The bernedoodle breed is the combination of two amazing purebreds Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. So they inherit the clever goofiness of the poodle and kind, a friendly and loyal behavior of the Bernese Mountain Dog. Bernedoodles are also called Bernese Mountain Poo, Bernesepoo, Bernesedoodle, Bernepoo. These two breeds originated from the same part of the world, the Berner from Switzerland, and the Poodle native to France and Germany. Due to its buttoned eyes and nose, fluffy and silky coat the Bernedoodle is known as Teddy Bear Dog
Bernedoodles are known as the best companion dog. They are very playful and interact well with children and spend time with human families. As the Poodle can be seen in three different sizes, the Bernedoodle breed is also of three different sizes. Toy Bernedoodle ( 12 to 18 inches tall, weighing 10 to 24 pounds ), Mini Bernedoodle (18 to 22 inches tall, weighing 25 to 49 pounds ) and Standard Bernedoodle ( 23 to 30 inches tall, weighing 70 to 90 pounds ). Their lifespan is about 12 to 18 years. Their coat can be curly, wavy or straight. Bernedoodle was first bred by a lady named Sherry Rupke of SwissRidge Kennels in 2003 in Ontario, Canada.
Parents Bernese Mountain Dog is a tri-colored, big sized working dog from the farmlands of Switzerland. Bernese mountain dog is the only dog with long hair in four types of Swiss Mountain dogs. It is also known as Burner, Berner sennenhund or Bernese cattle dog. It is a working dog used to pull carts, drive cattle and protect the family members. Berner is well-known as one of the best dog having a very good temperament. Berners are affectionate, loyal and intelligent. Their lifespan is comparatively short. There are some health issues in the Berners, that’s why there veterinary can be costly. The main problem of this breed is shedding. The American Kennel Club recognized the Berner in 1937.
The Poodle is also known as Pudelhund and Caniche. The poodle is a companion dog, weighing from 45 to 70 pounds and height from 1 foot 10 inches at the shoulders. The lifespan of the Poodle is 11 to 15 years. Poodles are known as extensively groomed show dogs. It is the most intelligent and can be trained easily. One can teach Poodle good manners. It is also of three different sizes, Toy, Mini and Standard. It is one of the oldest breeds originated in Germany. The poodle is known for his intelligence and loyalty. There are some diseases found in Poodles, so you should be careful about their health. They should be given food as the schedule recommended by your veterinarian.
Let’s have a look at the Pros. And Cons. of Bernedoodles PROS
Bernedoodles are everyone’s choice these days.
Excellent Family Dog.
Bernedoodle dogs behave good with other pets.
Very good pet for new owners.
Very good swimmer.
They do not need big houses to live as they can live happily in the small apartments.
Fewer health concerns.
Easily trainable dog breed.
In high demand, so a bit expensive.
If not given time can misbehave.
Moderate Grooming required for the curly coat.
Trainability may be difficult.
Require daily outdoor exercise.
Taking care of Bernedoodle Tiny and Mini Bernedoodles are best for the apartment, and standard bernedoodles need to go outside for a walk or need a wide yard to run around. As they are very intelligent, they learn good habits very easily, so they can learn bad habits if you don’t give time or don’t take care of them. Their behavior can be handled by early socialization, by meeting with new peoples and pets. Try to make Bernedoodle a good social companion and give enough time. If you are a busy person and you don’t have enough time for pets, then Bernedoodles is not a good choice for you. Spending good time with them, give bernedoodles a chance to adapt to the different lifestyles.
Bernedoodle Diet As the Bernedoodle comes in three different sizes, so you should choose a formula according to the size. The Toy and Mini Bernedodles must be fed as small-breed dogs, and Standard Bernedoodle should be offered food as large-breed dogs. You should be very very careful about the bernedoodles diet because they will eat whatever you put in front of them. Keep an eye on them so that they should not consume any unhealthy food. Ask your veterinarian about their daily diet and also search on the internet about what they like to eat. The good option for them is yogurt, boiled potatoes or pumpkin. Animal meat-containing diet is likely healthier for Bernedoodles. Serving your dog with cottage cheese, tofu, boiled chicken or liver is also a good option. According to some people, high protein is not good for their coat. So, be careful while giving them high protein foods. Read complete article about Bernedoodle Diet Types/Sizes of BernedoodleThere are three different types of this breed have been found yet. Smaller the dog, the longer it lives. Some information about their types is described below; Standard Bernedoodle is the cross of Bernese Mountain Dog and standard Poodle. The estimated lifespan of a Standard Bernedoodle is 12 – 15 years. Their full-grown height is 23-29 inches at the shoulders. Adult weight is about 50-90 lbs (22-40 kg) Mini Bernedoodle is the combination of Bernese Mountain Dog and the Mini Poodle. Mini bernedoodle‘s estimated lifespan is up to 17 years. Their full-grown height is about (45-55) cm at the shoulders. Adult weight is about 25 to 49 lbs (11-22 kg)
Appearance of Bernedoodle Bernedoodle coat type can be curly, wavy or straight. Their color can be white, black and brown or their combination. The coat can be pure black, black and white or black and brown. Bernedoodle’s coat can be tri-colored. Their thick coat protects them from cold in winter and from sunlight in hot weather. Their coat must be brushed regularly to avoid it from dust and other and to look more beautiful. The coat must be trimmed after every few months.
Color Mostly Bernedoodles are Black, Brown, black and white, black and brown or tri-colored black, white and brown. Behavior / TemperamentBernedoodle is known as the best family dog. As, they are the cross combination of two different breeds, so their temperament of the puppies will be a combination of personality traits from each parent breed depending on the amount of each breed involved in the cross. Bernedoodles are playful, affectionate and responsive. They are very good with the children and behave very good with the family members. Bernedoodles will sit next to the owner while he is watching TV, cooking or sleeping. They can run and swim very well. As they are very social, they don’t do well when left alone for a long period. They can be a little wary of strangers so that’s why early socialization is important So one should not leave his Bernedoodle alone for a long time. This breed can be trained easily as compared to others as they are known as intelligent dogs.
Bernedoodle Health People don’t know about his breed’s common diseases, as this is a new breed. This breed is a comparatively healthy breed. Like other dog breeds, they also may have serious diseases, but no case has been found of cancer or any other serious or fatal disease in bernedoodles like Bernese Mountain Dog or Poodle. However, some diseases like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye problems, and skin issues such as allergies and hot spots can be found in this breed. This breed has some exercise needs that are met with at least one daily walk. The toy and mini Bernedoodles tend to be more active than the Standard Bernedoodle. According to the Bernedoodle’s breeders, Australian Bernedoodles and F1 generation bernedoodles are more likely to have better health record. Digestive diseases and immune system diseases can suffer Tiny Bernedoodles. Read more about Bernedoodle’s health issues and their treatment Different Generations F1: The generation cross in which the Bernedoodle puppy is 50% Bernese Mountain dog, and 50% Poodle is called F1. According to the breeders and experts, these puppies are more likely to be healthier than other generations. F1B: The combination of 25% of the Bernese Mountain dog and 75% of Poodle is the F1b generation. A bernedoodle is bred with a poodle in this generation type. As the contribution of Bernese in his type is more (75%) than Poodle (25%), F1b type pups have more Bernese traits. This type can be more allergy-friendly and non-shedding. F2: When F1 Bernedoodle is crossed with another F1 Bernedoodle, the F2 type pups are bred by this type. F2 puppies may have the coat which is not soft like the normal Bernedodles that we love.
The Borderdoodle Breed
Where does the Borderdoodle come from? A hybrid dog can inherit traits from both parent breeds but just how much and what is really mostly up to mother nature. The Borderdoodle is a recent hybrid and so does not have a detailed history though it is believed her origins are in America in the last two decades. To better understand where a Borderdoodle comes from you can look at her parents the Poodle and the Border Collie.
The Poodle The Poodle is a very old breed coming from Germany bred to hunt waterfowl. It was in France though that it developed its more distinct look and where the sizes came in to play as noble ladies wanted little dogs to carry around as companions. This brought about the breeding of toy poodles, the other sizes being miniature poodles and standard poodles. Now it is known to be an incredibly intelligent breed, with a great sense of loyalty and desire to please which also makes it very easy and quick to train. The Poodle can also be quite mischievous and makes a great family pet, excellent with children, loving and affectionate.
The Border Collie The Border Collie originates from Britain in a county in England that bordered Scotland and was used as a herding dog for sheep. His name comes from the border where he originated and the word collie is Scottish dialect for sheepdog. Today he is still the best sheepdog around but is also a great family dog though needs to be socialized and trained young to be able to handle children better. He is quite a sensitive dog and does not tolerate being alone very well. But he is also very intelligent and easy to train. He is alert and hardworking and needs to be kept busy or he can become bored and destructive.
Temperament The Borderdoodle is very intelligent not surprisingly considering both parent breeds are super intelligent dogs too. She has a happy, affable disposition and is loving and affectionate to her owners. She loves to have fun and play and is a great family dog or a companion to a single owner. She is very rarely ever aggressive and is very loyal. Her intelligence makes her easy and quick to train.
What does a Borderdoodle look like A Borderdoodle is a medium sized dog at a height of 15 to 22 inches weighing 30 - 60 pounds. She has a mostly rounded head with flappy ears hanging down. Her eyes are almond shaped and reflect her intelligence. She has a muzzle that is medium to long. Her coat is silky and soft to touch and long in length with a waviness. Colors are commonly black, golden, cream, white, brown, gray, salt and pepper, or chocolate. It is not a coat that sheds much if at all because of their Poodle background.
Training and Exercise Needs What kind of activity does she require?She will need regular exercise but she does not require as much as some breeds to remain healthy, happy and well behaved. A walk a day or a jog is enough along with some play in the yard if you have one or inside if you do not. These dogs are good for apartment living. Plan on at least 30 minutes a day total, an hour if you have the time. So a 15 minute walk and 15 minute tug of war would do the job! Because she does not require as much exercise as some should you be busy or ill and unable to take her out one day she will be fine. Will training be difficult?Definitely not going to be a problem with this cutie! She is very intelligent and inclined to listen to commands and obey them. She likes to please and will in fact be a little quicker to train than other breeds needing less repetitions before she masters each stage. Training and early socialization are super important though, you see the best side of your dog when they have received both from an early age and they will be better able to live with children and other pets. When training use firm tones but be positive and use rewards and praise to encourage her.
Living with a Borderdoodle Grooming needs She has low to moderate needs when it comes to grooming making her a good choice if you do not have time for things like daily brushing. A brush once or twice a week is enough to keep her fur clear of tangles and debris and remove any loose hairs. She does not usually shed very much at all and should be safe for people with allergies. Bathing will be needed but just when she gets super dirty. Other regular grooming needs are just like any other dogs. Brush her teeth regularly, check and clean her ears once a week, check her eyes, and clip her nails when they get too long. The nails need to be done with care as cutting too low can cause damage and bleeding and pain. Some owners opt to leave that to a groomer or the vet. Taking care of her helps to prevent infections or to spot issues early. Start from a young age and she will get used to it.
Good with pets and children? She is good with children but early socialization is still recommended with her. Her Poodle side loves kids but her Border Collie side is so so on them, so socialization and training will help bring out the best. Makes sure the children know how to properly interact with her and play without hurting her. Young children should be supervised. She is fine around other pets and dogs too but again socialization makes sure of that.
Other information on living with a Borderdoodle She will not make a great watchdog but is very adaptable and can live in most climates both in a house with a yard or in an apartment. She will need 2½ to 3 cups of high quality dry dog food a day split into two meals. She is not much of a barker so concern about neighbors if you live in an apartment should not be an issue. She may be stand offish with strangers but if she sees her owner friendly with them she will warm up to them eventually.
Health Concerns There are no known major health concerns yet as she is a fairly new hybrid but as a mixed breed she is more healthy than a pure breed. If you buy from an honest and reputable breeder you are more likely to get a healthy puppy. Possible concerns coming from her parents are hip dysplasia, epilepsy, allergies and progressive retinal atrophy.
Costs involved in owning a Borderdoodle This mix is hard to find so cost of a puppy may be higher as she is harder to source. You will pay more for a reputable breeder but that price is worth it to get a health puppy and to see health clearances from the parents. At the moment puppy prices ranges between $1200-$2500. Yearly medical costs such as emergency savings and vet visits will be between $500 to $600. Yearly non medical costs covering things like training, food, treats and toys and a licensee will be $500 to $650. You also have initial costs to cover for items like bedding, bowls, collar, leash, crate, as well as medical things to cover like a micro chip, spaying, deworming and so on. These will be around $475 - $575.
Summary This dog is great for people in apartments who want a companion and want a dog bigger than a lap dog! The Borderdoodle also makes a good family dog and is intelligent and easy to train. Just make sure if there will be children or other pets she should be socialized, though this is something that all dogs should get regardless. She has a lovely temperament, she will be affable and care about you as much as you grow to care about her.
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