What in the world is a Bernedoodle???

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Bernedoodle 

If you are looking for a fluffy dog that will be your companion for life, look no further than the Bernedoodle. This breed is a combination of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. While the name may sound a little funny, these dogs make wonderful pets and they are especially great with children. Bernedoodles are known for their intelligence, affection, sociability, and goofy cheerful attitudes. They are cute, loyal, friendly, even-tempered, gentle, and kind. This combination of traits makes them ideal candidates for service, therapy, or assistance dogs as well as wonderful family companions. The F1 Bernedoodle has a wavy/curly coat. The F1’s have minimal shedding and are great for those with mild allergies. The F1B Bernedoodle’s which are 75% poodle will have a mix of soft wavy fleece coats to more dense curly coats within the litter. The F1B’s will be the most non-shedding and hypo-allergenic.

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Bernese Mountain Dog  

Bernese Mountain Dogs are a true family companion. The Berner was raised in the Swiss Alps as a farm dog to accompany the alpine herders and dairymen. They were used to herd cattle, pull carts, and be a watchdog and loyal companion. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, sturdy worker who can stand over 27 inches at the shoulder. The thick, silky, and moderately long coat is tricolored: jet black, clear white, and rust. The distinctive markings on the coat and face are breed hallmarks and, combined with the intelligent gleam in the dark eyes, add to the Berner’s aura of majestic nobility. A hardy dog who thrives in cold weather, the Berner’s brain and brawn helped him multitask on the farms and pastures of Switzerland.

Berners get along with the entire family and are particularly gentle with children, but they will often become more attached to one lucky human. Berners are imposing but not threatening, and they maintain an aloof dignity with strangers.

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Standard Poodle 

Poodles are regarded as one of the most intelligent breeds in the world. They’re highly trainable and well suited for just about any task you put them to — and you will want to give them tasks to do. Poodles have a playful but dignified personality and keen intelligence. The poodle is no snob, they are people-friendly dogs who want to stay close to their families and are always up for a good game. The poodle’s personality is intelligent, loving, loyal and mischievous. Poodles have a goofy streak and love to play, but they are also eager to please.

Training

When they are still young, some Bernedoodles can be a little bit headstrong. For this reason, it is important that you start your Bernedoodle puppy with socialization and training early. This headstrong quality comes from the Bernese Mountain Dog line so crosses with less of this breed may not have this problem.

Weight

Bernedoodles are a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. Because the Poodle comes in three different sizes, so does the Bernedoodle. A toy Bernedoodle stands 12 to 17 inches tall and weighs 10 to 24 lbs. A mini Bernedoodle stands 18 to 22 inches tall and weighs 25 to 49 lbs. A standard Bernedoodle stands 23 to 29 inches tall and weighs 70 to 90 lbs. ( We only raise standard Bernedoodles at this time.)

Temperament/Behavior

Because the Bernedoodle is a combination of two different breeds, the puppies will have a combination of personality traits from each parent breed depending on the amount of each breed involved in the cross. For the most part, however, Bernedoodles are playful and affectionate – they do well with children and they love to spend time with their families. From the Bernese Mountain Dog side, Bernedoodles can be a little wary around strangers so early socialization is important. One thing to be wary of with this breed is that they need a lot of human interaction – they shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of a Bernedoodle is between 12 and 15 years.

AKC

The Bernedoodle is not recognized by the AKC because it is technically a hybrid of two pure breeds rather than a new breed. This breed is, however, recognized by the Continental Kennel Club, American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs KennelClub, the International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.

Coat

Bernedoodles come in any combination of white, black, and brown. Many Bernedoodles are all-black or some combination of black-and-white or black-and-brown. It is also possible for Bernedoodles to be tricolor – black, white and brown. Just as Bernedoodles come in different colors according to breeding, they also have different types of coats. Most Bernedoodles have long, wavy coats that shed minimally. Curly coats are also very common and these shed very little, like the Poodle’s coat, and they are great for allergy sufferers.