- Why a Bernedoodle?
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a great pet and very family-friendly. Most people describe them as being very loving, playful and chill. Did I say goofy, yes, they are described as goofy too. They originate in the mountains of the Swiss Alps and were used to pull carts and protect the family. They have a very full coat and love to find a piece of tile or concrete to cool themselves lying on. They do shed a lot, in-fact I like to say that I could weave a whole new dog from what I sweep off the floor every day (I think that is a hilarious comment and say it over and over again, not sure anyone agrees with how funny it is but it cracks me up every time, also I don't really know how to weave...) Health concerns include Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) and, sadly, can lead to having a fairly short life-expectancy (6-8 years) as a breed, if affected. The US population of BMD went through a pretty distinct bottleneck when first imported and it is hard to find a BMD with US lines that doesn't carry DM. Related to the Rottweiler and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, they have a classic phantom-marked coat of distinct tri-colors of black, white, and rust. The breed is genetically fixed at at/at ky/ky E/E and B/B and you occasionally get a blue eye, which is considered a fault with the AKC, however has become a popular trait.
Poodles are very smart, loyal, energetic and have incredible longevity as a breed. They can be a little needy and thrive on one-on-one attention. They are family friendly, but often have their special person that they are connected to. They can bark quite a bit and need a lot of socialization with other dogs to keep up their skills. Poodles do better in a multiple dog household. They have continuously growing hair (not fur, like other breeds) and need regular grooming. Just like with humans, when you brush them hair comes out in the brush, but the coat does not shed or fall off like other breeds. For this reason, they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in people normally reactive to other breeds.
We raised our first litter of Bernedoodles for another breeder. The mom was a big Bernese Mountain Dog and just as sweet and loving as you can possibly imagine. She was a good and chill mom and we enjoyed having her here, She loved laying on the tile floors in the kitchen or bathroom. The thing that really stood out to us was these puppies were just everything you could want in a puppy: independently playful, interactive, confident and very content. Mixing these two together produces some of the most enchanting animals we have ever encountered. Also, because of the cross-breeding, their life expectancy (12-18 years) is much longer than the purebred Bernese. Lots of people report that they have no allergies to the Bernedoodle, although that is not universal so it would really depend on the individual. We recommend meeting or doing a T-Shirt Test (rub it on the puppy then send to you to rub on your skin) before bringing one home, if this is an issue for you. They are smart and loyal and playful, with just the right amount of chill and cuddle.
The Bernedoodle is a relatively new breed of dog that was first developed in the early 2000s in North America. As its name suggests, the Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle, typically a Standard Poodle.
The exact origins of the Bernedoodle are not well-documented, but it is believed to have been created as a designer breed with the goal of combining the best traits of both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, sturdy breed that is known for its loyalty and gentle disposition, while the Poodle is a highly intelligent and hypoallergenic breed that is often used in crossbreeding to produce dogs with desirable traits.
The first recorded Bernedoodle litter was born in 2003 in Ontario, Canada. Since then, the breed has become increasingly popular and is now recognized by several dog breed registries, including the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), and the Designer Breed Registry (DBR).
Bernedoodles come in a variety of sizes, colors, and coat types, depending on the specific breeding. They are generally friendly, affectionate, and playful dogs that make great family pets. Due to their Poodle heritage, they are often low-shedding and hypoallergenic, making them a good choice for people with allergies.
- Why a Labradoodle?
Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and there are several reasons for their widespread popularity:
They make great family pets: Labrador Retrievers have a friendly, outgoing personality and are known for their love of people, including children. They are loyal and protective of their owners and make great companions.
They are highly trainable: Labrador Retrievers are intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train. They excel in obedience training, agility, and other activities.
They are versatile: Labrador Retrievers are versatile and can be trained for a variety of tasks, including hunting, search and rescue, and service work.
They have a good temperament: Labrador Retrievers are known for their gentle nature and good temperament, which makes them ideal as therapy dogs.
They are low-maintenance: Labrador Retrievers have a short, easy-to-care-for coat that sheds minimally, making them low-maintenance dogs.
They are healthy: Labrador Retrievers are generally healthy dogs with few health issues.
Overall, the combination of their friendly personality, trainability, versatility, good temperament, low-maintenance care, and overall health make Labrador Retrievers a popular choice for pet owners.
Labradoodles are a Labrador Retriever / Poodle mix in various generations. They are often referred to as a Bearded Retriever. These pups enjoy the intelligence of the Poodle and the friendliness of the Lab. Both breeds excel at learning new behaviors and tend to learn very quickly. Their coats can be curly or shaggy. They are typically moderately active.
- What are the different Doodle Generations?
- F1 Doodles are the product of a Poodle and another breed (Bernese Mountain Dog, Labrador Retriever, Australian Shepherd, etc). So, they are 50% Poodle and 50% of the other breed. These pups are the closest to the original breed, as far as physical and personality traits. Because the Poodle doesn't shed, these puppies will typically shed less (every dog is different though). Their coat is often smooth to wavy. One of the great benefits of the F1 is Hybrid Vigor (see below). If you really love a Lab or Berner, but would like to cut down on the shedding and gain the great attributes of the Poodle, the F1 may be for you.
- F1B Doodles are 75% Poodle and 25% other breed. B stands for Backcross: breeding a Doodle back to one of the parent breeds. This is typically done by breeding back to the Poodle to increase the hypoallergenic properties. This is the generation that many look for because they are generally more hypoallergenic (there are no guarantees exactly how much so) and have low to no shedding. Their coat is more likely to be wavy or curly. These puppies enjoy the benefits of Hybrid Vigor, just to a lesser extent.
- F2 Doodles are a second-generation cross between and F1 and an F1. If you breed an F1 Bernedoodle with an F1 Bernedoodle the result is 50% Bernese Mountain Dog and 50% Poodle. These pups will also benefit from Hybrid Vigor, to an extent. Some shedding is to be expected and the coat texture is fairly unpredictable. This is a great pup for those who love the both Berner and the Poodle and are not too particular about the shedding or the coat.
- What is Hybrid Vigor?
Hybrid vigor, or Heterosis, is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “increased vigor or superior qualities arising from the crossbreeding of genetically different plants or animals”. What this means in dog breeding is that, in breeding two different purebred breeds, you can often breed out some of the inherent negative conditions of the purebreed to produce a more healthy offspring. That is why the first generation, the F1, benefits the most from Hybrid Vigor. The amount of "increased vigor and superior qualities" generated by these pairings is not fully understood. But, with healthy, responsible breeding, parents can pass on the best of their breeds and lower the occurrence of negative inherited conditions.