Bernedoodle-The Definitive guide to having this dog>
About the Bernedoodle(Bernese Moutain Poodle Mix)
The Bernedoodle is also known as the Bernese Mountain Poo. Describing a Bernedoodle is no hard task.
The Bernerdoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain dog making this dog a fluffy, clever, goofy, loyal and gentle dog. This dog was not bred to take home medals and ribbons in dog shows and dog competitions but rather to be a loving home companion for you and active families.
Bernedoodles have not been around for so long with their first appearance being around 2003-2004. So, predicting traits of individual dogs can be hard.
sometimes they tend to take more of the Poodle’s traits to the Bernese. At times they closely resemble the Bernese but taking the intelligence of a Poodle.
They tend to be mischevious as puppies a characteristic that tends to fade as time passes by and the dog ages. However, there is no guarantee that the Bernedoodle you get will be a cross between the two ideal parent breeds.
With these in mind dog lovers that would like to own one of this breed should look for a breeder that can match traits that are close to the parent breed. You can even get a dog that can best for your circumatances.
They come in three standard sizes, toy(tiny) and mini Bernedoodles.
The sizes are all determined by the size of the parent poodle. Bernedoodles can differ in appearance. Their coats can be curly and wavy or straight coming in different colors. Depending on the parent breed these dogs might have different health issues.
Actually, with most of these breeds being inbred it is difficult to find one that is completely healthy and with the right temperaments.
The quest to find a near-perfect Bernedoodle is still ongoing.
A breeder by the name Sherry Rupke of Swissridge Kennels claims to be the first the breeder to intentionally breed the Bernedoodle in 2003 in Canada.
He did this by crossing a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain dog. However, this breed might have accidentally existed before the breeding took place.
Sherry Rupke continues to breed the Bernedoodle hybrid until today. Being a relatively new breed Bernedoodles are not recognized by the American Kennel club but are recognized by American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Designer Breed Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry.
Though this breed is considered to be a designer breed he appears in shelters and rescue groups that focus on the Bernese Mountain dog and Poodles.
This means that you do not have to rely on a dog breeder to get a Bernedoodle. Adopting this dog should always be your first choice before buying one because you don’t have to get the dog you wanted and fall in love with another pup.
TemperamentGoofy, Playful, Loving, Enthusiastic and clever
|Benerdoodle General Appearance Table|
|Size||Standard – 23-29 inches, Mini – 18-22 inches and Tiny – 12-17 inches in height|
|Weight||Standard – 70-90 pounds, Mini – 25-49 pounds, Tiny – 10-24 pounds|
|Lifespan||7 to 18 years|
There are three sizes of Bernedoodles as we mentioned before the Standard Berneddodle, the Tiny Bernedoodle ad the Mini Bernedoodle. This is a result of the sizes of the parent breeds with males being generally larger than females.
The Standard Bernedoodle
The Standard Bernedoodle is a result of mixing the Standard Poodle with the Bernese Moutain dog. This is the largest of all these fluffy dogs. There is:
F1 Standard Bernedoodle- They are 50% Poodle and 50% Bernese Mountain Dog
F1B Standard Bernedoodle – They are 75% Poodle and 25% Bernese Mountain Dog
F2 Standard Bernedoodle- They are a mix between two F1 Bernedoodles
Keeping a Standard Bernedodle in an apartment is a bit difficult.
The Mini Bernedoodle
The Mini Bernedoodle is a result of mixing a miniature Poodle with a Bernese Moutain dog. He has a slightly more energetic vibe as compared to the Standard Bernedoodle.
As opposed to the Standard Bernedoodle the Mini Bernedoodle is suitable for small houses. They cost less, eat less, have fewer vet visits and need smaller beds.
The Tiny(Toy) Bernedoodle
They are generally F1B crosses with the breeding of a toy Poodle and a miniature Bernedoodle.
They may be more energetic and high strung just like the Toy Poodle and are considered to be non-shedding or shed minimally.
Breeding these dogs was intended to capture the positive traits of both the Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog which are:
The playful nature and the intelligence of the Poodle.
Docile Nature of the Bernese Moutain Dog
The low shedding nature of the Poodle which does not come as a surprise as we have listed Poodles in our list of non-shedding dogs.
These fluffy dogs seem to inherit the best traits of the Bernese Mountain dog and Poodles but some may differ a bit.
They tend to be intelligent, hardworking when needed to be, a bit goofy and loyal. These dogs are good with children and other dogs as long as they get well socialized. Some may inherit the stubborn nature of the Bernese Mountain dog making them difficult to train.
This stubborn nature fades as the dog gets older.
They may also inherit the Bernese Moutain apprehension to strangers and maybe wary around them that is why socialization at an early age is required.
This makes them great watchdogs. Bernedoodles have high energy levels and go great in homes where they are not left alone for long periods.
The Toy and the Mini Bernedoodles do better in the city or apartment living as compared to the Standard Bernedoodles.
They crave human attention and are very adaptable. In general, all that this dog wants from you is your affection, for you to be there for him, to be with you on the couch and to cuddle.
They prefer cold weather and are extremely playful and active.
Their active nature makes them good for you if you prefer being outdoors, love hiking and have a generally active lifestyle. They are good swimmers just like the Poodle enjoys playing fetch, running and any other stimulating games.
Note: These dogs may suffer from separation anxiety if you leave him for long periods of time.
The Bernese Moutain Dog
I highly appreciate the Bernese Moutain Dog hardworking nature, how outgoing they are and their extreme loyalty.
Their loyalty is so extremely that moving these dogs to a new home and breaking their original bonds is difficult. They have extremely beautiful and distinct coats.
Bernese Moutain Dogs in the Swiss Alps in Switzerland as farm dogs to protect farmyards and to drive cattle, the Bernese thrives in the cold weather.
Despite being all these things if you own a Bernese you will know that they are goofy, placid and have a sweet nature. What a gentle giant.
The Poodle is one of the most intelligent dog breeds that are out there. Despite being associated with France this breed originated from Germany as a retriever.
Poodles are very trainable and they excel in obedience and have low-shedding coats making them an excellent choice for you if you have allergies.
They are goofy and fun to have and are clowns of the dog world a trait that has seen them being as circus dogs for centuries.
Poodles come in three sizes and a variety of colors with most of them having double coats. Smaller Poodles are more energetic with varying lifespans. Larger Poodles also tend to have a shorter lifespan as compared to smaller Poodles.
Poodles thrive in active households where they can get a lot of attention and stimulation. When they get bored Poodles can become mischevious. They have also earned a barking reputation as they are quick to sound an alert.
Living with Children and other pets
Berneddodles will be great for you if you have kids but it is always important that you make sure that your kids know how to deal with dogs.
This is more with the Toy and Mini Bernedoodles that may get injured easily.
This dog is playful and affectionate and lovely spending time with family which may include other pets that they have been brought up together with.
They do well with other dogs but it is important they are socialized at an early age to make sure that they are comfortable around new animals.
This Mountain dog mix puppy is often compared to a Goldendoodle.
The size of the litter can differ depending on the mother Bernese Mountain dog(Bernese Moutain Dogs are used as the mother breed due to their size difference).
Bernese Mountain dogs are not the best mothers in the dog world and therefore puppies in the same litter may not thrive at the same rate. Breeding these Poodle and Mountain dog mix puppies is not an easy feat.
With all this in mind, it is not a surprise that they come with a hefty price tag. Bernedoodles puppies can cost anywhere from 1500 to 5000 dollars depending on the coat and the size of the puppy.
Mountain Dog mix puppies are known to be headstrong a trait that usually fades away as they get older.
Also with positive training, they easily grow out of this but you will need a good training handle to take on one of these dogs.
Make sure that you set the right path for your puppy while he is still young as this will make both your life and the puppy’s life way easier in the long run.
Feeding a Bernese Moutain Poodle mix
To have a healthy Bernedoodle, you will need to make sure that he gets a healthy and balanced diet.
A balanced diet needs to contain proteins for healthy muscles, carbohydrates to give your pooch energy and minerals for everything from muscle contractions to hair growth.
The diet differs for Mountain dogs mix of different ages, sizes, types, and activity levels. Bernedoodles are known to eat everything that you may put in front of them something that you should be very careful of.
The point is that you should monitor what they eat and how much they eat. Also, try to compare their gains and increase or decrease the amount that you are feeding them with the recommendations of your veterinarian.
If your dog’s diet is mainly meat then that is better but try to mildly boil the meat first which is even much better.
Some vets are to the opinion that feeding too much protein to your dog can affect their coat, so, you should feed your dog on a low-protein diet. If you are buying food for your dog you need to avoid foods that have labeled proteins as by-products.
Your vet can also assist you with the diet of Bernese Moutain Dog Poodle mix depending on the age and the size of your dog.
You should also know that these dogs are picky eaters and thus you need to alternate their food for a change of taste.
Standard Bernedoodle diet
A Standard Bernedoodle is a big dog that needs 1400-1800 calories.
This dog needs about 4-5 cups of dry food in a day.
To grow healthy, active and strong they will need a very proper meal. Being a large dog that is almost the size of a Bernese Mountain dog he might need the same diet.
For proteins, some sources can be yogurt, rice, pumpkin, and boiled potatoes are also healthy foods for your dog to eat. Other sources can be tofu, cooked liver, boiled chicken and even turkey.
Mini and Toy Bernedoodles
You can feed the same food you give a Standard Bernedoodle but the amount will differ due to the difference in size.
The Mini Bernedoodle will need from 750 to 1400 calories
For the Toy Bernedoodle, you will need to feed him from 400 to 960 calories.
Grooming a Bernese Mountain dog Poodle mix
Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle mix has hair and not fur. Bernedoodles come in different coats types with most of them having long, wavy coats that shed minimally.
Some also have curly coats which also shed very little making them great dogs for allergic. Bernese Mountain dogs Poodle mixes with straight coats are not very common and they tend to shed more than the other coats mentioned above.
Bernedoodle’s coats come in different colors from a combination of white, black and brown to merle. Other coats are all black, tri-color or sable black, white and brown.
Grooming the coat
Although they do not shed they require grooming and brushing once or twice every week to prevent the coat from matting.
The curlier the coat is the more difficult it becomes to groom. By brushing the dogs’ coat you are also able to strengthen the bond between you and your Bernese Mountain Dog mix.
You should also trim the Bernedoodle’s coat every few months depending on the dog’s activities and your preferences. So, if your Bernese Mountain Poo is very active outside you will find that a shorter coat will be much easier to maintain.
You can get a professional groomer to do this.
But make sure that you give your groomer specifications on how you want your dog to be groomed. Many groomers may not have encountered a Bernedoodle that why specific instructions are important.
You can take a photo of how you want your dog to look. Take your puppy to the groomer only after its full set of vaccines which is usually 14-16 weeks. Get the Pup bathed, cut the nails and ears cleaned.
Also, avoid bathing your dog too many times as this strips essential oils from the coat.
Is the Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle mix Hypoallergenic?
While no dog is completely hypoallergenic Bernedoodles tend to be allergy-friendly.
Those people that are allergic to dog dander(sneeze and experience watery eyes) will do just fine with this Mountain Dog mix.
However, if you are allergic to dog saliva, you will most likely be allergic to Bernedoodles but it also depends on the dog’s saliva make-up.
You will know that you are allergic to dog saliva when your skin breaks in hives when you are licked by your dog. If you still want this dog you might want to go the smaller breeds as they produce less saliva as compared to the larger breed.
If you are interested to learn more about allergies that are caused by dogs and hypoallergic dogs, in general, the article in this link will be helpful to you as a person.
Training a Bernedoodle
Knowing that Bernedoodles are intelligent would make you think that they are easy to train.
This is not always the case. As a puppy, the Bernese Mountain Poo is known to be headstrong and overly energetic. So, it is important that you start training and socializing this dog at this young age.
You need to be prepared for mischief and few up and downs before they are considered fully trained and therefore patience is required. They are also sensitive dogs that can easily get offended.
In other cases, Bernedoodle puppies are known to be more stubborn than the average dog. This trait comes from the Bernese Mountain dog and so a Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle mix with less of this breed may not have these traits.
Your best shot at training is usually by using positive reinforcement and treats.
Treats really come in handy when you want your dog to obey you. Remember that punishing a Bernedoodle never works.
Bernedoodle exercise needs
Because both of the parent breeds were workers Bernedoodle is a high energy dog which is believed to come mostly from the Poodle as the Bernese Mountain dog is mostly calm and placid.
What we are sure of is that they love being active and that is why there are suited for busy households.
Bernese Mountain Poo loves exercising and can hike for hours.
He also does great as a walking buddy. For Standard Bernedoodle, you should be expecting about 60 minutes of exercise.
Calculate the exercise requirements using the dog’s body weight in pounds. This will be two-third of the body weight. Weight *2/3, what you get will be daily exercise requirements in minutes.
Standard Bernedoodles are large dogs that should not be over-exercised as puppies as they can be at the risk of developing hip and elbow dysplasia.
Also with this in mind, you should put into consideration that exercise can contribute to the development of the Toy and the Mini Bernedoodles.
Common health concerns with the Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle mix
This Mountain dog is a generally healthy breed that is not prone to many health issues.
These dogs are actually healthier than the parent breeds. However, they do suffer from some health issues none of which are life-threatening such as hip and elbow dysplasia(abnormal joint development) and certain eye problems. Some skin such as allergies and hotspots are also seen in Bernedoodles.
Genetic testing is essential to reduce the risk of many diseases.
Your breeder should be reputable enough to carry out the test and provide the results. Note that this could cost more upfront as it costs the breeder more to get a healthy parent breed.
But, this will surely reduce the number of times that you visit the vet in the future.
Here is the list of the tests that should be carried out by your breeder.
For Standard Bernedoodle:
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Hips – OFA, PennHip, or OVC
- Elbows – OFA
- Von Willebrand Disease
- Eyes – CERF (Required yearly)
For Mini and Toy Bernedoodles:
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Hips for Hip Dysplasia and Legg-Perves Disease OFA, PennHip or OVC 2.
- Eyes CERF – Required Yearly
- Stifles for Luxating Patellas
- Von Willebrand Disease
The Australian Bernedoodle is a cross between the Australian Labradoodle and the Bernese Mountain dog.
Australian Labradoodles are hybrids as they were bred by mixing Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, and Poodle.
This dog generally has a non-shedding fleece coat that is similar to that of a Poodle and come in all sizes.
Australian Labradoodles have a similar temperament to that of Goldendoodles intelligent, easygoing, sweet, family-oriented and goofy.
Goldendoodles vs Bernedoodles
Bernedoodles and Goldendoodles are quite similar in that they both have good character and charisma. They are both social, intelligent fun, friendly, playful and goofy crossbreeds.
The most notable difference is the fact that Bernedoodles can tend to be headstrong a trait that mainly manifests itself when the dog is a puppy. However, this trait slowly fades away as the dog gets trained and gets older.
Most Goldendoodles enjoy being in the water as both the parent breeds do. The same cannot be said for the Bernedoodle. Even though many might enjoy going for a swim, some might gravitate away from it.
Bernedoodles are not fans of heat as they prefer the cold climate more than the Goldendoodles. But this being said they can still adapt and do well in warmer climates.
Apart from these Bernedoodles and Goldendoodles tend to be very similar. In both the breeds the curlier the coat the lesser it sheds which makes them great for people with allergies.
There we go WOOF!!!!