The Bernedoodle is one of the most popular mixed breeds today and the demand for these sweet puppies often exceeds supply. Bernedoodles come in various sizes and varieties – you can choose from Bernedoodle mini, tiny Bernedoodles, standard, Australian Bernedoodle and even Goldendoodles which are a cross between Bernedoodles and Golden retrievers. Let us study this adorable breed in detail.
Facts and Characteristics
- The wait time for getting your Berne can be very long; almost a year. This is because, very few breeders specialize in this breed and creating a healthy, breeding stock is often difficult and time consuming. Bernese mountain dog females often have unpredictable heat cycles and many fail to conceive when mated. If they do produce a litter, then it is often smaller than expected. All these factors lead to huge wait times.
- The Australian Bernedoodle is a cross between Bernese Mountain dog and the Australian Labradoodle. Labradoodles are themselves hybrids-a blend of Labradors, Cocker spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels and Poodles.
- Sherry Rupke of SwissRidge Kennels was the first to create this adorable breed. The owners of SwissRidge were very happy with the Bernese Mountain dog that they had been breeding for decades but the only downside of these was their propensity to cancer and their short lives. That is why they decided to add Poodles to the mix to create this wonderful hybrid. The result is an intelligent, lively and healthy hybrid that sheds little and lives longer.
- Size – Standard Bernedoodles will weigh in the range of 70-90 lb and stand around 23 to 29” tall.
- The tri colored Berne puppy is most coveted. However, the wait time for it can run into years.
- This is a hypoallergenic dog breed.
This is an expensive breed given the fact that breeders have to go to great trouble to produce healthy litters. Depending on the color and special characteristics, standard Bernedoodles can cost anywhere between $2000 and $5000. The American Kennel Club does not recognize this breed; so you won’t find a website dedicated to them. You can visit the following resources for the best Bernedoodle breeders:
What to feed your Bernedoodle?
Good food, throughout his life! Salmon meal food, Nutri Source, Solid Gold are some good brands of dog food your Berne. For the first 8 months, feed him a good quality puppy food enriched with calcium for his growing teeth and bones. When it is time to change the food, do so gradually. As puppies, feed them three times a day. For adult dogs, feed 2 cups of good kibble or home-cooked food twice a day. As treats, feed carrots, peanut butter etc.
A well mannered dog is a pleasure to own and take wherever you go. If you live busy life, then engage the services of a professional trainer to teach basic obedience and commands to your puppy. In case you need a head start, do talk to your breeder about assisting you with training. Some breeders also let you leave your puppy with them for a month for basic one on one lessons. The more you work with your puppy, the better and more confident your pet will be. Training also helps you develop a good bond of trust. Make use of verbal commands like Stop that! or EEEETTT! These will usually get their attention away from whatever they are doing wrong!
Bernedoodle puppy’s temperament will depend on the temperament of his parents; also, how you treat and raise your dog can impact their development. That is why it is important to source your Berne puppy from a reputed breeder. In general, this is a loyal, obedient and intelligent breed. They make great watch dogs and by nature are loyal, friendly and loving.
Regular exercise is good for both you and your dog. Many lazy pet owners simply let their Berne out in the yard for an hour or two. The dog often just sits outside and this hardly provides any exercise. Consider starting a walking program early on for your pet-at least once your puppy is 1 year old. Walk at a brisk pace for either a specific time or distance. Once this becomes easy, consider increasing the timing. Soon you and your pet will be healthier and happier. You can also do fun activities with your older pet (avoid running with young puppies as it could lead to joint issues like hip dysplasia.) Fetching, swimming, hiking etc are some other activities most Bernedoodles will enjoy. Drafting and activities involving pulling are also great for your Berne.
Like with all dogs having deep barrel chests, this breed is prone to Bloat or Gastric torsion. It occurs when the stomach twists and obstructs the esophagus and intestines. Eating the food hurriedly or exercising immediately after gulping food down can aggravate the condition. It is often fatal and needs immediate medical attention. Other common health issues seen in this breed include cardiomyopathy, entropion or diamond eye, primary or secondary hypothyroidism etc. Regular vet checkups, good hygiene, proper walking/exercise regime and nutrition rich diet are some great ways to keep your Bernedoodle healthy for years to come.