A Bernedoodle is a cross between the beautiful and affectionate, Bernese Mountain Dog and the fun-loving and intelligent Poodle. Because they are a mixed breed they tend to have fewer health problems than either of their purebred parents. A Bernedoodles sole purpose in life is to be the VERY BEST friend you've ever had.
F1 Bernedoodles are a first generation cross between a purebred Bernese and a purebred Poodle. F1's are supposed to be the healthiest generation of Bernedoodles.
F1b Bernedoodles are a backcross between a F1 Bernedoodle and a purebred Poodle. These puppies are the least likely to shed.
Bernedoodles seem to pull the best personality traits from both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. Bernedoodles tend to be highly intelligent, hardworking when necessary, but mostly laid back, loyal, and just a bit goofy. They are great with children and other dogs. Some Bernedoodles inherit the Bernese Mountain Dogs stubbornness, which may make them difficult to train, however this trait tends to fade away as they grow up and mature a little. Their intelligence helps them pick up commands more easily than other dogs. Our little Bernedoodle Sissy is incredibly eager to learn. Most Bernedoodles want nothing more than to be with their humans either playing outside or snuggled up on the couch.
Bernedoodles tend to be healthier dogs than either of their parents, but they can still be prone to conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia, and certain eye problems. Skin problems, such as hot spots and allergies, are also seen in this mix. And like any other breed of dog cancer is always a possibility. The Bernedoodle breed is still young so there is limited information on their lifespan but it is predicted that standard Bernedoodles will live 12-15 years.
At Linny J Doodles all of our dogs are genetically health tested. We also test our dogs hips, elbows, heart and eyes.
Bernedoodle coats can vary greatly from dog to dog. Most Bernedoodles have wavy or curly coats that don't shed much. Sometimes though, Bernedoodles can have straighter coats, which shed more and make them less hypoallergenic. At Linny J Doodles we strive to produce wavy and curly coated Bernedoodles to ensure the least amount of shedding for our families.
The curlier the Bernedoodle's coat is, the more time it takes to groom. Because they shed less, they need to be brushed more often to prevent their coat from getting matted. Some Bernedoodle owners brush their dog's coat daily and treat it as a bonding experience, which this breed tends to love. Their coat must also be trimmed every couple of months, depending on how quickly it grows. We brush our Bernedoodles at least 2-3 times each week and sometimes more often, especially if it is sticker season. We do sanitary, feet and facial trims every 6 weeks and do a full grooming every 2-3 months.