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Bernedoodles

A Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. As individual breeds, the Bernese and the Poodles have very little in common, but when the two are combined, something very special happens!

The Bernedoodle:

The cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a Poodle results in the fluffy, teddy bear like Bernedoodle-that gentle, goofy, and friendly crossbreed that we absolutely adore! They are excellent companion dogs, affectionate, calm, intelligent and responsive, very fond of people, and generally get along great with other pets. They are especially fond of children and develop a strong bond with their human siblings. They can be somewhat stubborn as pups, but usually outgrow this with proper training and socialization. They love to be active outdoors (think hiking, swimming, running, etc.), but they also love being your snuggle buddy on the couch. We are very proactive in socializing our pups and they are cuddled and loved on from day one. We also follow many of the “puppy culture” protocols and they are exposed to lots of new and different environments, which helps to develop a calm and confident demeanor. Our Bernedoodles really are the perfect family pet!

A Bernedoodle’s high level of intelligence makes them very easy to train. It also means they can learn behaviors (good or bad) very quickly, so it’s important to keep up with their training, even past their puppy days! Training your Bernedoodle puppy will require a commitment and lots of positive reinforcement, but they learn quickly and it’s so rewarding to see the results! Be sure to check out our training page for some helpful suggestions!

Bernedoodles may have curly, wavy, or straight coats. They are more hypoallergenic than most dog breeds due to the Poodle parent contribution. Generally the curlier coats are more hypoallergenic and tend to shed less, but that doesn’t always hold true and the straighter coats will often have very minimal shedding as well. Since their coats have very little or no shedding, they require a lot of grooming to keep them from matting. You’ll want to schedule a professional grooming every 4-8 weeks, and brush them (using a strong metal brush) 2-3 times a week in between grooming appointments.

Bernedoodle Sizes:

Bernedoodles come in many different sizes. Currently we are only breeding the standard size and our puppies grow to over 50 lbs. Males tend to grow larger than females, with the females typically maturing at 50-70 lbs and the males growing to 65-85 lbs. We expect to have mediums and minis as well by mid to late 2021. Medium size will be 45-65 lbs, and minis will be expected to grow to 35 to 50 lbs.

Bernedoodle Generations:

F1 Bernedoodles: An f1 Bernedoodle is a first generation cross between a Bernese Mountain and a Poodle. They typically have a wavy coat and very minimal shedding.

F1b Bernedoodles: An f1b is the offspring of an f1 Bernedoodle bred back to a Poodle. They are 75 percent Poodle and 25 percent Bernese Mountain and are a great choice for families with allergies, as they tend to have curlier coats in general and are more consistently hypoallergenic.

F2b Bernedoodles: An f2b Bernedoodle (also known as the Teddy Bear Bernedoodle) is a cross between an f1 Bernedoodle and an f1b Bernedoodle. They have just a bit more of the Poodle than the Bernese and are also a great choice for families with mild to moderate allergies.

Bernedoodle Colors:

Bernedoodles come in many colors as well. We breed primarily for the tri-color and sable in our f1 standard litters. We also breed primarily for the tri-color in our f1b litters, but we occasionally have sables and bi-colors as well. We expect to have tri-color and merle in our mini/medium litters.
Why do we cross the Bernese Mountain with the Poodle?

As I mentioned, I’ve always been a huge fan of the Bernese! They’re so beautiful and gentle and loyal, and really just amazing dogs. However, they do have several issues which can be greatly improved by crossing them with the Poodle:

Lifespan:

The Bernese have a short lifespan in comparison to many breeds, as they’re prone to certain types of hereditary cancers which are greatly decreased when crossed with the Poodle. The average lifespan of a purebred Bernese Mountain dog is 8 years. The average lifespan of the Bernedoodle is 12-15 years.

Hypoallergenic:

Many families have one or more members who are allergic to the dander in a dog’s coat. A purebred Bernese Mountain dog is not hypoallergenic and will trigger allergies in someone with a sensitivity to dog dander. The Poodle is a hypoallergenic breed and typically does not trigger allergies. Most people with mild to moderate allergies will not have issues with an f1 Bernedoodle. However, an f1b is a safer choice for a family with moderate to severe allergies to dander.

Minimal shedding:

A purebred Bernese will shed heavily!! There’s just no question about it. When crossed with a Poodle the shedding is greatly decreased. Some Bernedoodles shed lightly but usually not anywhere close to the amount of shedding from the Bernese. Some hardly shed at all. Again, if shedding is an issue and you want as little as possible, an f1b may be a better choice.

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