The Bernedoodle or a Bernese Mountain Poo itself is a product of the Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. And amazingly, there are several sub-types and generations of Bernedoodles. The subtypes are based on the types of Poodles while the generations are dependant upon the ratio of both the breeds.
We have tried to gather useful information about their types and generations that you must consider before getting a Bernedoodle because all of them are different and may or may not suit you. First of all, a short intro to their types.
As the Bernedoodle’s types are dependant on the Poodles, let’s talk about Poodle’s types first. There are 3 types of Poodles.
Standard Poodle (The largest one)
Miniature or Mini Poodle (The one in the middle)
Toy or Tiny Poodle (Almost same as a Mini Poodle but with slightly different characteristics)
So, if a Berner (short for the Bernese Mountain Dog) is crossed with a Standard Poodle, it will form a Standard Bernedoodle. Likewise, Mini Poodle and Berner will form a Mini Bernedoodle, and Tiny Poodle and a Berner will result in a Tiny Berndoodle.
As this post was written genuinely for the generations of Bernedoodles, we won’t explain more about their types. Let’s learn about the generations below.
There are 3 generations of Bernedoodles, i-e, F1, F1b, and F2. Regardless of the types of Poodles, the generations are purely dependant upon the ratio of the Berner and Poodle. Let us explain all the generations one by one below.
According to the expert breeders, F1 generation Bernedoodles are the healthiest ones because they are natural. A direct cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle forms an F1, which means the ratio of both the breeds is 50-50.
They are among the top hypoallergenic dogs because they shed dander very lightly. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, heights, and weights. The Bernedoodle breeder cannot guarantee these general characteristics as they are variable. Furthermore, they are the best among all the Bernedoodles and highly suitable and compatible with the dander allergic owners. If I had to give them marks, I’d say they can easily get 9/10.
In an F1b generation of Bernedoodle, the ratio of Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog is 75-25. Wondering, how? An F1b is formed when you cross an F1 Bernedoodle with a Poodle. As the Bernedoodles inherit their hypoallergenic feature from the Poodles, the F1b is a way more hypoallergenic than an F1 Bernedoodle. They are highly recommended for families who are allergic to dog hair and dander. They can easily get 10/10 marks because of their
A cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and an F1 Bernedoodle is also called an F1b Bernedoodle but it is not recommended by the breeders as they may have some genetic disorders. Moreover, they may shed more dander and hair as compared to other Bernedoodle generations.
A cross between two different F1 Bernedoodles forms an F2 Bernedoodle. It is a second-generation cross and an expert breeder will never recommend this because they are more likely to inherit health problems from their parents.
F2b is a second-generation backcross Bernedoodle which is produced by crossing an F1 and F1b Bernedoodle. We can say that it is 62.5% Poodle and 37.5% Bernese Mountain Dog. As compared to F1 and F2 generations of Bernedoodle, an F2b has a high chance of having a low to non-shedding coat.
So, now you know the difference between the Bernedoodle generations, you can make a decision easily while getting a Bernedoodle for yourself. We’d always recommend you to get a dog from an experienced dog breeder.
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