Clever, goofy, gentle, and loyal. Bernedoodle fans boast that this mixed breed has the best of both worlds from its Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle parents.
The cross between a female Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle results in the fluffy, teddy bear-like Bernedoodle – a gentle, goofy, and friendly crossbreed. Bernedoodles are attractive dogs because they are more hypoallergenic than most dog breeds due to their Poodle parent contribution. Also, they are bred to be companion dogs, rather than show dogs, turning out to be loving family pets.
They are considered intelligent and responsive, very fond of people and children, and also friendly towards other pets. They can be stubborn as puppies, but this characteristic tends to fade with age. Because they are a hybrid dog, they are healthier than their parents. They enjoy both playtime and cuddling with their owners.
This new breed was deliberately created to be a good companion dog, in detriment of good performance in shows or appearance. Nonetheless, the result was a good-looking dog, regardless of the characteristics it inherits from either parents, as the Bernedoodle may differ in physical appearance. In fact, puppies from the same litter may have different sizes and coats, depending on the genetic contribution passed on be each parent.
Bernedoodles are squarely built, with oval eyes, dark, and set far apart. They have ears hanging close to their head, long, triangular muzzle, and a bushy tail that is carried high. They also have thick, cushioned pads. If the Bernese genetics is more dominant, the Bernedoodle will look more sturdy and square, and its figure longer than taller.
The standard size, which results from the crossing of a Standard Poodle with a Bernese Mountain Dog is 58 to 74 cm (23-29 inches) tall and weighs between 32 and 41 kg (70-90 pounds)
Character & Temperament
Bernedoodles are excellent companion dogs. They were bred to be so and the dog lives up to their purpose, being affectionate, calm, and gentle to people and animals alike. They are a good choice for a family pet, as they are people-oriented, they love to spend time with the family, engaging in all activities and games, but they will also calmly cuddle in the sofa, taking great pleasure of time spent close to humans.
They are very intelligent, gentle, and loyal, which also makes them great therapy, service, and assistance dogs. It is not always straightforward to predict how a puppy will turn out, but they will certainly always be friendly, playful, and loving. It is the placid and loyal nature of their Bernese parent, along with the happy-go-lucky and goofy
temperament of the Poodle that contribute to the charming Bernedoodle. They are curious and somewhat stubborn at an early age, though they usually outgrow this characteristic when trained and socialised. They may be aware of strangers, which makes them good watchdogs.
They prefer the cold weather and they can be extremely active and playful, so they are well-suited for owners who spend time outdoors, hike, and have an overall active lifestyle. They are good swimmers, just like the Poodle, they enjoy running, fetching the ball, and any other stimulating game. Bernedoodles crave human attention and although they are generally very adaptable, they may suffer from separation anxiety, so they are not ideal pets for owners who spend long periods of time away from home.
Bernedoodles are active and enthusiastic with moderate exercise needs. A long daily walk is usually enough to tire and make Bernepoos happy. They will, however, happily hike with their owner, join him on a run, or any other physical activity, as they love to be close to their family and have a playful, energetic nature.
They are very adaptable to different lifestyles, so they will also thrive in less active households, provided they have their daily walk. Along with playtime, Bernepoos love to cuddle close to humans and are great company.
One of the desirable traits of Bernedoodles is that they shed very little. Also, they are more hypoallergenic than other dogs, which makes them the perfect pet candidate for people with allergies. Although they do not shed much, they require to be groomed and brushed once or twice a week to prevent their coat from matting.
Brushing also provides the owner and dog the opportunity to strengthen the human-animal bond. Usually, the curlier the hair, the more difficult it is to groom. Every few months their coat should also be trimmed. Baths should only be given when necessary. Clipping its nails and keeping the eyes and ears clean are also part of the Bernedoodle’s grooming routine.
If you are looking for a smart and loyal dog that will be your companion for life, look no further than the Bernedoodle. Also known as the Bernese Mountain Poo, this breed is a combination of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. These hybrid fluffy pooches combine the best of both worlds: the intelligence and low shedding coat of the Poodle combined with the laid-back, yet incredibly loyal nature of the Bernese. For anyone who has owned either of those breeds, you’ll know that means that the Bernedoodle is one special pup!
The goal with crossbreeding these two popular dogs was to create a perfect companion for families of all shapes and sizes. That’s why the breeders didn’t stop at first generation mixes, but continue to select and perfect Bernedoodles in different sizes and with slightly different traits. Berndoodles can vary widely depending on the breeder. They can range from 10 to 50 pounds in size and can have quite different personalities from wildly energetic to more a more stoic and calm demeanor. There really is a Bernedoodle for every person and it’s hard not to fall in love once these special dogs enter your life.