A bernedoodle is a cross between a bernese mountain dog and a poodle. You will find some breeders add in other breeds such as labradoodles, goldendoodles, ect. At Timber Ridge, we try to stay as uncomplicated and as true to the origional pairing as possible!
Bernese Mountain Dogs are a wonderful breed. They are big, silly goofballs with a very easy going disposition and a love and devotion to their family that is unmatched by other breeds. The downside is bernese mountain dogs have one of the shorter lifespans of any breed. This is where crossing them with poodles is so great. By mixing the breeds, we create what is referred to as "hybrid vigor", meaning the resulting offspring have fewer health concerns and longer lifespans then their purebred parents. Using a poodle to mix in is a great addition because the poodle adds some athleticism, intelligence, more size options, and a hair coat that sheds less.
Bernedoodles are the best of both worlds from their parents. They are still silly, snuggly, and protective like a bernese, and also trainable and intelligent like a poodle. Bernedoodles in general are very friendly and affectionate dogs. They value their family above all else, and they are commonly referred to as "shadow" or "velcro" dogs because they want to be with their owners every moment possible. Bernedoodles are typically very laid back once they hit maturity, but they are also athletic enough to be able to keep up on the hiking trail or go running with their humans. Bernedoodles are generally very gentle, and they are great with kids and are commonly used as therapy dogs.
In a short answer, no, and there is no such thing as a truely nonshedding/hypoallergenic dog. Many breeders may claim that bernedoodles don't shed or are hypoallergenic dogs, and this is unfortunately not true. Basically, if the animal has hair, it is going to shed. Even us humans shed, so to claim a dog will be non-shedding is misleading. What you will find with a bernedoodle, is they shed LESS then other breeds. Poodles typically are low shedders and have less allergens then other breeds, so by breeding in the poodle, the resulting puppies do take on some of those traits. However, bernese mountain dogs are shedders, and they will contribute those traits as well! Every puppy will be different, because every puppy is a unique individual, so some puppies may have more pet dander/hair then others. Most of my past families do report that their pets are minimal shedders once their adult coats come in, but every puppy is different. If you are considering adding a bernedoodle to your family, please be aware that despite the claims other breeders make, your puppy more then likely will have some shedding, even if it is a smaller amount then other breeds.
If you are concerned about shedding or allergies, then you may want to consider a f1b bernedoodle, as they have more poodle bred into them and therefore have less shedding traits. But again, even f1bs will shed!
Timber Ridge is one of, if not the only, bernedoodle breeder that is operated by a licensed veterinary technician. I graduated from an accredited program, passed the national boards exam, and worked as a certified veterinary technician for years prior to breeding dogs. My veterinary career includes working for reproductive specialist drs, and this background and training has helped create a breeding program with the health of all of my animals being the primary focus. And even though I have been breeding for several years now, I still maintain my licensing and I am currently working as a veterinary technician still today. Having a close relationship with veterinarians is vital in raising healthy animals, and I offer the same support to all of my families. All of my puppies go home with a health guarentee and I am always available to answer any questions or concerns that may come up during the lifetime of any of my puppies.
Yes! We origionally are from gorgeous western Colorado, but have since relocated to just outside of Nashville, Tennessee!
We miss the mountains, but we love our new surroundings. Our new location puts us much closer to a major airport, which makes puppy transporting a much smoother and easier experience for everyone involved. And for anyone who wishes to pick up their puppy in person, a mini vacation to Nashville is always a good time!
No, at Timber Ridge we are very small scale. You will notice we only have a small handful of breeding females. This is because our dogs are our family. All of our dogs are indoor, couch loving, spoiled dogs! Bernese mountain dogs and bernedoodles are very affectionate, and at times, sensitive dogs, and we keep the amount of animals we have low because we want our dogs to have all the love and attention they need without having to compete with a large group! Having only a few dogs means more one on one time, and we value the relationship we have with each dog!
All of our puppies are hand raised inside of our home.