Bernedoodle – The Complete Guide
Did you know that the Bernedoodle was just crossbred in the early 2000s? This hybrid is a Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle mix. It’s said that they were mixes together to get the sweet personality of the Bernese Mountain Dog along with the low-shedding coat and intelligence of the Poodle.
Did it work? Well, there’s still not too much known about this mixed breed. In fact, the American Kennel Club (AKC) still doesn’t recognize this dog breed. So, let’s learn a little more about this adorable mixed pooch.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are fairly big, and Poodles can come in three different sizes. So, depending on what type of Poodle the Bernedoodle has for a parent, this crossbreed can also come in three sizes.
Toy Bernedoodles will grow to be about 10 to 17 inches tall and weigh between 10 to 24 pounds. Miniature Bernedoodles may be between 18 to 22 inches tall and weigh about 25 to 49 pounds. The standard Bernedoodle can grow up to 23 to 29 inches tall and weigh between 70 to 90 pounds. Meet George…
Their overall appearance will depend on genetics. No two mixed breeds with the same purebred parents are going to look exactly alike. However, most Bernedoodles tend to have a wavy or curly coat, taking after the Poodle parent. However, it’s known to have straight, fine hair sometimes, after the Bernese Mountain Dog.
Should you bring this hybrid home to your family? Absolutely! Bernedoodles inherit all the best traits from their parents. This pooch is affectionate, playful, gentle, and awesome with kids. You’ll need to keep their size into account so that kids know how to handle smaller dogs. And, if you get a bigger Bernedoodle, make sure they don’t accidentally knock over the kids when they’re a puppy!
This doggo will also get along with other animals in the house, whether it’s another dog, cat, or small pet. They’ll be friendly with strangers but will do well to protect their loved ones. If they think a stranger may be a threat, they’ll be a bit wary and keep an eye on them. This is Moose…
On the other hand, the Bernedoodle can be stubborn, which is a trait of the Bernese Mountain Dog. Therefore, early socialization and proper training will be a must when they’re young. Otherwise, training down the road could prove to be a little difficult.
Caring for your Bernedoodle
Depending on the size of your Bernedoodle, they have an average lifespan of seven to 18 years. With proper care through a healthy diet and daily exercise, your pooch should live a long, healthy life.
Bernedoodles don’t have fur; they have hair. Hair is smoother and finer. Whether the hair is wavy, curly, or straight, you’ll want to brush your pup hair at least two to three times per week. This will get rid of the dead hair that gets caught in their curls.
A bath once a month is also a good idea. You can bring them to a professional groomer or do it yourself. This doggo will certainly love the extra attention. You can use grooming as a way to bond with your pooch and spend more time together. However, they will need to get their hair trimmed once in a while.
Every dog is different, depending on its breed, size, age, and weight. When it comes to feeding your pooch, you’ll want to talk to your veterinarian about the best meal plan for your pup. Their food should be high-quality and protein-based for their energy levels.
No matter the size, Bernedoodles have moderate to high energy levels. Therefore, they will do well with an active family. They enjoy going on long walks, jogs, hikes, and other fun activities and adventures with the family. They also like to run around and explore the area, so having a fenced-in backyard will be ideal. This way, they can stretch their legs outside and get plenty of mental and physical stimulation.
Your Bernedoodle may inherit certain health concerns from both of their parents. Of course, crossbreeds are generally healthier, but the possibility is still there. Your pooch can still get some of the following health conditions:
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Sebaceous adenitis
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Patellar luxation
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- MTC (Macrothrombocytopenia)
Always bring your doggo to the veterinarian at least once or twice a year for a check-up.
Where to find a Bernedoodle
You’ll be able to find a Bernedoodle through rescue, shelter, or go through a reputable breeder. It’s a better idea to adopt through a rescue or a shelter so that you can give an already homeless doggo a forever home. However, since this crossbreed is still fairly new, it might not be easy to find one. So, you might have to go through a breeder.
If you decide to buy through a breeder, make sure they know what they’re doing. They should know the family tree and health history of the puppies and their parents. In addition, they will want to meet with you and let you meet the puppies before officially selling any puppies at eight weeks or older.
How much does a Bernedoodle cost?
Bernedoodles are expensive. If you can find one through a rescue or shelter, they’ll be cheaper. However, you go through a breeder, you can expect to spend between $1,500 and $5,000.
Should you bring home a Bernedoodle?
A Bernedoodle will be a lovely addition to any home. Whether you have kids or other pets in the house, this pooch will get along just fine. They’ll enjoy going on adventures with you but will be just as happy to lounge on the couch with you for a cuddle session.
This is Torrey…