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The St. Berdoodle is a mixed breed dog, a cross between the St. Bernard and Poodle dog breeds. Friendly, intelligent and loyal, the St. Berdoodle is a great family dog, also known as the St. Berpoo, St. Berpoo and St. Berdoodle. Although they are “designer dogs”, you can find them in breed-specific St. Bernard and Poodle rescues or shelters. Although both breeds have curiosity tendencies that can lead to mischief, especially the St. Bernard, with early training and socialisation, this trait can be honed to be helpful, rather than destructive. Although there is also a range of energy levels for these dogs, it is best to be prepared for a large dog that may need extra space or attention around small children. Saint Berdoodles are versatile dogs that just want to love and be part of the family.
Saint Berdoodles are mixed breed dogs. The two most common colour combinations of Saint Berdoodles are white and brown and black and white. The coat of Saint Berdoodles may resemble that of either parent, i.e. longer and curlier in the case of poodles, or longer and softer or rougher in the case of Saint Bernards. Saint Berdoodles get along well with people of all ages, including children. The only concern with these dogs is their size with very small children. These dogs do not enjoy solitude, so they would love to have the company of other pets and family members. The Poodle’s sense of adventure and higher energy, coupled with the St. Bernard’s curiosity and relaxed attitude, means you should be prepared to offer your dog outdoor exercise time every day, along with opportunities for napping afterwards.
Historical records indicate that poodles were bred in the 17th century and Saint Bernards in the 18th century, both in Europe. The breeding of the St. Bernard is a little more sketchy, but it appears to have been intentionally bred in the USA from the 1880s onwards. The idea of combining the protective and rescue nature of the Saint Bernard with the intelligence and trainability of the Poodle for a family dog was strong. Between 1700 and 1900 alone, St Bernards rescued over 2,000 people. No wonder they are often referred to as “nanny dogs”. Although the Saint Bernard started out as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. If you decide this is the breed for you, consider adopting. Check local shelters, look for St. Berdoodle rescues, or check with breed-specific St. Bernard or Poodle rescues, as they sometimes take in mixed-breed dogs and find homes for them.
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