BERNEDOODLES

About the breed

Who can resist a Bernedoodle?  The Bernedoodle is a cross between two wonderful purebreds: a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle.  The Bernedoodle is a very successful cross-breed because it combines the traits of its purebred parents in such a desirable way.  It tends to have the intelligence and loyalty of the Poodle and the gentle, loving nature of the Bernese Mountain Dog.  It is known as an extremely friendly dog that loves to interact with people.  Bernedoodles are very gentle around children and the elderly, and they are known to make excellent therapy dogs.

Most Bernedoodles have a moderate activity level.  They love to play and go for walks.  They may stop and explore if something catches their interest, but they never stray far, even when off leash.  If they take after their Poodle parent, they may even have a knack for retrieving and can spend endless hours bringing back balls and sticks.

Bernedoodles are also known as excellent cuddlers.  If allowed, they will be happy to join you on the couch for some cuddle time.  They may take a nap at (or on) your feet when you watch a movie.  If they want attention, they are known to lean in and look at you with their big eyes and their head tilted to one side, as if to say, “How can you resist?”  Our Lucy is a perfect example of that.

Some common words to describe the Bernedoodle include:

gentle….cuddly….social….curious

charming….goofy….smart….happy

F1 or F1b

Do the terms F1 and F1b confuse you?  Rightly so.

An F1 Bernedoodle is a first-generation Bernedoodle.  It is the result of a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog crossed with a purebred Poodle.  The puppies are literally 50% Bernese Mountain Dog and 50% Poodle.  Depending on the coloring of the Poodle, they may come in a variety of colors.  We breed Chava, our Bernese Mountain Dog, to Zeus, our tri-colored phantom Poodle.  His colors and markings mirror hers.  This increases the chances of getting the highly desirable traditional tri-color look.

An F1b Bernedoodle is a second-generation Bernedoodle.  It is the result of crossing an F1 Bernedoodle with a purebred Poodle.   This is known as breeding back (b) to one of the parent breeds.  These puppies are 25% Bernese Mountain Dog and 75% Poodle.  There are several advantages to crossing a Bernedoodle back to a Poodle.  One is that it makes the coat close to non-shedding.  The other is that it allows for creating smaller dogs, more suitable to apartment or city living.

Visual representation of F1 and F1b Bernedoodles

Size

Bernedoodles come in three sizes:  standard, mini, and petite.  We currently only breed mini and petite Bernedoodles.  Our mini Bernedoodles are on the large side since our sire, Zeus, is a moyen Poodle.  When grown, our mini Bernedoodles stand between 18 and 22 inches tall and weigh between 25 and 60 pounds.  Coming up later this year is a litter of petite Bernedoodles.  They will be 12 to 17 inches in height and will weigh between 10 and 24 pounds.

 

Coat

Bernedoodles are striking.  They have wavy coats in stunning combinations of black, rust, and white.  Many of our Bernedoodles have the highly desirable traditional markings of their Bernese Mountain Dog mama.  Our Lucy is one of them.  But be sure to take a look at some of the non-traditional tri-color puppies as well.  If you like a clean look, consider a bi-colored Bernedoodle in black and white.  They are striking as well.

The thickness of the Bernedoodles’ coat helps them thrive in cool temperatures, yet it also provides them a fair amount of protection during the hot summer months.  Amazingly, they do not need to be shaved to stay cool in the summer.

F1 Bernedoodles have coats that range from plush to a loose wave.  They are considered low-shedding and are great for people with mild allergies.  F1b Bernedoodles, because they carry more of the Poodle, have a beautiful loose wave or curls.  They shed minimally and are considered a great choice for people with moderate to severe allergies.

Bernedoodle moments

Join us in celebrating our Bernedoodle puppies, from birth on up.