Bernedoodle

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10-90 lbs
12-29"
United States
Bernese Mountain Poo, Bernesepoo, Bernesedoodle, Bernepoo

The Bernedoodle hybrid was developed by breeding Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles.  The Bernese Mountain Dog originated in Switzerland while the Poodle originated in Germany and France.  The Bernedoodle comes in three sizes as the Poodle parent can be a toy version, miniature version or standard version.  They can range in size from 12 to 17 inches tall (Toy Bernedoodle) to 18 to 22 inches tall (Mini Bernedoodle) to 23 to 29 inches tall (Standard Bernedoodle) and their weights will vary from 10 pounds to 90 pounds depending on which size Bernedoodle you have.  Though the toy and mini versions of the Bernedoodle can be more energetic and stubborn, for the most part, the temperament of the Bernedoodle is playful and affectionate.  They interact well with children and generally love to spend lots of time with their human families.  Because they need to be in close proximity with their human families, you will find that they don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time.  They can be wary around strangers so it is important to socialize them as early in life as possible. They can have long wavy coats, curly coats or straight coats.  The wavy and curly coats tend to shed only minimally but the long straight coats will tend to shed more than the other coats.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2003
Ancestry
Bernese Mountain Dog, Poodle

Bernedoodle Health

Average Size
Height: 12-29 inches Weight: 10-90 lbs
Height: 12-29 inches Weight: 10-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Hyperadrenocorticism
  • Hypoadrenocorticism
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Blood
  • Skin Scraping

Bernedoodle Breed History

Your Bernedoodle hybrid was created by the combining of two amazing purebreds: the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle.  Because the Poodle comes in three sizes, so also the Bernedoodle hybrid can be found in three sizes: toy Bernedoodle (12 to 17 inches tall, weighing 10 to 24 pounds), mini Bernedoodle (18 to 22 inches tall, weighing 25 to 49 pounds) and standard Bernedoodle (23 to 29 inches tall, weighing 70 to 90  pounds)...so you can have all of the affection and love wrapped up in this amazing hybrid in whatever size fits your fancy! While the initial breeding of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle most likely occurred long ago, it is claimed that the first intentional breeding of two Bernedoodles occurred in about 2003 in Canada when Sherry Rupke bred her first litter of Bernedoodles in Ontario.  She continues to work to develop this hybrid today. The Bernese Mountain Dog breed was developed in the farmlands of Switzerland, in a canton called Bern, from which is gets its name.  The breed was developed as a working type of canine for the purpose of pulling carts, herding cattle, watchdog and companion.  This large, sturdy breed is a loving and loyal companion who is friendly and calm and quite well suited to the tasks for which it was developed as well as for obedience and tracking activities.  The Poodle breed was developed in Germany and France as early as the 1400’s and actually was employed as a retriever of waterfowl for hunters!  I know that may be hard to believe when you look at the breed today, all primped and groomed for show, but their breed name actually emanated from the German word “pudel” or “pudelin” meaning to splash and from the French term “chian canard” meaning duck dog. Today’s design of the Poodle coat was even developed long ago for practical purposes like protecting vital organs and reducing the chances of the fur snagging on underwater debris while they pursued their prey.  The Bernedoodle, though not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) because it is technically a hybrid of two pure breeds instead of a new breed, is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed Registry.

Bernedoodle Breed Appearance

The Bernedoodle hybrid’s appearance will ultimately be dependent upon which breed parent’s genes are dominant.  If the Poodle is dominant in the gene pool, and depending on the size of the Poodle parent utilized, your Bernedoodle’s height could range from 10 inches tall to 21 inches tall with a weight range of 4 pounds to 50 pounds. The build, from the Poodle standpoint, should be square, eyes will be oval, dark and set far enough apart to create an intelligent facial expression.  The ears will hang close to the head, at or just below eye level with long, wide and thick ear leather, the skull will be moderately round with a slight but definite stop with flat cheek bones and muscles, long straight muzzle without lippiness and a scissor bite.  The coat can be curly, of naturally harsh texture and dense throughout, or corded, hanging in tight even cords of varying lengths, with a variety of colors (white, brown, black, blue, grey, silver, fawn, apricot, cream and cafe-au-laits.  The feet are small and oval with well-arched toes and well-cushioned thick pads. The tail could be varying in length but is carried high.  If the Bernese Mountain Dog is dominant in your Bernedoodle’s gene pool, the height could range from 23 to 27 inches tall, with a weight range of 90 to 120 pounds, with a body structure that is full with sturdy bone structure and somewhat square appearing, with the body being slightly longer than the canine is tall.  Your Bernese-dominate Bernedoodle will have an intelligent expression with eyes that are dark brown and slightly oval, triangular-shaped ears, gently rounded at the tip, that are set high and lie close to the head when in repose.  The skull could be flat on top and broad with a well-defined but not exaggerated stop, strong and straight muzzle with a black nose, clean lips and scissor bite. The coat is tricolor with black as the base and markings in rich rust and clear white.  The tail is bushy and is carried upward and may have a slight swirl but may not curl over the back.  His feet are compact with strong legs to carry him at his natural slow trot gait.

Bernedoodle Breed Maintenance

The Bernedoodle will require moderate maintenance.  Because the Bernese parent contributes constant and seasonal shedding of all of the coat types, brushing your Bernedoodle once or twice a week is recommended.  Bathing is recommended only when it is necessary.  Your Bernedoodle has a shedding rate of minimal for the curly and wavy coated canines but for the straight coated version, which is less common, the shedding rate is a little higher -- low to moderate -- especially during the natural shedding seasons.  Routine teeth cleaning, eye examinations and ear cleaning should be built into your canine’s living regimen to avoid unnecessary infections in the ears and mouth.

Bernedoodle Temperament

Ultimately, the temperament of your Bernedoodle will depend upon the genes passed along from the dominant breed parent.  Having said that, the Bernedoodle hybrid are, generally speaking, playful and affectionate.  They are known to do quite well with children and other animals.  Among their favorite activities involves anything that keeps them around their human family. They are also known to be a bit on the wary side when around strangers.  Early socialization will help to assuage this tendency, however.  It is important to note, at this point, that Bernedoodles require a great deal of human interaction, so it is not a good idea to leave them alone for long periods of time. This is a trait contributed from the Bernese Mountain Dog side of the equation.  It is also important to note that the toy and mini versions of the Bernedoodle are more energetic and stubborn than the standard version.  These traits may become important during training situations. Your Bernedoodle, though it can be headstrong, is easy to train as this hybrid gets high rank for intelligence from both the Poodle parent as well as the Bernese parent.

Bernedoodle Activity Requirements

The Bernedoodle is a moderately active hybrid.  He will absolutely love it when you take him out for his daily walks.  He likes to play fetch with toys as much as he loves spending time with you.  His breeding provides him with the coat to keep him warm in colder temperatures but he can tolerate some warmer temperatures as well.  He will be happier living in a house with a fenced in yard as he does have a moderate tendency to wander and hunt.  He can live in rural or urban areas alike as long as there are ample opportunity and space to exercise him on a daily basis.  He needs a great deal of human interaction, so leaving him outside in the backyard all of the time won’t make him a happy puppy for sure.  His natural gait is a slow trot, so almost anyone should be able to walk him on a daily basis.

Bernedoodle Owner Experiences