If you look for a fluffy companion dog in your life, then nothing can be better than a Bernedoodle. They are also known as Bernese Mountain Poo as they are a combination of the Bernese mountain dog breed and the Poodle. These hybrid dogs have been in existence for many years. The first breeder is known to be Sherry Rupke who bred the first litter of a pair of Bernedoodles in 2003. This is relatively a new breed of the two purebreds, but the American Kennel Club does not recognize the Bernedoodle. However, they are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and also the Designer Breed Registry. They also appear in rescue and shelter groups that focus mainly on the Poodles and the Bernese mountain dog and the mixture of these two.
|Breed Group||Companion dog|
|Country of Origin||Canada|
|Other Names||Bernese Mountain Poo|
|Size & Height||Medium
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||IDCR, ACHC, DBR, DRA|
|Litter Size||6-10 puppies|
|Color||Combinations, brindle, tan, white, black|
|Life Expectancy||10-12 years|
|Coat||Smooth, dense, curly, straight, wavy|
Temperament and Personality
Bernedoodles inherit many of the significant personality traits of both the Poodle and the Bernese mountain dog breeds. The trait they will inherit may differ a bit and the individual personalities of these dogs can vary. Bernedooodles are highly intelligent and hardworking dogs, loyal and a bit goofy. They go well with children and other dogs too and have a happy-go-lucky temperament. Some may have a stubborn nature because of their Bernese mountain dogs’ inheritance, but this nature may fade away as the puppies grow to be adolescent dogs.
Bernedoodles have high levels of energy and do not like to be alone at home. Tiny and mini Bernedoodles adapt well to city life and apartment living. But they can behave a bit weird in front of strangers so early socialization is essential. They need a lot of human interaction. You will adore their friendliness, love affection and playfulness of the Bernedoodles. Due to its funny name pet lovers often ask, “what is a bernedoodle?”.
The level of activity of the miniature Bernedoodles or full grown dogs might depend on the type of breeding, but usually, they are moderately active dogs. The smaller varieties tend to become more active in comparison with the larger varieties. However, a daily walk is enough to satisfy their exercise needs. They can have high levels of energy at times and crave for attention, so they should be given moderate exercise.
These dogs are at their best at homes and you should not keep them alone at home for long hours. They adapt more comfortably to apartment life than the standard Bernedoodle dogs. A nice long walk of 30 minutes to an hour is therefore needed on a daily basis to burn off their energy and calories and maintain a sound health along with mental fitness. These dogs are not much demanding and they just want humans around them and are ready to be outside.
The coats of the Bernese mountain dog poodle mix may vary and might appear more like the poodle or the Bernese mountain dog. But generally, they have curly and wavy coats with not much shedding, but this can lead to proneness for allergies. At times, The Bernedooodles may have a straight coat instead of a curly one which will shed more and cause fewer dangers of allergies. The soft thick coat helps them to thrive in cool weather conditions and also provides them protection from the heat during the summers. But the curlier the coat, grooming gets more difficult. As they shed less, they need brushing more often for prevention of the coats from getting matted. Brushing can prove to be a bonding activity of the owner with the dog. The coat may be trimmed every few months depending on the growth.
Unlike other dogs, Bernedoodles are a healthy breed. In most cases, the crossbreed is less prone to development of congenital problems than the purebred dogs because of the fact that the gene pool is much larger. But that does not guarantee that the Bernedoodle is not at all prone to some conditions and all the breeds of these may be affected by some diseases. Some health issues that may cause are hip dysplasia, several skin problems, eye issues and elbow dysplasia. But all in all, the Bernedoodle is a much healthier dog than both of its parents. Allergies may also occur in some cases.
At the younger stages, the Bernedoodles can be headstrong and stubborn natured dogs mainly the toy and miniature versions. It is said that gradually this nature fades away in its growth days to adulthood. Due to this reason, start their training from its puppyhood days.
There are mainly three sizes of the Bernedoodle dogs. So you must choose the dog food quality and formula according to its size. Feed the Toy and mini Bernedoodles with dog food formula for small breed dogs.
On the other hand, give them large breed formula dog food. However, the amount of the food depends mainly on the age, size, and level of activity. Standard Bernedoodles may be voracious in eating so they will gulp down every food you put in front of them. Hence, you must take care of them to monitor their weight and the quantity of food intake and also balance it with plenty of exercises. If you are cooking your own, you might give them white or brown rice as a single source f protein. Also, you may add yogurt, boiled pumpkin or sweet potato along with it. Even items like tofu, cottage cheese, baby food and boiled chicken or turkey, boiled liver are apt for their healthy diet. But make sure to insist on a low protein diet so protect its coat from ruining fast.