Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning a Miniature Bernedoodle?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of owning a miniature Berne doodle? You may want to consider these when deciding whether or not to adopt one as your new best friend.
Though you may be drawn in by their small size, don’t forget to consider if you’re able to commit the time, money, and effort required to take care of one, both while it’s young and as it ages.
This guide explores the advantages and disadvantages of owning a miniature Berne doodle, with input from breeders, veterinarians, and other experts in the field. Ready to learn more?
Berne Doodles Are Great for Apartment Living
- Living in an apartment can be tough if you own a large dog, so if you’re trying to find a great breed for small spaces look no further than Berne Doodles.
- These small dogs require little space and also make great companions for single people or anyone who doesn’t have time to devote to another dog all day.
- Just be prepared for lots of visitors once they learn your puppy is so cute! Apartments also often have strict rules against dogs that shed, but with such short fur, being pet hair-free is almost guaranteed.
- Finally, apartment dwellers often face serious barking fines. However, these little dogs aren’t prone to excessive barking even when they get lonely.
They Look Dainty but Can Be Great Guard Dogs
- If you’re looking for protection, but like something delicate, a Berner might be for you.
- The smaller size gives them less intimidation power than larger dogs—but it doesn’t mean they can’t hold their own.
- They make great watchdogs; even if intruders get by your miniature Berner, he will sound off an alarm that could still be heard in another room.
- And for those times when there is a problem, don’t forget about bite force—size has its advantages!
- While on average, small dog breeds have weaker bites than larger dogs (the American Pit Bull Terrier has over twice as much bite pressure as any small breed), your mini-Bernese is far from tiny when it comes to biting ability.
The Breed Gets Cold Very Quickly in Winter
- A big disadvantage of owning a Berner is that they get cold very quickly. Another disadvantage is that they shed their hair very easily.
- These dogs have an extremely thick double coat which can be up to 2 inches (5 cm) in length.
- In addition, these dogs have long droopy ears and short tails which makes it harder for them to keep themselves warm during winter.
- They often need sweaters, jackets, or coats to keep themselves warm during wintertime when temperatures drop below freezing point.
- When you bring your dog outside on any cold day you should provide him with adequate protection from freezing temperatures such as sweaters, jackets, or coats.
Minimal Grooming Required
- Like some other small dogs, such as poodles, Bernedoodles require very little grooming.
- This is especially helpful to first-time dog owners, as it doesn’t require an investment in equipment like special brushes or shampoos.
- Because they shed so little, you don’t have to worry about constant vacuuming or brushing up fur from your clothes either!
- However, overgrown nails can get sharp enough to hurt people if you don’t take care of them; consider getting clippers for small dogs if you want to save yourself time.
- Also, remember that your dog’s nails will need to be trimmed every once in a while. It can be difficult for new owners to tell when their dog’s nails get too long, so consider consulting with a professional or asking your vet for recommendations on how often you should have them cut.
Their Eyesight is Amazing
- Unlike humans, Berner Sennenhunds have no problem seeing in low light conditions. This is especially handy at night when they need to sniff out rodents on their hunting expeditions.
- Dark eyes also make them adorable! Adorable dogs get more attention from people which can lead to increased popularity for your dog’s breed.
- Their eyesight is well-suited for hunting in low light conditions. Your pet will often see well enough in darkness to catch mice, rats, chipmunks, voles, squirrels, and more.
- Although we don’t recommend using your dog as a guard dog because they won’t be able to tell friends from foes. If you want that kind of protection, get a German Shepherd or another large guard dog.
Expensive Dog to Keep When Fully Grown
If you’re in it for companionship, Bernese Mountain Dogs make great pets. They have wonderful temperaments, love to play with children, get along well with other dogs, and aren’t aggressive towards people. A full-grown dog can cost anywhere from $800 to $2,000 per year in food, grooming, medications, and other expenses.
On top of that, they need lots of exercises – at least one long walk every day or an hour run on a leash outdoors or 30 minutes inside with a dog treadmill will keep your pooch happy!
Great watchdogs, but they have problems barking
- Miniature Bernese Mountain Dogs have been known to be quiet, which is great if you’re looking for something quiet but effective.
- While they don’t make much noise, though, they have a reputation for being excellent watchdogs.
- However, their tendency to bark at anything causes them to suffer from stereotype threats.
- You see because people expect them to bark all of the time, some owners never learn how to properly train them not to!
- Unfortunately, once your dog figures out that it can get what it wants by barking on command, it becomes very difficult (but not impossible) to break him or her off that habit.
Don’t forget to train them!
- Training a dog takes time, but it’s worth it.
- Teaching your dog to mind his manners is important not only for him but also for you!
- You’ll be able to leave him alone at home or bring him to work without worrying that he’ll bark or chew up your stuff.
- Exercising with your Berner is also important – all that sniffing will make them tired (as well as yourself).
- A healthy dog is going to be less likely to get sick than one who doesn’t exercise, so remember: always throw some balls while you walk!
- Additionally, it’s a good idea to hire somebody from outside of your neighborhood to encourage Fido to socialize with people he doesn’t know.
They need stimulation or they get bored easily.
- A lot of people feel that because these dogs are small, they don’t need much exercise. Nothing could be further from the truth.
- If your dog isn’t getting regular exercise, he will get bored easily (and he’ll let you know about his behavior).
- Just like any other breed, if you want to keep him occupied, he needs mental stimulation as well as physical activity.
- He also needs space to run around; ideally, at least an entire room where he can chase toys or play catch with you.
- Although it might seem like a cute idea to let him run around in your small apartment while you sit on your couch all day, that isn’t going to work out well for either one of you!