If you’ve ever fallen in love with a high-spirited poodle or a seriously loving Bernese mountain dog, we have a dog you need to meet: the Bernedoodle. Yep, we’re talking about another “doodle dog” that looks a bit like a giant teddy bear. Sometimes known as the Bernese mountain poo (apt for those of you who enjoy potty humor), like many of the doodles out there, the breed isn’t officially recognized by the AKC but it is officially recognized in our hearts.
Whether you already know and love a Bernedoodle, are considering the next best fit for your family, or are just browsing because they’re a seriously cute pet, here are a few things worth knowing about this fabulous dog.
That might mean a 50/50 split between a poodle and a Bernese mountain dog. But you also find Bernedoodle puppies who have a Bernedoodle parent and a poodle parent, or a Bernedoodle parent and a Bernese mountain dog parent, or even two Bernedoodle parents. Knowing your pet’s heritage can help you be more informed about their possible health issues, as well as traits that might be important to you, like how much they shed.
Talk about a dog for any kind of family. Although Bernese mountain dogs don’t tend to get smaller than 70 lbs, that’s not true for the Bernedoodle. Thanks to the poodle breed’s varying stature, Bernedoodles range from 10 lbs all the way up to 90 lbs. So yes, this level of cute can be a sweet lap dog or a full-sized adventure buddy.
Love a dog, but dread the shed? Thanks again to their poodle-influenced coat, the Bernedoodle offers the best of both worlds. When you love a good poofy pet, but can’t stand the shedding, this breed is a good in-between. And again, thanks to this coat, some would consider this to be a pet that falls under the ‘hypoallergenic’ umbrella, although hypoallergenic dogs don’t necessarily mean you’ll be sneeze-free if you have allergies, so make sure you do your research ahead of time.
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Although poodles can sometimes be particularly energetic, thanks to the Bernese mountain dog’s influence, Bernedoodles tend to be easygoing pets and are happy to have a chill day at home. While every dog needs some level of exercise, you won’t be run ragged trying to satisfy this pup’s energy appetite.
And yes, they will pose for a million landscape photos. Who doesn’t love a cute dog in a beautiful spot? Instagram will thank you.
While it’s hard to tell just by meeting the pup the first time, you might find that Bernedoodle pets can be a little stubborn when it comes to training. Don’t worry too much, though — with dedication on your part, their natural smarts (thanks, poodle breed!) will make them highly trainable. We’ve also got some great dog training tips if you need them.
That’s great when it comes to finding a forever friend, but their Velcro-like bonding from their Bernese mountain dog background also means they can be prone to separation anxiety. Crate training early might be a good option for helping them feel safe and secure when you’re at work. You’ll also want to line up a trusted pet sitter for those days when you’re away.
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Purebred dogs often have inherent health issues that owners must be ready for and aware of. The poodle, for example, is prone to blindness and epilepsy, while the Bernese mountain dog can sometimes get mast cell tumors. Although they still can have problems like hip and elbow dysplasia, Bernedoodles tend to get the benefit of a more diverse genetic makeup, and often suffer fewer health woes.
You never really know what a litter of pups will look like, and Bernedoodles can be white, brown, black, or some mixture of the colors. Sometimes you’ll get all three colors in a pattern that takes after the Bernese mountain dog, but it’s rare, and even rarer is a black coat with a marbled grey and white back. Good news: any Bernedoodle owner will tell you their pet’s personality far outshines their coat, anyway.
Really though, who can resist that face? Hopefully you, sometimes, or you’ll need to buy stock in dog treats.
Or, ahem, snow. This is a hearty dog is willing to go where you want to go (within reason, of course) so no need to leave them behind on your weekend getaways.
Big dogs? Little dogs? They’re all potential new friends.