What To Ask a Bernedoodle Breeder?

You have decided to invest in acquiring a Bernedoodle as a pet, but you are unsure of what breeder to use. What are some questions that you need to ask a breeder to ensure you get the very best puppy for your family?

Let’s face it, there are lots of breeders to choose from, and frankly, some are better than others. The last thing you want is to invest the kind of money a designer dog will cost without doing some homework. And because Bernedoodles are a relatively recent breed but are growing immensely in popularity, you want to be sure about everything. Will the dog have anxiety issues or be a cuddler? Will the dog come with digestive issues? Will the breeder take care of the shots and have proof they have done so? There are lots of questions to ask, and any decent breeder won’t mind answering them for you. 

Bernedoodles are a mix of two excellent bloodlines, a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. They come in various colors (generally some combination of white, black and tan). Three sizes depend on whether the Poodle they were bred with was a Miniature, Toy, or Standard. They make excellent family pets and are active and energetic. 

So how do you find a reputable breeder, and once you’ve found one, what questions should you ask? We are happy you decided to take the time to find out because we have the answers for you.

1. How Long Has the Breeder been Breeding Bernedoodles?

Determining the breeder’s expertise with dogs can be crucial to finding the right pet. The number of new breeders is growing exponentially since the popularity of Bernedoodles seems to be a new design trend.  (The first Bernedoodle wasn’t introduced until 2003). There are breeders in every state, so it can be hard to choose. Some breeders have experience with the dogs, but they might not have been breeding them that long. Regardless, check out the breeder’s website and read over the fine print of any health and hereditary guarantees that they might make. (If the breeder makes no guarantee, then move along). An example of a typical health and sales agreement can be found here.

2. Who Were the Parents of the Litter?

When breeders use a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog and a purebred Poodle to produce a Bernedoodle, the offspring are registered as F1. (The “F” means filial hybrid, which says the Bernedoodle results from the Bernese Mountain Dog/Poodle mating. The number 1 designates the first generation)

But breeders often breed an F1B (the “B” means backcross). The backcross is a breeding method that mixes a 100% purebred dog and a crossbreed like an F1 Bernedoodle. This breeding technique targets desirable traits from the poodle, like its curly, non-shedding coat. You need to ask what generation the breeder is on and verify the bloodline of the parent breeds. The Breeder should have the appropriate documentation to show the bloodline and be willing to share it with you.

3. Can I Visit your Facility to see the Bernedoodles?

If possible, try to stop by the farm or facility to see what kind of care the breeder takes with the puppies. Look for signs of abuse, crowded conditions, or a lack of basic hygiene. If the puppies seem scared and are unwilling to socialize, this can be a sign that you have found a puppy mill rather than a loving, gentle breeder. Most reputable breeders will not mind you stopping by because they know that you are much more likely to pay them and take one home once you hold one. (Bernedoodles are that adorable – particularly the miniature ones).

4. Do You Handle Their Vaccinations Before I Bring Them Home?

You will want to find a breeder who will ensure all vaccinations are carried out before turning the puppy over to you. Records with vaccinations are a must; otherwise, you will be making trips to the local vet, which can add to the expenses. If the breeder gives you a shot and deworming record, do not lose it (make sure you put it in a safe place). Most pet hotels or vets who board will not accept any dog without the appropriate shot records. The breeder needs to provide you with a guarantee for the health and heredity of the puppy. 

 5. Do You Have Reviews Online or a Vet Who Will Vouch for You?

Many breeders work with local vets and are known by them. The breeder should be able to provide you with a list of professional references or previous customers who are willing to share their experiences. If the breeder refuses to provide them, move on to someone else. 

6. How Do You Ensure that the Puppies Get Used to Human Contact?

A breeder that does not seem to want to love on the Bernedoodles and play with the puppies is not a breeder you want to give any money to. The affection that they show their puppies is a direct indication of their approach to the breeding business. (They put out litters as fast as possible for the money, or they breed because they genuinely love the puppies and want to find forever homes for them).

7. Do you Provide Any Other Amenities? 

Some breeders will supply a Puppy package of goodies with every purchase (like a bowl, leash, treats, or dog food. Even gift cards to sites like Chewy.com are an excellent way of saying thank you). While the number of gifts (puppy supplies) you get is not an indication of the breeders’ abilities, you want to do business with someone who appreciates your willingness to pick them from all the other breeders in the world. For more information about our operation and to see our current puppies, check out the website – www.phoenixbernedoodles.com