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Pros and Cons of Bernedoodles

By Mawoo Pets · 17 Feb · 6 mins read
Pros and Cons of Bernedoodles

The Bernedoodle is a perfect family pet – in fact, it’s touted as one of the best Poodle mixes for families. This crossbreed between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Its popularity is not just for its adorable black-and-white curls, but its incredible family-friendly temperament, too.

Like any breed, however, the Bernedoodle comes with some pros and cons that a new family should consider. In this article, we'll delve into the various aspects of owning a Bernedoodle, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of what to expect to make the important decision: Is this the Bernedoodle the right breed for your family?

The Pros of Owning a Bernedoodle

1. They're Excellent Companions

Bernedoodles are renowned for their kind and loving personalities. They are not only affectionate towards their families, but are friendly with strangers and other pets, too. Bernedoodles are also outstanding playmates for kids. They are not only gentle with children (they love to cuddle!) but also their energetic personalities make them great additions to active families.

Similar to other lovey-dovey doodles like Goldendoodles, Bernedoodles form strong bonds with their families and make outstanding lifelong companions.

2. They Come in a Range of Sizes

Bernedoodles can be as small as 25 pounds and as large as 100 pounds! Their size depends mainly on their Poodle lineage – if a Toy or Miniature Poodle is used, then you get a Mini Bernedoodle around 25 to 50 pounds. If a Standard Poodle parent is used, then you get a standard Bernedoodle around 70 to 90 pounds.

This size range gives flexibility to families – are you looking for a small sized companion that fits well into an apartment? Or a big furry friend who’ll be a noticeable presence in your yard? The Bernedoodle with its range of sizes has you covered.  

3. They’re Extremely Intelligent

One of the most notable traits of a Bernedoodle is its intelligence. Thanks to their Poodle parentage, Bernedoodles are usually very quick learners. This quality makes them relatively easy to train, provided you use positive reinforcement techniques.

They have a keen ability to understand commands and are often used as therapy dogs because of their intelligence and empathy. My Bernedoodle Max can perform an impressive range of tricks, from turning off the lights to fetching my laptop bag, and he picked up these tricks just after a few sessions. This level of intelligence makes the Bernedoodle a really fun and engaging companion.

4. They’re Low-Shedding

One of the big advantages of owning a Bernedoodle is their coat. Thanks to their dominant Poodle genes, Bernedoodles have a low-shedding coat, which is great for people with allergies. Their coat comes in a variety of colors and can be curly, wavy, or straight-ish. The curlier the coat, the lower shedding your Bernedoodle is!

However, their coat does require regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling. This includes brushing, bathing, and occasional trimming.

5. They’re Quite Healthy

Bernedoodles are known for their robust health. Being a mixed breed, they benefit from a phenomenon known as 'hybrid vigor', which means they are generally healthier and live longer than their purebred counterparts. They are less prone to the genetic health issues that can plague purebred dogs.

However, it's essential to source your Bernedoodle from a reputable breeder who prioritizes health and temperament over appearance. A good breeder will provide health clearances for both parent dogs, ensuring that your Bernedoodle puppy has the best chance at a long, healthy life.

The Cons of Owning a Bernedoodle

1. They Need Plenty of Exercise

While their energy levels can vary depending on the specific mix, many Bernedoodles are high-energy dogs that require plenty of exercise. They love to play and will need regular walks, playtime, and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. If they don't get enough exercise, they can become bored and potentially destructive. For example, a Bernedoodle might chew on shoes or furniture out of boredom.

This energy level means that Bernedoodles may not be the best fit for those with a more sedentary lifestyle.

2. They Can Be Prone to Separation Anxiety

Bernedoodles form strong bonds with their families and don't like to be left alone for long periods. This trait can lead to separation anxiety, which can manifest in various ways, including excessive barking, destructive behavior, and even depression.

A Bernedoodle suffering from separation anxiety might pace the house once its owner leaves, whine, and even chew on the door frames. If this happens, you’d have to work with a professional trainer to help manage the separation anxiety.

3. They Require Regular Grooming

Thanks to their Poodle genes, Bernedoodles often have a curly or wavy coat that requires regular grooming to keep it looking its best and prevent matting. Depending on their coat type, they may need to be brushed daily and professionally groomed every 6-8 weeks.

If you spend the time each week brushing your Bernedoodle’s coat, it keeps it mat-free and shiny – but this grooming requirement can be a con for those who prefer a low-maintenance pet.

4. They Can Be Expensive

Bernedoodles are a designer breed, and as such, they can come with a hefty price tag. The cost of a Bernedoodle puppy can range from $2,000 to $5,000, depending on the breeder, the puppy’s size, the parent’s lineage, and more.

This doesn't include the ongoing costs of food, grooming, vet bills, and other expenses, of course. While the cost might be a deterrent for some, many owners believe the companionship and love their Bernedoodle brings into their life is worth every penny.

Conclusion

Like any Doodle breed, the Bernedoodle has its pros and cons. They're friendly, intelligent, and low-shedding, but they also require a lot of exercise, attention, and can be expensive. It's important to consider these factors before deciding if a Bernedoodle is the right fit for your family.

Remember, the examples shared in this article are just general observations and may not apply to every Bernedoodle. It’s always a good practice to spend time with a dog or puppy before deciding to bring them into your home -- to make sure their temperament is a good fit for your family and lifestyle.

Ready to find your perfect Bernedoodle companion? At Mawoo Pets, we share your passion for pets and your commitment to ethical breeding. Our global team of pet lovers is dedicated to helping you connect with a Bernedoodle that's been raised with love and care. Explore our Bernedoodle puppies now and take the first step towards bringing home a pet that's just right for you.

FAQs About the Pros & Cons of Bernedoodles

What doodle breeds are similar to the Bernedoodle?

If you’re in the market for a Bernedoodle, you may want to consider other doodles like Goldendoodles, Sheepadoodles, and Aussiedoodles. We have an in-depth guide on various Doodle breeds that you should review.

How does Bernedoodle compare with Goldendoodle

Both breeds are excellent family companions and do well with kids, other pets, and strangers. They're also both low-shedding and highly intelligent. While Bernedoodles can be more guarding and protective, Goldendoodles don't have this disposition. Also, Goldendoodles are usually a bit more energetic than Bernedoodles. 

Are there smaller doodle breeds than the Bernedoodle?

If you’re looking for a small Doodle breed, aside from the Mini Bernedoodle, you may want to consider a Cavapoo, Cockapoo, Havapoo, or Malitpoo. There’s also miniature varieties of other popular doodle breeds like the mini Goldendoodle and mini Aussiedoodle.

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