The Ultimate Guide to Bernedoodles
The Ultimate Guide to Bernedoodles
If you already have a beautiful Bernedoodle or are just planning to buy one from us. You’re in the right place. In this article, we will be telling you all you need to know about this wonderful breed.
Raising a pup is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time, effort, energy, and money to give your puppy the best life they deserve. With designer breeds like the Bernedoodle, you would need to provide the same amount of commitment.
What is a Bernedoodle?
The Bernedoodle is an adorable cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. They are also known as Bernese Mountain Poo. Being a product of two purebred dogs, they are considered to be a designer breed. With this breed, you get the best characteristics of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle.
To understand the traits and characteristics of a Bernedoodle, you must know the characteristics of the parent breeds.
Let’s start with the Bernese Mountain Dog. They are most known for their status as working dogs, busy herding livestock, and hauling loads for Swiss farmers. By the time technology improved, they were no longer used for farm work; they became companion dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are gentle and sweet. They are also brilliant, therefore not that difficult to train. However, they can be pretty sensitive, so it is essential to be firm but friendly to not discourage them from learning. Compared to other breeds, the Bernese Mountain Dog stays in their puppy phase longer than most breeds, but that’s what makes them extra lovable.
They are a large breed that can weigh up to a hundred pounds. They have a multicolored coat with a very distinctive color pattern. Unfortunately, since they have two coats, they shed like crazy, which is an issue for some people, especially those highly sensitive to dog dander.
The Poodle, on the other hand, is quite popular for several reasons. First, breeders specifically choose this breed to cross with because of their coat type and traits that help enhance other breeds.
The origin of the Poodle dates back to ancient times. They are known to be a good worker and were often used for hunting and sniffing truffles. They are one of the most intelligent dog breeds, making training a cinch. While they may be known to be snooty, they are very loyal and friendly towards humans. They are playful and fun, but they are very obedient when needed.
A standard Poodle can grow up to 60 pounds with males larger than females. But what truly sets them apart from other breeds is their distinctive coat. Though there is no such thing as an entirely hypoallergenic dog, a poodle’s coat and saliva do not trigger hypersensitivity in most individuals. Instead, they shed but in an undetectable amount.
Crossbreeds would often share the traits, characteristics, and behavior of their parent breeds. Just like the Bernese Mountain Dogs, the Bernedoodle would have an extended puppy phase. Their body matures faster, but it may take a while for their brains to catch up. Because of this, training might be slightly challenging when done at a young age. However, once they have outgrown their puppy phase, things do get easier.
Bernedoodles are pretty smart, and they enjoy learning different things. Training an intelligent dog is easy, but this also means they might get bored faster too. The best way to deal with this is to keep them entertained and busy.
Bernedoodles need a lot of playtime and activity. It is important that you, as the owner, have enough time to spend with them. Try to be creative with what they do during playtime, this can enhance their skillset and memory.
Like most dogs, Bernedoodles need exercise too. Daily walks are necessary for their routine, and keeping them cooped up in an enclosed space is not advisable. They are moderately energetic, but they enjoy a little downtime too. They can be timid towards new people, but they quickly warm up to others when socialized properly.
They are very friendly and sweet, and they love giving lots of affection to their owners. More experienced breeders will breed dogs that have the best behavioral and physical characteristics. These traits are efficiently passed down from generation to generation. Having said so, well-behaved parents tend to produce well-behaved pups. This is why it is vital to buy your puppy from a good breeder.
How Do I Choose the Right Bernedoodle?
Before making a purchase, it is essential to do your research. If you choose to get a Bernedoodle or any other breed, you need to know if that dog is a good fit for your family. A dog is not disposable; picking a dog needs to be well-thought of. After all, they will be spending the next decade or so with you.
Once you have made your choice, the next step is looking for the perfect pup for your home. When choosing the right one, there are many factors you would need to consider.
The first decision you would have to make is whether you will be purchasing or rescuing. There are a set of pros and cons for each. So let’s take a look at it.
By rescuing a Bernedoodle, you are giving an abandoned dog hope. Rehoming fees are often lower than the cost of buying a new pup from a breeder, and at the same time, you are giving a dog a second chance. The downside to this is when you’re rescuing a dog, and you are not confident of what you are getting or when you are getting it. It may be pretty rare to find a Bernedoodle in a shelter.
When you choose to purchase, the most crucial part is selecting the right breeder. You must find a breeder that follows ethical breeding practices. You’d want to avoid purchasing from backyard breeders and puppy mills. The most significant advantage of buying from a breeder, you would know how your puppy turns out. You also get guarantees from the breeder in terms of health which means you get your money back if you get a sick pup, as long as their health guarantee covers it. The downside to buying a Bernedoodle is the price. It can get quite expensive, especially when they are of a good generation.
Here at Arrow T Pets, we take pride in how well-behaved and healthy our pups are. We offer the best Veterinary Care we can provide, and make sure they are treated like family.
Once you have picked out the perfect breeder, it’s finally time to choose the perfect pup. Bernedoodles come in different colors, coat textures, and you can’t just base your selection on appearance alone. It would be difficult to choose a pup by spending a few minutes with the litter, but the breeder would know them the best. Get a recommendation from them, and a good breeder can help you out.
If you want to be able to decide on your own, here’s what you need to look out for:
– How well the puppy socializes with the rest of the litter.
– How curious they are.
– How friendly they are with people.
– If they are energetic or aggressive.
Once you have decided which pup is the one for you, it’s time to bring your new family member home.
How to Prepare Your Home for Your New Puppy?
The ideal home for any dog has a lot of love to give. However, before bringing your new puppy home, your home must be well prepared. This means that it is ready for the pup and yourself. The transition can be pretty stressful to both of you; make sure it is comfortable and safe for everyone.
Getting Your New Dog Ready for Your Little Kids
If you are bringing a new pup to a home with kids, make sure that the latest addition to your family has a good history with kids. By nature, Bernedoodles are very gentle, protective, and friendly, making them great with kids. But regardless of their temperament, dogs do have a threshold. Therefore, it is equally important to tell your children what they can and cannot do.
While older children handle pups better, younger kids would need to be taught how to treat dogs nicely and how to be gentle with them. Bernedoodle pups can be pretty timid; they must take it slow to not scare them. It is also essential that you supervise young children when they’re with the dog.
Once the Bernedoodles feel safe around your kids, you can have them participate in obedience training and teach your kids the commands your dog is learning. This will help them understand each other.
How About Other Pets?
If you have other pets at home and they are friendly with other animals, you should have a difficult time introducing your new Bernedoodle to the group. However, it can be pretty tricky to predict how your pets would react to a new pup. So, just like with the kids, your new Bernedoodle should be approached with caution to avoid spooking them.
Set up space for them to meet, and make sure it is far away from dog toys or other belongings your older pet may get territorial with. Keep them both on a leash; this way, you have control if anything happens. Give them some time to sniff each other before letting them play together.
It’s also good to have baby gates or dividers to protect your puppy when you’re not around. And make a schedule to have your family members spend equal amounts of time with each pet. Since new pups are exciting and would take a lot of attention from the kids, your older dogs may resent the new pup. If all your dogs feel like they are getting the same amount of affection, they are less likely to pick on the new puppy.
Puppy Proof Your Home
You want to make sure that your home is safe for your pup, as you would when preparing for a toddler. Make certain items you do not want to be chewed on or picked up are kept out of their reach. Give your new pup enough toys of their own to chew on. And take extra precautions on things that could poison them, keep medication and toxic food away.
Double-check your home and make sure that there are no hidden dangers for your pup; remember – prevention is key.
How to be the Perfect Puppy Parent
By the time your home is ready, it’s time to bring your new puppy home. The whole transition process can be pretty stressful for your dog, especially if it’s their first time leaving their breeder’s home. But don’t worry, here’s a perfect guide for you.
The Car Ride Home
Not all dogs enjoy rides, and you do not want your puppy’s first car ride to be traumatic. This will be their first time away from home and all the things they are familiar with. It would help if you made them feel comfortable.
If possible, have someone accompany you on the pick-up. It will be challenging to pay attention to your new dog and drive at the same time. However, by having another passenger, you have someone to keep your new puppy calm during the trip. Petting and gently reassuring your new pup that everything is going to be fine goes a long way.
You may also opt to get your new pup a crate. This is the safest way to transport them and ensure that they are kept out of harm’s way while in transit. In addition, crates are excellent because you can securely fasten them to the seat, and if your pup does need to do their business or puke, it is a lot easier to clean.
Meeting the Family
Upon reaching home, let your pup take a look around and explore his space. Where he will sleep, eat, and go to the bathroom. After that, introduce your new puppy to the rest of the family. It will be so exciting, but try to remind everyone to relax not to stress out the new pup.
Let your dog sniff out the rest of the family and reward them with a treat for doing a good job.
The first few nights would be pretty challenging, but this would be because your pup is in unfamiliar territory and away from their mom and siblings.
If you’re planning to train your pup to sleep in a crate, you should start on day one. The puppy should be put in its crate every night. It is also essential to place the crate in an ideal place. You might think keeping them far away would be the best choice, but that can make them quite anxious.
Experts suggest keeping the crate inside your bedroom or even just outside your door. This way, your pup is aware that you are near. In addition, this makes them feel safe, and they don’t think they were abandoned.
A good breeder would have a health guarantee. If you signed this with them upon purchase, it is crucial to keep up with your end of the agreement. Most health guarantees require the new owner to consult their vet within a certain period.
Take your new pup to your vet, and have them checked out. This is especially important as well for dogs you adopt from the shelter.
Pick a vet before bringing your dog home this way; you are well prepared if there would be a need. Find someone knowledgeable and trustworthy, this way; you know that your Bernedoodle is in the best hands.
Acquiring the right supplies can be pretty overwhelming. There are hundreds of products in the market, and you need to be financially prepared to provide for your new dog. After that, it’s just a matter of prioritizing what they genuinely require.
The first thing on your list is a place for them to sleep in. Purchase a crate that would be perfect for their size, providing them with a cozy space. There are a wide array of choices; wired, wooden, or plastic crates. While wired crates allow them to see their surroundings, plastic ones are easier to clean. Your choice would depend on what kind of home you have. Just be sure that your Bernedoodle can’t sink their teeth into it.
Baby gates are also great to have around, especially when you want to let them roam around in a safe space when you are busy or out. This also helps when you have other pets at home.
Next on the list are feeding bowls. There are different kinds, and it may be quite challenging to pick but find something sturdy and easy to clean. Keep the water always fresh and only have their food bowl full during meal times.
Picking out a collar or harness should be easy. You’d want to make sure that you’re getting something that is adjustable and fits your pup well. It should be snug and not tight. If you can slip two fingers in between the collar easily, it is perfect. Getting a harness would also be an excellent option to avoid throat problems when the pup tugs on their leash. Whichever you end up choosing, don’t forget to get identification tags.
We’ve talked about keeping your dog busy. For this, you would need toys to keep them happy and entertained. Bernedoodles get big quite fast, and they would need study toys that won’t easily be destroyed. When making a purchase, ensure that the toys don’t come with loose parts or would have anything that can harm them.
While you are there, it’s also best to pick up grooming supplies: brushes, nail trimmers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoos. Just be sure to find suitable quality materials. Then, again, the breeder would be able to recommend the right things for you to buy, whether you decided to groom your dog at home or take them to a professional.
Food and Nutrition
When you first pick up your Bernedoodle, some breeders would often give you some food to help with the transition. However, it is vital that when you switch out their food, you do it gradually. Suddenly switching to a different brand would give them tummy aches.
Having a good diet is essential. Proper nutrition should begin at an early age. With a good diet, you can prevent illness and injury and extend your dog’s life. Most large breeds are predisposed to skeletal disorders; this is why it is vital to watch their weight and make sure that they are not overfed.
Large dogs generally need a little more carbohydrates to keep them energetic. They should come from whole grain sources; brown rice, barley, or oats. These complex carbohydrates also provide your dog with enough fiber that makes them feel full and helps with digestion. Though there is some controversy with the type of carbohydrate your dog should be eating, it is important not to provide them with filler grains like corn, wheat, or soy.
Protein is equally essential to their nutrition. By nature, dogs are carnivores. Therefore, make sure that the food you purchase has at least 20% of protein. Different kinds of meat can be found in dog food; poultry, red meat, and even fish.
While we often avoid animal fats in our diets, dogs need them. Animal fat helps dissolve vitamins, provide them with energy, and improve their skin and coat. Fish oil is especially great for dogs because of the Omega fatty acids that improve skin and brain health.
Fruits and vegetables also have compounds that help your dog absorb nutrients better. You can purchase dog food that incorporates food like leafy greens, berries, and sweet potatoes. This helps prolong your dog’s life. You can also provide them with these superfoods as a snack.
At the end of the day, your dog will depend on you to make the right choices for them in terms of nutrition. It is all about moderation and finding the perfect balance.
Exercise and Recreation
As mentioned before, Bernedoodles are quite energetic, and you would need to convert that energy into something productive otherwise, destructive behavior will arise. This is where exercise and recreation come in.
Be sure to take your Bernedoodle out for a walk at least once a day. Have activities for them at home to distract them from destructive habits. Some bad habits include; chewing, digging, urinating, defecating, growling, and barking.
You must understand that these dogs are not backyard dogs. They crave human attention and interaction. If you cannot provide that, maybe the Bernedoodle isn’t the breed for you.
More often than not, separation anxiety occurs when your Bernedoodle feels traumatized from being left alone. Severe cases of separation anxiety cause dogs to be mentally broken, and it might manifest physically as well. This is more common in puppies that are just adjusting.
The key in addressing separation anxiety is building a routine and starting slow. Start by going into another room for a couple of minutes. Then increase the minutes gradually until you feel that the pup is more comfortable. Then move up to going on short errands until you can leave your home for an extended amount of time.
Avoid making a big scene when you’re about to leave or when you come home. If you excitedly speak to your dog every time you go and come home, you give them the wrong impression. Instead, leave and return home as casually as possible. The next thing you know, they will be completely unfazed by your absence.
It also helps that you have things that can keep them busy while you’re not at home. For example, invest in good toys and treats that they can access when you’re out. You may even consider installing pup cams to keep an eye on your precious one when you’re at work.
The financial commitment does not stop after your purchase. Yes, Bernedoodles are pretty expensive, but this also means that they are accustomed to a particular way of living. If you are not financially ready to care for a Bernedoodle, you may need more time to prepare.
Some of the things you would need to prioritize when owning a dog are; veterinary care, proper nutrition, and grooming. These are the basic costs of keeping your dog happy and healthy.
Owning any dog takes a lot of time, effort, and money. While you may think you are ready, you need to be sure. Bringing a dog to your home is a lifelong commitment. They are not disposable. Treat them like family by providing them with the best that you can.
At the end of the day, the little life of the pup you are bringing home is going to be your responsibility. Like we always say, it’s important that you love like a Doodle – with all your heart and all of yourself.