Bernedoodle Training Profile
Weight: 50+ pounds (standard), 25 to 49 pounds (mini) and 10 to 24 pounds (tiny)
Height: 23 to 29 inches (standard), 18 to 22 inches (mini) and 12 to 17 inches (tiny)
Lifespan: 12 to 18 years
Bernedoodle Temperament and History
This breed is the result of breeding Poodles and Bernese Mountain Dogs. These hybrids have been in existence since only the early 2000s. The original breeder is Sherry Rupke, a Canadian who first bred her own Bernedoodles in Ontario in 2003.
In terms of personality, these dogs are loving, intelligent and modest. They get along well with kids, making them great for families, but they get along well with individual owners as well.
They’re often suspicious around people they’ve never encountered before. Working on their socialization skills early on, however, can do a great job of combatting this.
Bernedoodle puppies, however, can be a bit stubborn. They also can be rowdy. This is precisely the reason owners should never wait around to start socialization and training. Fortunately, most of their stubbornness goes away with some proper training.
This breed often requires a lot of attention from their owners as well, which can be an issue for people who spend a lot of time away from home. But, regardless of what your schedule is, you should not leave a Bernedoodle on its own for extended periods of time. If necessary, you should enroll them at a dog boarding facility.
Bernedoodles are happiest when they have a lot of space to run around and explore, so if you don’t have a spacious backyard, it’s important you take them to a dog park as often as possible.
Bernedoodle Training Tips
These dogs do not typically develop aggressive behaviors, especially if they grow up in a healthy breeding environment.
However, as a result of their socialization requirements, they’re more susceptible to developing separation anxiety, which can lead to other destructive behaviors. For example, a common sign of separation anxiety is chewing up items around the house when their owners are away.
In addition to people, Bernedoodles also get along well with other dogs. However, this is typically contingent on them being socialized beginning at an early age. If an owner or breeder waits too long to socialize and train a Bernedoodle, he or she may end up with a dog that completely dislikes the presence of other animals.