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Bernedoodles are a cross of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. The percentage of each breed will vary based on the generation.
Bernese (or Berners) are exceptional dogs! They have even temperaments, are easy going nature and loyalty makes them a people pleaser! Berners have a shorter lifespan of only around 7-8 years. Berners 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! In fact many of our puppies have went on to do therapy work and we have one puppy who is a service dog for a person with Alzheimers.
My F1 Bernedoodles shed very minimally. I do not find hair on my clothes or in the car , but occasionally find little dust bunnies of hair. Our F1b puppies so far have been zero shed and done well with families with extreme allergies. It is very common for a puppy to lose hair between 8-12 months, this is not shedding, but simply a transition to their adult coat. A Bernedoodle’s coat needs to be brushed regularly (the shorter you choose the keep the hair the less brushing required). It is very important the you follow up brushing with a steel comb and make sure you are getting all the way to their skin. They will require clippling, how often really is determined by how long you choose to keep their hair. One of the fun things is you can change up their hair cut. Kizmet has had many different styles, from 5 inches all over to clean feet and face. I find I prefer to keep her body at about and inch, full tail, clean feet and a fluffy head
The size of the parents will be a large determining factor on the pups grown sizes.
Standards can range from 60-100 lbs with heights from 22-26" at the shoulder.
Mediums can range from 35-50 lbs and heights from 20-22" at the shoulder.
Miniatures (minis) can be half the size of standards. Most miniatures will range from 25-35 lbs and from 16-18" tall at the shoulder.
Tiny BD will be under 25 lbs and around 12-15" tall at the shoulder.
Bernese are described as easy going, pleasant, placid, and people loving. With the loving nature, intelligence and coat of a poodle, they are amazing dogs with a heart of gold! Paired with a well-bred poodle, they are simply amazing. I find my pups to be easily trainable, very family focused lovable companions. We raise our puppies with Puppy Culture, so they are off to a great start for a smooth transition to their new family and a big headstart. Our parents are carefully selected for outstanding temperament, health and conformation.
The F1 Bernedoodles usually 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, curly or super tight curls. F1b Bernedoodles can have a wavy or 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.
Classic Tri Color is most similar to a Berner with a black body, tan points (cheeks, chest, eyebrows and under tail) and white on face, chest and feet.
Chocolate Tri Color these puppies are very rare. They have a chocolate base color with tan points and with the beautiful white markings. Like a chocolate Bernese - yummy.
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 The bi-color coat is black with about 25-40% white similar to a parti that turn silver when the pup is grown.
Parti simply means they have extra white, more chrome
Black is the color that is still that same sweet BD but just lacks that striking black/white/rust flashy look.
Red/Apricot/Cream are less common, but are beautiful as well. They tend to look like goldendoodles!
Pet puppies with a spay neuter contract and limited registration are $3500. Full breeding rights will be considered for small in-home approved breeders. Please contact me for information and pricing.
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).