There are many Doodle breeds to choose from! One such breed is the Bernedoodle. Let us take a more in-depth look into this dog breed.
What is a Bernedoodle
A Bernedoodle is a large hypoallergenic dog breed that results from breeding a Bernese Mountain Dog with a Poodle. The size of a Bernedoodle depends on what type of Poodle the Bernese Mountain Dog is bred with (Standard, Mini, and the Toy).
For the case of the Bernedoodle, you will need to choose the Standard Poodle to breed with the Bernese Mountain Dog. A Toy Poodle bred with a Bernese Mountain Dog will give you a Mini Bernedoodle (which can be suitable for those looking for small hypoallergenic dogs).
The Bernedoodle was first conjured in Canada in 2003 by Sherry Rupke. She started breeding the Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog together. Since then, more Bernedoodle breeders have started. Now you can find the Bernedoodle being bred by many other private breeders and kennels.
What does a Bernedoodle look like?
As per most Doodle dog breeds, the Bernedoodle resembles either parent. For example, the Bernedoodle may come in the Bernese Mountain Dogs’ black and white coat. It’s also equally possible for the Bernedoodle to have the Poodles’ red coat. Typically, the Bernedoodle can come in either the black and white coat, red coat, or even the unique combination of black, white, and tan colors!
In terms of the Bernedoodle’s stature, they can resemble more towards the Bernese Mountain Dog than the Poodle. Still, as the dog runs, you can start to notice that its gait compares to the Poodles!
What is the Bernedoodle’s size?
The Bernedoodle can come in three different sizes determined from the Poodle used for breeding:
- Tiny Bernedoodle: Tiny Bernedoodle is probably the smallest variant of the Bernedoodle can you can ever get. It can reach heights of 8 to 10 inches 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.
- Mini Bernedoodle: For the Mini Bernedoodle, the height can range from 10 to 15 inches, while its weight can range from 10 to 30 pounds. But typically, Mini Bernedoodles can reach 30 pounds.
- Standard Bernedoodle: The Standard Bernedoodles’ height can range from anything above 15 inches up to 29 inches while weighing 50 pounds and above. This is pretty similar to the size of the 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.
What is the Bernedoodle temperament and characteristics
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 temperament.
Bernese Mountain Dog
This dog breed is a working-class dog known for its high intelligence level and its loyal and faithfulness towards its owner.
Note that 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, it does not have any tendency towards aggression. Hence, they are popular 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. This dog breed is 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.
Hence, for Bernedoodle, you can expect the Bernedoodle to be loyal, faithful, and with a high intelligence level. Indeed, Bernedoodle’s loyalty can be evident because they are comfortable and protective of the family, especially when it comes to young children.
However, due to the Bernedoodle’s size, we will still recommend not to have your children with the dog unsupervised as you will want to prevent accidents from happening!
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 the Bernedoodle from a young age. It will help them develop socialization skills that will be useful in shaping their personality and temperament!
If you notice, both parent breeds do have a relatively high amount of energy in them. As such, you can expect the Bernedoodle to be active as well.
Do Bernedoodle require exercise
Absolutely! 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.
Training 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 sessions 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 its energy levels. For this, it will be good if there is a yard for them to run about in!
Grooming the Bernedoodle
As the Bernedoodle does not shed that much, they are considered hypoallergenic. That is why they are popular for families with kids since the dog will not cause allergic reactions in the children. Also, since they practically do not shed, you will have an easier time grooming them and cleaning up the house.
But that does not mean you do not need to groom the Bernedoodle. Since the Bernedoodle’s is non-shedding, they will get tangled and matted without regular grooming. Hence, you need to comb through the dog’s coat daily so that you can get rid of mats and tangles.
By grooming the 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 couple of months, depending on your tolerance of the dog’s coat’s length.
The price of the Bernedoodle will significantly be determined by the parents’ pedigree and the coat color of the Bernedoodle. You can expect the Bernedoodle to cost at least $2500 while fetching prices as high as $5000 if you get the Bernedoodle from a reputable breeder.
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.
You can also search through Doodle rescues for Bernedoodles in need of rehoming.
As both parents do not have much health issues than other dog breeds, you can expect the Bernedoodle to have lesser health issues. Indeed, the Bernedoodle is lucky in this sense, as some of its potential health issues can be due to age-related problems rather than hereditary issues. Some of the health issues include hip or elbow dysplasia.
To help combat this, you can get elevated dog beds that can help to alleviate such issues.
However, 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 to nip the problem in the bud!
We recommend combing the dog’s coat in the morning when you are feeding it as it helps create a disciplined routine for you.
Bernedoodle life expectancy
This is one of the most asked questions, since the Bernese Mountain Dog has a lower life expectancy of about 7 years. Luckily, the Bernedoodle does not take after the Bernese Mountain Dog in some sense, given that its life expectancy is about 12+ years. Interestingly, the tiny and mini Bernedoodle tend to have a higher life expectancy than the standard variant
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.
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Mira is a dog-lover and writer. She and her two dogs (Bren and Nala) can be found hiking during all four seasons, camping and exploring new places together.
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