Specializing in Gorgeous Colors

Here at Oregon Bordoodles, the health and temperament of our dogs is our top priority! This is why we do full genetic testing and only breed dogs with ideal temperaments! Aside from those two very important aspects, we also specialize in producing gorgeous colors of dogs!

It has taken years of learning, researching, studying and finding educated mentors to teach me what I know about the world of color genetics. And still, I am always learning something new and getting surprised! The color genetics of the Poodle is a vast world and even Lisa Shaffer, the CEO of Pawprint genetics Labratories, mentions that there are still unknowns and things being learned about the in depth world of Poodle colors. Border Collies are another breed with peculiar and amazing color combinations and even the names of their colors are a bit odd! So, combining a Border Collie and a Poodle? Well, that is opening up color possibilities to a whole new level!

In addition to colors, there are several types of coat type variations. Learn more about coat types and genetics by CLICKING HERE.

With colors, there is much more than meets the eye and two dogs together can produce offspring that doesn’t look like either parent! We still have much to learn as we continue adding various colors and patterns but here are a few colors we proudly produce here at Oregon Bordoodles!

 Traditional Black & White

Classic and honoring to their Border Collie heritage, our black and white Bordoodles are loved by many!

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Abstract Black & White

A touch of white on the chin, toes and chest is a common example of this color. The adorable little star or stripe on the chest, or white tip of the toes is like dainty jewelry and many people love this sweet look!

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Solid Black (With Fade Gene)

Oh, the magic trick of the solid black dogs that have the fading gene! There is no test for this gene but most poodles carry it and the majority of my puppies have it. Not all of them do and I can’t always tell who will and who won’t based off of their evaluations as puppies. We can get a good idea by looking at past offspring of a specific pairing but sometimes even that isn’t reliable. These dogs are born a deep black and oftentimes are still a rich color when they leave here as puppies. As they mature, their coat changes to a gorgeous salt and pepper, almost silver.

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Solid Black (Without Fade Gene)

Sometimes, our solid black puppies don’t fade. Their coat remains a shiny, deep ebony that is just luscious! This is most common with our curlier coated dogs.

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Black Phantom/Tri-Color

This mixture of black and white with tan points is called “phantom” in poodles and called “tri-color” in Border Collies. It takes two copies of the gene to produce offspring this color so it takes a very intentional pairing. They’re very desired and loved!

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Blue Merle

A very elegant, soft and beautiful color. A blue merle dog is actually a black and white dog, with a merle pattern “on top”, giving it the “swirl” look. Blue eyes are common, but not definite.

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Blue Merle Tri

A blue merle tri is a tri-color (black & white with tan points) dog that also has the merle gene. It looks similar to a standard blue merle except that tan may be seen on legs, chest, face and under the tail. It’s a beautiful color with a lot of dimension! Blue eyes are common but not definite.

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Sable Merle

Sable is a unique and gorgeous color already. Add the merle and things really get interesting! This is truly one of my favorite combinations!

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Chocolate Merle

An adorable color that is cherished by all! This is a brown and white dog with the merle pattern “on top” creating swirls of chocolate. Blue eyes are common, but not definite. May or may not have a white chest, collar or feet.

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Muddy Merle

This is quite unique! A muddy merle dog has a black based coat just like the blue merle but with this color, the swirled areas appear to be tinted brown rather than blue. It is not uncommon for a muddy merle to develop into a standard blue merle appearance with age. Blue eyes are possible.

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Gold

This color is beautiful and rare. For a dog to be “true red” aka “Australian red” or “gold”, both parents but be or carry the e genotype. Since “red Border Collies” are actually brown (b/b) and are not red (e/e) it is very difficult to find the e genotype in a purebred Border Collie. Difficult, but not impossible! Then, it must be paired with an e/e or E/e Poodle. This is fairly new color for us as it has taken a long time to find the color genes we want combined with the temperament, health and structure that we pride ourselves on here at OBD. All of that to say, we are now producing Gold Bordoodles!

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Fawn

Fawn is just gorgeous! Although it looks similar to gold, it’s actually an entirely different gene! Fawn is a very pastel color with a soft texture.

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Fading Chocolate and White

This is a bit of a magic color! It is one of the colors that has a drastic change! Due to the fading gene of the poodle, our chocolate puppies generally fade significantly. They are gorgeous both as puppies and adults–and are a very sought after color!

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Chocolate and White (Non Fading)

We do also produce some non fading chocolates! They hold their rich color as you can see here.

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Chocolate Sable

A gorgeous twist to the sable gene! When it combines with chocolate we have this layered color full of softness and fun!

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Sable

Sable is truly beautiful. The rich colored mask and multicolored depth of the coat is something many people desire. It just has a very “bold” appearance overall!

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Brindle

A super fun full of colorful stripes!

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The combination of a coat type and coat color create almost endless possibilities in the appearance of a Bordoodle. For example, a blue merle with two curl genotypes will look different than if there was only one curl genotype. Grooming also plays a major role. And lastly, the amount of white varies which also changes each dog’s look.

Interested in learning more about coat types?