The Bernedoodle: A complete breed guide
Bernedoodles are crossbred dogs with the cross being between a Bernese mountain dog and a Poodle. The Bernese mountain dog originated in Switzerland while the Poodle originated in France and Germany (there have been disputes about exactly which country Poodles originated but we’ll leave well enough alone for now!).
The Bernedoodle is actually one of the fastest-growing breeds in terms of popularity in the world today and this is primarily because they’re just so darned cute.
Ready to learn more about these guys? Ok, let’s start off by reviewing the origin of the breed.
Bernedoodles as a breed are newer as compared to some other popular crossbreeds. Some of the oldest known crosses between the Bernese mountain dog and Poodle came in the early 2000s.
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However, it is possible that they were around earlier with some estimating it to be a few decades, but the breed wasn’t that popular at that time.
Nowadays, anyone would love to have a Bernedoodle at their home and the reason for that is their calm and loving nature. They are comparatively calmer than many other crossbreeds and are cute at the same time.
This is how the breed became popular. Let’s move on to the appearance of Bernedoodles.
Bernedoodles are usually multicolored, and their color depends a lot on the color of the Poodle parent. However, the most common colors in Bernedoodles are black, brown and black, black and white or a mix of all three.
Many people love the tri-colored Bernedoodles but it should be noted here that these are actually the rarest of all the color variants. Be prepared to end up on a waiting list if this is what you’re heart is set on.
In terms of their size, this could vary according to the size of the parent. Generally, Poodles come in three sizes namely toy, miniature and standard and this is why the size of Bernedoodles could also vary.
A standard Bernedoodle however, is generally 23-29 inches tall and weighs more than 50 lbs.
Another interesting aspect of the Bernedoodle is its coat which is actually slightly different for each pup! Generally speaking however, they tend to have wavy coats that don’t shed much at all.
This is great for those that suffer from allergies and can be a huge advantage if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog breed.
When it comes to the temperament of a crossbred dog, everything completely depends on the parent breeds. The Bernese mountain dog is known to be quite calm and easygoing as well as extremely loyal to their families.
The Poodle on the other hand is extremely intelligent and therefore highly trainable and can have a high energy level as well.
When these two breeds are then mixed together, the result is the Bernedoodle who is pretty calm in general and not aggressive at all. They are loveable, affectionate, goofy and can be quite clever as well.
Moreover, they are good around children as well, and if you have children at home, it is one of the best breeds to go for.
However, if you do have children at home, going for a standard-sized Bernedoodle would be a better option than a mini Bernedoodle as they are more tolerant of kids and their shenanigans.
A word of caution here is that there is always the possibility that your puppy might have inherited one of the less desirous traits of the parents.
For instance, your pup might have more of the stubbornness of the Bernese or the high energy of the Poodle. In such a case there is no need to be concerned however, as this can always be fixed with extra training especially while they are young.
Bernedoodles are coated dogs, and they need regular grooming. You will need to brush their coat quite often to prevent matting especially if it is the curly variety as previously discussed.
Usually, they don’t shed, and they won’t drop hair on your clothes while playing with you. However, if you see your Bernedoodle shedding occasionally, it could be due to a change in the climate.
Bernedoodles are prone to the following health issues.
- Color dilution Alopecia
- Hip and elbow Dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy
While the above lists some of the major health concerns, it should be noted that in most cases the Bernedoodle will have less health issues than either the Poodle or Berner.
This is because they will only inherit diseases that are common to both parents. This is commonly referred to as hybrid vigor.
If you take good care of your pet and make sure that all vaccinations get done at the right time, he won’t face any health problems.
But, if you ever feel like your dog isn’t well, you shouldn’t delay and see a vet straight away.
Are Bernedoodles smart?
Yes, Bernedoodles are very smart, and you can easily train them. If we look at one of the parent breeds of a Bernedoodle, this nature of theirs is no surprise.
Poodles are known for their intelligence, and as a matter of fact, they are one of the smartest dog breeds in the world and it is this trait that is passed on to the young pups.
Moreover, they are good around other dogs, and this is because both the parent breeds are also good around other dogs.
Based on all we’ve discussed thus far it’s easy to state that the Bernedoodle is one of the best dog breeds for any home. Especially if you have children around, this is a good option to go with.
Smart, loyal, goofy and loving they tick all the right boxes.
Do you have a Bernedoodle at home? Let us know in the comments below what’s so great about this breed.