We are a 3 generation family of animal lovers. We live on a mini farm in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and have an assortment of dogs, cats, horses, chickens and ducks. It all began with Nanny Gail (Daisypatchshihtzu.com) raising Shih Tzu for over 20 years with a bit of help from kids, grandkids and now great-grandkids. They have all contributed to loving and caring for the puppies. Along with the Shih Tzu, we have a huge Great Pyrenees, Amos, to "protect my little doggies" and a female Bernese Mountain Dog, Maggie. Grandson, Dalton, and his wife, Natalie, have a male Bernese Mountain Dog, Sutton, and, when Natalie suggested we raise Bernedoodles, our interest peaked. We began researching and loved what we read about this new breed, a combination of Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle. We talked it over with our veterinarian (who has a Standard Poodle of her own) and the idea turned into reality. Oldest daughter, Kathy, and her husband, Lane, adopted a beautiful chocolate and white Standard Poodle, Abby, and are spoiling her along with two Shih Tzu, Pork Chop and Jasmine. They will be raising some of the puppies in their home... along with a little help and lots of attention and spoiling by all the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
What is a Berndoodle?
A bernedoodle is a cross between a poodle (any size) and a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Why a Bernedoodle?
You get the goofiness, intelligence and clown-like nature of the Poodle along with the calm, gentle, loyal nature of the Bernese. Also, you get the longevity and fewer health issues of the Poodle in contrast to the shorter lifespan of the Bernese. A Poodle's lifespan can average 12-15 years whereas the Bernese averages 7-10 years both depending on genetics... (testing and careful breeding... our parents have been tested for breed specific health issues). A Bernedoodle is low shedding... good for people with allergies. A Bernedoodle is a great companion dog... they want to be at your side, whether outside chasing a ball, playing in the water, or curled up on the couch beside you. This breed does thrive on human interaction so, if you do not have plenty of time for a dog, this may not be the best breed for you. Please, do not consider one of our puppies unless you plan for it to be your lifelong companion and a very spoiled couch potato.