Life Expectancy by Generation
There are three recognized Bernedoodle generations your new bernedoodle puppy may be: F1, F1B or F2. Which one your dog is can affect its life span, as well as its personality traits and breed characteristics.
The F1 generation has a Bernese mountain dog parent and a poodle parent. These are currently among the most common breeds you’ll find, taking 50% of their traits from each breed. The information in this article applies to this generation.
The F1B generation has a Bernedoodle parent of the F1 generation and a poodle parent. In this situation, the dog shares only a quarter of its traits with the Bernese mountain dog and the rest with poodles. As a result, dogs from this generation may have a slightly longer life span than those in the F1 generation.
In the F2 generation, two F1 Bernedoodles are bred together. Although these dogs are technically half of each breed, they have the shortest life expectancy of any current bernedoodle generation due to losing hybrid vigor.
Helping Your Bernedoodle Live a Long, Happy Life
Experienced dog owners know an estimated dog breed life span is an estimate. However, by taking proper care of your mountain dog poodle mix, you can help it reach its maximum expected life span and potentially surpass it. The most crucial aspects of helping your bernedoodle dog live a long, happy life are a healthy diet, exercise, teeth cleaning, and regular vet visits.
An essential aspect of caring for all dog breeds is ensuring they eat a healthy diet that contains the necessary nutrients and stays within a certain calorie range.
Healthy diet requirements will be different for the puppy stage and adults. The size of your bernedoodle will also affect how many calories it needs to consume.
Tiny bernedoodle puppies require more calories per pound of body weight than adults because they’re still growing. Calories fuel healthy, proper growth, and special puppy food is designed to meet these needs. Additionally, puppies require high amounts of protein and extra fatty acids to ensure proper development.
Adult dogs still need a high-protein diet but considerably less fatty acids, since they’re no longer growing. You’ll also want to be very careful about how many calories you feed your adult dog. If you provide it with too many calories, it’ll become overweight, resulting in numerous health issues.
To maintain a healthy weight, you should be feeding your adult dog between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup of dry kibble food per 10 pounds daily, split between two meals. So, if your dog weighs 20 pounds as an adult, it’d require between 1/2 cup and one cup of food daily. If your dog weighs 80 pounds fully grown, it’d need two to four cups of dry kibble daily or one to two cups per meal.
There are exceptions to this rule.
If your dog seems to be losing weight on the food you give it each day, you might try giving additional food, no more than 1/4 cup per feeding at a time. If it continues to lose weight, you should consider taking your standard or mini bernedoodle to the vet to rule out any health problems.
If your bernedoodle seems to be gaining weight on the food, you feed it, cut its diet slowly by no more than 1/4 cup per feeding time. Specific dogs may have faster or slower metabolisms or receive more or less exercise.
You can provide treats during training as rewards for positive behavior and achievements. However, you should use treats sparingly, as they can significantly increase total daily calories.
In addition, wet food isn’t generally recommended since bernedoodles are prone to weight gain and digestive issues. However, if you choose to use high-quality wet food, it should be no more than one teaspoon to one tablespoon per feeding to avoid problems.