A Guide to Owning a Bernedoodle Dog Breed

Regardless of whether you are a new or previous dog owner, choosing the perfect dog breed for you requires serious thinking. The dog that you will soon be getting may live up to eight years or even more, that is why you have to choose the perfect match.

Bernedoodle puppies breed

1. How to choose your perfect match:

  • Lifestyle: Always take into consideration your lifestyle. If you are the type of person who spends a lot of time outdoors, then choose a dog breed that can blend with your on-the-go lifestyle. On the other hand, the so-called “couch potato” dogs are perfect if you are a home buddy type of a person.
  • Size: There are dog breeds which can tolerate small areas such as apartment or condominium living. But there are dogs which require larger space to move around.
  • Food budget: You will spend less money on food if you choose a small to medium-sized dog breed.

Once you have deciphered the factors to take into consideration when choosing the perfect dog breed for you, then it is time to look for reputable breeders. If you are deliberating on getting a Bernedoodle dog breed, then allow me to help you find out if it is indeed the perfect match for you.

2. History:

This is relatively a new dog breed. The first breeder who claims to have bred this mix dog breed is Sherry Rupke from Swissridge Kennels in 2003. Bernedoodle is a cross of Poodle and Bernese Mountain dog. This is one of the recognized designer breeds by the designer dogs kennel club and American hybrid canine club.

3. Temperament:

Since the Bernedoodle is a cross between two breeds, then it is rather difficult to predict the kind of temperament the dog will have. It is either the puppy that you will get will have more of the temperament of a poodle or the Bernese mountain dog. Some puppies in a litter might behave more like a Poodle while some will take more of the Bernese mountain dog. But whichever, the Bernedoodle is generally a happy and sweet dog to live with. Listed below are some of the traits that you may want to learn before finally deciding on a Bernedoodle dog breed:

  • Some Bernedoodle pup may show signs of stubbornness as inherited from a Bernese mountain dog. It will require patience and perseverance from you when it comes to training. But no worries since the stubbornness may soon fade as it grows and reaches the age of adolescence. The mini and the tiny Bernedoodles are known to be more stubborn and zippy than the standard.
  • The Poodle is one of the most intelligent breeds, and it is no surprise that the Bernedoodle has also inherited that intelligence.
  • If you are away for most times, I do not recommend the Bernedoodle dog breed for you. It tends to suffer from separation anxiety from its fur parent. This dog breed loves to be around people because of this; they have a very low tolerance for being alone. However, if you want this dog breed but you think you would not be there all the time, crate training is an option and should be done at a young age. By doing this, the dog will have a sense of security while you are away.
  • This dog breed can be a highly energetic buddy to live with. As much as possible, give the dog mental and physical stimulation or else, be ready for some distractions around the house.
  • Since it loves the company of people, expect sweetness and loyalty from a Bernedoodle dog breed.

4. Is Bernedoodle kid-friendly?

This dog breed is perfect for families with kids. This dog breed is very loving and is very fond of being around its owners. As a precautionary measure, it is always important to teach kids how to handle dogs, especially the miniature and the tiny Bernedoodle so as not to hurt their fragile bodies.

Dogs of any breed may hurt people once they feel threatened, this is why I highly recommend adult supervision when kids play around with Bernedoodle or any dog breed, for that matter. Otherwise, if properly socialized, this dog breed is an ideal dog for the entire family. It is loving and very affectionate towards its owners.

5. Size:

This dog breed is available in three sizes, namely: tiny or micro Bernadoodle, mini and standard-sized Bernadoodles.

  • The tiny or the micro Bernadoodle is about 12 to 17 inches in height and may weigh from 10 to 24 pounds.
  • The mini Bernadoodle stands 18 to up to 22 inches, and the weight range is from 25 to 49 pounds.
  • The standard Bernedoodle may grow from 23 to 29 inches and could weigh from 70 up to 90 pounds.

Since it is a mixed dog breed, the size of the dog will generally depend upon the size of the Poodle, which also comes in three sizes. So if a Bernese mountain dog is bred with a toy poodle, then naturally smaller pups are produced.

The female Bernedoodle is generally smaller in size.

6. Coat color:

You can never second-guess how the coat will look like (whether curly or not) and neither can you second-guess the coat color of a Bernedoodle. Some may have curly coats like the Poodle while some may inherit the wavy coat of a Bernese mountain dog. Regardless, the coat’s thickness protects them from heat as well as cold temperatures.

The coat color varies, too. Some may be purely white or black. They could also be dual-colored or tricolor.

Shedding is an issue that most fur parents look into. This is because shedding could lead to human ailments, such as asthma. For curly hair Bernadoodle, shedding is not an issue. However, if you get a Bernadoodle with straight hair, then you may encounter the issue of shedding as it grows older. Such is the beauty of this breed; you can select one which will suit your medical conditions. Reputable breeders can determine the type of coat ( curly or straight) in a few weeks after birth to help get the perfect match for you.

7. Grooming:

As mentioned earlier, curly Bernadoodle does not shed. But the coat requires everyday brushing to prevent matting. Clipping every eight to twelve weeks is generally recommended. You may even want to ‘style’ the coat so be very specific on how you want it to look like. Bring some sample photos and show to the groomer.

You should not have any problem bathing your Bernedoodle as it is recommended to be done at least once in every two weeks so as not to strip off the natural oil from their coat.

8. Exercise:

This is an active breed, so exercise should be part of your daily routine. Take it with you when you go outdoors. The dog will enjoy jogging/running with you in the morning. Or perhaps, go on a hiking adventure. And when it is time to rest, they will lovingly enjoy cuddle time with you.

The mini and the mini Bernadoodles are spunkier than the standard Bernadoodle. If you’ve got no time to take it out for a walk, provide toys to keep them busy.

9. Trainability:

Though this breed may show signs of stubbornness once training begins, be aware though that this behavior will gradually improve once it begins to mature. Thus, training is highly recommended as soon as you bring home your pup.

Initially, it may show resistance to training. Be patient and consistent soon, you will see good results. This dog breed is also used as a therapy dog.

The head-strong trait of this dog breed comes from the Bernese mountain dog. It is essential that you train and socialize your dog with kids and other dogs very early. Teach potty training and how to walk on-leash, among others. By doing so, you are inculcating good manners and avoid undesirable behaviors.

Be firm but loving. Be consistent with your commands and in no time at all, your Bernadoodle will learn how to obey you.

10. Nutrition Requirements:

Depending on the level of activities and the size of your Bernedoodle, it is advisable that you feed your dog with just the right amount of food, lest you risk the chance of your dog getting obese. Give high-quality dog food, either dry or canned food. You can also give your dog the following human food to make them more healthy:

  • White rice is a good alternative as it is easier for your dog to digest
  • Fresh fruits like banana and apple. Do not give avocado, grapes, and raisins
  • Fresh veggies like carrots and broccoli
  • Meats such as beef and pork

With proper nutrition, your Bernedoodle can live up to 12 to 15 years.

11. Common health issues:

This dog breed is generally healthy. The creators of this mixed dog breed claim that the very reason why the crossbreed is to produce healthier dogs. The F1 puppies (50% Poodle and 50% Bernese mountain dog) are not prone to any hereditary health issues.

However, it does not mean though that Bernedoodle won’t have any health problems. Some may encounter health problems such as:

  • Hip dysplasia- a malformation of the ball and socket joints in the hip area.
  • Elbow dysplasia- a condition where there is an abnormality in the elbow-joint area
  • Digestive diseases- medical conditions that affect the stomach and intestines which result in pain and inflammation
  • Eye problems– irritations and sometimes pain around the eye area
  • Skin disease– may be due to food or seasonal allergies

Conclusion:

The Bernedoodle is an ideal companion both for kids and the elderly. If they are taught good manners at a young age, they will be able to overcome their stubborn behavior. Socialization is also a must as lack of it can lead to potential problems.

This dog breed loves to be with people and with proper training as well as exercise, you should have a happy companion with your Bernedoodle dog. It is fun to be with and always ready to take part in whatever activities you enjoy!

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