What is a Bernedoodle?
A Bernedoodle is a cross between a poodle (any size) and a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Why a Bernedoodle?
You get the goofiness, intelligence and clown-like nature of the poodle along with the calm, gentle, loyal nature of the Bernese. Also, you get the longevity and fewer health issues of the poodle in contrast to the shorter lifespan of the Bernese. A poodle's lifespan can average 12-15 years whereas the Bernese averages 7-10 years (both depending on genetics (testing and careful breeding.... our parents have been tested for breed specific health issues). A Bernedoodle is low shedding.. good for people with allergies. A Bernedoodle is a great companion dog.... they want to be at your side, whether outside chasing a ball, playing in the water, etc. or curled up on the couch beside you. This breed does thrive on human interaction so, if you do not have time for a dog, this may not be the breed for you. Please do not consider one of our puppies unless you plan for it to be
your lifelong companion and a very spoiled couch potato.
I have been raising Shih Tzu for over twenty years and I love the breed for their adaptability and incredible personality but I have always loved big dogs, too. For many years, we had a house full of boxers (pets only) and I now have a huge Great Pyrenees, Amos "to protect my little doggies" and a female Bernese Mountain Dog named Maggie. Our family has always had a variety of dogs and a love of all animals. My grandson, Dalton, and his wife, Natalie, who live in the farmhouse on our mini farm, have a male Bernese Mountain Dog, Sutton and, when Natalie suggested we raise Bernedoodles, our interest piqued and we began researching. I talked it over with my veterinarian (who has a standard poodle of her own) and the idea turned into reality. My oldest daughter, Kathy, and her husband, Lane, adopted a beautiful chocolate and white standard poodle, Abby, and are spoiling her, along with two of my Shih Tzu rugrats, Pork Chop and Jasmine. They will be raising the puppies in their home... along with a little help from me and lots of attention and spoiling by all the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
We are expecting our first litter of baby Bernedoodles in about 3 weeks.. due approximately February 10, 2021. We are so excited! Stay tuned for updates and pictures.