BERNEDOODLES

Bernese Mountain Dog x Poodle

To see if we have Bernedoodle puppies available, visit our Litters page

  • TEMPERAMENT: Because the Bernedoodle is a combination of two different breeds, the puppies will have a combination of personality traits from each parent breed. How much of each personality will appear in your Bernedoodle depends entirely on the amount of each breed that is involved in the cross. It can even depend on the individual pooch. Littermates that have the same parents might turn out to favor different lineages, with some leaning more towards their Poodle or Bernese roots than others. However, for the most part, Bernedoodles are known as a well-rounded, playful, goofy, and affectionate breed. They do well with children and they love to spend time with their families. These are quite affectionate and loyal animals, regardless of which of their parents they take more of their personality from. From the Bernese Mountain Dog side, Bernedoodles can be a little wary around strangers so early socialization is important. Toy and mini Bernedoodles also tend to be more energetic and stubborn than standard Bernedoodles. One thing to be wary of with this breed is that they need a lot of human interaction, so they shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time. This also means that separation anxiety could end up being a problem for Bernedoodles. It all comes down to whether or not they are not properly socialized on time. Because of this, it might be smart to start crate training them while they’re quite young. Teaching them that a crate could be their little safe space while you’re away at work could help them feel more calm and relaxed whenever you’re not at home. On the other hand, Bernedoodles need to be around their owners is a part of their appeal. This indicates that these cute fluffy pooches are as friendly and affectionate as they come! They inherit fierce loyalty from Bernese Mountain Dogs, who are known to form incredible bonds with their families. Your new puppy will likely be the same: they’ll get attached to you in no time and act like a typical “velcro dog.” and love to snuggle up against you. 

  • PUPPY STAGE: Because these dogs are intelligent, it is crucial to start training puppies from a young age and early socialization is also very important. During the puppy stage especially, Bernedoodles can be a little headstrong, but this tends to lessen as the dog matures and receives training. Make sure to set the right path for your pooch while they’re young and eager to learn- it will make both of your lives so much easier in the long run. Puppies are easy to love, but hard to care for. So, make sure to take your responsibility as a dog parent seriously. The early years are so important in raising your pup. Never take them for granted and you’ll have a perfect companion for life! 

  • SIZE: The Bernedoodles we breed can range anywhere from 25 to 70 pounds depending on parents.

  • FOOD/DIET: While your pooch is still in the puppy stages of their life, it’s best to opt for foods that are formulated for your Bernedoodle’s size. Toy and mini Bernedoodles should be offered dog foods formulated for small-breed dogs, while your standard Bernedoodle should be fed a large-breed recipe.  Toy and mini Bernedoodles should be offered a dog food formulated for small-breed dogs, while the standard Bernedoodle should be fed a large-breed formula. I will make recommendations for you during the puppy buying process, and send you home with a sample bag of the food they are on.

  • TRAINING: A Bernedoodle should be an easily trainable dog. This beautiful breed inherits intelligence, eagerness to please, and calm demeanor from its parents. However, expecting that every single dog of this hybrid breed to have an ideal temperament is not something that’s realistic. More often than not, Bernedoodle puppies are not that different than most other fur babies. This means you need to be prepared for a bit of mischief and more than a few ups and downs before you can consider them fully trained! Patience is necessary with these pups. Training also offers a wonderful way for you to connect with your puppy and develop that bond early on.

  • EXERCISE REQUIREMENT: The activity level of Bernedoodles varies depending on breeding, but they are typically a moderately active breed. They do love their outdoor adventures and will be more than happy to join you on a hike or your morning jog. But they do not need intensive exercise to stay healthy and happy if your mobility is limited. With that being said, the Bernedoodle does make a good choice for apartment dwellers, provided that they have enough space and if the owners are willing to take their pet on walks and to the dog park. Keep in mind that these are not working dogs and they are specifically bred to be easygoing companions. This means that Bernedoodles can adapt to various lifestyles, including the lifestyles of owners with different activity levels. You could easily let them roam around in a securely fenced backyard and maybe play with another canine companion, arrange a visit to the dog park for a game of fetch or simply have a daily walk around the block. As long as you provide them with a way to spend any extra energy and stay fit, you’re good to go! These dogs can adapt to your lifestyle and still live full and happy lives.

*modified from petguide.com