If you can't decide between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle, the Bernedoodle is just the breed for you - because it's a mix of both. The fluffy hybrid dog, also known as the Bernese Mountain Poo, is a good-natured companion and is also suitable for allergy sufferers.
Due to the crossbreeding of the two breeds, the Bernedoodle can be both the exact mix of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle, as well as visually having a leaning towards one of the two breeds. Furthermore, the size varies greatly by crossbreed. In total, three different species can be distinguished by size and weight:
First, there is the Standard Bernedoodle, as a result of crossing a Bernese Mountain Dog with a Standard Poodle. He has a shoulder height between 58 and 70 centimeters and a weight between 30 and 40 kilograms.
On the other hand, the Mini Bernedoodle is bred from the mating of a Bernese Mountain Dog with a Miniature Poodle. These reach a shoulder height of 45 to 55 centimeters and a weight between 11 and 22 kilograms.
Lastly, there is the smallest version from the cross of a Mini Bernedoodle with a Toy Poodle. This breed reaches a shoulder height of 30 to 43 centimeters and a weight between 5 and 10 kilograms.
The coat of the Bernedoodle is fluffy soft like that of the poodle and has the typical colors of the Bernese Mountain Dog. This results in interesting color combinations of the shades black, white and brown. The coat is wavy and hardly hairs. Allergy sufferers should be careful to choose a dog with very wavy hair, because these Bernedoodle lose less hair.
The Bernedoodle's temperament combines both the smart, playful character of the Poodle and the lazy, loving character of the Bernese Mountain Dog. This makes him an intelligent, good-natured family dog who enjoys spending time with you in the fresh air.
The right food
The amount of food for Bernedoodle differs according to weight class. You can find the right dog food in specialized stores. It is important to note that Bernedoodle also need different food depending on age and life stages. Puppies and young dogs up to 12 months need a special food mixture.
After that, you can feed your Bernedoodle adult food up to the age of 8 years. As soon as your four-legged friend reaches a higher age, you should pay attention to the fact that he now has a lower energy consumption and therefore needs less iron and proteins. Therefore, from this age, switch to senior food so that your dog does not become overweight and his bones and joints are protected.
It's also important to buy high-quality dog food with a high meat content and alternate between dry and wet food. Fresh meat also benefits your Bernedoodle.
Regular coat care is very important for the Bernedoodle, because the coat grows steadily and does not fall out. If you want to let the coat grow, you should brush the coat every few days to prevent matting. Otherwise, the coat should be clipped every eight to twelve weeks. Be sure to have a professional show you how to shear, or take your Bernedoodle to a groomer. You should also pay special attention to trimming the fur on the ears and cleaning them appropriately, as the dog breed is prone to ear infections.
To be well equipped for your Bernedoodle, you should get a dog brush, a curry comb and a comb from the beginning. In combination with a towel you are perfectly prepared to clean your four-legged friend directly after the walk.
If you ever actually need to bathe your Bernedoodle after wallowing in the mud, be sure to use a special dog shampoo. Bernedoodles are playful, smart animals. Therefore, make sure that your faithful companion is allowed to let off steam outside and is challenged.
Also, especially with the larger Bernedoodles, you should make sure that your apartment is large enough. Optimally, you also have a garden. Make sure that your pelt-nose does not have to climb too many stairs and accompanies you only from an age of 1.5 years when riding a bike, because this is a high load on the joints and bones.
Origin & History
The history of origin of most designer dogs is difficult to trace. Hybrid dogs have been around for many years, so the first crossing of a Bernese Mountain Dog with a Poodle could be a long time ago. However, it is possible to pinpoint when this mating became a product of deliberate breeding: Sherry Rupke of SwissRidge Kennels is now considered the first female breeder. In 2003 she obtained her first litter of Bernedoodles and since then she has been running a regulated breeding program around this hybrid breed with great success. The breeding of Bernedoodles has been established worldwide until today and is quite profitable. At the breeder you pay between 500 € and 1000 € for your future companion.