The Bernedoodle is a relatively new crossbreed. It has also been called the Bernese mountain poo, Bernesepoo, bernesedoodle and the Bernepoo.
As the names suggest it is a cross between the Bernese mountain dog and the poodle.
The Bernese mountain dog originates from Switzerland where it was used on farms. Its strength and intelligence made it ideal for farm work such as pulling carts and driving animals to market.
The poodle is said to have originated from either France or Germany. It is recognised as being very intelligent and also one of the healthiest breeds in the world. It is said it was originally used as a hunting dog to retrieve birds such as ducks from the water.
Many Bernedoodle owners will recognise that their dogs have inherited traits from both of these parent breeds, with Bernedoodles being well known for being intelligent, strong, a bit goofy and very loving.
The First Bernedoodles
Sherry Rupke is a well known dog breeder in Canada and had bred Bernese mountain dogs for many years. She had the idea to breed them with the poodle so that the cross breed would end up with the best attributes of both as regards health and a loving nature making it suitable as a companion.
In 2003 her first Bernedoodles were born. It is possible the breed may have existed before this but Sherry is the first person to have bred them intentionally.
As a crossbreed the Bernedoodle is not recognised by the Kennel Club but has been registered by some other canine organisations such as the International Designer Canine Registry, the Designer dogs Kennel Club, the Designer Breed Registry and the American Canine Hybrid Club.