Are you looking to add a new furry family member to your pack? We may be biased, but we think a Bernedoodle dog is a great choice! This breed, which is a cross between a Bernese mountain dog and a poodle, is the perfect family dog. Bernedoodles are known for being smart, loyal, and goofy! This breed is also great if any of your family members have allergies, as they are low- to non-shedding.

At Oodles of Doodles, we breed adorable F1, F2, and F1B generation Bernedoodles that are sure to be the perfect addition to your family. Before buying, you’ll want to understand the difference between each generation.

We’re here to break down all of these seemingly cryptic phrases so that you can make the best choice for your family’s needs! Keep reading to learn the difference between F1 vs. F1B Bernedoodles.

Understanding Generations Terminology

A young bernedoodle playing in the snow from Oodles of Doodles Puppies in Pennsylvania.

When figuring out which type of Bernedoodle is best, it’s an absolute must to understand the generational terminology. The good news is that the terminology is relatively straightforward, once you understand what the letters and numbers mean.

Let’s break it down into layman’s terms and look at what an F1B Bernedoodle is.

The F in this term stands for filial hybrid. This means that the Bernedoodle has two purebred parents. So, either mom is a full Poodle and dad is a full Bernese Mountain Dog, or vice versa.

The 1 is the generation of the Bernedoodle. So, an F1B dog is the first generation of offspring from the two purebred parents.

The B stands for backcross. In basic terms, this means inbreeding back to a 100% Poodle. Breeders generally breed back to a 100% Poodle because they don’t shed, which makes them an allergy-friendly furry family member.

F1 Bernedoodles

An F1 Bernedoodle is the first generation Bernedoodle, and it is typically what people think of when they hear or envision this breed. This dog is 50% Poodle and 50% Bernese Mountain Dog, which means one parent is 100% Poodle and the other is 100% Bernese Mountain Dog.

While most Bernedoodles have the hair texture and type of a Poodle with Bernese Mountain Dog coloring, this isn’t true for all F1s. Some are black and white with some brown, while others are entirely black. Genetics can (and do!) vary, which will influence how each puppy looks. For example, some F1 Bernedoodles have flat, straight coats while others have more wavy or curly coats.

A wavy or curly coat indicates that the dog has more Poodle genetics and will be non-shedding and hypo-allergenic. Float or straight coat F1s have a little less Poodle and more Bernese Mountain Dog.

One of the best genetic advantages of choosing an F1 Bernedoodle is what’s known as hybrid vigor. This term means that any dog that is the first cross between two purebred dogs is more likely to be healthier than either of the parent purebred dogs. This is because the offspring doesn’t inherit genetic deficiencies that may be passed down from the parents.

So, what can you expect from a F1 Bernedoodle?

F1B Bernedoodles 

An F1B Bernedoodle is 75% Poodle and 25% Bernese Mountain Dog. This is a cross between an F1 Bernedoodle and either a purebred Poodle or a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog. An F1B Bernedoodle is usually bred with a 100% Poodle to create offspring with a non-shedding coat, along with hypo-allergenic properties.

Because this generation is a mix between an F1 Bernedoodle and a Poodle, it’s known as a backcross, which is why it’s called a F1B.

Compared to other generations, F1B Bernedoodles are usually the most hypo-allergenic. This is because they inherit a larger quantity of Poodle attributes, so an F1B Bernedoodle is most likely to have a curly coat. If you or someone in your family has pet allergies, an F1B generation dog is most ideal.

However, because of their curly coat, F1Bs require routine grooming to avoid tangles and mats in their fur. Some owners choose to keep the hair short to avoid these issues.

F1B Bernedoodles also get some of the benefits of hybrid vigor. Because F1B dogs are 2nd-generation Bernedoodles, they lose some of the hybrid vigor attributes, but not much. This increases the chance of having a healthy dog for years and years to come.

What can you expect from a F1B Bernedoodle?

F2 Bernedoodles

A F2 Bernedoodle is 50% Poodle and 50% Bernese Mountain Dog and is second generation. This means the F2 is a cross between two F1 Bernedoodles. The biggest drawback of an F2 Bernedoodle is that the resulting offspring can be very unpredictable, especially considering the type of coat and the variation of shedding.

This means that if you’re looking for a truly non-shedding dog or one that is hypo-allergenic, you don’t want to get an F2 Bernedoodle.

What can you expect from a F2 Bernedoodle?  

What Generation Bernedoodle Is Best?

Three bernedoodles from Oodles of Doodles Puppies in Pennsylvania.

There’s no right or wrong Bernedoodle. The best generation really depends on your family’s wants and needs. If you’re looking for a non-shedding, hypo-allergenic dog that has some hybrid vigor qualities, you’ll want to choose a F1 or F1B Bernedoodle.

On the other hand, if shedding and hypo-allergenic properties aren’t a deciding factor, then you can choose a generation that has the coat type that you prefer. For less grooming and brushing, choose a flat coat. Otherwise, if you don’t mind routine grooming, choose a wavy or curly coat.

At Oodles of Doodles, we breed F1, F1B, and F2 Bernedoodles. We have been breeding this amazing dog for years, mostly due to their lovable, smart, and good-natured personalities. This breed has also become a favorite due to minimal to no shedding!

If you want to expand your family with a furry canine, we have just the puppy for you! Each of our puppies comes with a health certificate, a pupper starter kit, toys, and even a blanket with familiar scents!

Your new fur baby is waiting. Oodles of Doodles is expecting a litter in summer 2021! Contact us today to learn more.

Sources:

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/f1-hybrid
  2. https://www.pnas.org/content/103/35/12957

Bernedoodles have been growing in popularity in recent years. This breed is a cross between a poodle and a Bernese Mountain dog. Depending on which dog is the father and which one is the mother, it can determine various traits, such as how big the Bernedoodle puppies get. Other traits that result from this crossbreed are little to no shedding, an easy-going temperament, and being almost hypoallergenic.

Types of Bernedoodles

If you have been shopping Bernedoodle puppies for sale, you may have encountered some different types—like F1, F1b, F2, and F3. These are specific designations used to distinguish various types of Bernedoodles.

F1 Bernedoodles Puppies:

F1b Bernedoodle Puppies:

F2 Bernedoodle Puppies:

F3 Bernedoodle Puppies:

Learn about Bernedoodles

To find the best Bernedoodle puppies, you need to learn as much as you can about this dog breed. Pick up a few books on Bernedoodles that will help you become more familiar with this type of dog, different traits it can have, and other such details.

You can also reach out to Bernedoodle owners and Bernedoodle breeders. You will find that both enjoy talking about their Bernedoodles are and happy to answer your questions. Breeders will allow you to visit their homes and check out their breeding dogs, spend time with the current batch of puppies, and help you become more familiar with Bernedoodles.

Take the Time to Understand Genetics

Genetic factors will play a big role in what traits your new Bernedoodle puppy will end up with. It is worthwhile to become more familiar with how genetics between the puppy’s parents will contribute to your puppy’s makeup.

For example, if you want an F1 Bernedoodle puppy, then the puppy would have 50% Bernese Mountain dog genetics and 50% poodle genetics. However, if the puppy’s parents are not 100% pure-bred, then their respective genetic makeup that could include the other breeds would get passed along to their puppies.

Some genes can be recessive and others dominant. For instance, while many Bernedoodle pet parents hope they get a low-shedding Bernedoodle puppy, this is not always the case. There can be shedding Bernedoodles if the puppies ended up with the shedding trait from the Bernese Mountain dog and didn’t get the lower shedding trait from the poodle.

Genetic factors will also vary from one batch of puppies to the next, even when the same parents are used. You could easily end up with one batch of puppies that is low-shedding and then the next batch of puppies ends up with the shedding gene from the Bernese Mountain dog.

Bernedoodle Are Social Animals

Bernedoodles are very social dogs. They crave love and attention from their pet parents and family. They enjoy being around children and will even become protective of the children in the household. This is a trait of the Bernese Mountain dog. You may even notice your Bernedoodle puppy attempting to corral or direct your younger children in a specific direction. This is another trait of the Bernese Mountain dog. Make sure your Bernedoodle puppy gets plenty of attention and family time every day.

Bernedoodles Don’t Like Being Alone

A happy client and their Bernedoodle from Oodles of Doodles Pennsylvania.

Raising a Bernedoodle puppy will require having the time to do so. Bernedoodles need interactions with humans or other animals to prevent separation anxiety. Understandably, you have to work and your kids have to go to school. During the day, when everyone is away, make sure your Bernedoodle has a pet companion they can socialize with.

If not, then turn on some background music and provide access to toys and a place to go potty. You will also want to leave out plenty of water. You can leave out some food, but not more than a normal meal.

If you are planning a trip away from home and will not take your Bernedoodle with you, it is best to have them stay with a friend or relative who will be able to give them the attention they need. Otherwise, check with your Bernedoodle breeder for recommendations on where to board your Bernedoodle.

Bernedoodles Need Haircuts

An interesting fact about Bernedoodles is they have hair just like we do. This is what makes them low-shedding. As the hair grows out, it will become fuller and thicker. The hair can also knot up and get tangled if you don’t brush your Bernedoodle frequently.

Ideally, you want to plan a grooming session about every two months and every six weeks in the summer when it is hot. In between their haircuts, you can trim longer hairs from around the mouth, paws, and other such areas.

How Do I Find Teddy-Bear Bernedoodle Puppies?

Some popular Bernedoodle puppies look like cuddly teddy-bears. This particular trait comes from the poodle parent and the poodle’s curly and wavy hair. If you want a teddy-bear Bernedoodle puppy, then you would want to find F1b Bernedoodle puppies for sale.

Where Do Bernedoodles Live? Inside or Outside?

Bernedoodles are not meant to live outdoors. While they will enjoy going outside to get fresh air, they are considered indoor dogs. This is because they are very social dogs and want human interactions. As such, you will want to make sure you have the right pet supplies for your new Bernedoodle puppy, such as a pet bed and access to a potty, toys, and so on.

What Type of Bernedoodle Breeder Should I Look For?

A black and white Bernedoodle from Oodles of Doodles Pennsylvania.

To find the best Bernedoodle breeder, look for one that does not breed the parents more than one or two times a year. Limiting the number of litters is important because it means the mother has time to rest and recover in between each one.

You want to avoid breeders that are “cranking out” batch after batch of puppies, even if they have multiple females. Ideally, the best breeders will have one male and one female for each batch of puppies, to help control what traits and genetic factors get passed along to the puppies.

Other things to look for when choosing a breeder include:

As you can see, finding the best Bernedoodle puppies requires you to learn as much as you can about this breed of dog to ensure you provide your new puppy with a loving and caring home and all the attention they need and crave.

To learn more about Bernedoodle puppies for sale and our Bernedoodle parents or to schedule a visit to our home to see our Bernedoodles, please feel free to contact Oodles of Doodles today! Simply fill out our online contact form, and we will contact you shortly. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you find the perfect Bernedoodle puppy.

So, you have fallen in love with Bernedoodles and have decided to get one yourself. Before you become a new pet parent, it is important to remember all dogs, whether they are a Bernedoodle, Collie, Husky, or some other breed, require a lot of love and attention.

Puppies and dogs want to be petted, brushed, walked, and played with. You will need to make sure they are fed at the same time each day. You will need to potty train your new puppy too. They may even wake you up in the middle of the night if they need to go outside to use the bathroom.

If you are busy, active, and constantly on the go, becoming a pet parent to a new puppy or dog may not be right for you at this time. You need to keep these things in mind to ensure you are ready to be responsible for a new puppy.

If you are ready to start browsing Bernedoodle puppies, you will want to use these tips to find the best Bernedoodle breeder.

1. Schedule a visit to their kennel.

It is important to see where your Bernedoodle puppy will be born. The kennel should be clean and organized and provide a safe environment for their dogs and puppies.

2. Take time to learn more about the breeder.

Reputable dog breeders are happy to talk about everything Bernedoodle. They are also happy to share pictures of their litters, other new pet parents with their new puppy, and so on.

3. Ask to meet the parents.

During your visit to the kennel, take time to meet the parents of your future puppy. If the parents are happy and friendly, you know that your puppy will be taken care of until you take him or her home.

4. Ask how much the dogs and puppies are handled.

It is important for dogs and puppies to get plenty of TLC and handling early on. This helps the puppies become used to humans and regular interactions with people.

sleeping puppies

5. Ask how many times a year the mother is bred.

Ideally, the mother should only be bred once a year and no more than twice a year. She needs time to recover in between each litter.

6. Ask for references.

Get a list of recent references you can contact and ask about their experience with the breeder. If the breeder isn’t willing to provide references, it is recommended to find a different breeder.

7. Ask if they are willing to take the Bernedoodle back.

A decent breeder will be there for you after you take your new puppy home should you find yourself in a predicament and not able to care for your dog.

8. Ask about the breed and genetic traits.

Experienced breeders should be able to explain the differences in their Bernedoodle litters, depending on the mother and father.

9. Be prepared to be interviewed.

Reputable dog breeders will interview prospective pet parents. Their objective is to learn more about you to ensure the Bernedoodle puppy will be in a loving and caring home.

By using these tips, you can find the best Bernedoodle breeder, like us, here at Oodles of Doodles. To learn more about our Bernedoodle parents and upcoming litters or to schedule a visit to our kennel, please fill out our online contact form. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you find the perfect Bernedoodle puppy.

When you decide you want to look at Bernedoodle puppies, the first thing you need to do is to start thinking about how to find the best Bernedoodle breeder. To help you find the perfect fluffy Bernedoodle puppy to bring home, we recommend asking potential breeders the following questions:

 

1. What dogs did the breeder use?

Bernedoodles are a mixture of the Bernese Mountain dog with a poodle. The litter will vary based on the size of the poodle, colors of the dogs, and so on. For instance, with smaller poodles, you tend to end up getting smaller Bernedoodles.

 

2. How long have you been breeding Bernedoodles?

You will want to know how long the breeder has been breeding Bernedoodles to determine their expertise. If they haven’t been breeding for long, ask how familiar they are with Bernedoodles. The breeder may have been raising Bernedoodles for years and recently decided to get into breeding. So, this type of breeder would be a good choice, too, since they are equally familiar with the breed.

 

3. How do you socialize your Bernedoodle puppies?

Some breeders use a more “corporate” approach, meaning they are turning out litters as fast as they can, and socialization is not a top priority for them. You want to look for a small or family-operated breeder who has the time to ensure the puppies get plenty of socialization around adults, children, and other pets so they will be well-adjusted and perfect for any home.

 

4. Can I visit your location to see the Bernedoodles?

Reputable breeders will allow you to stop by for a visit to check out the puppies and pet parents in person. This is a great opportunity to see how the dogs are treated, how well they are cared for, and how well they interact with others.

 

5. Do you take care of all their vaccinations before I bring them home?

You want a breeder who will make sure all vaccinations and deworming procedures are current before you bring your new puppy home. The breeder should provide you with records showing what vaccines they have received, the dates of the vaccinations, when they were dewormed, and a health certificate.

 

6. What type of guarantee do you offer for my new puppy?

Make sure to find out if your puppy comes with a “warranty.” Most breeders will offer a one-year guarantee that the puppy will be free from health defects and congenital defects.

 

7. Do you have references or other customers we can contact?

A breeder should be able to provide you with a list of professional references like veterinarians and previous customers who are willing to share their experiences with the breeder. If they won’t provide these, you should look for a different breeder.

 

8. Do you offer follow-up assistance after I bring my Bernedoodle puppy home?

Most breeders are happy to provide follow-up assistance to answer questions you may have about your new Bernedoodle puppy. They understand that being a new Bernedoodle pet parent can come with questions or concerns you forgot to inquire about previously.

 

9. Do you provide a new puppy care kit when I pick up my puppy?

Adorable little beige puppy sits on wooden table

To help make the transition from their current environment to your home, breeders will often provide a new puppy care kit. The kit often includes the puppy’s favorite blanket that has the scent of their mother and siblings on it, toys they enjoy playing with, a bag of puppy food they have been eating, information sheets, and other such things.

Having these things ensures your puppy will transition more easily to your home because they will still be comforted by the smells in their blanket and will have familiar toys and food.

By remembering to ask these questions, you are sure to find the best Bernedoodle breeder. To learn more about Bernedoodle puppies and Bernedoodle puppies for sale, please feel free to contact Oodles of Doodles by filling out our online form today!