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The Bernedoodle belongs to the so-called designer dogs or hybrid dogs. Breeders have thereby purposefully mated two purebred dogs to combine the positive characteristics of both breeds. In the Bernedoodle, the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle were paired together.
Well socialized and lovingly raised, Bernedoodles are personable and friendly dogs that thrive in families.
Desirable in the ideal Bernedoodle is a balanced mix of both breeds. But it can also happen that the four-legged friends almost look like poodles and there is hardly anything to recognize from the Bernese mountain dog – or vice versa.
The ideal crossbreed has a fuzzy, soft coat, a muscular shapely stature, and the typical Bernese-Sennen floppy ears. In addition, the coat of the hybrid dogs either has the typical tricolor of the Bernese Mountain Dog or the coat colors of the Poodles such as black, gray, brown or white stand out.
The size of the Bernedoodle also varies greatly and depends on what type of poodle the Bernese Mountain Dog was crossed with.
With a combination of Bernese Mountain Dog and Standard – or King Poodle, the Bernedoodle is about 58 to 70 cm tall when full grown.
When breeders mate the standard Bernese Mountain Dog with the Miniature Poodle, the adult Bernedoodle reaches a height of 45 to 55 cm.
A cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Toypoodle, the adult Bernedoodle is even smaller. Its shoulder height is then between 30 and 43 cm.
The life expectancy of the animals is 9 to 12 years.
The ideal cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle aims to combine the cleverness of the Poodle with the good nature of the Bernese Mountain Dog. However, not all Bernedoodles exhibit this ideal of character.
Some Bernedoodles tend to chase because of their distinct ,,poodle” character and are more lively than you would expect. When the Bernese Mountain Dog dominates in the crossbreed, the hybrid dog tends to be more calm, affectionate and extremely composed, as well as less playful than its congener the Poodle.
However, since both the Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog are true outdoorsmen and love to run around outside in the wind and weather, the Bernedoodle is also an active dog breed.
In addition, the Bernerdoodle is an excellent family dog, because he gets along well not only with people, but also with other animals. Especially with cats, the hybrid dog quickly makes friends.
Towards strangers, the dogs are usually a little more distant at the beginning.
The Bernedoodle is not a city dog. He needs a lot of outdoor time every day to be comfortable due to his active nature. If you live in the city, you should be able to offer your four-legged friend long daily trips to the countryside.
The gentle and active Bernerdoodle is also suitable for various trainings, for example as a rescue or therapy dog. He also enjoys mantrailing and other sniffing tasks.
Fast sports depend on the particular physique as well as character of your four-legged friend. If your hybrid dog is dominated by the Bernese Mountain Dog, then his joints need grounding training. If the poodle should dominate in the crossbreed, then your quadruped will love to learn new things and you can encourage and challenge him with various intelligence games or click training.
Just like other dog breeds, raising the Bernedoodle takes time and patience. As a rule, however, the Bernedoodle can be trained well even by beginners .
When feeding your four-legged friend, it is important that you feed him only high-quality food that provides him with all the essential nutrients and contains little sugar and grains, but is rich in protein.
Also, you should adjust the food ration to your dog’s weight class as well as to his energy consumption to avoid overweight.
Grooming the Bernedoodle is demanding, as the coat is long and wavy in many dogs. It’s best to get your pet used to grooming when he’s still a puppy. If the fur does not fall out on its own, then you will also need to shear or have the Bernedoodle sheared at regular intervals.
However, it is true that the more curls the Bernedoodle has, the less hair it sheds, which also makes it attractive to dog allergy sufferers.
If the Bernedoodle’s coat gets too long, it can become matted and unkempt Bernedoodles bring home a lot of dirt and quickly begin to smell unpleasant.
The floppy ears of the animals also require regular inspection. With some Bernedoodles you also have to pluck the hairs out of the ears, but it is recommended that you consult your vet again about this.
Since the Bernedoodle has not been around long, little is known about its health problems. Due to its size and weight, the Standard Bernedoodle may experience joint problems. Also, the dog breed seems to have problems with the eyes more often. Cancer also occurs from time to time.
It is believed that the Bernedoodle was first intentionally bred in Canada in 2003. The breeding was aimed at creating a new companion dog with a special appearance , which would also perform well at dog shows.
The three different sizes (mini, small and medium) were deliberately bred. In this context, the medium-sized Bernedoodle is considered the standard.
The Bernedoodle is also one of many “doodles”. Besides the Bernedoodle, the most popular mixes are the Labardoodle, the Goldendoodle and the Cockapoo.
Well socialized and lovingly raised, Bernedoodles are personable and friendly dogs that thrive in families. If you are looking for a loving companion, who will go through everyday life with you and you are not afraid of grooming, then you have found the perfect companion in the Bernedoodle.