WHY A BERNEDOODLE?
The Bernedoodle is a designer breed that originates from an intentional cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a (standard, toy, or miniature) Poodle to create an F1 Hybrid or a cross between an F1 Bernedoodle and a (toy or miniature) poodle to create an F1b Hybrid. Bernedoodles come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and petite, depending on the size of the female and the type of Poodle used for breeding. The Bernedoodle is considered to be healthier than its purebred Poodle and Bernese parents and has a longer life expectancy. The F1b Bernedoodle hybrid has enhanced hypoallergenic and non-shedding qualities as it contains a higher percentage of poodle while still maintaining the beautiful coloring of the Bernese Mountain Dog.
The Bernese Mountain Dog: These dogs are known for their easy-going, mild nature and extreme loyalty. They tend to prefer spending time with people over other dogs and are intelligent, affectionate, and sensitive. Often they will “lean into” people to get as close to them as possible and receive as much attention as they can. Bred as a farm dog in the Swiss Alps, Bernese dogs excel in herding, tracking, and therapy work. Along with their people-pleasing traits, these dogs are also known for their stubborn streak, therefore patience is needed with training. The Bernese coat is a distinct tri-color with black, rust, and white tones. These dogs are eye-catching and tend to draw attention wherever they go.
The Poodle: Poodles are known for their intelligence as well as hypoallergenic and non-shedding traits. Their curly coats shed minimally but can mat if not cared for properly. They are energetic and learn commands and tricks very quickly. The Poodle loves water and thrives with exercise and ongoing training. If Poodles do not get adequate stimulation to challenge their intelligent brains, they can get into mischief. Poodles can be three different sizes (standard, miniature, and toy) and come in a wide variety of colors.
The Bernedoodle coat can be a variety of textures and colors. It can be curly, wavy, or straight. The curlier the coat, the more hypoallergenic it is. There are several different color patterns that the coat may come in:
Phantom coloring: a solid base color (usually black) with tips of another color.
Merle coloring: a solid base color with patches of other colors, giving it a speckled look.
Sable coloring: a solid coat covered with black tipped hairs.
Bi-colored: two colors and may resemble the markings of the Bernese Mountain Dog.
Tri-colored: contains the three Bernese colors, black, white, and rust, and may vary in their pattern.
A Bernedoodle may also be one Solid color, usually black. Tri-color is the most sought-after color pattern, however it is the most difficult to produce.
The Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle blend produces a smart, friendly, loyal, and cuddly dog with a little goofiness thrown in. Bernedoodles are generally quick learners and easy to train but can be stubborn at times. They love to run, play, exercise, and are also content to relax with you on the couch. Their happy, upbeat temperaments and beautiful “teddy bear” coats win over many hearts!