Are you unsure whether a Bernedoodle will fit in your home? Perhaps reading more about their temperament and characteristics will help. Here are some of the central traits you can expect from a Bernedoodle dog.
Intelligence is a trait that Bernedoodles definitely get from poodles. Not only is this mixed breed incredibly smart, but Bernedoodles also enjoy pleasing their owners — this makes them relatively easy to train. Because of this natural curiosity, Bernedoodles require regular mental stimulation. Thus, it’s a good idea to keep some puzzle toys around.
Considering that the Bernese mountain dog was originally bred as a guide dog, it’s no surprise that Bernedoodles are naturally cautious (a trait that makes them good guard dogs). In fact, they may be reserved and careful when they first meet someone. However, once they warm up to you, they offer lots of love and loyalty — chances are, they’ll become pretty outgoing.
Bernedoodles love to stay active, which is a characteristic they inherit from both parent breeds. In general, Bernedoodles need around 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. You can work off their energy by trying these activities:
- Walks and jogs
- Scavenger hunts
- Obstacle courses
- Fetch and games
Not only will these pastimes keep your dog happy, but they also offer great opportunities for some owner-dog bonding.
As mentioned earlier, Bernedoodles tend to be cautious when they first meet someone. However, once they get to know you, they become very friendly and playful — there’s nothing they enjoy more than spending time with their favorite family members. They also enjoy socializing with other dogs during walks, puppy play-dates and trips to the dog park.
The Bernese Mountain Dog’s stubbornness is often passed down to Bernedoodles. Quite similar to people, Bernedoodles may simply not want to listen at times. The good news is, this trait tends to fade with age. As long as you’re patient with your puppy, there’s no reason they won’t grow into a well-adjusted, respectful adult.
Bernedoodles are pretty sensitive dogs (which is something they inherit from the Bernese mountain dog side). Due to their intelligence, they can quickly pick up on changes in tone or attitude. Therefore, it’s important to remain gentle with them. Being kind, loving and patient is key to connecting with this hybrid dog.