A Bernedoodle is a designer breed born from mating a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. The breed is known to have the loyalty and tenacity of the former and the intelligence and overall aesthetics of the latter, making the bernedoodle a perfect companion dog for any home.
Because of their gentle and fun nature, Bernedoodles are suitable for families who have toddlers and small children.
Thanks to the hypoallergenic fur they got from the poodle parent, they are safe for allergy sufferers.
If you want a dog that is relatively safe, intelligent, and fiercely loyal, then Bernedoodles are for you.
Best of Both Worlds at Half the Price
Bernedoodles are relatively new to the dog breed market. Sherry Rupke, the breeder who claims to be the first one who deliberately created the breed, started crossbreeding Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle in 2003. Since then, she has devoted herself to developing the best companion dog that bears the positive attributes of both breeds.
Unlike pure breeds, quoting a Bernedoodle price is a bit more complicated because there are a lot more things to consider. A Bernedoodle price can go from $800 to $4,000 depending on these factors:
- Generation type
Crossbreeds like Bernedoodles are divided by generation type.
F1 generation of Bernedoodles is made by crossbreeding a pure Bernese Mountain Dog and a pure Poodle of any size. That means about 50/50 division of the traits from both breeds. The F1s are the most expensive of the bunch.
The F1b generation of Bernedoodles is created by crossbreeding an F1 generation and a Poodle. This means that the F2b pooch is made of 25% Bernese and 75% Poodle. Pooches from this pool are perfect for those who are allergy sufferers.
The F2 generation has two F1 generation Bernedoodles as parents. This one is considered the cheapest of the three types.
Poodles come in different sizes. In the same manner, Bernedoodles can have a toy, mini, and standard version.
Toy Bernedoodles are 30 to 40 centimeters tall when measured from the shoulder to the floor and can weigh from 4 to 10 kilograms. Because of their size, they are easy to carry around and they can readily adapt to apartment living.
Miniature Bernedoodles, on the other hand, can be 45 to 55 centimeters tall and can weigh from 11 to 22 kilograms.
Finally, standard Bernedoodles can go as tall as 79 centimeters and weigh as heavy as 40 kilograms.
The Bernedoodle price is also gauged by the color of the pooch. Bernedoodles can come in different colors.
Phantom, or solid black Bernedoodles, are the most common and therefore the cheapest. Bi-color means your Bernedoodle can have a combination of black, white, or brown, while a tricolor can have all three. The latter is considered to be the rarest of the three colors, making the tricolor Bernedoodle substantially more expensive.
- Expertise of breeder
Just like any other jobs out there, breeders who are more experienced when it comes to breeding Bernedoodles price them much higher than those who have not been in the industry that long.
SwissRidge Kennels, a facility owned by Sherry Rupke, offers its Bernedoodles at a much higher rate than others. Being the pioneer of the breed, she has more experience and expertise in handling, breeding, and caring for Bernedoodles than any other breeder.
- Care and maintenance expenses
Aside from the typical initial vaccination shots and deworming treatment, Bernedoodles, upon birth, must be given extra care not just in the medical aspect. Bernese Mountain Dogs are known to be terrible moms; they care very little about their babies. This means that in one litter of six or seven, only four or less can survive. That is if left unattended.
Aside from that, Bernese moms have low pregnancy success rate. There would be moments that after mating, no babies are produced. It may take a few tries AND years to have a successful pregnancy since female dogs get in heat only twice a year.
More Expenses to Come
The bills do not stop once you receive your Bernedoodle. To give your new pet a good quality of life, you have to provide its basic needs.
For this section, we will divide the types of expenses you may incur into two: one-time and recurring expenses.
Shelter – Bernedoodles do not have any special needs when it comes to their home. Do note, however, that the bigger the size, the larger the room they need. Thus, the standard Bernedoodles may need a yard to play in, or, if you live in an apartment, a big space.
Because of their intelligence, Bernedoodles can be given crate training. This is important especially if you have other pets at home or you always have visitors who do not appreciate your Bernedoodle’s friendliness.
Crate prices vary according to size and the material in which it was made. A basic one may go from $25 (for toy and mini Bernedoodles) to $60 (for standard Bernedoodles).
Transportation Costs – Some kennels already offer a transport system for their Bernedoodles, which can go from $300 to $450 depending on the type of system you need. They may either go door-to-door, air travel, or have one of their staff travel with your pooch. The good thing about this choice is that the kennel would save you the trouble of transporting your furry friend. All you need to do is to wait.
If, however, you prefer to go and pick up your Bernedoodle yourself, you may need to consider the cost of fuel (if you have a car) or public transport fees (if you are into commuting).
You also have a choice to get a separate pet travel service if you are not sure of the delivery service offered by the kennel. Some charge from $350 to $875 for deliveries within continental US and other United States territories and $550 to $3,500 for overseas travel.
Documentation – Getting papers for mixed breeds are a lot trickier than pure breeds. For one, famous clubs like the American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club do not accept them.
However, this does not mean that you do not need to have your Bernedoodle registered. If the breeder you got was not able to register your pet, it is your job to do so.
Mixed breeds like Bernedoodles can be registered in Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, Designer Breed Registry, or in American Canine Hybrid Club. Starting price may be around $25.
Food – Just like the shelter, the daily nutritional requirements may vary depending on their size. Toy Bernedoodles need fewer calories than the mini Bernedoodle, and subsequently, mini ‘doodles need less than the standard ones.
For about $30, you can buy a bag of dog food for Bernedoodles that could last for half a month.
Veterinary Care – The beauty of mixed breeds, especially when the parents are chosen meticulously, is that there are fewer chances of passing genetic health problems to the offspring.
Unfortunately, because Bernedoodles are relatively new, information about health concerns are limited. This means that owners must be extra vigilant in providing veterinary care from the time that they receive their pet. Routine checkups must be done without fail, so be prepared to shell out at least $60 for it.
Once you receive your Bernedoodle, it is essential that you also follow up on the vaccination shots. Bernedoodles are just as prone to rabies, distemper, and parvo as any other breeds out there. Shots may start at $19 to $35 depending on the clinic.
Grooming Needs – Because of the poodle parent’s exquisite coat, shedding is minimal to non-existent. However, since it is considered a hair and not fur, matting can be a problem. The curlier the hair, the more prone it is to stick together.
To prevent this, brush and comb their hair every day. You can already buy a dog hair brush for around $8 to $10. And like human hair, a Bernedoodle’s hair coat must be shampooed and conditioned using products specifically made for dogs. You can buy a bottle of each for at least $10 to $25 depending on the brand.
Regular clipping of the coat must also be part of their grooming regimen to facilitate easier and faster coat brushing. A standard clipping can cost you around $55 to $90, depending on the size of your dog and the style.
Others – If properly trained during outside activities, Bernedoodles can be walked around the neighborhood without a leash and harness. But for all intents and purposes, having one is not a bad idea.
A good harness is one that can be secured and adjusted around the shoulders and chest. It must not constrict your pet’s throat nor hinder its limbs while walking. Prices start at $18 or more depending on the brand.
A crucial part of the Bernedoodle’s life is toys. Bernedoodles have the intelligence of a poodle, and the latter is considered the second most intelligent dog breed in the world.
The downside of this is that they can get easily bored especially if you are not always around to play with them. Thankfully, toys are relatively cheap. You can already buy one starting at $1 to $45.
While Bernedoodles may take a little more time, money, and effort to buy and care for, their loving companionship and unconditional obedience far outweigh the investments.
In choosing the Bernedoodle puppy to take home, always communicate and ask the breeder for help. An excellent breeder will not let your choices be governed by your heart, but by sound, rational judgment.