Are you looking for a “teddy-like”, intelligent and highly loyal companion? No choice is better than our Bernedoodles, for sure. Also known as Bernese Mountain Poo, Bernesepoo, and Bernepoo, they are truly driving all pet lovers around the world crazy. Wanna know the reasons? WewPet is here to enclose all information that you need to know about this well-rounded dog breed.
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As you may know, this is a hybrid breed, which means they did not naturally appear.
Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle mix
Yes, are you curious about this mix? In fact, these fluffy pooches are the combination of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. The main goal of this outcrossing is to create the perfect companions, who inherit not only the superintelligence and low shedding coat of the Poodle, but also the laid-back and loyal nature of the Bernese.
Before diving into the details of the Bernepoos, we are about to know a little bit more about their parents. What are the special features that they give to our Bernepoo puppies?
The Bernese Mountain Dog
This large and robust dog breed first appeared in the farmlands of Switzerland. The Berners can reach up to 28 inches tall and 115 pounds heavy. They are built for the purpose of tracking activities such as herding, watchdog, pulling carts and great companions. They do their job very well and turn out to be extremely loving and loyal regardless of their large and sturdy appearance.
Not so far away from where the Berners originated, Germany and France are the hometowns of this intelligent breed as early as the 1400s. Needless to say, they are one of the smartest breeds in the dog world and well-known for their low to non-shedding coat.
Do you know what hunters often call them? “The retriever of waterfowl!”. It’s hard to believe when notice their current presence, right? But the name “Poodle” has a special meaning. Actually, it emanated from the word “pudel” or “pudelin” in German, meaning “splash”; it also means duck dog from the French term “chain canard”.
Back to the Bernese Mountain Poo
After understanding their parent’s outstanding characteristics, you have already known the reason why there existed the crossing program between these two breeds, right?
The goal of this outcrossing is not only to create a perfect companion with amazing features but also those who suit families of all shapes and sizes. As a result, there is a Bernesepoo for every single person. This is why the breeders did not stop the breeding at first-generation mixes. They did continue to choose other perfect Bernesepoos varying in sizes and traits, which led to a variety of Bernese Mountain Poos, who can weigh from 10 to 50 pounds, and have somewhat different personalities. So, don’t be surprised if you meet a wildly energetic Bernesepoo, and then see another with a more stoic and calm demeanor.
Unlike other hybrid breeds, whose first breeder is hard to identify, it is Sherry Rupke of Swiss Ridge Kennels that confirmed to first conduct this breeding program. In 2003, she bred her first litter of two Bernesedoodles with great success.
Not only did she try to breed the Bernese and the Poodles of all sizes, but she also add an Australian Labradoodle pooch to her lines to create the Australian Bernedoodle, which is absolutely another hybrid breed.
So, how to recognize a Bernepoo? In fact, what they look like strongly depends on which breed their parent’s genes are dominant. Since their parents can come in three sizes: toy version, miniature version or standard version, there are also three Bernedoodle sizes that you can choose for your pooch.
When the breeders cross a Standard Poodle with a Bernese Mountain Dog, the resulting Bernepoos are of the standard size, which means they can reach 23-29 inches tall and 70-90 pounds heavy, while the figures of height and weight for the mini Bernedoodle is 18-22 inches and 25-49 pounds respectively. The toy or tiny Bernepoo could be only 12-17 inches tall and 10-24 pounds heavy when they fully grow up.
Despite the wide variety of their appearance, in general, they may appear with curly, wavy, or straight hair. Interestingly, the curlier the coat is, the more hypoallergenic they can get. Their coat is frequently thick and dense, with harsh texture, which is very helpful to make themselves cool in the summer and keep warm in the winter as well.
As mentioned before, there is a Bernepoo for every single person. They can come in many colors which can meet your expectation, ranging from solid colors (white, black, black and brown, black sable, cream, etc.), apricot, merle to tri-colored with patches of black, white, and brown.
Generally, the Bernepoos are squarely built, showing their confidence with stunning oval, dark and set far apart eyes. Their long, triangular ears frequently hang close to their head. In case your Bernedoodle puppy is strongly dominated by the Bernese’s gene, then he will look more sturdy and square, with a longer and taller figure.
Similar to the appearance, the Bernepoos inherit the personality traits of either the Bernese Mountain Dog or the Poodle. How much they are affected depend mostly on the amount of each breed that is involved in the crossing process. However, for the most parts, if there are three adjectives to describe these hybrid pooches, we’ll say “affectionate, playful and intelligent” no matter which breed they inherit mainly from.
AFFECTIONATE! Even though some of them may look sturdy, they – the Bernesepoos are people-oriented. They always seek human companionship and want to be engaged in all activities and games with your family members. They do a really good job to be a long-term companion. With their gentle and laid-back nature that inherits from the Bernese breed, they are truly a good choice for families with children and pets.
People-oriented as they are, when it comes to strangers, they turn out to be a little wary. As a result, early socialization is essential when they are still small pups, which can help support their confidence.
PLAYFUL! Are you a fan of outdoor activities? Do you love hiking or running? If the answer is an absolute YES, then the Bernesepoo is the perfect match for you. The Toy and Mini Bernese Mountain Poos are a little bit more energetic and stubborn than their Standard counterparts. They are extremely playful and active. They can have endless energy which can knock your socks off. Winter seems to be their interest, and they love to swim, run, fetch the ball and other stimulating activities.
As you can see, they need a huge amount of human interaction. It is not a good idea to leave them alone for a long period, which can even lead to a problem called “separation anxiety”. How to deal with it? It is highly recommended by many veterinarians that you should start crate training as soon as possible when they are still small. If they know that a crate can be their little safe space where they can live in while you are away from home, then they can feel more confident and relaxed when they are alone.
INTELLIGENT! Needless to say, this outstanding feature is mostly affected by their Poodle parent. With their extreme intelligence and adorable loyalty, they can work as a great therapy, service, and assistance pooches. At an early age, they may be somewhat curious and stubborn; however, they are always eager to learn new things and quickly get adapted to your lessons. As a result, if well-trained and socialized, they usually outgrow this feature.
There are a variety of high-quality Bernedoodle puppies for sale that you can purchase from the breeders. Also, you can adopt a pup from the Bernedoodle rescue at a lower price. It is not so difficult to find a Bernepoo for yourself, right? However, after you have adopted a Bernepoo puppy, what next? Thousand of things are waiting for you. As you may know, caring for a pet is never a piece of cake.
Don’t worry! That’s why we prepare this part! We are about to give you lots of useful information relating to caring that you can apply to your little Bernepoo.
Diets and nutrition
As they are highly active and energetic, their daily diets should be formulated with high-quality protein, essential vitamins and minerals. Protein is very important for the improvement of their tissues and organs, while fats are vital for their energy.
In terms of how much they should be fed, you should consult with your vet because they require different diets at each stage. For Bernesepoo puppies, recommended high-quality puppy kibble is a good choice, which can give them adequate nutrition for their need. Then, when they grow up, if you want to add something other than the kibbles, you should ask your vet for advice whether it is necessary or not.
Depending on their size, the Bernesepoos can require moderate to high energy level. A walk in the park, a hike or stimulating activities like playing fetch and treasure hunts are absolutely a good way to let them do exercises. Needless to say, exercises play an important role in the overall development of your Bernesepoo, which helps support his physical and mental stimulation.
However, over-exercise, while they are still puppies, is harmful. Be careful with the rigorous activities at this stage. To avoid overexertion and injury, you should wait until your little pup is two years of age.
Fortunately, they shed very little. Compared to other dog breeds, they are more hypoallergenic, so if you or your family members are suffering from allergies or asthma, then they can be the perfect choice for your home.
Nevertheless, little shedding does not mean that grooming is unnecessary. It is better for them to be groomed and brushed once or twice a week, which helps prevent their hair from matting. Besides, it is a good way to strengthen the bond between you and your pup.
In the grooming routine, you should keep an eye on clipping their nails and cleaning their eyes and ears. Their hair needs to be trimmed every few months and bathed when necessary so that it won’t get dirty easily.
Compared to their purebred parents, the Bernesepoos are healthier. Nonetheless, there are still several potential problems that they can suffer.
It includes allergies and hot spots (also known as moist dermatitis). It happens when your dogs excessively and constantly lick, scratches, or itches, which eventually leads to a wet scab on the skin.
Like their Bernese Mountain Dog parent, the Bernesepoos are prone to suffer from hip dysplasia. It causes malfunction of the hip joint of large dogs when their hip socket and the femur bone do not fit, which can result in inflammation, and later on, lameness if left untreated.
This is also a genetic condition occurring in the elbow joint. The reasons for this problem are thought to be the abnormal cartilage growth, an accident, or perhaps a nutritional issue. It leads to the mismatch of the joints, then putting more pressures that hurt the joint, resulting in pain and lameness.
If you notice something wrong happens to your little pup, then you should take them to a vet promptly so that he can help your Bernedoodle in the right way. Brought up with nutritional diets, regular check-ups, and especially, full of your love, a Standard Bernepoo can live happily with you up to 15 years, a Mini up to 17 years, and a Toy up to 18 years. Are you ready to have such an intelligent and loyal companion in your life?