly English Boodle brings together the gentle English Bulldog with the playful Poodle.


The English Boodle is a Designer Dog that likely dates back to the 1980s or 1990s when breeders first began mixing and matching pure-bred dogs to produce a pooch that was free of the health issues that often plagued their parents. In addition to a healthier dog, breeders also began developing dogs that were smaller, hypo-allergenic and a gentler form of a popular breed.


The English Boodle is a Designer Dog meaning he does not qualify to be a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) however his parents are both long-time members; the English Bulldog joined the club’s “non-sporting” group in 1886 while the Poodle joined the same group back in 1887.


The English Boodle is not an overly active dog and he will require a food designed specifically for his age, size and activity level. You should look for a nutrient-rich top-quality kibble that is free of fillers (causing him to over-eat to feel full) and control his consumption by serving it to him 2 to 3 times a day versus allowing him to free-feed. Because the Poodle in him can suffer from digestive issues including bloat, ensure his food is low in fat and that walks and active playtime are not planned for at least 1 hour after he has eaten.

The English Boodle can possess the smarts of the Poodle and the stubborn nature of the English Bulldog.


The English Boodle can possess the smarts of the Poodle and often the stubborn nature of the English Bulldog which means he is quick to pick up commands, just not necessarily ready to follow through with them. Patience will be needed and because socialization and obedience training are important to bring out the best in this dog, consider using a professional trainer if all else fails. As with most dogs, a firm, consistent rewards-based approach will net the best results with lots of praise and treats for a job well done.


Your English Boodle’s weight can vary significantly based on whether the Miniature Poodle or the Bulldog is more prominent. As a result, he can weigh as little as 15 pounds or as much as 50.


The friendly English Boodle is a sweet-natured family-oriented pet that gets along well with children and other animals. He loves to be part of any activity that involves his human pack and is quite diligent when it comes to looking out for their safety and stepping in as the family watchdog. This gentle pooch craves human companionship and can be prone to destructive behaviors and excessive barking when left on his own for long periods of time so is ideally suited to an owner that works from home.

Common Health Problems

Designer Dogs are typically able to side-step many of the health issues that present with their parent breeds, however it’s important to always know what your new pup could inherit. With the English Boodle, that can include skin infections, epilepsy and heart disease as well as joint and digestive issues including bloat, from the Poodle.

Life Expectancy

English Boodle’s have a slightly shorter lifespan than most medium breeds; 10 to 12 years is average.

Exercise Requirements

The English Boodle doesn’t require a lot of activity to meet his exercise needs which makes him a great fit for smaller spaces including apartments. A daily walk and some interactive playtime – either indoor or outdoor in a fully fenced yard – should be sufficient. While leash-free dog parks provide a great opportunity for him to run, play and socialize, he tends to wander so ensure it is properly secured and that when out for walks, he is leashed.

The sweet-natured English Boodle loves to be part of all family activities.

Recognized Clubs

Also known as the Boddle, Boodle, Bulldogdoodle, Bulldogpoo, Bullydoodle and Bullypoo, the English Boodle is a designer dog which means he isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) however he is a member of the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of American, Inc. (DRA) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).


The English Boodle’s coat is typically short, wavy or curly and because he is a minimal shedder, easy to maintain. Weekly brushing should be sufficient to remove loose hair with periodic visits to the groomer required to help maintain his coat shape. This is a floppy eared dog, so plan to inspect and clean his ears when brushing. Removal of dirt and debris will help prevent infections that can be common in floppy eared dogs.


Your English Boodle puppy will require early socialization and obedience training to help him overcome his tendency toward separation anxiety when he’s left for longer periods of time. Because he has the potential to develop joint issues later in life, exercise and leash training should be introduced gradually and with an eye toward not over-stressing tiny limbs.

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Mary Simpson
Mary Simpson

Sharing space with three seriously judgy Schnoodles and a feline who prefers to be left alone. #LivingMyBestLife

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