The lifespan of a Bernedoodle depends on a number of different factors, including it’s size, genetics and overall health.
The Bernedoodle is a crossbreed between a Berneses mountain dog and a poodle, so the general overall lifespan of each individual dog will partly depend upon it’s parents and their genetical history.
A Bernese mountain dog can expect to live around 7 years, whereas a poodle comes in 3 main sizes.
Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, and it has been suggested that this is because larger dogs grow more quickly and also age faster.
The average life expectancy of a poodle, depending on its size, ranges from 12-15 years.
Bernedoodle lifespan can depend upon size
The Bernedoodle, like the poodle, comes in three main sizes: Standard, miniature and toy.
The current evidence suggests that because of genetics the Bernedoodle is usually healthier than either the Bernese mountain dog or the poodle.
The suggested average lifespans for the Bernedoodle are:
Standard: 12-15 years
Miniature: 14-17 years
Toy: up to 18years
It is worth noting that cross breeding to create Bernedoodles only started in 2003, so data and information for longer living Bernedoodles is very limited.
It is thought that some Bernedoodle could live beyond 20 years, but this is likely to be very rare.
Ways to prolong the life of your Bernedoodle
Although the general lifespan of a Bernedoodle will depend on it’s size and it’s parents, there is plenty that you can do to make sure your dog has a healthy lifespan and therefore a longer life expectancy
- Choose your puppy from a reputable breeder who will be able to tell you of the family history.
- Give your dog healthy food but not too much or he/she will become overweight and this may cause medical issues.
- Make sure your dog has plenty of exercise, at least an hour a day. This will be good for you too!
- Take your dog to the vet for regular check ups and advice on keeping healthy.
Although the lifespan of a Bernedoodle will, to some degree, depend on the size of the dog – as long as you provide a healthy lifestyle for them then there is no reason why they cannot enjoy a long and happy life.
Bernedoodles make excellent pets, so if you are just bringing a new puppy into your home then they will contribute to a happy family life for many years.
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