A Bernedoodle is a mixed-breed companion dog. This dog is a mixture of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle and was specifically bred to be a companion dog. This breed of dog is characterized for being loveable by nature and they are also very much gentle and loyal. They are a great dog to have around your home and they can enjoy the company of kids and adults alike.
Because it is a mixed breed, it has yet to be accepted by any official Kennel Club. Nevertheless, it has not stop the Bernedoodle to spread. You can also call it a Bernese Mountain Poo.
Bernedoodle History & Origins
A Bernedoodle is a relatively young breed. It has only been developed in 2003 and it has still not been officially accepted by any kennel club, while the characteristics are still being standardized. Although there are claims that there have been attempts or “accidental” breeding which brought to a Bernedoodle dog, the one to officially start everything was Sherry Rupke of Swissridge Kennels. He was the first one who came up with an idea to successful breed a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. This brought to the creation of a modern Bernedoodle that way have today.
This breed is only recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club and the International Designer Canine Registry. The purpose of their creation was only to be designer dogs. They are also great companion dogs and enjoy a family life with their masters.
Characteristics & Temperament
A Bernedoodle is mostly characterized by the traits of their parent breeds. They are usually lively and goofy dogs. They love hanging out with people but possesses high levels of intelligence which they have inherited from their Poodle parents. When dealing with hybrid types of dogs, it is very hard to determine the general characteristics of one. They may differ from dog to dog, but generally speaking they are similar to their parent breeds.
They like hanging out in an apartment and will usually spend the majority of their time there. But they are energetic and have lots of energy that they need to consume. This means that you have to take them out for walks and give them room to exercise. When it comes to other forms of training, they respond well to gentle commands. Also, early socialization is important as with any kind of a dog. They are not difficult to train at all and will also enjoy being in the company of children.
Bernedoodle Appearance, Colors, Size
The same as with Poodles, the Bernedoodle can have three different sizes. They depend on the parent breed the dogs is crossed with. So you have Standard, Miniature and Toy ones. The Toy ones are usually 12 to 17 inches tall and weigh about 10 to 24 pounds. The Miniature type grows up to 18 to 22 inches and will weigh about 25 to 49 pounds. The Standard ones are usually 23 to 29 inches tall and weigh approximately 70 to 90 pounds.
Since it is hard to determine how a Bernedoodle’s coat will look like, there are different kinds that are deemed as standard. They may vary depending on the parent breeds and they can have both wavy and curly coats. There are some which are hypoallergenic if they inherit the coats of a Poodle. When it comes to color, it is pretty much unsure. They can be pure black, others are black and white, and others are black and brown. There are tricolor ones, which are a rarity and cost more.
The Bernedoodle is a generally healthy kind of a dog. But since it is a hybrid breed, there are some conditions that cannot be determined. They mostly suffer from the same kind of illnesses their parent breeds are affected by. But there are some instances where these dogs managed to live much longer than their parent breeds. Their average life expectancy is between 10 and 12 years.
One interesting characteristics of Bernedoodles is that they have a lower death rate of cancer than Bernese. There are still some types of conditions that they will be a problem to them. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye problems, and skin issues such as allergies and hot spots.
Bernedoodle Grooming & Shedding
A Bernedoodle does not shed so much. Depending on the type of a coat that it inherits, there are going to be different ways on how you will need to tend to your dog. What we can say is that regular brushing is needed. Their hair can grow to be long and you may need to remove the dead ones. But you also need to clip the hair if it gets too long. Probably the best way is to get a professional groomer who will take care of everthing. But this is only necessary if you bring your dog to shows.
When it comes to beathing, it is not necessary, but if you want to keep your dog as cool looking as possible it might be needed. Do not overdo it though as the fur might get affected. If you showcase the dog you should give it more frequent baths. Check its eyes to avoid infections and also make sure to brush their teeth and clip their nails.
Price and Breeders
Even though a Bernedoodle is a hybrid dog, it costs a lot. There are various price ranges and the cost is different based on the color and the coat type. The lowest that you can pay for this kind of a dog is 800 dollars. You can go as high as 2,500 dollars depending on the rarity of the coat. New breeders are easily to find but you still have to look for the best one with the most quality conditions.
If you want to do a good deed, you can then adopt a Bernedoodle. There are various places that you can do that and a lot of countries have their own organizations and shelter. Probably the best one to start with is Molly’s Darling Doodles, where a bunch of dogs without a home are found.