FAQ and Is a Bernedoodle Right for You
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What should a new Bernedoodle owner be aware of before committing? 1) One these are big dogs with the boys getting up to 90+ lbs and girls 80+ lbs. 2) Secondly, they are a long haired dog and like it cold..colder the better. If you like to keep your home above 74F, get another breed as they will be miserable. 3) these are not great running buddies for those that like to go on long runs....they may last a mile if you're fortunate; 4) puppies are not fully vaccinated until 16 weeks of age and you will need your own dedicated back yard that is preferably fenced in. 5) puppies need a fenced-in backyard to call their own so they can do plenty of off-leash running and playing; 6) puppies are not perfect...we do everything within our power to get them ready but each one is uniquely different and you'll need to be mentally and physically ready for the homecoming of your new puppy...do your homework on puppy training before she's one. You could encounter the following: 1) mouthing behavior (aka puppy biting; 2) soft stool; 3) crate training and housebreaking (we will get them well on their way); and the list goes on and on; 4) barking; 5) jumping; 6) whining, and the list goes on and on.
Here's some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that are intended to address some of the most common questions we get (if you don't see one here please email Dr. Chris at and he will add it to the list below):
1) Question: Do the F1 and/or F1b Standard Bernedoodles shed? Answer: All dogs can shed, however our F1 standard bernedoodles she minimally or not at all. Those that shed minimally you'll see an occasional tumble weed/dust bunnies but has never been an issue. Many of our customers have significant dog allergies in their homes but we have never had one issue with our parents and kids in these situations.
2) Question: Do bernedoodles need exercise and do they make good running partners. Answer: Yes they need plenty of off leash run time and as such we find homes with a fenced in backyard do best for the puppies and adults. They do get hot fast so they can not be left outside for more than 10-15 minutes during the warmer months, especially in the Southeast/Southwest. As far as jogging buddies, they can handle some short jogs but there's likely better breeds you may want to target....standard poodles will keep up with the best runners!
3) Question: How often do I need to brush my bernedoodle? When you pick up your puppy at 8 weeks of age, they won't necessarily have to be brushed but we recommend using a toothbrush to go thru the motions of brushing to keep them used to it as we start that process here. Make this a very positive experience! Can use lots of praise and treats. Once you start really brushing, we recommend a minimum of 3-4 times per week or more often if they are going to be doing lots of swimming and you want to keep the coat a little longer. The bottom line is that like most thick coated dogs they will be prone to matting if you don't keep up on the brushing. We recommend a two tiered approach: 1) use a slicker brush following the coat lines of the dog to get the surface coat brushed out; and 2) then use a metal comb to work toward the base of the hair follicle to detangle any mats or keep mats from developing. We have a video pinned at the top of our FaceBook page at
4) Question: How much and often should I feed my puppy? When they are adults? Answer: we feed our puppies 3x/day and the amount will vary between individuals. They are relatively good at controlling their food intake and will usually just eat what they need. We would recommend starting with a cup of food 3x/day but if they inhale it then increase by 1/4 cup until there's a little left over. In the morning food we often add a teaspoon of plain Greek Yogurt (no sugar added), a teaspoon of 100% pumpkin (no sugar added), and we will sometimes add a small amount of cooked ground up meats (burger, chicken, etc..but no salts or other additives). For the lunch and dinner we will just keep it dry unless you feel you need to add a little something to increase appetite. We do use TLC food and that is explained elsewhere on our website under the "Information Center" tab. When they get to about 4-6 months you will likely cut it down to two meals per day, morning and dinner time.
5) Question: How often should the puppy have access to water? Answer: ALL THE TIME except when in the crate.
6) Question: How often should we be taking the puppy outside for potty breaks? Answer: As often as you can. For sure every time the puppy is at the back door so they learn that association. Take outside right after they drink water or eat food. The process of eating stimulates the digestive track to initiate defamation of the previous meals. Anytime the puppy starts sniffing the ground get outside. We would recommend getting the puppy outside every 20-30 minutes while awake. Also restrict the space the puppy has access to....if you can't watch the puppy 100% then it should be in a crate that is placed near the back door.