"Where Health and Temperaments Come First."
What is a Bernedoodle? It is a mix breed of the purebred Bernese Mountain Dog and a purebred Poodle. It can be a 50/50 mix or a cross back.
Why a Bernese Mountain Dog ?
Bernese or Berners are exceptional dogs with a very striking TRI COLORED COAT and were bred in the Swiss Alps as farm dogs to pull carts or to herd and drive cattle to market. They have a heavy bone structure and super thick double coats to tolerate the frigid temps and they shed heavily. They are VERY strong dogs that do require moderate exercise. Even temperaments, easy going nature and their loyalty makes them a people pleaser! Berners have a shorter lifespan of only around 7-8 years. Berners can be very sensitive dogs. They are prone to hip dysplasia, cancer and heart disease. The mix provides the low to non shed coat and a longer life expectancy of 12-15 years. Of course the hybrid vigor of the mix helps to rule out all of the inbreeding that has been done for generations and generations. Berners would make wonderful service or therapy dogs but are not a first choice because of their shorter lifespan so the addition of the poodle and the increased lifespan makes them a wonderful fit for a possible service or therapy dog!
Do Bernedoodles Shed? Usually not but the first generation does have the possibility of low shedding. Some puppies will shed their puppy coat before getting their adult coat in around 5-8 months of age. F1b's are super curly and do not shed. Bernedoodles have a HIGH maintenance coat, so be prepared to brush twice a week and have groomed every 4-6 weeks.
How are Bernedoodles Natured? Do they bark a lot or act aggressive? Bernedoodles can be loud barkers, but usually only to alert you of unusual occurences. The bernese, or berner, could be described as easy going, pleasant, placid, and people loving. With the coat and intelligence of a poodle, they are amazing dogs with a heart of gold! Paired with a well bred poodle, they should not show aggressive or neurotic tendencies. Of course, the wrong up-bringing can change a dog or the lack of exercise can cause bottled up energy and then behavior issues. Bernedoodles are great with children but will need to be taught to not jump or play rough as a puppy.
What does F1, F1b etc mean? F1 is the first cross of the Bernese and the poodle. F1b is the cross bred back to a poodle (75% poodle). A multigeneration Bernedoodle is a bernedoodle bred to a bernedoodle and preferably an f1 to an f1b (as F2 bernedoodles can have inconsistent coats).
What size are Bernedoodles (BD)?
The size of the parents will be a large determining factor on the pups grown sizes.
Standard can range from a 100lb Berner and a 60lbs Standard Poodle but both parents can be less or more than these weights. Heights can range from 22-26" at the shoulder.
Mediums can range from 35-50lbs and heights from 20-22" at the shoulder.
Miniatures (minis) can be half the size of standards. Most miniatures will range from 25-35lb and from 16-18" tall at the shoulder.
Tiny BD will be under 25lb and around 12-15" tall at the shoulder.
Of course you will have some litters that will cross over between the sizes above. Sizes can not be guaranteed, they are just a guesstimate based on their parents sizes and the pups weights as infants.
What coat types do they have?
The F1 BD will have a thick, fleecy, wavy coat. When allowed to dry naturally, they will have beautiful shaggy look, but when blow dried they will have a super soft fluffy coat. Some can have wavy coats and some can have curly coats. There can be variations in all the generations coats, just as humans can have straight, wavy or curly or super tight curls. The F1b BD will have a super thick, super curly coat. Some think this coat might be a bit easier to maintain and less prone to matting, but again, all can be different. It also depends on the length of coat you chose to have on your dog. The longer coats will need lots of brushing and heavy conditioning to keep the mats down, whereas the shorter length will be easier and less maintenance.
The most desired coat color of course is the tri-color. This is mostly black with tan/red/gray/ or rust markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, under the tail (similar to a rottweiler or a black/tan hound) and on the feet/legs (boots) and, of course, the white on the face, chest, feet and tip of tail. With every litter, breeders try to produce the highest ratio of tri colored puppies possible with very careful selection of the poodle that carries the tri colored gene. This is very rare color for a poodle! It is a combination of a parti poodle and a phantom poodle. A poodle with these markings can cost approximately $3000-5000+. A tri color pup with a lot of white is sometimes called a flashy tri.
The bi-color coat is black with about 25-40% white similar to a parti poodle.
PHANTOM is black with the rust markings and sometimes a tiny white dot on chest, chin or toes. Sometimes the phantom markings can not be visible until the pup is around 2-4 weeks old, and they can even grow in later. Some phantom markings can also be a brindle color that turn silver when the pup is grown. The darker phantom markings--like a mahogany color--are most desireable.
BLACK is the color that is still that same sweet BD but just lacks that striking black/white/rust flashy look. These pups are priced less since their lack of markings are considered 'less desirable'. If you are on a budget and want a popular, expensive breed, this is a great option for you. You're still getting the beauty, smarts, and loyalty of a berner.
RED/APRICOT/CREAM. These are less common, but are beautiful as well. They tend to look like goldendoodles!
RED SABLE. These are a red based pup with black tips. They can have white on them as well and are very beautiful.
MERLE, This color is rare and is a combination of black/grey/white. Very unique.
MERLE PHANTOM, This is a phantom marked pup with merle.
MERLE TRI, This is a tri color with merle speckled markings.
Why is my pup shedding? Some pups will "blow" their puppy coats. It can be caused by change of season, vaccinations, anesthesia, poor diet or stress. But it will shed off until their adult coat comes back in. We suggest nuvet vitamins to help block the free radicals that can cause hair loss and hot spots. This proactive health wafer also can help prevent cancer.
What are Bernedoodle health concerns? BD are prone to Hip Dysplasia, Heart Disease, Obesity and Cancer (like almost all dogs). Proper nutrition, adequate exercise and not over-feeding are the best things you can do to prevent almost all major health issues. Around 50% of hip dysplasia and other diseases are genetic while the other 50% are due to diet, lack of exercise, obesity, or growing too fast as a puppy.
Are Bernedoodles good with kids and other pets? Absolutely, YES! These dogs typically LOVE kids, all people and other animals. They just want to please you! As with any larger breed dog, you will need to teach them to not to jump on kids or play too rough. Supervision at first is all it takes to start off on the right foot.
Are Bernedoodles AKC registered? No. Most all of our parent purebred dogs are AKC registered but when you have a designer mix litter, you can't register them with AKC. I hope in my lifetime this will happen and AKC will recognize them as a breed all their own! Currently we use a registry service by CPR or UABR who has copies of the parents AKC papers and will provide registration papers for each litter and you will receive one with your pup!
Pricing on Bernedoodles:
People ask about pricing. We are comparable to all other bernedoodle breeders that do health and temperament testing and early neonatal stimulation. This breed is hard to produce what everyone wants. Our waiting list have people wanting TRI color. So when we have a litter of 2 tri color pups in a litter and the rest are other colors, we go ahead and reduce the other colors right away versus reducing them when they get a bit older so they can find homes and be bonding with a family rather than waiting around here. Also this way everyone can afford a bernedoodle!
Our pups range from $1200-5000
Tri Color Blk/Tan/White $3500
Merle $4000, Merle Phantom $4500, Tri Merle $5000
PHANTOM $3000-3500 Red Sable $3500
BiColor (blk/white/little or no tan markings) $2500
Black Mismarks $1200-1500