Pros And Cons Of Choosing A Bernedoodle Puppy
Doodles, which are dogs produced by crossing a poodle with another breed, have become quite common in recent years. Many of the poodle's best traits, including their hypoallergenic coats and friendly personalities, end up being passed down to the pups. One particular type of doodle you might see offered by local breeders is the Bernedoodle. A cross between a poodle and a Bernese mountain dog, the Bernedoodle has a lot of fans. But should you bring home a Bernedoodle puppy for yourself? Consider these pros and cons.
Pro: You can choose between two sizes
Bernese mountain dogs are lovely, but they are also a very large breed. If you want the look and vibrant personality of the Bernese mountain dog without the size, a Bernedoodle is a good alternative. Larger Bernedoodles are the result of a cross with a standard poodle. They're pretty big, but not nearly as large as a purebred Bernese mountain dog. Smaller Bernedoodles are the result of breeding a Bernese mountain dog and a miniature poodle. They're medium to small dogs, which is a more manageable size for many people.
Con: They require a lot of grooming
Bernedoodle coats are beautiful, but they do require a lot of grooming. Their hair can grow very long, and it tangles and mats easily. You will likely need to brush your Bernedoodle's coat daily, and you'll need to take them to the groomer regularly. This does add to the time and expense associated with dog ownership.
Pro: They are friendly, cuddly family dogs
Both poodles and Bernese mountain dogs tend to be very friendly, bond with their owners well, and enjoy cuddles. So, their Bernedoodle offspring really embody these characteristics too. If you have kids, have guests over a lot, or just want a dog who will let you love on them, then a Bernedoodle is a great choice.
Con: They can be stubborn
Bernedoodles are smart and trainable, but they can have a stubborn streak. This tends to come from their Bernese mountain dog parent and is more prominent in some dogs than in others. Because of it, you will need to be consistent and persistent when training your dog. Attending training classes can really help.
If you are looking for a family dog and don't mind some stubbornness and grooming, then a Bernedoodle can be a great choice for you. Talk to a breeder or shelter to learn more about available Bernedoodle puppies.