As the song goes, “One is the loneliest number.” You love your dog. But is one ever enough? We think not.
Whether you already have one (or more) dogs that live in your home, we think a Bernedoodle could make an excellent addition to your life.
There are two ways of looking at if a Berendoodle is right for you. You have a dog at home already and are considering bringing another into your pack. Or maybe you already have a Bernedoodle that you share your space with. Is there another four-legged friend that can be brought into that same space?
Let’s dig a little deeper into those questions!
Introduction to Bernedoodles
The best way to decide if a certain pup is right for you is to look at one specific side of that equation. In this case: The Bernedoodle.
Bernedoodles are crossbreeds between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. Bernedoodles are typically friendly, intelligent and reliable dogs that make great companions for families with other dogs. As such, they come in a variety of colors and have different dispositions. Most of these personality traits will blend into most families.
They range from tiny / toy size that stand about 18 inches tall and weigh as little as 25 pounds, to their largest size (Standard), could be as tall as 29 inches and weigh about 90 pounds. Mini and Medium-sized Bernedoodles fall in the middle of those two.
Training Your Bernedoodle to Be Compatible with Other Dogs
As we’ve already stated, Bernedoodles are an intelligent breed and are easily trained. However, like with any dog, early socialization and obedience training is key to having a well-behaved and well-adjusted canine companion.
Be sure to set rules and boundaries for your Bernedoodle from an early age and stick to them. Dogs thrive when they know what's expected of them, and with a little patience and consistency, you'll have a dog who is the perfect addition to your family.
If you’re bringing a Bernedoodle into your home already occupied with another dog, the above is still a great standard. Ask yourself honestly, “Have I treated my dog well?” and “Do they behave themselves around new puppy pals at the dog park?” If the answer is yes, then let's move on!
The Best Companion Dogs for Bernedoodles
Bernedoodles are known for being friendly and good with kids, making them great family pets. But what about when you want to take your dog for a walk or on a run? Are there certain types of dogs that get along well with Bernedoodles? As it turns out, the answer is yes!
Here are some of the most compatible dogs for Bernedoodles:
Golden Retrievers: They are also relatively easy to train. Goldens also make great companions for Bernedoodles because they are friendly and playful with children. Let’s be honest. Golden Retrievers get along with most anything and anyone.
Pugs: Pugs are another breed that are known for being fun and kid compatible. They also don’t require a lot of exercise, making them a good choice for busy families. Keep in mind that if you do have a Pug, your new Bernedoodle will require more exercise regardless of size. They could be a great motivator for your Pug!
Siberian Husky: Huskies' happy-go-lucky demeanor and penchant for exercise make them a great companion for your Bernedoodle. While a lone Husky could be a destructive force, being paired with a Bernedoodle could even solve this problem.
Some other compatible dog breeds with Bernedoodles are Labs, German Shepherds, and Scottish Deerhounds. And, let’s not forget the Goldendoodle!
Why Do These Dogs Make the Best Companions for Bernedoodles?
It's easy to find a pup that will fit into your existing pack with a Bernedoodle. They have an incredibly friendly and outgoing disposition.
Another thing to look for in a companion dog is breed compatibility. For instance, if you have a German Shepherd, you might want to consider a Bernedoodle instead of a Golden Retriever since they share some of the same personality traits.
Bernedoodles are bred to be compatible with a wide range of dog breeds, so most should be okay with them. Whatever breed of dog you choose, be sure to socialize them early and often to ensure that they will be comfortable in any situation.
What Dogs Aren't Compatible with Bernedoodles?
Not all breeds of dogs are compatible with Bernedoodles. These breeds include - but aren’t limited to - Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Boxers, Bulldogs, Spaniels, Chow Chows and Pit Bulls. Did we mention Boston Terriers? Actually, it’s probably a good rule of thumb to rule out most Terrier breeds.
Only ethical professionals should breed Doodles. They understand that the dogs listed above should absolutely not be crossbred with Bernedoodles. Mixing any of these breeds with a Bernedoodle can result in genetic health problems for the dog and could lead to dangerous behaviors.
Do as much research as you can online. Don’t be afraid to ask your breeder about the specific litter's growing personalities. It’s important to research the compatibility of your current dog breed with a Bernedoodle before you decide to adopt one.
Why Aren't These Breeds Compatible with Bernedoodles?
There are a few simple, common-sense reasons why some breeds are not compatible with Bernedoodles.
First of all, the Poodle is known for being one of the smartest dog breeds, so adding another smart dog to the mix can be tricky. Especially since the Poodle is a parent breed to the Bernedoodle… You can see where we’re going with this.
Secondly, some breeds are known for being dominant and challenging toward other dogs. Since Bernedoodles are bred to be sociable considering their herding roots, these breeds can sometimes have difficulty getting along.
How Can I Tell If My Dog is Compatible with a Bernedoodle?
While Bernedoodles are typically compatible with most other dog breeds, there are a few that you should avoid if you’re thinking about getting one of these dogs. For example, Labs and Retrievers are both prone to being too active for the Bernedoodle, who is already a fairly active dog.
Similarly, Terriers may be too independent for the Bernedoodle.
A simple way to test if another dog might get along with a Bernedoodle is to have them spend some time together in an enclosed area. Think of something like your backyard. If your dog seems anxious or frightened around the Bernedoodle, it’s best not to proceed with getting one of these dogs.
Size should also be a consideration. Depending on the size of one dog, the other should be compatible. In other words, don’t get a toy Benerdoodle to cohabitate with your Bull Mastiff. It’s not unheard of that the larger dog will sit on the smaller one.
If you're looking for the perfect canine companion for your Bernedoodle, you can't go wrong with any of the dogs on our list. Each of these breeds is known for being friendly, intelligent, and lovable, making them the perfect match for your Bernedoodle.
Overall, Bernedoodles make great companions for just about any other dog breed. They're typically good-natured and get along with just about everyone. They're definitely a breed worth considering if you're looking for a lovable, friendly dog that will get along with your other furry friends.
With a little training and patience, you and your Bernedoodle can enjoy a lifelong friendship that's built on mutual love and respect. Thanks for choosing us at JLDD as your source for all things Bernedoodle!
Jenna and the JLDD Team