Why is keeping up to date on my puppy's vaccines important?
When puppies are born they receive maternal immunity to serious viruses, such as parvo, through the colostrum they receive from their mother in the first 24 hours of life. Once that protection wears off it is critical that puppies have received vaccinations to protect them from those life threatening illnesses. These viruses are common and live everywhere and most are spread through the feces of infected dogs. This makes places like dog parks, public dog bathroom areas, and even your vet's office potential danger zones for your puppy before they are fully vaccinated. Once they are fully vaccinated they will be safe to adventure in every and all areas. It will be critical through the life of your puppy that you boost them yearly as appropriate to ensure that they maintain immunity against these devastating bugs.
What are the grooming requirements for Bernedoodles?
One of the great benefits of doodles is that they have a very low shedding coat. We adore our Bernese Mountain Dogs but they certainly leave their dog glitter (aka fur) all over our house! The more poodle in the doodle the less shedding you will have and the wavier/curlier the coat. For example, our F1s have wavy coats and while we don't see their fur around our house we do see it in the dog brush when we are brushing their fur. Regular brushing and grooming is important to keep away matting. You may also find that they prefer a shorter summer cut to help keep them cool while a longer coat works well during colder months.
One of the many things we love about doodles is the variety of grooming options for their coats. Boogie is one of our past F1 Standard Bernedoodle puppies and he provides a great example of how different your puppy can look with different coat lengths.
Boogie with long coat
Boogie freshly groomed
What is the difference between an F1, F1B and F2 Doodle?
F1 Doodle is the cross between a purebred non-poodle and a purebred poodle
Purebred Doodle x Purebred Bernese Mountain Dog = F1 Bernedoodle
F1B Doodle is the cross between a doodle and a poodle (it could technically be any purebred dog, but the purpose is to create a more hypoallergenic dog closer to the poodle line)
F1 Bernedoodle X Purebred Poodle = F1B Bernedoodle
F2 is the cross between two F1 doodles
F1 Bernedoodle X F1 Bernedoodle = F2 Bernedoodle
Does it really matter what food I feed my puppy?
Yes it really does! Large breed puppies have different nutritional needs than medium or small breed puppies. This is because they grow at different rates and need the right balance of calcium and phosphorous to ensure that they do not grow too fast. Accelerated growth can cause issues with skeletal formation and lead to long term health problems for your dog. Our standard sized puppies that will grow to be 65 to 80+ pounds need to be fed large breed puppy foods. There are a lot of good brands out there, but for our large breed puppies they must be labeled as Large Breed Puppy for you to feel safe feeding it to your dog. We currently feed our adult dogs and our puppies Purina Pro Plan.
My puppy and intestinal parasites. Eww!
If there is one topic we wish we didn't need to discuss it is intestinal parasites a.k.a. worms. But, worms are a reality for puppies and dogs and something that we want all of our families to be educated about. Worms seem to have their own circle of life and it can be very hard to break! Dogs eat and lick and drink all kinds of things that we don't even want to think about! It makes it very difficult to avoid the occasional flare up that will need to be treated with a Rx from your vet. Good sanitation does help and we follow a regular and vigorous cleaning and deworming protocol from birth. Even with our best efforts there is a good chance that the stress of leaving the puppy pile and adjusting to a new home environment may activate intestinal parasites in your puppy. Just know it is VERY common and very treatable. It is important to complete the treatment you are given by your vet and to remember that this too shall pass (pun intended)!!
Are Bernedoodles Hypoallergenic?
There is no such thing as a fully hypoallergenic dog, as people can also be allergic to dog saliva or urine, etc. However, for those with mild to medium pet allergies, doodles make a wonderful addition to the family, as they usually are low shed to no shed.
For a person with severe allergies we want to ensure that the puppy you take home has as curly a coat as possible. If you have concerns, we suggest that you get further allergy testing done as well as take some time to interact with doodles and their humans in your area before purchasing a puppy.