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You heard about intelligent, cuddly, and affectionate dogs. But have you seen anything that has all these traits plus goofiness? In this video, let’s look into one of the newest designer dogs – the Bernedoodle. Despite what people say, this type of dog is not a breed. It is a hybrid of the Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog. It was created solely for companionship but breeders didn’t expect the traits that it possesses today.
Since these dogs are hybrids, they can inherit different appearances. Some grow up to have curly, wavy, or straight hair. Believe it or not, they can even inherit colors other than black, white, and brown. The Bernedoodle can grow up having blue, silver, even sable-colored coats! But these are not the only traits that make them unique.
Aside from its goofy and loving nature, the Bernedoodle is highly trainable. These dogs are even raised for dog competitions. They are the beacons of grace, talent, and beauty. Bernedoodles win awards all the time. It could be due to their tricks, their charisma, or their looks. Seeing how this designer dog is an all-in-one package, everyone wants to have one.
But do you have what it takes?
Sherry Rupke of Swissridge Kennels in Switzerland prides herself on raising the first Bernedoodle in 2003. However, experts have no idea if there is any accidental offspring of the Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog before this year.
Rupke wanted to raise a companion dog that possesses the cunning and loving nature of the poodle and the happy and cuddly trait of the Bernese Mountain Dog. She also wanted to achieve a hypoallergenic coat for asthmatic people. This is when she tried breeding these two dogs. Fortunately, the offspring possessed the traits they wanted and more. This paved their way to fame a few years later.
The Bernedoodle is also known as the Bernese Mountain Poo in some cultures. Whatever they’re called, you’ll know they are one of the best companion dogs that display a goofy and intelligent nature. The best part is, they have the longest lifespans that can reach up to 18 years. What better way to spend a huge portion of your life than with a loving and cuddly companion?
Since this dog is a cross between two breeds, its size and appearance may vary depending on what it inherits. Bernedoodles come in three sizes, namely: tiny, miniature, and standard. Tiny Bernedoodles grow from 12 to 17 inches and can weigh up to 10 to 24 pounds. Miniature-sized Bernedoodles, on the other hand, can grow up to 18 to 22 inches and weigh up to 25 to 49 pounds. Lastly, standard-sized Bernedoodles can grow up to 29 inches and can weigh up to 90 pounds. Whatever size you want, every Bernedoodle possesses the traits you’re looking for in a dog.
The Bernedoodle can either inherit the charming and easy-going nature of the Poodle or the happy and cuddly trait of the Bernese Mountain Dog. However, they developed personalities on their own. These dogs turned out to be goofy, loyal, and trainable. You don’t see this combination every day. This is one of the factors that make them unique and loved by many.
When it comes to friendliness and compatibility with other pets, the Bernedoodle is rated 4 out of 5 by experts. While they easily adjust to the rowdy behavior of other animals, there are instances when they get irritated. It happens when other dogs play rough. This is why early socialization is necessary to help them subdue their aggressive and dominating tendencies.
Bernedoodles are bred for companionship. Hence, they cannot tolerate being alone. Whenever they get bored or anxious, they can display their feelings through destructive behaviors such as chewing, digging, and biting. They need constant attention and exercise to keep their mind and body at their peak.
According to early breeders, these dogs are stubborn as puppies. They inherited this from the Bernese Mountain Dogs. It is recommended to train and socialize them as early as possible to keep negative behaviors at bay and to unleash their full potential.
As family members, they are amazing companions. They love attention so much that they will impress you just to give them praise and treats. They might not be bred as show dogs, but deep inside, they have an innate ability to showcase their skills and talents.
So if you are going to adopt a Bernedoodle, you have to understand its needs. Not only does it need food and shelter but also love, affection, and bonding time. You could make them your couch buddies.
Talk to them. Act as if you’re talking to a friend so they can understand you because they can and they will. They may not speak their minds out as humans do, but they will display their empathy through other actions. That’s what the world loves about the Bernedoodle. They offer affection, love, and care in the simplest ways.
These dogs are playful and welcoming to children. However, since they are dainty and fragile, you have to instruct your children never to play rough with the Bernedoodle. This will help prevent injuries and accidents.
These dogs thrive well as cuddle buddies and couch buddies but they don’t do well with rough play. If the Bernedoodle gets hurt, it could snap on the children. So, it is important to let them socialize with one another to learn how to bond and how to adjust to each other’s temperament.
Owning A Bernedoodle
The Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog is prone to a variety of health issues. Luckily, the Bernedoodle has fewer health problems. The only things you need to watch out for is hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, skin issues, and allergies. These can be prevented through proper care. Aside from their diet, they also need exercise. Spend at least 15 minutes a day to walk or play with them, to help them tone their muscles and keep them satisfied.
If you’re new to being a fur parent, visit the vet for a schedule of vaccines and checkups. This ensures that your dog gets all the care he needs. From here, your vet can suggest activities and products you can apply to keep your pooch healthy and safe. Also, he or she can teach you the proper way to groom your Bernedoodle to keep their hair lush and tangle-free.
The cost of caring for a Bernedoodle varies depending on its size. Larger dogs eat more to sustain their physical growth. So, you’re going to need more money to fend for their needs. At most, you’ll spend $500 to $700 yearly for this dog. Costly as it may seem, this does not replace the happiness and satisfaction they offer you.
Do you think you can care for a Bernedoodle? If so, there’s no stopping you from getting one of the most intelligent, cunning, and talented dogs on the planet.