The F1b Bernedoodle is a mis between a first generation Bernedoodle and a purebred Poodle. This second generation mix will have 75% Poodle DNA.
F1b Bernedoodle dogs are more likely to have the low shedding coat of the Poodle.
But, their appearance and traits are still unpredictable to an extent. Although finding puppies might be hard at the moment, this breed is on the rise.
F1b Bernedoodle FAQS
- What does f1b Bernedoodle mean?
- How big do f1b Bernedoodles get?
- Are f1b Bernedoodles hypoallergenic?
- How long do f1b Bernedoodles live?
- How much are f1b Bernedoodle puppies?
What Does F1b Bernedoodle Mean?
First generation Bernedoodles are 50% Poodle and 50% Bernese Mountain Dog.
But, in a second generation, these boundaries change. F1bs are 75% Poodle and only 25% Bernese Mountain Dog.
It’s still tough to predict the exact traits that an f1b Bernedoodle will inherit. But, it’s likely that they will be much more like the Poodle breed than the Bernese Mountain Dog.
The main trait that most breeders hope to achieve in a second generation Bernedoodle is the Poodle’s low shedding coat.
F1b Bernedoodle Appearance
Two individual f1b Bernedoodles can look quite different from one another. The best way to predict how puppies will look is to examine the two parent dogs being used.
Remember that one parent will be a first generation Bernedoodle, and the other will be a purebred Poodle.
First generation Bernedoodles have equal influence from the Poodle and Bernedoodle. So, they can look very different. Some may already look very similar to Poodles, but others may resemble their Bernese Mountain Dog parent more closely.
The goal of an f1b Bernedoodle is to resemble the Poodle parent more, particularly in their coat type. But, this isn’t guaranteed.
How Big Do F1b Bernedoodles Get?
Purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs are a giant breed. They usually grow from 23 to 27 inches tall, weighing from 70 pounds to as much as 115 pounds.
Most Bernedoodle mixes will use a purebred Standard Poodle. This variety will grow to at least 15 inches at the shoulder, weighing from 40 to 70 pounds on average.
First generation Bernedoodles will fall somewhere in between these two sizes. It will entirely depend on the traits they inherit from the two parent breeds.
Generally, they will be larger than your average Poodle, but smaller than your average Bernese Mountain Dogs.
Excess of Poodle DNA
An f1b Bernedoodle mixes this first generation with another purebred Poodle. So, it’s likely that this mix will be closer to the Poodle size.
They may still be larger than your average standard Poodle, especially if your f1 Bernedoodle was closer to the Bernese Mountain Dog size.
To achieve a smaller f1b Bernedoodle, breed your Poodle with a smaller first generation Bernedoodle.
F1b Bernedoodle Colors
There are a huge number of colors that your f1b Bernedoodle could be. But, it will still be influenced by the parents.
Bernese Mountain Dogs can come in the following color combinations:
- Black, rust, and white
- Black, tan, and white
- Rust and white
- Black and white
- Black and rust
What About the Poodle?
Poodles have a slightly larger color spectrum:
- Silver Beige
Are F1b Bernedoodles Hypoallergenic?
There is no guarantee that F1b Bernedoodles will be hypoallergenic, but it’s likely they will have a more low shedding coat than a first generation Bernedoodle.
Studies have shown that no dog breed can truly be described as hypoallergenic.
But, low shedding dogs can reduce allergy symptoms in owners that usually show them.
F1b Bernedoodles have more Poodle DNA than Bernese Mountain Dog. They usually have a slightly curly or wavy coat that sheds less than an f1 mix, and will definitely shed less than a purebred Bernedoodle.
If you usually suffer from allergies, it is worth spending some time with a Bernedoodle puppy before committing to them. This will help you see if they trigger your allergies before you bring them home.
F1b Bernedoodle Temperament
F1b Bernedoodles will usually have a temperament that more closely resembles the Poodle, as they are 75% Poodle! But, some may still express typical Bernese Mountain Dog traits.
Generally, an f1b Bernedoodle will be very intelligent, alert, and friendly – particularly with close family members.
They are quite energetic dogs, thanks to all of that Poodle influence. They need plenty of mental and physical stimulation every day.
Training is a great way to achieve some of both, and will encourage a strong bond between the two of you. These dogs are eager to please and quick to learn. Positive reward training is a great way to teach them new tricks.
Like appearance, temperament can vary. So, for the best idea of how a puppy will turn out, take a look at the parent dogs being bred.
And, make sure to socialize your puppy well from a young age to encourage the absolute best temperament in your f1b mix.
F1b Bernedoodle Health
F1b Bernedoodles have larger genetic diversity than first generation mixes. But, they will still be at risk of hereditary health issues.
Choose your puppy from a reputable breeder than health tests potential parent dogs before breeding them. This will greatly improve your chance at getting a healthy puppy.
F1b Bernedoodles will still be quite large dogs, regardless of the dominating Poodle influence. So, be aware of problems like canine bloat (gastric dilatation-volvulus), which is commonly known to affect large breeds.
Some other health problems to be aware of include:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- von Willebrand’s disease
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Addison’s disease
- Thyroid issues
Some of these issues can be tested for. Try to know the health history of your puppies parents and earlier generations to learn any health problems they may be prone to.
How Long Do F1b Bernedoodles Live?
The f1b Bernedoodle lifespan will vary depending on their general care, where they are from, and any potential health issues.
One study found that the average lifespan of a Standard Poodle was 12 years, whereas the average lifespan of Bernese Mountain Dogs studied was only 8 years.
Smaller dogs do generally tend to live longer than larger dogs. So, an f1b Bernedoodle is likely to outlast a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog.
Generally, you can expect this mix to live into double figures, with some living well into their teens.
You can encourage the longest lifespan in your mix by exercising them regularly, attending regular veterinary trips, feeding them high quality foods in the right amount, and choosing your puppy from a reputable breeder.
F1b Bernedoodle Puppies
Finding f1b Bernedoodle puppies for sale is getting easier as the mix is becoming more popular.
But, this comes with downsides. As the mix gains popularity, puppy mills and puppy farms will jump on the trend to produce puppies quickly for profit.
These puppies will often be bred with no regard for health, and sold at much cheaper rates than those from reputable breeders.
This lower upfront cost will not be worth it in the long run. You should always avoid puppy mills and pet stores.
Only choose puppies from reputable breeders than will prioritise the health and life quality of their dogs.
Spotting Reputable Breeders
Reputable breeders will usually let you visit the puppies you are considering. Make sure to ask plenty of questions, and meet both parents if possible to see the potential temperament your puppy may grow up to have.
If the puppies or parent dogs look malnourished, aggressive, or at all unhealthy, go to a different breeder.
Reputable breeders will give their dogs and puppies a high level of care and will specialize in their breed, so this is a potential sign of puppy farms.
How Much Do F1b Bernedoodle Puppies Cost?
As demand for these second generation mixes increases, the price of puppies is likely to rise. It may also vary depending on where you live, so these prices should only be a general guide.
You can expect to pay upwards of $3000 for an f1b Bernedoodle puppy. Some may be significantly more than this.
As this breed becomes more popular, prices may change. Just remember that if a puppy is much cheaper than this, you may be looking at a puppy mill.
Do You Love the F1b Bernedoodle?
Do you have an f1b Bernedoodle at home? Or are you just thinking about getting one of these lovable pups?
We would love to hear your stories about this breed in the comments. What’s your favorite thing about them?
More Bernedoodle Guides
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