The Bernedoodle is a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. This hybrid fuses the virtues of its parent breeds – the cleverness of the poodle with the loyalty of the Bernese, making it a perfect companion dog. This strong and robust dog has a compact and powerful body that is covered with medium to long hair. They come in many bright colors, but most commonly in black. A bushy tail, a pair of long-hanging ears, a triangular muzzle and the button eyes, all added to the growing popularity of its ‘cute’ looks.
|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|
Video: Bernedoodle Puppy Obedience Training
Bernedoodles have been differentiated into three different types, depending upon their sizes:
- The Toy Bernedoodle: Those that weigh between 10 and 24 pounds, with height 10 – 14 inches.
- The Miniature Bernedoodle: Those with weight between 25 and 49 pounds, and height 15 – 20 inches.
- The Standard Bernedoodle: Those that weigh 50 pounds or more, and standing 21 inches and above.
Temperament and Behavior
Bernedoodles are responsive and loving. They love their family and are even good with the children. They are intelligent and social. This makes them fit to be a good family dog. However, they have a very relaxed temperament, with a moderate energy level. The dog would stay next to its owner while he is watching television, cooking, or strolling on the terrace, thus making them a great companion. Though, they are goofy and playful and are good at swimming, fetching and running, and would constantly amuse its family. Bernedoodles have a special fondness for cold weather.
Bernedoodles need regular exercise. Because these dogs have a laid-back temperament, they do need regular exercise, but to a moderate amount, to burn down their calories for a sound health and mental fitness. Take them out for walks for 30 minutes to one hour daily.
You can also utilize their fondness for running and playing by taking them out for jogging, and allowing them to play in an enclosed yard. Participate in games like throw and fetch, or allow them to swim. In short, keep them engaged in regular activities.
The amount of shedding directly depends on the type of coat your dog has inherited. Those that have straighter type are prone to shed comparatively more. But they do not need frequent brushing to prevent matting. However, at times, you might want to enjoy the bonding time of brushing. You can clip your dog every 2-3 months.
If your dog is curly, it sheds very less or nominal. So brush it at least four to five times a week to prevent matting. Also, take them to professional grooming once in 2-3 months. But begin grooming only after your puppy is done with its complete set of vaccinations by age 3 to 4 months.
Its ears are hairy. So keep an eye for infections, redness or rashes.
As a very new breed, little is known about the health of the bernedoodle. No serious diseases or breed-specific issues have been reported. In fact, they are healthier than their parent breeds. But general dog health issues like hip and elbow dysplasia, eye and skin problems including hot spots, allergies, etc. can’t be ruled out.
Considering their intelligence and interactive nature, your puppies would briskly pick up all that you teach them. Training them is easy, as long as you are strict with issues like obedience, ‘pack-leader’ syndrome, etc. However, if bernedoodles not trained properly, they can easily become neurotic and hyper. Teach them the difference between right and wrong. But train them in a gentle way.
Standard Bernedoodles are usually large dogs, almost the size of its Bernese parent. So the same diet routine is okay with your dog as well. However, if you are making your own recipe, you can choose rice (both white and brown) as a single protein source.
They are picky eaters. For a change in taste, try variations adding yogurt, boiled sweet potato or pumpkin. These are a good option. Other sources for both flavor and health, serve your dog with cottage cheese, tofu, baby food, or boiled chicken or turkey, boiled liver, boiled hamburger.
If your dog’s meal consists of meat, animal parts or bones, it’s healthier for it if you consider serving them raw, or at the most, semi-boiled. But, insist on a low-protein diet, since some people opine that, high protein is likely to ruin your dog’s coat.
- The Bernedoodle is sometimes called the ‘Bernepoo’.
- They can also make good watchdogs.