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Bernedoodle Dog Guide: A Complete Resource

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Bernedoodle Introduction

There’s nothing better than finding the perfect furry family member to add to your home, and for many this happens to be the Bernedoodle. This adorable mixed breed is versatile and happy living in homes of both active owners and those with young children. Their adaptability and friendliness makes them perfect for all types of owners. They are the perfect guard dogs who will also snuggle up with you after a long day’s work.

Bernedoodles are a mixed breed with Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle parents. Bernedoodle sizes can vary greatly and some Bernedoodle adults may reach up to 90 lbs while others may only weigh ten pounds. If you are looking into adopting a Bernedoodle puppy but aren’t interested in a large dog, consider asking the shelter their size expectation. Depending on the paw size of Bernedoodle puppies, professionals can typically estimate just how large they are expected to grow. With such a large range of weight, and height that can vary from 10 to 29 inches tall, knowing what to expect regarding Bernedoodle sizes as Bernedoodle puppies grow older can be very beneficial to potential owners. 

One of the most beloved things about Bernedoodle puppies and adults is their friendliness. Bernedoodles are a highly affectionate breed, making them perfect for those who like to snuggle up as a family and watch a movie. They are great with kids and enjoy playing alongside them. If you have a dog that you are looking for a friend for, Bernedoodles are a great option. They are typically highly friendly with other dogs and can easily join a home that already has a canine companion. 

While Bernedoodle puppies and adults are known to be a friendly breed, they aren’t overly friendly with strangers. This can help give owners of a Bernedoodle puppy or adult some peace of mind. Bernedoodle puppies will carefully guard your home for any unknown guests, atlering you of potential threats. While they aren’t overly friendly with strangers, they also can get used to them. You won’t have to worry about your Bernedoodle scaring off new visitors as they can quickly adapt to strangers being within their home, as long as they have been shown this new visitor isn’t a threat.

Benedoodles inherit their beautiful colored coat from their Bernese Mountain Dog parent, though this thick and long fur won’t be a cause for shedding. Many long haired dogs are known for a need to be groomed a lot and shedding when in warmer climates. Due to their Poodle genes, this isn’t the case with Bernedoodle puppies and adults.Their low level of shedding is great for allergy sufferers. They can’t be guaranteed to be hypoallergenic, but they are relatively close. This thick coat also protects them from cold weather, making them ideal to live with in cooler climates. 

Bernedoodle puppies and adults are great for active families as they have a relatively high energy level. They aren’t as energetic as some other breeds known for high activity levels, but they will still gladly go for a run with you or stick by your side all day as you go about your business. Despite their higher energy level, they don’t have an extreme need for exercise. If you would prefer to exercise your dog by playing fetch rather than going for a jog, Bernedoodle adults will be just as satisfied with this. 

Bernedoodle puppies and adults can be very playful and goofy, making them the perfect companion for children. These traits come from both their Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle parents, so odds are the Bernedoodle puppy or adult that you end up with will have a good idea of how to have fun with their younger family members. Despite their love for playing, Bernedoodle puppies and adults can be very careful, especially around younger children. You shouldn’t have to worry about your Bernedoodle puppy or adult playing with your toddlers as they typically know when to tone down their roughhousing. 

Training is relatively easy with Bernedoodle puppies that have been socialized and taught from a young age. They are very eager to please their owners and are relatively calm. Bernedoodle puppies and adults are very smart dogs, meaning they may become stubborn during their training process. Don’t let this deter you as they can easily work through this and behave just as you need them to. Bernedoodle adults typically have grown out of their stubbornness and are ready to work alongside their owner to please them in anything that they do. They are relatively healthy and happy dogs.

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History of Bernedoodles

With many mixed-dog breeds their exact origin can be difficult to pinpoint, but that is surprisingly not the case with Bernedoodles. This breed is relatively new and its creation can be credited to one individual, less than two decades ago.

Sherry Rupke is believed to have intentionally created the Bernedoodle mixed breed in Ontario, Canada. This occurred in 2003, and though other Bernedoodles may have existed before this time, this is signified as the official creation of the beloved Bernedoodle mixed-breed.

Compared to their Bernese Mountain Dog parents, Bernedoodle puppies and adults are known to be more commonly found in family homes than in working environments. Given their great temperament, they have become a well loved household breed. Though originally founded in Canada, Bernedoodles have become grealty popular in the United States and other areas of the world. This typical household living may be the norm for Bernedoodles since their origin, but it doesn’t appear to be the same for their parent breeds

Bernese Mountain Dogs were most commonly found working in their home country of Switzerland where they would often guard cattle and the farm properties that they lived on. Given their highly common and appreciated presence, they were named after their hometown of Berne. They were believed to have been brought over by Romans over 2,000 years ago.

Poodles were also known to be working dogs who retrieved prey from water, such as ducks. They are believed to have originated in Germany, though they are commonly associated with France due to their immense popularity in this region. Poodles have been very popular in Europe since as early as the 14th century and are not believed to have been introduced to the rest of the world until around the 17th century.

Given their relatively new creation and the fact that they are a mixed breed, Bernedoodles are not recognized by the American Kennel Club. The American Kennel Club is known to only recognize pure-breed dogs, though many hope that this might change in the future. Though they don’t have American Kennel Club recognition, Bernedoodles are recognized as their own breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club. 

Though this breed hasn’t been around very long, they are highly popular. This is likely due to their adorable looks and great dispositions. Given their well loved parent breeds, it’s no surprise that all that Bernedoodles have to offer has been quickly recognized by people all over the world.

One great thing about the Bernedoodle being a mixed breed is that they are less likely to experience health problems than their pure-breed parents. This is due to their deeper gene pool that lessens their chance of inherited health problems. Though they are relatively healthy dogs, just like any breed, Bernedoodle puppies and adults can still experience various health issues. Being aware of common Bernedoodle health issues, what they look like and how to treat them is the best way to make sure your Bernedoodle puppy or adult is healthy and happy. 

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Breed Intelligence

Bernedoodle puppies and adults are highly intelligent dogs thanks to their smart parent breeds. Due to their working dog past, these parent breeds have passed down genes that have made Bernedoodle puppies and adults as smart as they are today. Bernedoodle puppies and adults seem to be more of guard dogs than they are herding dogs due to their parent breed histories and common jobs in the past. 

Bernedoodle sizes do seem to have an impact on their intelligence and behavior. Bernedoodle sizes that are toy or mini seem to be slightly more stubborn than their larger cousins. This may be due to their intelligence manifesting in a different way than in other larger Bernedoodle puppies and adults.

Nevertheless, Bernedoodle puppies and adults being highly intelligent makes them relatively easy to train. But because of their smarts, untrained Bernedoodle puppies and adults can have some behavioral issues. The best way to avoid these problems is to socialize your Bernedoodle puppy from a young age. Setting the tone of what you expect from them will help them understand how to behave and please you, which is what they ultimately want to do.

Bernedoodle adults can also be trained for desired behaviors even if they weren’t as a puppy.  Bernedoodle adults tend to be less stubborn, making them the ideal candidate for learning new behaviors and tricks after being adopted. No matter what age you adopt a Bernedoodle puppy or adult, you will be very pleased with just how smart this breed is overall.

Bernedoodle Cognitive Health

Being such a smart breed, cognitive health is an important part of a Bernedoodle’s life. Without it, they may not have that eager to please and great temperament that stems partly from their intelligence. Cognitive health will also help ensure that they can still do all of the things that they love and that they have a high quality of life as Bernedoodle adults age.

Unfortunately, aging is an inevitable part of life for all dogs and humans, including Bernedoodle adults. This aging process can very commonly impact the cognitive health of Bernedoodle adults. Knowing the signs and symptoms of cognitive health issues is key to improving your Bernedoodle’s quality of life as they grow older. 

One of the most common cognitive health issues seen in dogs, including older Bernedoodle adults, is canine dementia. Also called canine cognitive dysfunction, this condition is seen in Bernedoodle adults, typically 11 or older, and never seen in Bernedoodle puppies. This is because it is a condition caused specifically by the aging process. Specifically, plaque build-up in the brain that causes canine dementia comes from an accumulation of abnormal proteins. This build-up results in nerve damage, which impairs cognitive functioning and is recognized as canine dementia.

Canine dementia symptoms can often be written off as typical aging behaviors, which can make obtaining a diagnosis for this condition difficult. These symptoms also typically are slowly onset, which can cause their relation to one another to go unnoticed. Typical symptoms of canine dementia in older Bernedoodle adults include memory loss, forgetting learned behaviors, irritability, disregard for household rules and expectations, and impaired motor skills.

Oftentimes canine dementia will overlap with other conditions that may be related or unrelated to aging. Dogs with canine dementia may also have diabetes, cancer, arthritis or kidney disorders. Because of these common other conditions, symptoms of canine dementia may be blamed on these known health issues rather than recognized as symptoms of a different cognitive condition that Bernedoodle adults may be facing.

Canine dementia is not an inherited disease, meaning that Bernedoodle adults are no more prone to this condition than dogs of other breeds. All breeds have an equal risk of developing canine dementia as they age. The only types of dogs that seem to be more likely to experience canine dementia are spayed females. All dogs over the age of nine are also the most likely to develop dementia regardless of their breed. The various Bernedoodle sizes do not seem to have a connection with their likelihood of canine dementia.

When experiencing canine dementia, this condition will have some impacts on a Bernedoodle’s life. For example, Bernedoodle adults with canine dementia may become disoriented or confused more commonly than they did before this diagnosis. Bernedoodle adults who are experiencing canine dementia may also have a more difficult time when finding toys or treats that they have dropped. They might even stop reacting to some of their favorite toys when you bring them out. All of these changes caused by canine dementia can impact the life of a Bernedoodle who is experiencing this cognitive condition. 

Bernedoodle adults with canine dementia can still live fulfilling and happy lives despite these condition impacts. The best steps for owners to take in order to make sure their Bernedoodle adult still is living their best life with canine dementia is still taking them out and doing the things that they love despite this condition.

Unfortunately, there are no known treatments that can reverse this condition. Diet has been noted as one of the most promising ways to slow the progression of canine dementia in Bernedoodle adults. Foods that have been specially formulated for senior dogs include extra antioxidants. Some of these antioxidants can include vitamin E, vitamin C, L-carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid and carotenoids. In addition to antioxidants, senior dog foods are also formulated with additional omega-3 fatty acids. All of these agents are known to help improve brain function in Bernedoodle adults and even puppies. Including these agents in your Benedoodle’s diet is a promising way to ensure they maintain healthy brain function and combat canine dementia the best that they can as they age. 

Another promising way to prevent canine dementia is through brain stimulation. Dog puzzles and food bowls that make them work to obtain treats can help them use their brain and keep them sharp. Though canine dementia is only seen in Bernedoodle adults, using these prevention methods in a Bernedoodle puppy is a great way to keep them cognitively healthy in the future.

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Stress in Bernedoodle Adults and Puppies

Just like humans, all dogs can be prone to stress, including Bernedoodle puppies and adults. This stress experience can be triggered by a variety of factors, including being left alone, unknown noises or places, and meeting new people. No matter the cause, most dogs will experience stress more than once during their lifetime. The best way to overcome this experience is to understand what stresses your dog out, try to avoid it, and to comfort them when they do become stressed. 

For Bernedoodle adults and puppies, the most common causes of stress are environmental changes, insufficient exercise and death of a close friend or family member.

Bernedoodle puppies and adults are extremely sensitive to changes in their environment. These changes can include a new or missing family member, changed work schedule that leaves them home at different times, or even moving to a new place of residence. Given their high intelligence levels, all of these changes won’t go unnoticed by your Bernedoodle puppy or adult.

Another common cause of stress for Bernedoodle puppies and adults is insufficient exercise. Bernedoodle puppies and adults are highly energetic and active dogs who need to get this energy out in one way or another. If your Bernedoodle puppy or adult isn’t getting all of the exercise that they need, they may be feeling cooped up or ancy because of it. Being familiar with the recommended amount of exercise for your dog is the best way to avoid this issue. Bernedoodle sizes and age can impact just how much exercise they need to be doing on a daily basis. 

Stress can also be avoided by setting a routine for your Bernedoodle puppy or adult. Having set times to eat, walk and rest is a great way to get them into a daily routine that they are used to. Doing so can help them avoid wondering what they will be doing next. Being able to anticipate what will happen next is a great way to minimize stress from environmental causes. Given how smart Bernedoodle puppies and adults are, they will feel more at ease when they feel that they know what is happening and what will be happening next.

Stress won’t shorten your Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s life expectancy, but it can have other impacts on their life. Stressed Bernedoodle puppies and adults are more likely to try and cope with this feeling in various ways, such as pacing, whining, licking or panting. All of these behaviors may be signs that a Bernadoodle puppy or adult is feeling distressed. 

In addition to behaviors, stress can cause excessive shedding. Bernedoodle puppies and adults are known for their low level of shedding, if they even shed at all. If you notice that your Bernedoodle is shedding more than before, this may be a sign that they are feeling stressed. The last thing that you want is for your Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s beautiful coat to become thin due to their stress.

The best way to avoid this stress taking a toll on the life of your Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s life is by trying to lessen their experience of this. Understanding what causes your Bernedoodle puppy or adult to become stressed is the first step in eliminating this feeling. Does your Bernedoodle puppy or adult whine when they haven’t been on a walk yet today? Maybe they begin to pace when they are in a new place. All of these are likely signs of what is causing their stress, and it’s important to pay attention to them.

Once you have identified the source of stress for your Bernedoodle puppy or adult, it’s relatively easy to find a solution for it. Bernedoodle puppies or adults that seem stressed when they haven’t been on a walk will likely not feel this way after they have been exercised. Those who are stressed because of a new place may just need your help to feel safe as they explore and become familiar with their new environment. 

No matter the cause of stress in your Bernedoodle puppy or adult, there is likely an easy solution to eliminate this feeling. If you can’t seem to find an answer, consider consulting with your vet about stress reducing supplements. Melatonin, chamomile and hemp may help them feel less stressed when added into their diet. As always, be sure to consult with your vet before beginning supplementation. No matter the cause of Bernedoodle stress, there are always various solutions. 

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Anxiety in Bernedoodle Puppies and Adults

In addition to stress, all humans and dogs can experience anxiety, and that includes Bernedoodle puppies and adults. Anxiety can be a very unpleasant thing for your Bernedoodle puppy or adult to experience. Just like humans, Bernedoodle puppies and adults may experience anxiety due to a variety of different reasons.

Anxiety in dogs can be caused by trauma such as being abandoned before, loud noises, travelling and unknown animals or humans. Causes of anxiety can differ by dog and may depend on their past, breed, age and overall temperament. Some dogs are more prone to experience anxiety due to specific causes than others.

Anxiety can impact your dog’s life by making them distressed, nervous, and uneasy. Your Bernedoodle puppy or adult may not enjoy things that they usually love to do when they are feeling anxious. In addition, anxiety can cause them to look for coping mechanisms that may impact their health or ruin some of their beloved items. Many anxious Bernedoodle puppies and adults may chew at their skin, causing hot spots and fur loss. Some Bernedoodle puppies and adults will eat less than usual when anxious, causing them to become underweight.

In other cases Bernedoodle adults and puppies may look for something to keep them busy and distract them from their anxiety, which may include chewing things that they aren’t supposed to such as shoes and furniture. Getting in trouble for doing things that they aren’t supposed to when anxious can also negatively impact their life. This is why it’s important to know the correct way to handle anxiety in Bernedoodle puppies and adults and avoid its life impacts on your Bernedoodle.

While anxiety is unenjoyable for any Bernedoodle puppy or adult, thankfully it won’t shorten their life. This condition may impact their quality of life and happiness, but you don’t have to worry about missing out on any valuable days with your beloved pup because of it. As an owner, there are plenty of things you can do to lessen your Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s anxiety and give them the best life possible.

Some ways to prevent your Bernedoodle puppy or adult from experiencing anxiety include taking them on a long walk or going to the dog park. Exercise is important for all dogs and recommended amounts vary according to different Bernedoodle sizes. When walking or at the park, your Bernedoodle puppy or adult can get some of their anxious energy out and become stimulated. Socializing them while out and about with new people and dogs will help prevent anxiety due to new household visitors.

Stimulating dog toys such as dog puzzles are a great way to prevent anxiety in Bernedoodle puppies and adults. These can help keep them busy and give them something to focus on when you are unable to entertain them or take them out. In addition, these toys can serve as an appropriate outlet for their anxious energy.

For Bernedoodle puppies and adults, the most common factor that causes anxiety is separation from their owner. This is a common experience for other dog breeds as well and is known as separation anxiety. This can even be seen in humans and other animal species as well. Because of the strong bond that Bernedoodle puppies and adults form with their owners, they are especially susceptible to experiencing separation anxiety. 

One of the best ways to prevent separation anxiety in Bernedoodle puppies and adults is by socializing your Bernedoodle puppy from a young age. Doing so is a relatively easy task that is known to reduce chances of separation anxiety in Bernedoodle adults and puppies. Another good way to prevent separation anxiety in Bernedoodle puppies and adults is by crate training them. Various Bernedoodle sizes can be crate trained whether they are small or large. This process teaches them that they have a safe space of their own to retreat to when they are feeling anxious. 

Supplements can be added to the diet of your Bernedoodle puppy or adult that reduce anxiety. CBD is widely known to help combat anxiety in dogs, including Bernedoodle puppies and adults. This naturally occurring compound calms dogs and won’t negatively impact their health. Be sure to consult with your vet before adding any supplements to your Bernedoodle’s diet, including CBD.  

Unfortunately canine anxiety is an unavoidable part of life for any dog, including Bernadoodle puppies and adults. Though Bernedoodle adults and puppies may become anxious, there are a lot of ways to prevent and ease this condition. 

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Allergies in Bernedoodle Puppies and Adults

Allergies are one component of physical health that is important for all dog owners to consider, including those who own a Bernedoodle puppy or adult. In dogs there are three typical types of allergies, including flea allergies, food allergies and skin allergies. All of these can affect dogs in different ways and cause various symptoms, the most typical being itchy skin.

For Bernedoodle puppies and adults, the most common allergy for them to experience is skin allergies. This condition is inherited from their Bernese Mountain Dog parent that is prone to allergies. Just because Bernedoodle puppies and adults are prone to skin allergies doesn’t mean it’s an inevitable condition for them to experience. Many Bernedoodle puppies and adults will go their entire lives without experiencing skin allergies. 

A hypersensitive immune system is the cause of all skin allergies, including skin allergies. 

This hypersensitive immune system reacts to foriegn substances and attacks them. These foreign substances are harmless things such as grass, dust and pollen. Though they seem harmless to others, your Bernadoodle’s immune system can see them as a threat and attack them. When the immune system attacks these allergens, it triggers an allergic reaction.  

Skin allergies can impact the life of your Bernedoodle puppy or adult by making them feel itchy and uncomfortable. While humans experience allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes and coughing, dogs experience allergy symptoms that manifest in their skin. When this happens, your Bernedoodle puppy or adult can feel like they have an itch, or multiple, that can never fully be satisfied. This constant itchiness can even cause Bernedoodle puppies and adults to feel distressed and anxious about their discomfort. Different Bernedoodle sizes can still experience skin allergies, and no size is more prone to this condition than others.

Signs of allergies that Bernedoodle puppy and adult owners should keep an eye out for include itching, rubbing, and licking certain areas excessively. Common areas for allergies to manifest include on a Bernedoodle’s legs, paws and hind end. Sometimes skin allergies can affect a Bernedoodle’s ears as well, causing recurring ear infections. If your Bernedoodle puppy or adult has multiple ear infections that seem to come back constantly, this may be a sign of skin allergies. 

While allergies can cause dogs to be uncomfortable, they don’t shorten the life expectancy of your Bernedoodle puppy or adult. You and your Bernedoodle can still have many fun filled years together even with allergies. Most Bernedoodle puppies will not experience skin allergies as they typically don’t onset until after one to two years of age. It’s important to note that despite the typical onset of skin allergies being relatively young, dogs can develop this condition at any age. Skin allergies are more commonly seen in Bernedoodle adults compared to Bernedoodle puppies.

Thankfully there are a variety of supplements and dietary changes that can help minimize allergy symptoms and improve skin health in Bernedoodle adults and puppies. Omega-3fatty acids have shown to be a good way to combat Bernedoodle allergies when added to their diet. They can help minimize or even eliminate allergy related itching by reducing skin inflammation. These omega-3 fatty acids can be added to your Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s diet through specialized foods and supplements, including fish oil. Be sure to consult with your vet before beginning any supplementation.

Besides diet and supplements, shampoos can also help combat Bernedoodle skin allergies. Many specialized shampoos include ingredients such as aloe vera, tea tree oil, oatmeal and more. All of these agents soothe the skin and minimize itching and inflammation in the process.

In addition to skin allergies, Bernedoodle puppies and adults can also be prone to food allergies. The most common food allergy for Bernedoodle puppies and adults to experience is due to chicken. Though chicken is a common food allergen, your Bernedoodle puppy or adult can also be allergic to other things such as grains, beef or soy. All of these are commonly found in various dog foods, so discovering what exact food your Bernedoodle puppy or adult is allergic to is essential to curing their food allergy. Bernedoodle puppies younger than six months will rarely experience food allergies and this condition is more common in Bernedoodle adults.

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Elimination diets are a great way to target food allergens by feeding your Bernedoodle a limited ingredient diet for eight weeks. After this, begin adding other ingredients to your Bernedoodle’s diet. When you see symptoms again, you will be able to pinpoint the ingredient that caused them.

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Bernedoodle Gut Health

Gut health is an extremely important part of overall health within all dogs, including Bernedoodle puppies and adults. A large part of the immune system is housed in the gut, making gut health essential to fighting off other conditions. 

Bernedoodle sizes vary greatly from small to large, and no size is less or more prone to the common gut health issues seen in this breed. The most common gut health issue for Bernedoodle puppies and adults to experience is bloat, also known as Gastric Dilation Volvulus or GDV. Like human bloat, this is when a Bernedoodle’s stomach expands and has a high amount of pressure. Unlike with common bloat in humans, Gastric Dilation Volvulus is extremely dangerous and can be fatal when not treated immediately. 

Gastric Dilation Volvulus is when a dog’s stomach becomes twisted at both ends from spinning around itself. This causes a block of escaping liquids, gas and other stomach contents. Due to the blockup, this buildup of gas and liquid causes the stomach to expand similar to a balloon, which is called dilation. This is what causes your Bernadoodle’s stomach to appear larger than normal and feel relatively solid, almost as if they swallowed a basketball.

Though no exact cause has been pinpointed, there are a few factors that are believed to contribute to the development of GVD. Ingesting excess amounts of food or water, delayed bowel movements, and too much physical activity all may lead to bloating taking place. Larger breeds such as Bernedoodle puppies and adults are much more likely to experience bloat, as well as males.

Some of the most common symptoms of a bloated belly in dogs can include a hard, bloated abdomen area. Bernedoodle sizes can affect how easy bloat is to spot. If you notice that your dog’s stomach appears larger than normal, check to see if it is hard to the touch. If it feels hard, get them into the vet immediately.

Bloat will typically cause dogs to have a hard time lying down and becoming comfortable. If you notice that your Bernedoodle is pacing or restless, this may be one of the earliest signs of dog bloat. They are likely in distress about the discomfort their bloat is causing.

Another symptom of bloat can be attempting to vomit with minimal success, if any. If you notice your dog attempting to vomit and producing nothing but water or thick saliva, get them into the vet immediately. 

In addition to attempting to vomit, a Bernedoodle puppy or adult experiencing bloat may also produce excess saliva. If you notice your dog with more saliva than usual, as well as possible “lip-smacking,” be sure to get them checked for bloat.

Breathing changes are commonly seen in Bernedoodle puppies and adults with bloat due to a decrease in space in the chest that limits the lungs’ ability to expand, and pain and distress caused by this condition. If you notice rapid, heavy or abnormal breathing in your Bernedoodle, it is best to get them checked immediately for possible bloat.

Rapid heart rate can be an early sign of pain and distress caused by dog bloat. As this condition progresses, rapid heart rate can be an indication of your Bernedoodle puppy or adult going into shock due to this condition. As shock worsens, heart rates will drop, signaling a very serious health state. If you ever notice an abnormal heartbeat in your Bernedoodle, be sure to get them medical care as soon as possible.

Bloat in Bernedoodle puppies and adults must be diagnosed and treated by your vet. Unfortunately there are no ways to reverse this condition at home, though there are preventative measures that you can take to try and avoid your Bernedoodle puppy or adult experiencing bloat. Dogs who are fed more than once per day are less likely to experience bloat. Because of various Bernedoodle sizes, smaller and larger Bernedoodle stomachs can experience bloat when going from too empty to full very quickly. Feeding them twice or three times per day will decrease this bloat likelihood.

In addition to the amount of times your Bernedoodle puppy or adult eats per day, how quickly they eat may also put them at risk for bloat. Bernedoodle puppies and adults who eat very fast are more likely to experience bloat. The best way to slow down your Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s rate of eating is with a feeder bowl. These bowls have various crevasse that your Bernedoodle will need to navigate in order to get to their food, causing them to eat more slowly.

Bernedoodle Eye Health

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Bernedoodle Eye Health

Eyehealth issues can affect any dog breed and vary in severity, treatment and symptom. Some dog breeds are prone to eye conditions more than others, and some may never experience eye health issues. As a Bernedoodle owner, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the common eye health issues that this breed faces and what the symptoms are just in case your Bernedoodle puppy or adult experiences one of these conditions.

Late-onset progressive retinal atrophy, also known as PRA, is a condition that affects vision abilities slowly over time. Some dogs, including the Bernedoodle, are more likely to inherit these condition genes than others. These inherited genes typically come from the Bernese Mountain Dog parent breed, which is prone to progressive retinal atrophy. As with any inherited disease, just because a breed is prone to a condition doesn’t mean experiencing it is inevitable. Many Bernedoodle puppies and adults will go their entire lives without experiencing progressive retinal atrophy. Bernedoodle sizes don’t impact their likelihood of experiencing progressive retinal atrophy.

Progressive retinal atrophy essentially means that a Bernedoodle’s eyes are genetically programmed to slowly go blind. Bernedoodle puppies rarely experience progressive retinal atrophy as this condition typically is seen in Bernedoodle adults between three and five years of age. Progressive retinal atrophy is not painful for Bernedoodle puppies and adults who experience this condition, but it can still impact their life through vision loss and the adjustments they need to make to compensate for poor vision.

The most commonly seen first symptoms of progressive retinal atrophy is difficulty seeing at night and dilated pupils. Bernedoodle eyes may also begin to look cloudy due to the onset of progressive retinal atrophy. Their eyes can also begin to have a grey color and have a slight sheen. Bernedoodle sizes that are smaller may make it more difficult to notice dilated pupils due to their smaller eyes. If you notice symptoms of progressive retinal atrophy, it’s best to get your Bernedoodle puppy or adult checked out by a vet as soon as possible. Given their predisposition for this condition, your vet will likely perform eye exams at regular annual appointments to keep watch for potential signs. 

Bernedoodle adults and puppies can have genetic testing performed to diagnose or predict this disease. Having your Bernedoodle tested for progressive retinal atrophy genes is a good way to know if they are likely to experience this condition in the future. Knowing about progressive retinal atrophy ahead of time will help you prepare for adjusting to this condition and being aware of potential onset symptoms. 

Bernedoodle puppies and adults with progressive retinal atrophy can still live a very happy and fulfilling life. Most of the time vision loss doesn’t onset until later in life. Blind Bernedoodle adults and puppies can still play and navigate their home by memory. They can also recognize owners and other animals by their smell and listen to verbal commands. While progressive retinal atrophy is a common diagnosis, it won’t shorten your Bernedoodle’s life. You can still live many fun filled years with your Bernedoodle puppy or adult despite progressive retinal atrophy.

Since progressive retinal atrophy is an inherited disease, unfortunately there are not a lot of preventative measures that you can take to avoid this condition. Unfortunately no supplements or dietary changes have been shown to prevent progressive retinal atrophy in Bernedoodles or any other breeds. Hopefully as time goes on, more prevention measures and treatments will be discovered in relation to progressive retinal atrophy. 

Though blindness is expected in all Bernedoodle puppies and adults, owners can still take steps to make sure that their dog lives a fulfilling and happy life despite this condition. Blind dogs can still live happy, relatively normal lives and do the things that they loved when they had full vision. 

One of the best ways to accommodate a blind dog is by setting up your home for them to navigate easily. Blind Bernedoodle puppies and adults will remember the furniture and general layout of your home. If you move furniture, showing your Bernedoodle this new layout can help them navigate their home easily and adjust to the change. Bernedoodle sizes can affect what furniture they are most at risk for colliding with if they have lost their vision due to progressive retinal atrophy. 

In addition to your home setup, showing your Bernedoodle lots of love and support as they deal with progressive retinal atrophy is the best step to take with this condition. Playing with them, snuggling with them and helping them are great ways to bring them joy despite progressive retinal atrophy.

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Ear Health of Bernedoodle Puppies and Adults

Bernedoodle puppies and adults are known for their lush, beautiful coats that set them apart from other breeds. Their thick, curly coats give them the unique look that Bernedoodle owners know and love. It’s often something that motivates a dog owner to adopt a Bernedoodle puppy or adult and add them to their home! Few can resist a Bernedoodle with such a magnificent coat that doesn’t shed. This is overall a win-win situation rare in long haired dog breeds.

With this amazing coat texture can come a price. As any Bernedoodle owner knows, these dogs commonly have a good amount of curly hair within their ears that has to be trimmed or plucked whenever they are groomed. These hairs when left unmanaged can cause ear problems such as pain, discomfort and even ear infections.

Bernedoodle ear shape is part of their risk for ear infections. The weight of the hair, as well as the size of the ear flap itself, can prevent proper air flow inside of the ear itself. Because of this, their inner ear can become moist and ideal for unwanted bacteria growth that leads to ear infections. Ear infections can be caused by a number of factors including bacteria, allergies, and debris as well as underlying conditions such as allergies. 

Since Bernedoodle puppies and adults are prone to skin and food allergies, it’s not uncommon for them to experience ear infections that are caused by these conditions. If you notice your Bernedoodle experiencing recurring ear infections, it’s probably a good idea to get them checked for allergies as a possible cause.

Ear infections may not be visible to the eye of a Bernedoodle puppy or adult owner, but the symptoms usually are. If you notice your Bernedoodle shaking their head a lot, this may be a sign that they are experiencing an ear infection. Crust on the inside of their ear is also a common ear infection symptom. Bernedoodle puppies and adults who have an ear infection may also rub the affected ear with their paw. This is usually to try and ease discomfort or pain that they are feeling from the infection itself.

The best way to prevent Bernedoodle ear infections is by regularly cleaning their ears and keeping them well groomed. This will prevent excess buildup that can lead to an ear infection. A good rule of thumb to remember is that Bernedoodle ears should be cleaned around once a month. If you notice excess hair and build up, consider cleaning them more often than this. Ears can be cleaned with ear drops sold at any pet store. These ear drops will also break down excess buildup located deeper in the ear canal that is harder to reach.

In addition, making sure your Bernedoodle puppy or adult is always flea free is another way to prevent ear infections. Dirt and waste that is produced by fleas is a common cause of ear infections. This buildup of debris and dirt can negatively impact your Bernedoodle’s ear health and can be recurring if not properly taken care of. No one wants to deal with fleas, including your Bernedoodle puppy or adult.

Supplementation and diet can be another preventative factor when it comes to Bernedoodle ear infections. Feeding your Bernedoodle puppy or adult a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids will help keep their skin healthy and combat allergies that can cause ear infections. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are a great thing to incorporate into the diet of Bernedoodle puppies and adults to prevent possible allergy related ear infections in the future. As always, be sure to consult your vet before adding supplements into your Bernedoodle’s diet. 

Ear infections can be a relatively annoying thing to deal with for both you and your Bernedoodle puppy or adult, especially when they are recurring and seem like they won’t permanently go away. Given their likelihood of experiencing this condition, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for any possible symptoms. Prevention steps can be taken to reduce the chances of your Bernedoodle experiencing an ear infection, such as grooming and supplements. If you believe your Bernedoodle has developed an ear infection, be sure to get them into the vet as soon as possible. This condition can’t be treated at home, but it will be easily taken care of by your vet to get your Bernedoodle back to healthy and happy in no time. 

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Bernedoodle Immune Health

Immune health is an essential part of the health of all other bodily systems in Bernedoodle puppies and adults. Without a healthy immune system, Bernedoodle adults and puppies are more at risk for infections, viruses and diseases developing that their immune system isn’t strong enough to fight off.

Autoimmune disorders are the most common immune health problem for dogs to face, including Bernedoodle puppies and adults. Autoimmune diseases are caused by the immune system attacking its own body. This can manifest in a variety of conditions and symptoms. Bernese Mountain Dogs and poodles can be prone to specific autoimmune diseases, meaning that Bernedoodle puppies and adults may inherit these same conditions. Some Bernedoodle puppies and adults may experience autoimmune diseases due to their genes, while others won’t. 

One common autoimmune disorder for Bernedoodle puppies and adults to inherit from their Poodle parent breed is called Addison’s Disease. This disease is caused by a decrease of hormone production from the outer part of the adrenal gland. The two common hormones that are decreased include cortisol and aldosterone. Cortisol is a stress hormone, while aldosterone regulates a Bernedoodle’s levels of sodium and potassium levels. These minerals are essential for maintaining a healthy fluid balance within a Bernedoodle’s body. This adrenal functioning decrease is caused by a destruction of adrenal tissue due to immune dysfunction. Immune dysfunction that results in destruction of body systems is what categorizes this disease as an autoimmune disorder.

Addison’s Disease can be difficult to diagnose within Bernedoodle puppies and adults as well as other dogs. This is because symptoms are generally vague and nonspecific to the condition, making them easy to misdiagnose. Diagnosis with Addison’s Disease may require a lot of trial and error as well as recurring symptomatic episodes. Some of the most common symptoms that can lead to a successful diagnosis of Addison’s Disease in Bernedoodle puppies and adults include lethargy, diarrhea, increased thirst, vomiting, increased urination and unexplained weight loss. Some dogs experiencing Addison’s disease may also show symptoms of intermittent shaking episodes. 

Unfortunately since Addison’s Disease is an inherited disease, there is no way to prevent it. It’s important to remember that as with any inherited disease, just because a breed is prone to a condition doesn’t mean it’s inevitable. Many Bernedoodle puppies and adults will go their entire lives without experiencing Addison’s Disease. Different Bernedoodle sizes do not make a dog more or less likely to experience this condition. The best steps a Bernedoodle owner can take when facing Addison’s Disease is keeping an eye out for symptoms and following treatment plans if their Bernedoodle puppy or adult is diagnosed with this condition.

Another autoimmune condition that Bernedoodle puppies and adults may inherit from their Poodle parent breed is sebaceous adenitis. Sebaceous adenitis is a skin disease that leads to poor hair coat quality and health. Some symptoms of sebaceous adenitis can include hair loss and scaly skin. These symptoms can take place on the face, body and legs. Sebaceous adenitis

itself doesn’t cause itchy skin, but accompanying bacterial infections that are found in 40% of dogs with sebaceous adenitis can. If you notice itchiness in your Bernedoodle, do not write off sebaceous adenitis as an impossible cause. 

This skin condition is caused when the immune system targets the sebaceous glands through inflammation. This inflammation and gland destruction leads to a lack of sebum production, which compromises a Bernedoodle’s skin’s natural structure and function. All Bernedoodle sizes are equally at risk for this condition, both large and small.

Bernedoodle puppies and adults are known for their beautiful and thick coats, so this condition can be very worrisome for owners. Bernedoodle puppies and adults that are losing their hair unexpectedly and experiencing scaly skin should immediately be checked by their vet for this autoimmune condition.

Bernedoodle puppies and adults with sebaceous adenitis will need to be treated by a vet, though adding fatty acids to their diet has shown to help combat this condition. As always, be sure to consult with your vet before beginning any supplementation, including fatty acids for sebaceous adenitis combatting. 

Sebaceous adenitis cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed to allow your Bernedoodle puppy or adult to live a healthy and happy life despite this condition. The best step for an owner to take when their Bernedoodle is facing sebaceous adenitis is to follow vet prescribed treatments properly. With your help, your Bernedoodle will live a fulfilling life that isn’t shortened in expectancy by sebaceous adenitis. 

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Joint Health of Bernedoodle Adults and Puppies

All Bernedoodle sizes can experience joint health issues, both big and small. Though joint health issues are commonly associated with larger dog breeds, different Bernedoodle sizes can inherit this condition even if they are relatively small. Joint health issues within dogs can manifest in different ways and in various parts of the body. Some of the most common joints to have issues within dogs such as Bernedoodle puppies and adults are the hips and elbows. These joint issues can impact a dog’s quality of life by making activities that they love challenging and even painful. Playing fetch, going for a walk or roughhousing can all become unenjoyable due to joint pain and issues. 

Hip and elbow dysplasia are a common joint health issue for Bernedoodle adults to experience. Bernedoodle puppies may also experience hip and elbow dysplasia, though it’s more commonly seen in older dogs. 

Hip and elbow dysplasia occur due to abnormal growth in the ball and socket of these joints as well as insufficient coverage. This causes the joint to become loose and unstable, which can lead to Bernedoodle puppies and adults experiencing scar tissue around the joints that are affected by dysplasia.

Hip and elbow dysplasia are both inherited skeletal diseases that Bernedoodle puppies and adults can be prone to. These conditions are typically inherited from their Bernese Mountain Dog parent. Some signs of these conditions include limping, obvious pain, decreased range of motion in hips or legs, audible clicking sounds when your Bernedoodle walks, avoiding high levels of activity and slower rates of walking or running.

Since this is an inherited joint condition, it can’t be prevented in Bernedoodle puppies and adults. Though there’s no way to prevent this condition, it can easily be managed. Pain relief through anti-inflammatory agents, resting and certain supplements can help manage hip and elbow dysplasia in Bernedoodle puppies and adults.

Some of the best supplements to give to Bernedoodle adults or puppies with elbow or hip dysplasia include turmeric, ashwagandha and kelp. These can help reduce swelling in the affected joint and reduce the pain caused by it. Always consult your vet before adding supplements to your Bernedoodle’s diet. 

Diet has also been shown to have an impact on hip and elbow dysplasia in Bernedoodle puppies and adults. Studies have shown that dogs who consumed a fish-based, nutrient rich diet had less severe cases of elbow and hip dysplasia than those who ate chicken based diets. Some nutrients factors of fish-based foods may help slow the progression of elbow and hip dysplasia in Bernedoodle puppies and adults.

Unfortunately this condition can’t be reversed, though it can easily be managed through different diets, supplements and vet prescribed medications. Watching the weight of your Bernedoodle through diet and appropriate exercise levels can help combat the progression of elbow and hip dysplasia. Bernedoodle adults and puppies who are overweight are more likely to develop hip or elbow dysplasia than those who are at a healthy weight.

Acupuncture can also be a form of pain management for Bernedoodle puppies and adults experiencing hip or elbow dysplasia. Acupuncture has shown promising results in recent years for treating Bernedoodle joint pain, including that caused by hip or elbow dysplasia. All Bernedoodle sizes are able to receive acupuncture, though you should consult with your vet before beginning this therapy. 

Though hip and elbow dysplasia may seem intimidating, your Bernedoodle puppy or adult can still live a happy and normal life with this condition. Taking the proper steps to ensure your Bernedoodle puppy or adult is at a healthy weight, consuming a fish based diet along with anti-inflammatory supplements and consulting with your vet is the best way to make sure they live a fulfilling, happy life with elbow dysplasia. If you notice symptoms of hip or elbow dysplasia in various Bernedoodle sizes, be sure to take the proper steps to get them on their way to health with the help of your vet. 

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Skin and Coat Health of Bernedoodle Puppies and Adults

One of the most lovable and adorable features of a Bernedoodle puppy or adult is their thick, beautiful coat. All Bernedoodle sizes are known for their unique coat texture and look. As an owner, you are sure to want to keep your Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s coat as healthy as possible. Being aware of all possible skin and coat conditions that are common for your Bernedoodle puppy or adult to experience is the best way to make sure you catch these health issues as soon as possible, if and when they appear. 

Dry skin is a very common condition that can be seen in Bernedoodle puppies and adults, especially those who live in low-humidity, dry environments. Bernedoodle puppy and adult coats can become dull and due to the small Bernedoodle size, they can easily bite at and scratch all different areas of their body when their skin becomes irritated.

Symptoms of dull coats can also be accompanied by hair loss, inflammation, hot spots and itchiness. All of these symptoms can make Bernedoodle puppies and adults very uncomfortable and can affect both Bernedoodle puppies and adults. These symptoms can make your dog distressed, more sensitive to cold and even experience open skin sores. All Bernedoodle sizes are equally susceptible to dull coats and dry skin. This condition is mostly dependent on and caused by a Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s environment and weather.

Though Bernedoodle puppies and adults aren’t exactly prone to dull coat and skin issues, they can still experience these conditions. Skin and coat problems on their own won’t shorten your Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s life span, but if they are caused by an underlying condition this other health condition will need to be addressed. Some underlying health conditions that cause skin and coat issues may impact life expectancy and are best addressed on a case by case basis by your vet.

One of the best ways to combat skin and coat issues in Bernedoodle puppies and adults is through diet. Omega-3 fatty acids have shown to have a tremendous impact on improving Bernedoodle puppy and adult skin and coat health, and these can easily be added to the diet of Bernedoodle puppies or adults by their owner. This skin and coat health management is simple and won’t take a lot of steps or adjusting by an owner to be successful in.

An important thing to note about adding omega-3 fatty acids to your Bernedoodle puppy or adult’s diet is that they are better added through smaller fish sources or supplements than through sources that are from a larger fish. Smaller fish have a higher concentration of omega-3s than larger ones. As always, be sure to consult with your vet before beginning supplementation or diet changes. 

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While skin and coat issues can be stressful for both a Bernedoodle puppy or adult and their owner, thankfully they can usually be prevented and treated relatively easily. The best steps for a Bernedoodle owner to take to keep their dog’s coat and skin as healthy as possible is a well-rounded diet and following vet protocol. If your vet prescribes certain treatments or management strategies, be sure to follow them in order to obtain the healthiest skin and coat possible for your Bernedoodle puppy or adult.

With the help of your vet and various supplements when approved, your Bernedoodle puppy or adult is sure to live a healthy and happy life. Dry skin and dull coats don’t shorten the life expectancy of Bernedoodle puppies or adults, meaning you can still live many fulfilling years together. As always, not all Bernedoodle puppies or adults will experience dry skin or a dull coat just because they may be prone to them. Many Bernedoodle puppies and adults will live their entire life with excellent skin and coat health and complete avoidance of these conditions.