Mini Bernedoodle: A complete breed guide
Interested in the Mini Bernedoodle? We’ve reviewed all the major characteristics of this super cute breed for you in this post. So, let’s get started then.
Mini Bernedoodle: The Parents
The Mini Bernedoodle breed is the result of the cross between a Bernese mountain dog and a Mini Poodle.
The Bernese mountain dog tends to be large and has long hair. These dogs tend to be quite calm and are also loyal, friendly, and intelligent. While they are dog-loving dogs, it is important to keep in mind that they can sometimes be quite stubborn and therefore early training may be necessary.
In terms of the Mini Poodle, it is usually the male that it is selected to produce the Mini Bernedoodle. This is to ensure the safety of the mother during childbirth.
Mini Poodles are very intelligent and confident and as a result can also be very easy to train.
It should be noted here that Mini Bernedoodles are actually only produced via artificial insemination.
The size of the Mini Bernedoodle will depend on the size of his parents. However, their weight range tends to be between 30 and 45 pounds and can stand between 18 and 22 inches tall so not too large to deal with.
Again, the color of the Mini Bernedoodle will vastly depend on the parents. However, it is worth pointing out that the most famous or popular colors in these dogs are tricolors.
They can also consist of black, white and tan or rust tricolor. However, there are some Mini Bernedoodles that come in sable and tan with white markings as well.
But Mini Bernedoodles can also be bi-colored especially black with some white marks over them. One interesting thing is that in some puppies, these white markings tend to disappear as they grow.
In terms of the type of the coats seen on Mini Bernedoodles, these can vary a lot as well. While some Mini Bernedoodless tend to have a wavy coat, others are more similar to the poodle with curly coats.
Does a Mini Bernedoodle Shed?
As is the case with the Bernedoodle, the curly coated varieties tend to shed very little and are therefore suitable for those with allergies. In this particular instance however, maintenance will be higher to ensure that the coat doesn’t become matted.
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The wavy coated pups however, will not need as much grooming to keep their fur smooth and silky.
Since Mini Bernedoodles tend to be small, they are usually recommended for families. Besides, you need to know that the Mini Bernedoodles are quite active and energetic and these may be great qualities when you have small children at home.
Dealing with Mini Bernedoodles is not difficult at all for the owners since these dogs tend to be very loyal and friendly and are fond of humans.
If you’re looking for a dog with guarding tendencies however, this may not be the right breed.
In addition to the above, if you have other small pets at home like hamsters and gerbils then this is a perfect breed to own as they have a low prey drive.
Another interesting point is that many of these dogs tend to be fond of swimming. This is no surprise as the Poodle is renowned as a water dog.
Are Mini Bernedoodles easy to Train?
Since Mini Bernedoodles are incredibly intelligent (after all, both parents are also intelligent), they are actually very easy to train.
However, you should start training in their early stages of life. This way, they will be trained to deal with strangers and cars among other things.
One of the most important things that you need to keep in mind about the Mini Bernedoodles is that their overcoats are meant for the mountain areas.
So, it pays to be extra careful during the summer. With that said, an older Mini Bernedoodle puppy needs at least a half an hour of exercise each day.
You won’t need to worry if you miss a day though, as they can just as easily snuggle up to you on the couch as well.
As you know, as the Mini Bernedoodle is a combination of a Bernese mountain dog and a Mini Poodle, you need to pay extra attention to the health issues of both parents.
So, here are the main health issues that may affect Mini Bernedoodles:
#1: Patella Luxation
This is a knee issue and it occurs when the knees are displaced from their positions. Almost 4 out of 100 Mini Bernedoodles are affected by this issue.
#2: Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
This is a bone joint issue and can lead to painful joint issues. This is a condition that affects both parents.
And just to give you an idea, 1 out of 5 Bernese mountain dogs have elbow dysplasia and 1 out of 8 Mini Poodles have hip dysplasia.
This is a very serious health issue that can be life-threatening to your Mini Bernedoodle. This occurs when the stomach of your dog twists back and it is usually caused by the fast gulping of the dog.
So, you want to ensure that you use a slow feeder bowl to protect your Mini Bernedoodle.
#4: Progressive Retinal Atrophy
This is a health issue that can lead to the blindness of your Mini Bernedoodle. This is a health problem that comes only from the Mini Poodle side of the family.
Mini Bernedoodles: Life Expectancy
Since this is a relatively new breed there is not much data on the average life expectancy. However, since this is a small breed Mini Bernedoodles can be expected to have a life span of 15 to 17 years.
Mini Bernedoodles: Pros And Cons
The Mini Bernedoodle is a great family dog. He is intelligent, active, and extremely loyal.
Besides, the small size of the breed makes them perfect for any home. Mini Bernedoodles can also have different coats and colors.
Some Mini Bernedoodles may take some time to gain confidence in their owners. However, when it happens, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy every single moment with them.
As discussed above, they are not much of a guardian breed.
That’s it for this post. Hopefully, you’re now much more prepared to care for and of course enjoy a Mini Bernedoodle pup.
If you already own one of these cute guys, let us know in the comments below!