Prairie Dawgs 

Our Berners' traits and why we love the breed:

All 3 of our Bernese share these fun traits:

- very cuddly, would love to be a lap dog except they get too hot and eventually move

-want to be near you, sit on your feet, in front of you or right next to you

-stick close by us on walks and very easily come back

-friendly and wagging tail

-very hairy and very beautiful (they get the most compliments!)

-quite interested in training and treats, very sensitive to correction and have a strong desire to please

-huge paws!  Want a high-5

-very jealous for attention!  You must pet me!

-get along well with other dogs

-get hot very easily

Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Info:

Bernese Mountain Dogs are always tri-colored, meaning black, tan and white markings.  They can have varying degrees of white markings on their face, chest, paws and tail.

Bernese are a large, long haired double coated dog varying in height from about 58-70 cm tall.  On average their life span is from about 6-10 years.  They are a very high shedding dog and require proper brushing and grooming throughout their life.

The Bernese Mountain Dog can be a very affectionate, loyal and sometimes stubborn dog.  They are from the "working class" and were originally used in Switzerland mainly as a dog who pulled a cart.  Even now, that is a job they often love to do.  They can be very versatile to complete various tasks and, like almost any dog, they are happiest when their mind is occupied with learning and when they are with their human(s).

A Berner should have a family-friendly, stable, calm and gentle temperament, although a puppy can still be rambunctious and can take several years to mature.  As with any other dog, they require consistent and fair training in order to become a well rounded and trusted companion.  They will alert, but they do not make a good guard dog.  

They are a dog who does require daily exercise, although be careful with the amount and type of exercise they are given when they are young and still growing.  They are a dog who need to be with their family and do not do well separated.

Many people who have a Bernese will love their personality so much they never want any other kind of dog.

Things to consider if you are choosing a Berner:

- their large size
- their amount of hair and shedding
- they will require exercise and training
- they need to be with their family
- their life expectancy and health

-money spent on care throughout their life, such as vet bills, food, dog necessities, etc.


Bernedoodle Info:

A "Bernedoodle" is a mix of dog where either the mother or Father is Bernese, and the other parent is a Poodle of any size.  Or the parents could be Bernedoodle as well.  Sometimes people call them by other names such as "Bernepoo".

They can be a variety of colors, with the most popular or sought after color being a tri-color with markings such as a Bernese has.

A Bernedoodle can take after one parent's traits more than another, or can become a combination of the two.  Some take after the poodle more in hair type, temperament, color and energy level.  Another puppy, even from the same litter, may be more similar in type to a Bernese in color, hair type, energy level, and temperament.  It is impossible to predict; however, the breed has been specifically combined in order to get the many good traits of both breeds to create a wonderful family companion who is intelligent, playful and loyal, while often having a hair type that is more friendly for people suffering from allergies.  They can obtain a hair coat that is completely non-shedding and will require very regular clipping to maintain as it will continue to grow, just like a poodle's.  However, this is not a guarantee.

Bernedoodles can vary in size, depending on the size of their parents.  If they are bred to a smaller dog, such as a miniature or moyen Poodle, their size can be expected to decrease.  They can end up in between the size of their parents; however, they can be smaller or even bigger.  Generally they end up with a slighter stature than a Bernese.

Bernedoodles can be a delightful and stunning family dog, provided they are given proper care for their hair, and proper training and attention.

Things to consider if you are choosing a Bernedoodle:

-size range

-hair type (may or may not be suitable for allergies)

-time/money spent on grooming the dog

-exercise and training requirements

-since they are a cross, their traits can vary

-money required to spend on their care such as veterinary care, training, food, etc.


Training TIP:

When training a Bernese or Bernedoodle, be sensitive to the amount of correction and encouragement needed.  It is best to learn to work with the dog, trying to encourage them with something enticing, rather than to fight with them.  Especially when they become larger than you and may not want to do what they are asked.  If you  have worked to develop a trusting relationship, you will both be happier!