What is a Bernedoodle? Meet Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix: 10 photos

What is a Bernedoodle? Meet Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix

What is a Bernedoodle? Meet Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix

One of the rising stars in the world of “designer dogs” and mixed breeds is a Bernese Mountain Dog – Poodle mix, also known as Bernedoodle.  Although “designer dogs” trend can often be questionable, Bernedoodle is becoming more popular by the minute among the people preferring more unique dogs. I wanted to share more about bernedoodles, what you can expect from a mix of Bernese Mountain dog and poodle and whether it could be a good idea to adopt a bernedoodle.

Contents:
Bernedoodle or Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix: the history
Temperament
Bernedoodle or Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix: hypoallergenic?
Grooming needs
Exercise needs

Bernedoodle or Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix: the history

If you are wondering why anyone would cross two of such different, distinct, unique breeds like Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle, you are not the only one. The two breeds are as different as can be, with different stories of origin, different reasons for why they were bred in the first place, different in appearances and temperament.

Bernedoodle is not the first cross breed

Bernese Mountain Dog has a shepherding past: a working dog bred to help out farmers with their farm animals, herding sheep and cattle, guarding the farm and pulling carts with produce.

Poodles are one of the oldest breeds on earth. It is believed that poodles were bred from other, older breeds of dogs with long curly hair and larger bodies. A lot of evidence states that poodles were very likely first bred as fetching dogs: to fetch game such as ducks or geese from the water.  Just like Bernese Mountain Dogs, they are said to also have some shepherding past.

 

But why cross breed Bernese Mountain Dog with poodle particularly?

Bernedoodle or Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix: temperament

Well, Bernedoodle is not the first cross breed where poodle was used. In fact, there are lots of others, such as labradoodle or maltipoo, or cavapoo, for example. One reason could be that poodles are often used in cross breeds to try and achieve a hypoallergenic dog, since poodles are considered a hypoallergenic breed. They are also intelligent, sociable and easy to train dogs, which is why they are desirable as parents for the new cross breeds.

But let’s zoom into some of those things a little closer.

One of the rising stars in the world of "designer dogs" and mixed breeds is a Bernese Mountain Dog - Poodle mix

One of the rising stars in the world of “designer dogs” and mixed breeds is a Bernese Mountain Dog – Poodle mix

Bernedoodle or Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix: temperament

What kind of character traits can you expect from a Bernedoodle – a Bernese Mountain Dog – Poodle mix? It really depends on what traits the pup inherits. But there are some traits you can generally expect.

Poodles and Bernese Mountain Dogs have many character traits in common. Both breeds are very intelligent and sociable. They are extremely loving and devoted to their family. These dogs truly blossom when they are allowed to live in close proximity to their families. They need to take part in everything the family does. And both are negatively affected by neglect.

Just like Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles, a Bernedoodle needs to live with their family, not just in the same house, and definitely not outside! It would not make a good outdoors dog.

A Bernedoodle is a dog that will be the happiest if allowed to sleep in your bed

A Bernedoodle is a dog that will be the happiest if allowed to sleep in your bed, eat at your table,  go everywhere you go and listen in on every one of your conversations, even the ones you have with yourself. If they could, they would go to work with you too. You can’t really call Bernedoodles clingy (unless they have been neglected, which certainly can make them clingy), but they definitely want to stay as close to their owners and families as possible.

So if you don’t have time to spend with your Bernedoodle, or have too much work, or too many other obligations in your life, a Bernedoodle may not be your best choice.

How active can you expect your Bernedoodle to be? Well, that also depends. Bernese Mountain Dogs are large dogs, and like most large dogs, they are fairly docile, with very stable, somewhat “slow” personality – meaning they are not easily riled up and tend to not be hyperactive. However, they are working dogs and far from couch potatoes. Poodles are smaller dogs. (compared to Bernese Mountain Dogs!) They are somewhat less docile and more active. Their insatiable curiosity and zest for life makes them excellent pets for active people who are always on the go and up for things (such as a game of fetch in the park!)

Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix may have a slightly less docile

A Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix may have a slightly less docile and more “active” personality than pure Bernese Mountain dog, but at the same time slightly more relaxed than a poodle, which can sometimes be a bit more on the hyperactive side. Thus, a Bernedoodle may have a perfect mix of traits, although it can also lean to one side or another. When you are still at the stage of choosing a puppy, it is best to watch for their particular temperament, to see if it’s a more active, outgoing pup or a more docile one.

In any case, getting a Bernedoodle, you can expect a dog that will require a lot of guidance and training from you as an owner. They are lively, sociable and curious dogs. But they also need considerable input from their human companions for them to grow into a well-behaved dog. Prepare to spend a significant amount of time training your Bernedoodle. With their somewhat excitable personality, you may need to show your Bernadoodle the rules of your house several house and explain things to them a few times. But they will eventually get everything you teach them – they are highly intelligent, just like their parents.

A Bernedoodle will be the happiest if allowed to sleep in your bed, eat at your table and  go everywhere you go

A Bernedoodle will be the happiest if allowed to sleep in your bed, eat at your table and  go everywhere you go

Bernedoodle or Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix: hypoallergenic?

Poodles are said to be hypoallergenic due to the special structure of their coat hair. Lots of people believe that that’s the case. However, it’s not so simple. For the people who have allergy to dog hair, poodle may indeed be the least allergenic breed – not completely hypoallergenic, because there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog. Unfortunately, a lot of people have allergy to dog saliva, sweat, urine and other body excretions, so it doesn’t really matter what type of coat the dog has. Taken that into account, we can’t really call poodles completely hypoallergenic.

If you don't have time to spend with your Bernedoodle, or have too much work, or too many other obligations in your life, a Bernedoodle may not be your best choice.

If you don’t have time to spend with your Bernedoodle, or have too much work, or too many other obligations in your life, a Bernedoodle may not be your best choice.

Same goes for Bernedoodles. This Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle mix is often touted as hypoallergenic on the websites of the people that currently breed them. However, it’s not always so – not for everyone. You may find that a Bernedoodle puppy is less allergenic for you and your family than another breed would be.  But you may still experience some symptoms. It’s also important to remember that Bernedoodle puppies (as opposed to adults) will definitely be less allergenic and you may even think they are completely hypoallergenic.

But as the dog matures, it usually starts causing their owners more symptoms. So you need to carefully consider getting a Bernedoodle if you are allergic. Especially considering that a Bernedoodle, as a mix of Bernese Mountain Dog and poodle, may inherit more of a Bernese Mountain Dog coat than poodle coat, which can easily happen in any mixed breed.

Grooming your dog

Another reason a poodle is used in creating Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix pups is that poodles are so easy to groom. Their coat hairs grow continuously, are softer than any other breed and curl up and weave together: instead of falling out, they often remain on the coat. Because of this, poodles seemingly shed less (or rather, leave less hair around your house). Poodles also don’t normally have an undercoat, which also reduces the amount of hair they shed. However, poodles do require daily brushing in order to prevent matting.

 

Bernedodles are not completely hypoallergenic

Bernedodles are not completely hypoallergenic

 

The type of coat a Bernedoodle will have really depends on which parent the puppy will inherit their coat from. If it’s a poodle type coat, curly, soft and with no undercoat,  you will have to brush your Bernedoodle daily to prevent matting and tangling of their hair. On the good side, you will probably have less hair around your house as you would with a Bernese Mountain Dog shedding (the Bernese shed quite significantly and are happy to leave their coat hair all over the house).

If your Bernedoodle inherits more of the Bernese coat, you will get a pup with longer coat, possibly an undercoat and an affinity to spread their hair everywhere. You’ll probably still love them lots, although your vacuum cleaner may not 🙂

Bernedoodle or Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix: exercise needs

Every dog needs a significant amount of exercise in their life, and so does Bernedoodle, especially with two such active breeds in their lineage as the Bernese and poodles. Bernese Mountain Dogs have been bred as working dogs for generations, and thrive when they have things to do or physical activities to take part in. They can become frustrated, nervous, anxious and outright destructive when they don’t have things to do. Or rather, when their owner fails to provide them with things to do.

Bernedodles are fairly easy to groom

Bernedodles are fairly easy to groom

Poodles, while they are not necessarily working dogs and don’t have the well-developed musculature of a Bernese to maintain with exercise, still need lots and lots of stimulation, which includes physical activities.

You need to  be able to spend at least an hour a day doing something physical with your Bernedoodle, be it a brisk walk, a game of ball or fetch in the park, a hike or a jog. If you can’t invest this time in your pup, you may end up with a nervous, dissatisfied, unhappy and possibly destructive dog. Their cooped up energy will find a way to burst through: your Bernedoodle will find ways to entertain and exercise themselves.

You probably won’t like their ways of entertainment, such as barking, chewing your furniture or your shoes, galloping around the house or taking it out on your guests, visitors, passers-by or other pets. If you are not ready to invest time in your Bernedoodle, you may want to postpone getting a puppy, or looking for a more relaxed breed.

If you want to learn more about Bernedoodles, I have a separate article about Bernedoodle lifespan, Bernedoodle size and Bernedoodle price.

Sources:

Read more about Poodles here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poodle

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