Are you looking for a fun, loving, companion who is smart and loyal? Then you would be interested in our four-legged friend named the Bernedoodle. These dogs, also known as the Bernese Mountain Poo, is a combination of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. Though it is not known when or why people began breeding these hybrids, what is known is that they were automatically loved by dog lovers everywhere.
Bernedoodles can be bred to produce various sizes of the breed. The primary breeding process includes all sizes of Poodles, as well as all sizes of Bernese. Sherry Rupke claims to be one of the first breeders of the Bernedoodle. Her kennel, SwissRidge Kennels, bred the first litter in 2003 of two Bernadodles. Rupke later added the Australian Labradoodle to her breed line. When looking at the appearance of the Bernedoodles, there are two main categories the hybrid breed falls under:
- F1b puppies- the first generation cross of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. F1b puppies are likely to be light shedders and suitable pets for people suffering from allergies to dogs.
- F2 puppies-are the second generation of the F1 Bernedoodles crossed with another F1 Bernedoodle (It is important to note that F1 puppies have more attractive coats than F2 puppies; therefore,
F1 Bernedoodles are more expensive and sought after)
The coats of a Bernedoodle can be solid or can have 2 to 3 different colors. These colors can include black, white, brown, and a mixture of all three colors. The most popular coloration of the Bernedoodle resembles the Bernese Mountain Dog. This breed can have a curly coat that has the texture of a poodle, or it can follow the Bernese’s genetic makeup. The weight of a Bernedoodle falls between 10 to 90 pounds depending on which parent the puppy takes after the most and their height ranges between 12 to 29 inches. These dogs have a solid build and have a well-formed body structure that reflects agility and strength.
The Bernedoodle exhibits a laid-back personality, with a loving and loyal nature. They can be affectionate dogs, who tend to form strong bonds with their families and are usually suitable for
children. This breed is happiest with they are doted on and receive consistent affection from their owners as well as appropriate one on one time with their master. Bernedodles are often described as being gentle, active, smart, loyal and loving in homes that are frequently spending quality time with their pets.
The lifespan of a Bernedoodle range anywhere from 12 to 15 years. A well-balanced diet will play a huge role in your dog’s health. When choosing a dog food formula for your Bernedoodle, make sure it has the right amount of vitamins and nutrients for your dog’s size. Smaller dogs have different nutritional requirements than larger breeds. Many pet owners make the mistake of feeding small dogs a large dog’s formula or vice versa. This mistake can create health problems for your dog later in life. Overall, a Bernedoodle is a healthy dog breed. Though they are not pure-bred dogs, they have a larger gene pool typically making them more robust than pure-breeds. However, this does not exclude them from certain health conditions that could arise on an individual basis.
Some common health problems that may arise in the Bernedoodle:
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye problems
- Skin issues
- Elbow dysplasia
(It is also important to note that the F1b Bernedoodle has a higher risk of developing digestive or immune system disease because of the higher quantity of Poodle genes.) The Bernese parent can pass down problems with bones as well. Grooming a Bernedoodle is not complicated. Since Bernedoodle’s have hair and not fur, shedding is almost non-existent. However, they will need brushing regularly to prevent their hair from matting. Trimming a Bernedoodle every so often weeks will ensure their coats stay in good condition. Trips to a professional groomer should be scheduled at least every couple of months to keep their coats looking beautiful and healthy.
Caring for the Bernedoodle will also require an appropriate amount of daily exercise. Though they are a moderately active hybrid breed, Bernedoodles enjoy brisk walks, hiking, jogging with their owners, and any activity that promotes movement and interaction with their owners. These dogs do not need intense exercise, which makes them good dogs for seniors. To keep a Bernedoodle fit, one merely must spend time outdoors moving with them creating a positive outcome for both the dog and the owner.
It is essential to train your Bernedoodle to ensure they exhibit their best behavior. All dogs need guidance and Bernedoodles are no exception to the rule. A well-trained dog is a well-behaved dog.
Training this breed should begin at an early age since puppies are often stubborn and resist training early on, but this typically passes quickly. Socialization and exercise will help your Bernedoodle settle into home life at a much quicker and relaxed pace. This breed can be easy to train if the owner does their homework and finds engaging activities for their Bernedoodle. Training can be fun for the owner and the dog if the right events are planned and carried out.
Here are a few fun training activities that will benefit your Bernedoodle:
- Long walks
- Obstacle courses
No matter what activity or course of training you plan for your Bernedoodle, you can rest assured they will love every minute of it and the time they get to spend with you. Not only that, but Bernedoodles can make a great emotional support animal.
If you would like to see if you qualify for an emotional support animal letter for your pet, give EZCare Clinic a call at (415) 966-0848, 7 days a week, anytime between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm PST. You can also visit us online to schedule an appointment in-person or via telehealth with one of our licensed physicians.
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