If you are looking for a friendly and easy-going dog to add to your family, you might want to consider the Bernedoodle!
This Doodle-type dog makes an excellent family pet. Let’s learn more about the Bernedoodles and at the end, we’ll also discuss who Bernedoodles are not suitable for.
What’s a Bernedoodle?
A Standard Bernedoodle (also known as a Bernese Mountain Poo, Bernese Mountain Doodle, or a Bernese Poodle) is a designer breed resulting from breeding a Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle. Some think a Bernedoodle is a cross between a Saint Bernard or a Border Collie, but that is not actually the case.
Bernedoodles rose to popularity for being a hypoallergenic variant of the goofy and loveable Bernese Mountain Dog.
A bit of history: the Bernedoodle was first bred in Canada in 2003 by Sherry Rupke. Since then, other Bernedoodle breeders have started breeding Bernedoodles so more people can enjoy them as family pets.
Bernedoodle Colors and Coat Type
Like most Doodle dog breeds, Bernedoodles resembles either parent and can inherit the coat type of the Poodle, the Bernese Mountain Dog, or a combination of the two. For example, the Bernedoodle may come in the Bernese Mountain Dogs’ tri-color of black, white and brown coat.
It’s also possible for a Bernedoodle puppy to inherit coloring from the Poodle and can be black and white, black and brown, even spotted.
These colors tend to be rare, and Bernedoodles usually come in the standard brown, white and black tri-colored coat that is similar to the Bernese Mountain Dog.
When it comes to coat texture, Bernedoodles range from straight hair, wavy, or curly. With Poodle mix dogs, it’s impossible to predict how their coats and colors before they are born, so it’s always a surprise (even to the breeder)!
Typically, Bernedoodles are non shedding, but it’s impossible for breeders to predict whether their puppies will shed or not. However, most Poodle mix dogs tend to not shed.
Types of Bernedoodles
There are a few different types of Bernedoodle puppies:
- F1 Bernedoodle dogs: A Bernese Mountain Dog bred with a Poodle (also known as first generation)
- F1B Bernedoodle dogs: A Bernedoodle bred with a Poodle
- F2 Bernedoodle dogs: Two F1 Bernedoodles bred together
- F2B Bernedoodle dogs: An F1 and an F1B Bernedoodle bred together
If, because of allergies, you need a non-shedding dog, you should try to find an F1B Bernedoodle.
The Bernedoodle can come in three different sizes determined from the Poodle used for breeding:
- Tiny Bernedoodles: The Tiny Bernedoodle is probably the smallest variant of the Bernedoodle can you can ever get. It can reach 8 to 10 inches tall while weighing less than 10 pounds. Having said that, it is pretty rare to find tiny or toy Bernedoodles as they are challenging to breed. Often, a Tiny or Micro Bernedoodle is a Mini Bernedoodle bred with a Toy Poodle.
- Mini Bernedoodles: For the Mini Bernedoodle, they are 10 to 15 inches tall, while its weight can range from 10 to 30 pounds. But typically, Mini Bernedoodles can reach 30 pounds. A Mini Bernedoodle is from breeding a Toy Poodle or Miniature Poodle with a Bernese Mountain Dog.
- Standard Bernedoodles: The Standard Bernedoodles’ ranges from 15 inches tall up to 29 inches tall while weighing 50 pounds and above. This is pretty similar to the size of the Bernese Mountain Dog. They are a result from breeding a Standard Poodle with a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Note: the above serves as a guide. Your breeder will be able to help you understand the size they estimate the litter to be. Generally, females dog breeds tend to be lighter and smaller than their male counterparts.
Bernedoodle Personality Traits and Temperament
Overall, a Bernedoodle is smart, playful, and sometimes stubborn! We can understand a Bernedoodle’s temperament by looking at Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle’s personality traits.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dogs are a working dog breed known for their high intelligence level and its loyal and faithfulness towards its owner. Bernese Mountain Dogs were originally bred in the Swiss Alps as farm dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs can be a little apprehensive towards strangers, but they will start to warm up with them once it gets comfortable with their presence.
Also, while the dog can be playful, they are gentle giants making them a popular dog breed for families with children. The only caveat here is that the Bernese Mountain Dog can be stubborn; therefore, you must be patient and consistent with training!
Ah, the quintessential Poodle. Poodles are one of the more popular dog breeds globally, and its traits explain why it is so popular with us.
Poodles are known for their intelligence as well as their high energy levels.
They can jump pretty high too, and when you factor in their playfulness, you can expect lots of fun in the house. Being loyal and faithful, the Poodle will love to snuggle and be near you.
One thing to note is that while the Poodle can be playful, their overzealousness can sometimes hurt children by accident. It’s recommended you keep the Poodle on a tight watch until proven that it is proven comfortable around the kids.
You can expect the Bernedoodle to be loyal, faithful, and with a high intelligence level. Bernedoodles are loyal and protective of their families. Like their Bernese Mountain Dog parent, they don’t like to be left alone and would do best with families who are home often.
Since the Bernese Mountain Dog can be aloof towards strangers, this trait might rub off onto the Bernedoodle. To help mitigate this, we recommend you to socialize your Bernedoodle puppy from a young age. It will help them develop socialization skills that will be useful in shaping their personality and temperament!
Bernedoodles have medium energy levels and require daily exercise! Due to the Bernedoodle’s size and energy levels, we recommend lots of daily walks, exercise, and mental stimulation for your Bernedoodle.
You can add some variation to the activities so that you will not bore your dog out. You can try hiking (if you live near such terrain), playing in the dog park, or even opting for some water activities if you live near water bodies! Such activities will help to keep the dog fit and, at the same time, help to develop a stronger bond between you and the Bernedoodle.
As explained earlier, both parents have a high level of intelligence, but the Bernese Mountain Dog is stubborn at times. As such, when it comes to training the Bernedoodle, we will recommend you to keep each training session short and varied so that your dog will not be bored easily.
You will need to consider some essential training like potty training, housebreaking, obedience training, and fundamental commands necessary in getting the dog to respond to you.
Space needed for the Bernedoodle
Unlike the mini variants, the Standard Bernedoodle might require a larger space so that it can maneuver around the house without knocking things over.
Ideally, there should be a space for them to run about to burn off their energy levels. For this, it will be good if there is a yard for them to run about in!
Grooming a Bernedoodle
Many people look to the Berneoodle as they are low shedding to no shedding dog. But no shedding means you won’t need to spend hours cleaning your house, right?!
Well, not quite.
Like all Poodle mix dogs, Bernedoodles require lots of brushing and grooming.
A low shedding coat is a lot of maintenance. All the time you’re saving by not needing to vacuum or sweep up dog fur will be spent brushing and grooming your Bernedoodle.
If you do not brush your Bernedoodle, they will get painful knots and tangles, and your groomer will not be happy with you.
Also, due to the Bernedoodle’s thick and wavy coat, you can expect the dog to develop hot spots or rashes on their skin. Hence, there should be an added motivation for you to regularly comb the dog’s coat so that you can observe the skin for such spots!
We recommend combing the dog’s coat in the morning when you are feeding it as it helps create a disciplined routine for you and makes grooming a rewarding experience for you dog.
By grooming your Bernedoodle regularly, you can also create a deeper bond between you and the dog. As for trimming the coat, you can opt to do this every 6-8 weeks, depending on your tolerance of the dog’s coat’s length.
Although Poodle mix dogs aren’t purebred dogs, they still come with a high price tag.
The price of a Bernedoodle can depend on several factors like the pedigree of the parent breeds, the coat and coloring of the Bernedoodle puppies, and the demand for Bernedoodles in your area.
Bernedoodles can start at around $2,500 and go as high as $5,000. A Tiny Bernedoodle will cost significantly more than a Standard Bernedoodle.
Suppose your preference of the Bernedoodle is the tri-colored variant. In that case, you can expect the prices to be even higher since tri-color coated Bernedoodles are relatively higher in demand.
Bernedoodles will face similar health problems of the Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog including:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Bloat (also known as Gastric Torsion)
- Thyroid issues
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Hot spots
You can avoid health issues by taking your dog to the vet regularly, making sure they get lots of exercise and feeding them a high-quality diet.
Bernedoodle life expectancy
The life expectancy of a Bernedoodle can range. Bernese Mountain Dogs tend to only live to about 7 years of age. Luckily, because of the Poodle parent for the Bernedoodle, their life expectancy is increased. Bernedoodles can be expected to live up to 12 years old (and beyond).
Smaller Bernedoodles, like the Mini Bernedoodles, tend to live even longer.
Where to find Bernedoodle puppies
It’s important to find a reputable Bernedoodle breeder. Reputable breeders will take the necessary steps to screen the parent dogs for any health issues to minimize the chance of them passing them down to their puppies.
You can also search through Doodle rescues to find Bernedoodles and other Doodle dogs up for adoption and in need of a home!
Why the Bernedoodles might not be the dog for you
While the Bernedoodle is a great dog, there are a few reasons why they might not be the right dog for you:
- Bernedoodles are prone to separation anxiety: Because they like to be around their pack, they can get anxious when left alone for too long. If you work long hours, this could be a challenge. You can combat this by signing your dog up for daily doggy daycare.
- Bernedoodles require lots of daily grooming and trips to the groomers: If you don’t think you’ll enjoy brushing your dog often, they might not be the right dog for you.
Many owners fall in love with their Bernedoodle dogs. Bernedoodles are great for active families who want to bring their dogs on many adventures. Although they don’t shed, they require lots of grooming. If you’re thinking of getting a Bernedoodle, make sure to check rescues near you or to find a reputable breeder.
Bernedoodles range from 15-29+ inches and usually weigh more than 50 pounds.
Bernedoodles make great family dogs. As the Bernedoodle loves to be around family, it’s important to work on socializing your Bernedoodle so they do not get separation anxiety when you leave the house.
No, Bernedoodles are not lazy. Bernedoodles have a moderate-energy level and enjoy going for walks and playing with their family.
No, Bernedoodles are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as they are not pure bred dog breeds.
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