FAQ’s

Do Bernedoodles shed & are they hypoallergenic? 
It is a common perception that all breeds crossed with a poodle do not shed and are hypoallergenic. The truth is there is a scale: straight coat, wavy coat, curly coat. The curlier the coat the more hypoallergenic they are, the straighter the coat, the more shedding will occur and therefore the more saliva & dandruff will be in the air leading to allergic reactions. Be cautious of any breeder that guarantees a pup is hypoallergenic. Below we have included more information on hwo to choose the right bernedoodle for your personal needs.

Coat:
F1 Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog x Standard Poodle): The F1 Bernedoodle usually has a straight to wavy coat and tends to shed very little. Occasionally you will get a curly coat or two in the litter.
F1B Bernedoodle (F1 Bernedoodle x Standard Poodle): The F1B Bernedoodle tends to have a wavy to curly coat and are the least likely to shed out of the two, We recommend F1Bs to those with mild pet allergies.
F2B Bernedoodle (F1 Bernedoodle x F1B Bernedoodle): Coming in 2020  – Recommended to those who have severe pet allergies.

Temperament:
Each puppy has a unique personalty – it’s why we love them so much. But you can rely on bernedoodles being outstanding family pets. They are generally fantastic companions to adults and children of all sizes. They are sweet, spunky, loyal dogs who are full of life! Bernedoodles like to meet new people but stay near their owners and generally enjoy time at the lake or ocean. A very intelligent, highly trainable, friendly breed you will often see them used as therapy or service dogs. Since they are so well rounded, willing to play or stay inside contently based on their masters desires.

How often do I need to groom my bernedoodle?
This too is a scale. The curlier the coat the more professional grooming they will need. Without grooming, the dog runs the risk of getting a matted coat and may need to be shaved to prevent further issues. A wavy or straight coat can be easily groomed by brushing when you bathe your dog (bi-weekly, monthly, etc).

How big will a bernedoodle get? 
We breed standard size Bernedoodles and in general the hybrid dogs (The child of two purebreds) generally grow to be 10-15lbs smaller than their parents. In general, we expect our puppy’s to grow to be around 50-60lb and around 23-29 inches at the shoulder.

What food do you recommend we feed our new pup?
Follow the directions on the bag but we suggest you feed your puppy Nutro’s Large Breed Puppy Food (Chicken & Rice).

What’s the deal with dewclaws?
Dewclaw removal seems to be an area of controversy between many breeders and owners alike. There are good reasons to remove and leave the dewclaws intact.

We are happy to work with future owners on an individual basis but our overarching stance is to leave the front dewclaws intact on each puppy for one main reason: The dewclaw has two major functioning tendons attached to it that lead to a muscle. Removing it can lead to the muscle bundles becoming atrophied. That can cause the leg to twist and turn into a lifetime of carpal arthritis, injuries to other joints or mild arthritic discomfort.

Further Research: https://iheartdogs.com/the-dewclaws-debate-keep-them-or-lose-them/

Why is the puppies nose pink?
All Bernedoodles are born with pink noses. As the puppies grow older, their black pigmentation sets in and the nose fully fills to a nice black nose that we all know and love. Each puppy varies but they generally have a full black nose by 2-4 months of age.

What if I’m interested but not ready to commit? 
No worries! We totally understand timing and want to make sure you are ready to love and take care of a new family addition! We are happy to put you on the wait list and announce new litters through email when they arrive! You’ll just want to fill out our form here to stay in the know!

 

Have more questions? Submit them to the breeder at OzarkBernese@gmail.com and we will get your questions answered and added to the FAQ’s list!