Good question. Put simply a Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. If you want to know why this mix is so popular keep reading.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are great. They have the temperament and love of a Golden Retriever. They are beautiful loyal family dogs. The downside is they only live to be about 8 years old. That’s where the Poodle comes in. The Poodle ads health and longevity. Now they live to be about 15 years old. Another thing the Poodle ads is intelligence. It’s no coincidence that Poodles are often in the circus performing. They are extremely intelligent dogs. Now combine that with the beauty and love of a Bernese Mountain Dog and you have the perfect pet.
As mentioned Bernedoodles are going to be very loving and loyal animals. They do really well with children and other pets. They are very easy going and calm. If they are not you might want to seek another breeder. They are great for security because they look like they are ferocious. However they are very loving and gentle. They do not need much exercise. A walk in the neighborhood will suffice. They are happy to be by the family and lay on the front porch. Because of the poodle mix they can be trained for just about any outdoor activity. They love to be outside summer and winter.
There is a variety of coats they can have. You may get straight hair or curly. It could be wavy or really thick. The colors can vary from bicolor to tricolor. Be careful that tricolors are not inbred. Many people do this for sales. A purebred Bernese Mountain Dog is going to shed a ton. With the Bernedoodle you are going to get very minimal to no shedding at all. The benefits of a straight hair dog is there is practically no grooming needed. With curly or wavy you may have to groom every couple times of the year. The curlier the better when it comes to being hypoallergenic.
You will never be disappointed with a Bernedoodle as a family pet. They can adapt to any family. Single, older, young kids it doesn’t matter. Make sure you are talking to a reputable breeder. Enjoy your Bernedoodle.
If you are interested in Labradoodles you have come to the right place. As a matter of fact Labradoodles are very similar to Goldendoodles as well.
We will start with the breeder. No they are not all the same. You may want to read this blog to see questions you should ask. Take your time to do research and ask questions. If they don’t answer the phone or take forever to call you back that should be your first clue. Also if they don’t let you visit then how can you inspect the facilities? Some questions you may ask are as follows:
How often are they fed or watered?
How often are they cleaned up after?
How young are they when they are left alone?
The last question tells you a lot. If they are left alone all day then the breeder has a full time job and breeding is just a hobby. What age do they start leaving them alone? It takes two weeks for puppies eyes to open. It takes about one week for them to start crawling. For the first four or five days there is a risk of the mother accidentally laying on a puppy and smothering it. Until they can crawl they could end up away from mom and get too cold or not enough milk. They use their nose to find mom before their eyes are open. Unless the breeder is cleaning with harsh products such as bleach. When their eyes open it is less dangerous for the puppy.
What Size Are Labradoodles?
Labradoodles can come in many sizes. Naturally though, a Labrador is full size. So if they come smaller than that they are breeding down. That’s fine if they do it over time. Think about this. If you have a miniature poodle female to a full size Labrador male you are going to have problems. The male is to big. If he gets her pregnant then the babies will be to big. Either there will be many puppies die in the birth canal or the mother could die. The best way would be to continue taking the runts of the litter to get smaller and smaller. The other way would be to have a full size female and small male and have her artificially inseminated.
Full size Labradoodles are as follows. Females are usually around 45 lbs. And Males around 75 lbs. They typically are smaller than full size Labradors because full size poodles are smaller. Again you can have smaller simply by having smaller breeding parents.
What Is The Personality of a Labradoodle?
This part is easy. They are great. They should be loving, friendly, love kids, loyal and of course intelligent. Not to bash poodles too much but they can be a little snippy. Sometimes they are moody and withdrawn to strangers or kids. If you are inspecting the parents keep an eye on this. Labrador are usually pretty friendly so its usually not them. If you find a puppy this way that should be a red flag. The mix is usually great.
Intelligence is great. Now that comes from the Poodle. Not that Labradors can’t be smart. But if you have ever gone to the circus and seen dog acts it is usually poodles. They are very easy to train and can learn just about anything. The Labradoodle is often used for service dogs. They do well. Sandpoint Doodles often uses Labradoodles for this. Prep Service Dogs.
Because of their intelligence they can learn all sorts of tasks. Because of the size they are also good for stability. Even if you are looking for a therapy dog or a dog for PTSD a Labradoodle would be a good fit.
How To Groom a Labradoodle?
So this is kind of your preference. We cut our Labradoodles about twice a year. A summer cut in the spring and one later in the summer. We don’t care for the poodle cut so we just try to do a happy teddy bear. Remember in the summer they need a little hair or else they can get sunburn. And in the winter they definitely need some hair to stay warm. A professional groomer should be able to give you some suggestions.
We own four Labradoodles and highly recommend them for just about anyone. They adapt easily to different situations. They are ideal for children as well. As mentioned they are great for service dogs and therapy dogs. Several of our Labradoodles can pick up on the mood and know when to come to you to snuggle. Great dog.
Some of you may have read this article recently published in USATODAY and written by Country Living. I felt it was good enough to re-publish.
A new survey conducted by Iams has found that two thirds of Brits believe their pets are living longer, healthier and happier lives because of the love they show them.
The findings confirm that we are indeed a nation of animal lovers, with 69% of pet owners claiming the most important thing to do for our pets is shower them with love — including cuddles and tummy tickles.Some even believe that it could help their pets live up to three years longer.
Meanwhile, the research also found that over half of owners believe the most important contribution to their pet’s happiness and wellbeing is a fit heart, while one in five also think a strong immune system helps, in addition to shiny fur.
To accompany this study, the team at Iams also uncovered eight vitality signs for your pet’s health. These include…
Healthy skin and shiny coat
Strong immune system
Strong, healthy teeth
Strong bones (for dogs)
Healthy urinary tract (for cats)
“Most of us are familiar with vital signs: temperature, pulse and respiration, but it would help our pets if we were also familiar with the ‘vitality signs.’ Keeping a close eye on these will help us keep our pets in tip top condition, healthy and happy,” Kellie Ceccarelli, IAMS Veterinary Manager and Pet Nutrition Expert says.
“Pet owners have a unique bond with their pets, understanding their moods and funny little ways. But even though the bonds are very close, even the most caring owner can miss important ‘clues’ about the health and happiness of their pet if they don’t keep a watchful eye on their vitality signs.”
Elsewhere in the study, research uncovered that some owners do struggle to identify signs that their pets are sad. A quarter of respondents admitted they struggle to tell why their pet is unhappy, while 47% of those polled admitted that if their pet is unhappy, they are unhappy too.
Bringing a new puppy into your home will change your life forever. Puppies are definitely a lot of work, but they also bring plenty of joy to your world. Whether you are getting your first puppy or just need a refresher course, here’s what you’ll need to know to get your puppy on the right track to adulthood.
Getting your home ready
If the time is right for getting a puppy, you will now have to choose the best match. Perhaps your future companion will find you. A puppy can come into your life by chance and you can feel an instant connection and know it is the right one, but it doesn’t always happen like that. Often, you must take on the important task of going out and finding the right kind of puppy for you.
First, get an idea of the puppy-eye-view of your home. Electrical cords, potential toxins, and breakable items should be placed completely out of reach. Remember that your puppy can jump, climb, chew, and scratch, so place what you can very high up or in a locked cabinet.
Be aware that “child-safe” latches do not tend to work on curious and determined puppies. It’s best to secure lower cabinets and drawers with locks or metal hardware. These should be chew-proof and require opposable thumbs to operate.
Naming your puppy
As your puppy joins the family, the all-important job of naming this new addition is a priority. Obviously, you will be using your dog’s name constantly throughout his life, so your choice should be a wise one.
Pick something that has a nice ring to it and is not too long. It should be easy to say and simple for your puppy to understand. It’s also important that your dog’s name does not sound too similar to other words you plan to teach it.
Your new puppy will need certain items from the very start. Some are essential for your pup’s well-being, while others are quite helpful. Most important items include a leash and collar with identification, food and water bowls, and chew toys. You should also get a comfortable dog bed and, preferably, a crate or kennel.
Some of these items can last as your puppy ages but many of them will need to be replaced as your puppy grows. Collars may be adjustable up to a certain point. A kennel can be purchased in a larger size for the future but should be blocked off with boxes or other objects to make it the right size for the puppy.
Choosing your puppies food
Your puppy’s diet can make all the difference in its future health and well-being. Before you decide on a puppy food, do your research. Talk to your vet, other pet professionals, and fellow dog owners. Remember that if the food you initially choose does not meet your expectations, you can gradually switch to another food.
In today’s dog-friendly world, the choices of diet seem endless. Some owners like to feed premium foods, while many feel that holistic/natural diets are best. Homemade and raw diets are also becoming increasingly popular.
While researching puppy food, consider the quality of ingredients, inclusion of proper nutrients, and taste. Make sure to choose a food that is appropriate for growth—not adult dog food or “maintenance” formulas. The food should be healthy for your puppy and your dog should enjoy eating it.
Keeping your puppy healthy
Preferably, you will find a veterinarian before you get a puppy. Within a few days of taking your new puppy home, you should bring it to your vet for a general exam. Take steps to make it a good experience so your puppy will be less likely to fear the vet’s office.
Over the course of your puppy’s first six months, you will see a lot of your vet. This begins with puppy vaccines and usually leads to spaying or neutering. Typically, puppies should be spayed or neutered at around six months of age.
Your vet can help identify any potential health problems early on, and advise you on caring for your dog long-term. The initial visit also opens the doors of communication with you and your vet. To help keep your puppy’s expenses down, you may consider purchasing pet health insurance, which could cover up to 80 percent of your dog’s health care costs.
Vaccines protect your puppy and other dogs from potentially fatal illnesses. Just like human babies, puppies (and kittens) need basic immunizations to take over when maternal antibodies fade. The puppy vaccination series is one of the most important aspects of your dog’s early life.
Unfortunately, pet vaccination has become controversial for those who fear vaccines in general. That’s part of the reason many vets are moving towards a three-year protocol (rather than annual) for adult dogs. However, when it comes to puppies, there is a different set of rules as the threat of vaccine-preventable diseases is extremely high for dogs. Not only may your new puppy die from these illnesses, but some of them can also be spread to humans.
Routine vaccine visits also allow your vet’s office to see your puppy every few weeks and monitor its growth and overall health. Talk to your vet about the best immunization plan for your puppy.
House training your new puppy
House training is one of the first things you will teach your new puppy. This process can sometimes be quite arduous, though some puppies catch on earlier than others.
You should begin house-training as soon as you bring your puppy home, but it takes patience. Puppies are generally not able to control their bladders and bowels until about 12 weeks of age. If your puppy is younger than this, just be patient.
Starting early can help get your puppy into a routine. As your dog grows and develops control over its bodily functions, it will already know what to do. As a general rule, you should take your puppy to the designated “potty spot” immediately after eating or drinking. However, accidents happen, so be prepared, consistent, and patient.
Bonding with your puppy
The bond you have with your puppy begins the moment it comes into your life and never stops growing. You can nurture this bond through affection, training, grooming, playtime, general exercise, and participation in various activities. You may want to join an obedience class, start training in dog sports like agility and flyball, or participate in dog shows.
Your puppy can begin training to visit people in hospitals and nursing homes or help children to read and learn. Strengthening and preserving the human-canine bond benefits the health and well-being of both you and your puppy.
If you are looking to add a Labradoodle or any dog to your family obviously you would want to do your research. Perhaps you may want to make a list of important questions you would like to ask the doodle breeder. First of all, if you cannot get a hold of the breeder that is where your search should end. Second, if you get a hold of the breeder but they won’t let you visit unless you purchase a puppy then that should also be the end. If you get a hold of them and you visit then take a look around.
What to look for
Is it clean?
Do the puppies get plenty of exercise?
Do the puppies have interaction with the family?
Are the parents available to meet?
What is the temperament of the parents?
What kind of food does the breeder feed their puppies?
Do the parents look healthy?
Don’t be fooled
Documentation stating the puppies and the parents are healthy can be doctored especially with a friend that is a vet. Use your observation. Health guarantees also aren’t always reliable. If you have a problem you may never speak to the breeder again once you pay them. Even if you do, most live half way across the country and will expect you to bring the puppy to them or to their vet friend to be inspected. So health guarantees don’t always mean a lot.