If you’re familiar with Doodle dogs, you know they’re a mixture of a poodle and some other dog, and the Australian Bernedoodle is no exception to that. In fact, the Australian Bernedoodle is a mixture of several breeds of dog. To fully understand how we get the final prize known as the Australian Bernedoodle, we’ll trace back to the beginning.
What is an Australian Bernedoodle? The Australian Bernedoodle is a mixture between a Bernese Mountain Dog and an Australian Labradoodle. Bernese Mountain Dog is a breed in itself, and the Australian Labradoodle (ALD) is a hybrid breed, meaning it’s a combination of a few different breeds mixed together to bring out the best in each breed.
In the case of the Australian Labradoodle, this dog was created by mixing a Poodle, Labrador Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, and Irish Water Spaniels.
The intent of creating the Australian Labradoodle was to create a dog that was intelligent, trainable, gentle and with a non-shedding coat. The Australian Labradoodle was considered not just a success story but the ultimate service/therapy dog.
Therefore, some breeds decided to go one step further and mix the ALD with the Bernese Mountain Dog. This also created the success story known as the Australian Bernedoodle, which possesses these traits.
- Low-to-No shedding
Getting a Bernedoodle? If you’re in the process of researching Bernedoodles, I highly recommend the book “Bernedoodles: A Head To Tail Guide”. Finding the right Bernedoodle puppy can be confusing and costly. In it, Sherry Rupke, the woman credited with creating the Bernedoodle, shares tons of info from selecting the perfect dog to choosing a quality breeder and more.
What Is The Temperament Of An Australian Bernedoodle?
The temperament of any dog comes from the breeding and how the dog is raised. It can also go back to the nature vs. nurture theory. A dog that’s given lots of loving attention and training is going to have the best temperament.
When you’re mixing together dogs that are naturally good-natured, you’re going to have an excellent chance of getting a dog with a good temperament. This is definitely the case with the Australian Bernedoodle.
When you consider that the Australian Bernedoodle was created by mixing the best traits of the Bernese Mountain Dog and several other breeds, all known for their good temperament, it’s easy to understand how the Australian Bernedoodle is going to have a good temperament.
Let’s take a quick look at the temperaments of all the breeds that go into the making of an Australian Bernedoodle.
- Poodles – alert, loyal, intelligent
- Labrador retriever – intelligent, friendly, mellow, laid-back
- American cocker spaniel – affectionate, cuddly, playful
- English cocker spaniel – cheerful, affectionate, funny and devoted
- Irish water spaniel – reserved but friendly, playful and good-natured
Australian Bernedoodles were not created by accident, and the dog breeds that went into creating the Australian Bernedoodle were not chosen by accident. Australian Bernedoodles tend to have the same attributes found in the above breeds, which is why they’re such popular dogs.
Benefits Of An Australian Bernedoodle
There are so many benefits to having an Australian Bernedoodle as part of your family or your team of dogs. If someone posted the question, “What are you looking for in a good dog?”, the answer would probably align with all the attributes found in the Australian Bernedoodle dog.
- Intelligence – They are very smart dogs that catch on to things very quickly.
- Highly trainable – Their intelligence, loyalty, and desire to please their family makes them easy to train.
- Good workers – Australian Bernedoodles are ambitious with a good working drive, which makes them excellent guide dogs.
- More consistency in the breed line – Because this breed comes much further down the generation line than, for instance, an F1 Labradoodle, it’s easier for breeders to predict certain characteristics that might be found in a litter.
- Low-to-No shedding – Australian Bernedoodles are far down the line from the Labrador Retriever part of the generation, there is less chance of getting the Lab’s coat and more chance of getting the Poodle’s coat. This makes them not only easier to maintain but also better for people with asthma and allergies.
- Life span – Despite the Bernese Mountain Dog having a shorter-than-normal life span, Bernedoodles, can live from 12 to 18 years.
Other Poodle Mixes To Consider
The Poodle is such a popular breed of dog with so many positive qualities; it’s hard to know where to begin. Several canine groups, including the American Kennel Club, rank them one of the most intelligent dogs in the world. Poodles are highly trainable, loyal, loving, affectionate, and playful and make great family dogs. Although Poodles shed a minimal amount of hair a little dander, they typically work really well for people who suffer from allergies.
With so many positive qualities, it’s not surprising that the Poodle is used in the creation of various crossbreed hybrid dogs other than just the Bernedoodle. Here are a few of the many Poodle mixes.
- Goldendoodle – Mixture of Golden Retriever and Poodle
- Labradoodle – Mixture of Labrador Retriever and Poodle
- Schnoodle – Mixture of Schnauzer and Poodle
- Bordoodle – Mixture of Border Collie and Poodle
- Airedoodle – Mixture of Airedale Terrier and Poodle
- Aussiedoodle – Mixture of Australian Shepherd and Poodle
- Bichpoo – Mixture of Bichon Frise and Poodle
- Bossi-Poo – Mixture of Boston Terrier and Poodle
- Cavapoo – Mixture of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle
- Chi-poo – Mixture of Chihuahua and Poodle
- Cockapoo – Mixture of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle
- Corgipoo – Mixture of Welsh Corgi and Poodle
- Doxiepoo – Mixture of Dachshund and Poodle
- English Boodle – Mixture of English Bulldog and Poodle
- Foodle – Mixture of Toy Fox Terrier and Poodle
- French Boodle – Mixture of French Bulldog and Poodle
- Great Danoodle – Mixture of Great Dane and Poodle
- Irish Troodle – Mixture of Irish Terrier and Poodle
- Jack-a-Poo – Mixture of Jack Russell Terrier and Poodle
- Maltipoo – Mixture of Maltese and Poodle
- Newfypoo – Mixture of Newfoundland and Poodle
- Peekapoo – Mixture of Pekingese and Poodle
- Poogle – Mixture of Beagle and Poodle
- Poolky – Mixture of Australian Silky Terrier and Poodle
- Pugapoo – Mixture of Pug and Poodle
- Shih-Poo – Mixture of Shih Tzu and Poodle
- Siberpoo – Mixture of Siberian Husky and Poodle
- St. Berdoodle – Mixture of Saint Bernard and Poodle
- Terri- Poo – Mixture of Australian Terrier and Poodle
- Westiepoo – West Highland White Terrier and Poodle
- Weimardoodle – Mixture of Weimaraner and Poodle
- Yorkie Poo – Mixture of Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle
Many of the Poodle-related crossbreeds above may come in a few different varieties depending on the size and type of Poodle that is used in the mixture. For instance, when creating the Labradoodle, the breeder may mix the Lab with a toy Poodle, a miniature Poodle or a standard Poodle.
This will generally affect not just the size of the Labradoodle but also its coat and even the amount of hair it will or will not shed. These types of factors are taken into consideration when the breeder is trying to decide which size Poodle to use.
Are Bernedoodles good with kids and families?
Bernedoodles make excellent family dogs. Because Bernedoodles are so easy to train, they make good family dogs that get along well with children, adults and even elderly people. They’re very social dogs that are playful, fun, active and easy-going. Their good nature and trainability are what also makes them such good therapy dogs.
It also makes a difference if the Bernedoodle is raised around children. The more people the Bernedoodle meets as he’s growing up, the more he’s going to bond with these people. They are a very affectionate breed of dog that loves attention.
We talk more about the traits that make Bernedoodles such good family dogs in this article.
Do Bernedoodles drool a lot?
Yes, Bernedoodles have the tendency to drool a lot. It’s not unusual to have your Bernedoodle come up to you and lay a big drool-filled kiss on family members. Owners shouldn’t be surprised to find slobber all over their hands and arms just from petting this big happy dog.
Well, That’s All!
If you don’t have a problem with mixed breed dogs, you want an intelligent, loving pet, and you’re tired of sweeping dog hair almost all day long, the Australian Bernedoodle may be the perfect fit for you and your family. If you have any doubts, remember how this dog was created – by taking the best traits out of several dogs and creating one almost perfect dog.