The Australian Bernedoodle: A complete breed guide
Doodle dogs are the mixture of a Poodle and another breed. Many Doodles have been introduced and are quite popular. One such breed is none other than the Australian Bernedoodle.
What is an Australian Bernedoodle?
The most notable thing about the Australian Bernedoodle is that this is a combination of several dog breeds. This is a mixture of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Australian Labradoodle.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a purebred dog breed while the Australian Labradoodle or ALD is a hybrid breed.
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The Australian Labradoodle is a mixture of a Labrador Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Poodle, English Cocker Spaniel, and American Cocker Spaniel. Yes, this dog is in fact quite the concoction!
The purpose behind the creation of the Australian Labradoodle was to come up with a gentle, trainable, and intelligent dog with a coat that doesn’t shed. The Australian Labradoodle has been considered as a success story as well as one of the best therapy or service dogs ever made.
Due to this success, there are breeders who decided to take things a step further and combine the Bernese Mountain Dog with the Australian Labradoodle. This paved way for the birth of the Australian Bernedoodle.
Top Features of the Australian Bernedoodle
The main features of the Australian Bernedoodle include the following:
- No shedding or low shedding
The primary difference with the Australian Bernedoodle from other Bernedoodles is in terms of shedding.
Most of the time, the Australian Bernedoodle doesn’t shed. And if they do shed, this is very low unlike other Bernedoodles.
This of course is a great option for those seeking a hypoallergenic dog breed.
Lifespan and Size of Australian Bernedoodles
There are different sizes of Australian Bernedoodles with different life spans. The breed has three main sizes to choose from, including the toy Australian Bernedoodle, Miniature Australian Bernedoodle, and Standard Australian Bernedoodle.
Toy Australian Bernedoodle
A toy Australian Bernedoodle can weigh from 10 to 24 pounds standing 15 to 20 inches tall. These dogs can live for 14 up to 18 years.
Miniature Australian Bernedoodle
The Miniature Australian Bernedoodle has a weight that varies from 25 to 49 lbs with a height of 15 to 20 inches. They can live for 13 to 17 years.
Standard Australian Bernedoodle
This particular Australian Bernedoodle has a weight of 59 pounds with a height of 21 inches. The Standard Australian Bernedoodle can live from 12 up to 15 years.
Colors of the Australian Bernedoodle
There are different colors available for the Australian Bernedoodle including brown, white, and black. There are times when they can have tri-colors or bi-colors.
Many Australian Bernedoodles in bi-color come with white and black while the tri-color Australian Bernedoodles have white, black, and brown colors.
However, the bi-colors can also come in combinations aside from black and white. The tri and bi-colors are more in demand as compared to single color types and this is why it is not common to see them in the market.
Australian Bernedoodle Temperament
The temperament of a dog comes from its breeding and the way they are raised. Dogs that are given a lot of training and loving attention will usually have a great temperament.
When you combine naturally good-natured dogs, you can expect to get a dog with a good temperament. This is the case with the Australian Bernedoodle.
Once you consider the fact that the Australian Bernedoodle was made through the combination of a Bernese Mountain Dog and other dog breeds that are all famous for having good temperament, it is safe to say that the Australian Bernedoodle will also have a good temperament.
Here are the temperaments of the different breeds involved in producing an Australian Bernedoodle:
- Poodle – intelligent, loyal, alert
- Labrador retriever – laid-back, mellow, friendly, intelligent
- English cocker spaniel – devoted, funny, cheerful, affectionate
- American cocker spaniel – playful, cuddly, affectionate
- Irish water spaniel – good-natured, playful, friendly but reserved
The Australian Bernedoodle was not an accident and all dog breeds used to create the Australian Bernedoodle were also not accidentally chosen.
The Australian Bernedoodle tends to have similar attributes common in the breeds mentioned above and this is what makes them popular dogs.
Training and Exercise Requirements of the Australian Bernedoodle
Australian Bernedoodles require moderate exercise every day. You can take him out for a walk for 15 to 30 minutes a day.
You can train Australian Bernedoodles with cats and other dogs. They are intelligent and can easily pick things up. You can buy your pupper toys and use them for indoor training if you don’t have much time to take your pet outdoors.
Grooming the Australian Bernedoodle
Australian Bernedoodles with a curlier coat require proper grooming. Make sure that you brush the coat of your puppy every day to prevent any matting. Matted coats may cause a lot of difficulties for your dog.
You might also want to take your dog to the groomer for clipping once he reaches 14 to 16 weeks after vaccination.
Don’t forget to clean the ears of your pet as well as that can also become another problem area.
It is also best to bathe your pupper once he reaches the age of 3 to 4 months.
Health Problems of Australian Bernedoodle
As far as health problems are concerned, Australian Bernedoodles may suffer from eye problems, elbow and hip dysplasia, and a few skin issues. Many of these diseases can come from the parents.
It is worth pointing out here however, that they are less prone to many diseases as their purebred parents due to hybrid vigor.
Hope this one was another enjoyable read. Let us know in the comments below if you are considering this breed as your next pet.