The Bernedoodle is a smart, loyal dog that can prove to be an excellent companion dog for its owner. It's a dog which was devoloped by crossing the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. It encompasses the qualities of both of its parents. It is incredibly witty like the Poodle and has the loyalty of the Bernese. The dog's physical features include a powerful and a compact body which is entirely covered with fur of medium to long hair. They look adorably fluffy, and they come in many types of colors and mainly in black. The muzzle is triangular, eyes are button-shaped, and the tail is bushy. They are very good with children which makes them a wonderful family pet.
History of Origin
Hybrid Dogs are known to have existed for many years. It is believed that the crossing of the of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle might have taken place many years back. Sherry Rupke of SwissRidge Kennels is the breeder who claims to have intentionally done the first breed of the Bernedoodle. She bred the first litter of two Bernedoodle in the year 2003 and from that time she has developed a breeding program around this hybrid breed. The baseline of the breeding process includes the Bernese and Poodles of all sizes. Rupke has added Australian Labradoodle too in her lines to create the Australian Bernedoodle. This dog was devoloped by crossing a Bernese Mountain Dog with the Australian Labradoodle.
Bernedoodles have been categorized into three specific types, based upon their sizes:
The Toy Bernedoodle: This type weighs around 10 and 24 pounds and has a height of 10 – 14 inches.
The Miniature Bernedoodle: Its weight ranges between 25 and 49 pounds, and attain a height of 15 – 20 inches.
The Standard Bernedoodle: This type weighs nearly 50 pounds or more, stands at a height of 21 inches or more.
Temperament and Behavior
Bernedoodles are known to be loving and responsive dogs. They are very affectionate towards their families and are incredibly good with children. They are an intelligent and social breed which makes them an ideal family dog. Their temperament is quite easy going and has a moderate amount of energy level. These dogs like to hang around their owners and stay beside them all the time. They want to accompany their masters in all activities like strolling on the terrace, watching TV and cooking food in the kitchen. These dogs are playful and are good at swimming too. They love outdoor activities like running and fetching and always try to amuse their family in the funniest ways. They have a fondness towards cold weather can do well in such climate.
|Nickname||Bernese Mountain Poo|
|Coat||Curly, straight, wavy, smooth, dense|
|Colors||Black, white, tan, brindle, combinations|
|Type of Breed||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan||10 to 12 years|
|Height (size)||Medium; 22-27 inches|
|Temperament||Social, intelligent, playful, responsive|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with other Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||Canada|
|Competitive Registration||DBR, IDCR, ACHC, DRA|
There are three generations of Bernedoodle puppies you can choose from. Discuss with the breeder to which category does the puppy belong. Here are the three types of Bernedoodle puppies you can find:
F1- This is the first generation cross of the Bernedoodle. It has 50 percent Bernese Mountain Dog and 50 percent Poodle. It is thought to be the healthiest among the Bernedoodle breed.
F1b - It is a backcross type in which a Bernedoodle was crossed with a Poodle. These puppies are 25 percent Bernese, and 75 percent Poodle. The puppies of this category are most likely to be non-shedding and allergy-friendly.
F2 – this is a second generation cross where an F1 Bernedoodle is crossed with an F1b Bernedoodle.
These dogs have moderate energy and need regular exercise. It is important to make them active and get them out of their laid-back attitude. Regular exercise will help to burn down their calories, necessary for a sound health and mental fitness of the dogs. A walk of 30 minutes to an hour will suffice the dog's exercise need. They love running and you can use this fondness by taking them out for jogging and allowing to play in an enclosed yard. You can play games like throw and fetch, do swimming and other activities which will keep the dog engaged.
The shedding of the dog mainly depends on the type of coat it has inherited. Bernedoodle having a straight type of coat sheds more and the dogs with curly hair shed very less or nominally. The brushing need of the straight haired dogs are less and the curly haired dogs require brushing four to five times a week to prevent matting. Start grooming the puppy only after completing the set of vaccinations by age 3 to 4 months. Its ears are hairy and you need to keep an eye for infections, redness or rashes.
This is a recently devoloped breed and very little information is available about its health problems. No breed specific issues have come up about this breed and are considered a healthy breed. It might face common canine health issues of hip and elbow dysplasia, eye and skin problems like hot spots, allergies.
Keeping in mind the intelligence and the interactive nature of the dog, training them shall be easy. The puppies will easily pick up whatever you teach them. Be a little strict on obedience training to deal with their 'pack-leader' syndrome issue. Improperly trained dogs can easily become neurotic and hyper. Teach the dogs to differentiate between right and wrong things in a firm and gentle way.
Standard Bernedoodles are large dogs, similar to its Bernese parents. Like them, you can give these dogs the same diet routine. Those opting to make their own recipe for the dogs can choose white and brown rice for a protein source.
They can be quite picky in their eating habits. Keep trying variations for changing the taste of the food. Add yogurt, boiled sweet potato or pumpkin to their meal. Include cottage cheese, tofu, baby food, boiled chicken and turkey, boiled liver, boiled hamburger to give tasty and healthy food to the dog. Serve your dog meals which have meat and bones in raw or preferably in semi boiled state.
Bernedoodle Interesting Facts
It is known by the name of 'Bernepoo' too.
They can be great watchdogs too.