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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why purchase my F1B Bernedoodle puppy from Choice Bernedoodles?
    We pride ourselves with having very socialized puppies. Our whole family gets involved in putting lots of love into their first 8-weeks of life. We also get our parents genetic tested at Paw print genetics. We do our best to ensure that you get a healthy, well loved puppy. Denise is a great communicator and from the moment you join the waitlist to the weeks after your puppy is home, Denise will love to talk with you to answer questions, share photos, and stories.
  • How does the Choice Bernedoodle's waitlist work?
    We require a $500 non refundable but transferable deposit to secure your spot on our waitlist. You may transfer your deposit from one litter to another if we don’t have what you are hoping for at that time or there’s a timing issue for you. Your deposit goes towards your $4,000 adoption fee. The adoption fee is due on take home day. You will choose your puppy in the order that the deposit was received at approximately 4-5 weeks of age either in person or via video chat.
  • When a new litter is born, how and when does the waitlist select their puppies?
    Denise will typically schedule each person on the waitlist to either come visit or FaceTime video chat to meet the available puppies. She tries to schedule this over a weekend. Their personalities really start coming through at around 5 weeks of age. The puppies will be anywhere from 4 to 5 weeks old. It just depends on what day of the week the puppies are born but gives each person a chance to meet and select their puppy of choice.
  • How do I get to know my new puppy before bringing him or her home?
    Here at Choice Bernedoodles we bring you into the puppy's experience from waitlist to birth to take-home! Our goal is to help you know your puppy well before he or she comes home with you. It is so amazing to watch puppies up close and see all the changes they make each week. We strive to help you join in that growing experience by sharing lots of daily posts on our Instagram. Denise is always happy to send you photos or videos before you choose your puppy. You may come visit or FaceTime to choose your puppy. Then after you have chosen your puppy Denise will send you many updates via text. Any and all questions are welcome. If we don’t know the answer we do our best in finding the answer for you. If it’s a training question and Denise doesn't know what to advise she might call her brother @darrelstrainingcenter to get some tips for you.
  • What is the difference between F1 and F1B Mini Bernedoodle?
    An F1 Miniature Bernedoodle is created by breeding a Bernese Mountain Dog with a miniature poodle. Their sizing can end up anywhere from 25 to 49 lbs with 18 to 22 inch height at the shoulder. An F1B Tiny Bernedoodle is created when you breed a Mini F1 Bernedoodle female with a toy or miniature poodle. The offspring can mature to anywhere between 10 and 24 lbs. For the most part, F1B Bernedoodles tend to shed very little, if at all.
  • What is a Tiny F1B Bernedoodle?
    A Miniature Bernedoodle Is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Miniature Poodle. They can be 25 to 50 lbs. A Tiny/Mini Bernedoodle is the most typical breeding of a Tiny or Micro Mini f1B Bernedoodle. It is the result of breeding a miniature or toy poodle with a Mini Bernedoodle. A Tiny can end up anywhere from 10-24 lbs and stand 12 to 17” tall. A Tiny F1B from Choice Bernedoodles typically mature to the 18 to 24 lb range. We have had some that grew to 34 lbs. This is why we call them Tiny/Mini. A good rule to remember is there is Bernese Mountain Dog in their lineage, so they might follow those lines for their size. But typically we can get a good idea of who will end up on the smaller side and who will be on the bigger side by their weights during the first 8 weeks. Our Miniature female Zoey is around 33 lbs and Carly is around 36 lbs. Our sires are also small: Remi is 14 and Fletcher is 8 lbs. Remi has sired four litters. They are charting close to the previous litters at 18-35 lbs. Coat F1B tiny Bernedoodles are a non-shedding or very minimal shedding Bernedoodle due to being an F1B cross and possessing more of the non-shedding poodle gene. TINY Bernedoodles will have more of a curly coat appearance, losing some of the wavy Bernese mountain dog coat due to being 25% Bernese Mountain dog. This Bernedoodle cross, like the other Bernedoodle crosses, comes in many different colors and produce many more colors than the F1 crosses. While producing more color variations they are still categorized similar to the other crosses, consisting of the traditional black tri-color, Black & Tan Phantom, White tri or bi color parti bi-color, and a solid color TINY.
  • Are male or female Mini F1B Bernedoodles better?
    We have found that it really seems to come down more to the personality of the puppy versus their gender. The main difference we would have seen is that a male might start marking his territory. But that behavior typically usually resolves itself after his neutering surgery.
  • Why shouldn't I get a Mini Bernedoodle?
    They will try to control you while you’re on your phone. Demanding pets from one of your hands. They have been known to be sock bandits so keep those socks picked up. Some do like to chew things so just be aware of this and especially during their puppy years keep a close eye on them.
  • Do Bernedoodles suffer from separation anxiety?
    Bernese are bred to work as farm dogs and Poodles as a hunting companion. Both breeds were bred to work alongside people. Bernese are also herding dogs, so it makes sense that they want to be near all the time. The easiest way to help them with this is make sure you leave them alone for short periods of time starting when they are young. Plan this even if your schedule allows you to always be present. This helps them learn that you will always come back and they will be ok and won’t get upset when you leave.
  • What is the lifespan of a Mini Bernedoodle?
    The life expectancy of a Bernese Mountain dog is only 6 to 8 years. In order to increase their life expectancy and still have the sweetness of a Bernese they were paired with a poodle. This has helped to extend a Bernedoodles lifespan to typically 12-18 years.
  • Will I have to groom my Mini Bernedoodle?
    Yes. We recommend brushing your puppy’s hair starting as soon as they come home with you, looking in their ears, and touching their paws (as we have done) to help ease them into a grooming routine. Your Tiny F1B Bernedoodle will need to be bathed somewhere between every 2-8 weeks, depending on coat; of course if they get into things, bathing may be required intermittently. Professional grooming can start after they have been fully vaccinated (ask your vet, but this is typically around 16 weeks of age) and is needed every 2-3 months, depending upon home care and coat.
  • When was the Bernedoodle breed started?
    The Bernedoodle breed can be traced back to 2003 when breeder Sherry Rupke decided to pair a Bernese Mountain dog with a poodle. The result was a friendly, energetic, smart dog. This was done in part to increase the Bernese lifespan and to help those with allergies be able to have the sweetness of the Bernese temperament in their lives.
  • Do Mini Bernedoodles bark a lot?
    Bernedoodles are vocal dogs. Ours seem to use different sounds to communicate different things. They aren’t too noisy and can be managed by early training. For some reason our gals have the delivery trucks pegged. Without looking we know who is coming because of their communication type!
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