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Meet The Loveable Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain dog & Poodle mix

The Bernedoodle is a cross of a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog, also known as Bernese Mountain dog Poodle Mix. The Bernedoodle is a medium-large dog at about 23 to 29 inches tall, slightly bigger than a Poodle but smaller than a Bernese Mountain Dog. This crossbreed’s lifespan is 12 to 18 years.

What makes the Bernese Mountain dog Poodle Mix so special, that’s what we will cover below in detail.

The Bernese and Poodle as separate breeds don’t share many characteristics, but when combined – the intelligence, calm disposition, and hypoallergenic coat make for a dream dog for many owners!

In fact, through the course of my research for this article – I think that I may have convinced myself that this might just be the next dog for our little family to welcome into our home!

Before you can fully appreciate the Bernedoodle, it is, of course, important to understand where he comes from. So, let’s take a look at his purebred ancestors and their good points, and not so good points!

 

This tri-colored large breed dog is famous for its placid nature, an ideal family dog due to its gregarious nature. The breed standard calls for a chilled-out dog that is friendly to strangers, and free from anxiety, quite the perfect breed.

PROS

  • The docile temperament.
  • Great with children.
  • They make exceptional guard dogs.

CONS

  • A relatively short lifespan of seven years.
  • Prone to numerous health conditions.
  • Requires plenty of exercise.

Benefits of owning a Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle Appearance

When you hear the word “goldendoodle,” you may be picturing an exact hybrid between a golden retriever and a standard poodle. In fact, goldendoodles can vary quite a lot in appearance.
The size of a goldendoodle depends on the poodle part of their heritage. Poodles come in miniature, medium, and standard sizes, and goldendoodles do, too! That’s why you’ll meet goldendoodles ranging from small (15-30 pounds) to XL (up to 100 pounds). As for their coloring, goldendoodles don’t always have golden fur! In fact, they come in as many different colors as poodles, ranging from light tan to apricot to chocolate to black.

Goldendoodles have shaggy, curly coats that are often described as being allergy-friendly or even hypoallergenic. However, the truth is, most allergies are caused by dander (dead skin cells shed alongside fur) more than the dog’s coat. Some people with more mild allergies may react less severely to goldendoodles because they shed less, but there’s no guarantee that a goldendoodle will be hypoallergenic.

Goldendoodle Personality

One word describes the typical goldendoodle personality: friendly! Goldendoodles are known for being happy, outgoing, and people-pleasing. Of course, dogs’ personalities vary a lot depending on genes and how much socialization they get. But in general, Goldendoodles get along with everybody.

In fact, the goldendoodle’s everyone-is-my-friend personality gives them a great reputation as a family dog. They’re happy, playful, and have the patience and stamina to run around with kids. As with any dog, proper socialization and positive reinforcement training will help goldendoodles and kids maintain friendly, safe interactions.

Goldendoodle Dog Breed Facts & Information

Part golden retriever, part poodle, and all adorable…it’s the Goldendoodle! Goldendoodles are a hybrid breed beloved for their outgoing nature, friendly personality, and intelligence. They’re relatively new, gaining popularity since the 1990’s alongside other cross-breeds like cockapoos and labradoodles. Back in the day, goldendoodles were thought to be hypoallergenic. These days, we know that they may or may not be better for allergies depending on the dog and the person; but most goldendoodles do have soft, wavy fur that sheds less than other dogs.
Learn more about goldendoodles, from their surprisingly recent origins to their family and guide dog potential, in this in-depth breed profile. We’ll help you decide whether a goldendoodle is the right kind of dog for you.

Breed Characteristics

Key

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Origin: United States
  • Size:
  • Weight: 50-100 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
  • Breed group: Mixed
  • Activity level:
  • Barking/howling level:
  • Good with dogs: yes
  • Good with kids: yes
  • Good with cats:
  • Shedding:
  • Easy to groom:
  • Easy to train:
  • Protective:

Goldendoodle Appearance

When you hear the word “goldendoodle,” you may be picturing an exact hybrid between a golden retriever and a standard poodle. In fact, goldendoodles can vary quite a lot in appearance.

The size of a goldendoodle depends on the poodle part of their heritage. Poodles come in miniature, medium, and standard sizes, and goldendoodles do, too! That’s why you’ll meet goldendoodles ranging from small (15-30 pounds) to XL (up to 100 pounds). As for their coloring, goldendoodles don’t always have golden fur! In fact, they come in as many different colors as poodles, ranging from light tan to apricot to chocolate to black.

Goldendoodles have shaggy, curly coats that are often described as being allergy-friendly or even hypoallergenic. However, the truth is, most allergies are caused by dander (dead skin cells shed alongside fur) more than the dog’s coat. Some people with more mild allergies may react less severely to goldendoodles because they shed less, but there’s no guarantee that a goldendoodle will be hypoallergenic.

Goldendoodle Personality

One word describes the typical goldendoodle personality: friendly! Goldendoodles are known for being happy, outgoing, and people-pleasing. Of course, dogs’ personalities vary a lot depending on genes and how much socialization they get. But in general, Goldendoodles get along with everybody.

In fact, the goldendoodle’s everyone-is-my-friend personality gives them a great reputation as a family dog. They’re happy, playful, and have the patience and stamina to run around with kids. As with any dog, proper socialization and positive reinforcement training will help goldendoodles and kids maintain friendly, safe interactions.

Ideal Environment for a Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles have moderate energy levels and live to be around their humans. That means that whether you live in an apartment or a house with a large yard, your goldendoodle will thrive with daily exercise alongside the people they love. In other words, they’ll need some long walks!

Their retriever genes mean some goldendoodles love a game of fetch, so a fenced yard can be a huge help! But goldendoodles can also live in apartments as long as they have access to outdoor activities like walks, runs, hikes, and swims (though not all goldendoodles love water).

As a social breed, goldendoodles do best alongside their family and friends indoors. They need outdoor play time, but shouldn’t stay outside all day. Give them a soft place to rest at home, and access to plenty of water throughout the day.

Ideal Human for a Goldendoodle

Here’s a not-so-well-kept secret about goldendoodles: they love attention! So, the ideal goldendoodle owner will have lots to give, alongside a healthy dose of patience. It helps to have an active lifestyle, or to at least have the ability to help your goldendoodle get the exercise they need whether or not you can run alongside them (fetch and tug are great games to play with your goldendoodle)! Goldendoodles are known for being pretty easy-going, but their attachment to humans can sometimes result in separation anxiety. The ideal goldendoodle owner will be prepared to help their dogs get used to a routine, and offer them plenty of outlets for their happy energy.

Goldendoodle Training

Because of their intelligence and people-pleasing manner, well-bred goldendoodles excel in training. They love being around their people and will work hard alongside you, especially with lots of positive reinforcement. You’ll be amazed what your goldendoodle will do for a treat! If you get a goldendoodle puppy, sign up for a puppy class with socialization ASAP–the whole family will learn alongside the puppy, and they’ll get the socialization they need to grow into amazing dogs.

Of course, adult doodles like training, too! Due to their intelligence and athleticism, goldendoodles are a lot of fun in dog sports, too. Once you have the basics of obedience down, you can explore agility, dock diving, and more with your doodle dog. Of course, adult doodles like training, too! Due to their intelligence and athleticism, goldendoodles are a lot of fun in dog sports, too. Once you have the basics of obedience down, you can explore agility, dock diving, and more with your doodle dog.

Goldendoodles are often trained as guide dogs alongside their poodle and golden retriever relatives. Their brains, gentleness, and affectionate nature make them perfect for assistant dog roles. Learn more about guide dog training here.

What is a mini Goldendoodle?

What is a Miniature Goldendoodle

A standard Goldendoodle is a mixed breed between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, whereas a Mini Goldendoodle, is a cross between a Miniature Poodle (or Toy Poodle) and a Golden Retriever.
This designer dog became popular for being hypoallergenic and no to low shedding. Although, it’s important to note that no dog breed can be 100% hypoallergenic and non-shedding, however, Mini Goldendoodles shed much less than a Golden Retriever would!

Types of Mini Goldendoodles

While searching for a Mini Goldendoodle puppy, you’re going to see words like “first generation” and “F1”, “F1b”. Here’s a quick overview of the different generations.

F1 Mini Goldendoodle

An F1 Mini Goldendoodle (or first generation) is when a purebred Golden Retriever is bred with a purebred Miniature Poodle. F1 Mini Goldendoodles are half Golden Retriever and half Mini Poodle.

F1b Mini Goldendoodle

F1b Mini Goldendoodles are when a Mini Goldendoodle is bred with a Mini Poodle. F1b Mini Goldendoodles are 75% Miniature Poodle, meaning they are less likely to shed. F1b Mini Goldendoodles are more suited for those with severe allergies.

F2 Mini Goldendoodle

An F2 Mini Goldendoodle is when two Mini Goldendoodles are bred together.

F2b Mini Goldendoodle

An F2b Mini Goldendoodle is when an F1 (half Golden Retriever and half Mini Poodle) is bred with an F1b Mini Goldendoodle.

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