Bernedoodles are sweet, teddy bear-like dogs that inherit the best qualities from their purebred parents: a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. Berneses are charming and affectionate in nature, and they are protective of their family members because of their herding traits. Poodles, on the other hand, are intelligent and goofy, they often seek human attention and mental stimulation to challenge their big brains.

A reputable breeder can tell whether your Bernedoodle’s genes lean towards a Bernese or Poodle, and Central Illinois Doodles will reveal its secrets to you.

Are Bernedoodles Protective As Bernese or Smart as Poodle?

It’s difficult to accurately predict whether your Bernedoodle will be a smart puppy or grow to be a charming ball of fur without high intellectual abilities. But there are two main factors that hint at how your puppy will turn out to be. Thanks to our years of experience, we’ve noticed a pattern and now can make deductions based on it.

The qualities of a Bernedoodle highly depend on its parents and generation. First-generation (F1) Bernedoodles share 50% of a Bernese Mountain Dog’s gene and 50% of a Poodle’s. It indicates that F1 Bernedoodles are likely to be both smart and hard-working.

However, the next generation, F1b Bernedoodles, have predominantly Poodle genetics, the second most intelligent dog breed. This means that F1b puppies are not only more intelligent than F1 gen but also more allergy-friendly.

How Smart Are Bernedoodles?

F1b Bernedoodle intelligence can be compared to a Poodle’s, which means dogs from this generation love and even need mental stimulation as much as daily exercise.

To understand how smart F1b Bernedoodles are, let us list a fun activity you can introduce to your puppy’s life. Grab your dog’s favorite treats and hide them in a box under other toys and plushies. Let your Bernedoodle find the treats by sniffing and digging in a box without your help.

Smart dogs are often believed to be easy to train. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Border Collies, for example, are the most intelligent dogs, but this breed is a challenge to train. We can confirm a similar pattern in Bernedoodles that has a simple solution.

Bernedoodle on a walk

When training your Bernedoodle, you should always stick to a certain routine. F1 and F1b Bernedoodles are highly intelligent, but both of them can be quite stubborn. They are easy to train through games, but you need to be insistent when training their agility and teaching commands. Over time, you will notice significant improvements.

Is Your Bernedoodle an Exception?

If you have doubts that your Bernedoodle is a smart cookie – don’t worry. There is a way to improve your dog’s intelligence, and it is through training. Bernedoodles, just like any other breed, need discipline and training. Discipline helps reduce anxiety, while training challenges their brains.

Dog psychologists believe that training and teaching a new skill can influence a dog’s intelligence. By introducing puzzles, new games, toys, and commands, your Bernedoodle will always have mental stimulation.

As a matter of fact, trained dogs find it easier to learn new things than untrained canines. So, chances are you just haven’t helped your Bernedoodle discover its inner genius.

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Bernedoodle Traits

  • Affectionate, gentle, and goofy personality

  • Calm, docile energy

  • Excellent emotional support dogs

  • Good with children

  • Low-to-non shedding

  • For allergy-friendly needs, F1b puppies are optimal

  • Standard-sized need space to stretch

  • Mini or tiny sizes available for smaller spaces

Where to Buy an Intelligent Bernedoodle?

Are you ready to adopt a Bernedoodle, an adorable and intelligent crossbreed? Central Illinois Doodle is a reputable breeder, and we ensure that you bring home a healthy Bernedoodle with well-balanced traits inherited from both parents.

We meticulously choose purebred parents, aiming to minimize hereditary diseases in our mature Bernedoodles. As a testament to our ethical and high breeding standards, we provide a comprehensive 2-year health guarantee.

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, we specialize in raising healthy, family-friendly Bernedoodles and Goldendoodles. Throughout the adoption process, we offer you our support, including a complimentary gift, informative guides, and consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Adopting a smart dog means you should satisfy its needs with mental stimulation. It is no less important than taking your Bernedoodle for a walk. Mental challenges can tire your dog as much as physical ones, and here are some games you can try with your furry friend:

  • Food puzzles
  • Dog parks
  • Obstacle courses
  • Games like fetching and running

Bernedoodles tend to be stubborn, which can make training difficult. You should stick to a routine and keep sessions short until your dog gets used to the new challenges you give it. Don’t forget to finish every training session with positive reinforcement in the form of favorite treats, praises, and toys.

Bernedoodles are a crossbreed of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. Both purebred parents are smart in nature, but Poodle is exceptionally intelligent. Hence, F1 and F1b Bernedoodle acquire similar IQ levels to their parents.

Bernedoodles are great family dogs that will definitely become your and your kids’ companions. This breed loves human affection and will never get enough cuddles from you. Whether you want to go on a hike or rest on the couch, Bernedoodles will happily accompany you.