Are Bernedoodles Smart? – The Reasons For Their High IQ


The Bernedoodle (also known as the Bernese Mountain Poo) is relatively new to the scene of mixed breed dogs and are gaining popularity quickly with American dog owners. Because Bernedoodles are a recent arrival , many prospective owners are concerned with a Bernedoodle’s intelligence, trainability, and temperament.

Bernedoodles are very smart, thanks to the Poodle side of the family tree. After they get over their adolescent Bernese stubbornness, they are quick to learn basic commands and eager to please, because after all, they want to be your closest friend.

What Is A Bernedoodle?

A Bernedoodle’s parentage is a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. The  Bernedoodle tends to inherit their intelligence from the Poodle side, but can also inherit the stubbornness of a Bernese mountain dog. Once they have left the rebellious puppyhood, they become much easier to socialize and train to become part of the family.

It is important to note that every litter is different, but reputable breeders should have the best qualities of both parents pretty much standardized in the litters that they produce. There are many health problems that plague Bernese Mountain Dogs and shorten their lifespan considerably, but cross-breeding leaves many of these physical deficiencies behind.

How Smart Are Bernedoodles?

Bernedoodles are often smart enough to decide which commands they will or will not obey. This occurs in adolescence and, since they mature rather slowly, can be very frustrating. Perseverance will yield a delightfully fun and playful family member.

 Higher intelligence can also lead to a Bernedoodles tendency to get bored which results in unwanted chewing and other destructive behaviors.  

Are Bernedoodles Easy To Train?

As mentioned before, adolescent Bernedoodles often require a firm hand in the beginning to keep them focused on what you want them to do. While no two Bernedoodles are alike, careful selection and consultation with a breeder can yield a family member that has the best qualities of both purebreds.

Bernedoodles often require few repetitions of commands before catching on to what the owner wants them to do. Once your Bernedoodle finds that learning a new command makes you happy, then he/she will be eager to repeat the process.

Bernese Mountain dogs can be apprehensive around strangers and if your puppy inherited this trait, it is important to socialize him or her as early as possible.

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Chuck Wilson

I am a dog parent in Hot Springs Village, Ar. with over 45 years of raising and training dogs. I created this site to help fellow Doodle owners with up-to-date information and tips for raising your puppy right!

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