Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Bernedoodle?
A Bernedoodle is the cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and Poodle. Here at River Road we breed F1 Bernedoodles, which is a 50/50 mix of a bernese mountain dog bred to any size poodle.
Bernedoodles are a fantastic mix of their parents! With the Poodles intelligence and wavy/curly hair and the Bernese loving, fun, loyal, and gentle personality, these dogs make for great family pets!
How big is a bernedoodle?
The size of Bernedoodles vary quite a lot depending on the size of the parents.
Standard size Bernedoodles generally weigh 70-90lbs, but can weigh anywhere from 50-110lbs. For height they usually get between 23-29 inches at the shoulder.
Are they hypoallergenic? Do they shed?
Bernedoodles are a low to non shedding breed. Just like their size can vary, their coats can vary anywhere from straight to curly. For those with mild to moderate allergies, pups with wavy or curly hair tend to do great! The curlier the hair the less they will shed and the better they do with those with allergies.
For those with severe allergies we suggest looking in to the F1b Bernedoodle.
Is there a waiting list? Do you accept deposits?
Currently we do not accept deposits until litters have been born. Once each litter is born, we offer the option to place a $500 deposit to hold your pup. Families get to come meet and pick out their pup between 4-6 weeks old, in the order that deposits were placed. If you are interested prior to a litter being available, feel free to reach out so that we can keep you posted on new puppies arrival!
When can our puppy come home?
Pups will stay here, with us, mom and siblings, until 8 weeks of age.
Pups taken from their litter too early, very often, deal with personality and behavior issues.
Has puppy seen a vet prior to coming home?
Yes! All of our pups will enter their homes with a vet check and will have received their first round of shots and be dewormed.
Do you have a health guarantee?
Yes! We offer a 1 year health guarantee for all genetic and major health issues. If the puppy is found to have a genetic or major medical disorder and the new owner feels they are unable to keep the puppy, they can return the puppy to the breeder with a written letter from their veterinarian explaining the condition for either a refund (Minus deposit) or a pup from the next available litter.
Are puppies socialized?
Yes! Pups spend lots of time around us and our children, as well as spend time around friends and family to help them get comfortable with new faces.
What color is a bernedoodle?
Bernese mountain dogs are a beautiful tricolor of black, rust and white! Mixed with poodles, who are an extremely wide variety of colors, the list of colors and patterns is long! Classic tricolor, Sable, bicolor and tricolor phantom, brindle, merle... though the classic tricolor is definitely our favorite around here!
If you would like to learn more about colors and what your pup may look like, feel free to reach out to us!
What about the health of the parents?
Making sure our pups start out and stay healthy is a big priority for us! All of our dogs come from health cleared parents and then have genetic testing done through Embark as well. We also work alongside our vet and keep everyone up to date and healthy on a regular basis!