Bernedoodle is a mix between Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog. Another name for this designer breed is Bernese Mountain Poo.
With proper breeding practices, Bernadoodle will inherit most of the good traits from parent breeds and avoid health issues that plague them.
Bernedoodle Dog Breed Info
Bernedoodle is a new breed created in 2003. Sherry Rupke claims to be the first breeder who intentionally created Bernedoodles by crossbreeding Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle. Since Bernedoodle is a designer breed, American Kennel Club does not recognize this mixed breed.
Bernedoodle can come in three different sizes: standard, miniature and tiny. The height of the standard Bernedoodle is between 23 and 29 inches and weighs between 70 and 90 pounds. On the other hand, Miniature Bernedoodle stands at 18 to 22 inches tall and weighs between 25 and 49 pounds. Last but not the least, the Tiny Bernedoodle’s height is between 12 and 17 inches and weight between 10 and 24 pounds.
Since Bernedoodle is a designer breed, we don’t have a breed standard. Puppies can have different physical traits based on whether they inherit more genes from one or the other parent. Therefore, Bernedoodles can have either straight coats that shed more or curly, wavy coats that shed less. The color of the coat varies a lot. The coat can come in white, black, black and white or black and brown. Bernedoodle’s coat can also come in three colors such as a black-white-brown combination.
Bernedoodle Temperament and Personality
As is the case with designer breeds, the personalities of individual dogs can greatly differ based on the personality traits they inherit from their parents. Generally, Bernedoodles are intelligent, loyal, hardworking, goofy, and high-energy dogs. There are no major differences in the behavior between the three Bernedoodle types. However Toy poodle, Miniature and Tiny Bernedoodles tend to handle living in the apartment better than the standard type.
Health & Lifespan
Most designer dog breeds are blessed with not inheriting the most dangerous health issues from their parents. Bernedoodles are no exception and are generally healthier than both parent breeds. Since the Bernedoodle breed is only 18 years old, we don’t have enough data to conclude the main health issues and concerns of the breed.
However, Bernedoodles may be predisposed to allergies, hot spots, hip and elbow dysplasia, eye issues, etc. On average Bernedoodle will live between 12 and 18 years.
Bernedoodles are energetic dogs. Therefore, they need playtime and physical activities. Provide regular exercise, and a long daily walk and enough playtime to keep your dog happy.
Grooming difficulty differs based on whether the coat is curly or straight.
Generally, curly coats are harder to groom because you need to brush them more often than a straight coat to prevent matting.
You can brush your dog daily and use it to further strengthen the bond between you. Also, remember to trim the dog’s coat when needed.
Generally, Bernedoodles will eat almost anything you put in front of them. Therefore, you need to portion their meals and keep their weight in check. As with any other animal on planet Earth, the quality of food determines the health and functioning of the body. That’s why it’s important to feed your dog high-quality food rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
As we have said above Bernedoodles are very intelligent. Therefore, they can easily learn new tricks and commands. However, they can also be incredibly stubborn and resist the training.
The first characteristic you will see in Bernedoodle puppy will be their pink nose which turns black as they mature. Puppies are really energetic so be well prepared.
They are heavy chewers. Be sure to prepare enough toys for chewing or they will go for your shoes and furniture.
You have to train them well or they will be jumping on every new person they meet. Leash training is really important here because of their energy levels.
There is also a variant called F1b puppies which you get by breeding them with poodles. Of course, be sure to check their poodle parents with a reputable breeder.
How much does a Bernedoodle puppy cost?
The price can vary so much, so do not be surprised. You can usually expect to pay about 1500 USD for a new puppy but sometimes price go as high as 5000 USD.
It seems as a high price, but since their lifespan is 12 to 15 years, you will get a great life companion.
Commonly Asked Question
Do Bernedoodles need lots of exercises?
Bernedoodles need regular exercise, and at least one walk a day to stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health.
Bernedoodle temperament – Are they stubborn?
Yes, Bernedoodles are stubborn as puppies. However, stubbornness fades away as they grow older.
Are Bernedoodles barkers?
Generally, Bernedoodles don’t bark unless there is a reason for such action. Therefore, we can say Bernedoodles are moderate barkers.