Saint Berdoodle - What New Owners Need to Know
Sometimes in life, odd couples make it work. One of these “odd couples” is the Poodle Saint Bernard mix, or as it is usually called, Saint Berdoodle. This lovely crossbreed might seem like a weird cross, but you will surely realize how awesome these crossbreeds can be once you get to know them. If you want to get a Saint Berdoodle, here is what you should know about them.
Like the name Saint Berdoodle says, this is a Poodle Saint Bernard crossbreed. It is considered a designer dog breed, which means there is no official standard for this hybrid. It is created by crossbreeding two pureblooded breeds. The biggest downside to crossbreeds is - you can never be sure what the dog will actually look like or behave like.
Crossbreeds, unlike pureblooded dogs, don’t have a constant set of characteristics they will pass to their offspring. Their looks and their characters can be very different, even in puppies coming from the same litter. Genes are unpredictable, and you will only see the dog’s true colors when they fully develop.
Based on Saint Berdoodles that were bred so far, there are a few things we can notice most puppies inherit. Most Saint Berdoodles are between 15 and 30 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 180 pounds. Their final size will depend on their Poodle parents. Most Saint Berdoodles are crosses between Standard Poodles and Saint Bernards. Still, some future owners are looking for smaller Saint Berdoodles. In that case, Saint Bernards can be crossed with Miniature Poodles, and the puppies are expected to end up a lot smaller.
Most Poodle crossbreeds are created for inheriting the Poodle’s low-shedding characteristics. Many crossbreed breeders claim their dogs inherit the low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat. However, that is not something anyone can guarantee. Saint Bernards are medium-to-heavy shedders, so a Saint Berdoodle puppy can inherit those traits as well.
The good news is that many puppies end up with curly or wavy, low-shedding coats. Depending on the quality of their coat, you will have to brush your Saint Berdoodle regularly, or you should take them to the groomer that can take care of their coat for you. Most owners prefer doing it at home because grooming bills can rack up pretty fast.
If you are interested in getting a dog, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The most important thing you should look for is the dog’s personality and character. You have to be sure your dog’s preferred lifestyle will be compatible with yours. It makes no sense to get an energetic dog that needs a lot of activity if you yourself are not an active person. Here is another downside to getting a crossbreed - there is no way of knowing how energetic your Saint Berdoodle puppy will be. Here are some of the key traits Saint Berdoodle owners reported;
Most Saint Berdoodles are fairly friendly. Both parent breeds love having human company and being close to their families. St. Berdoodle puppies usually end up being friendly and affectionate, and they love being included in everything their family does. The critical difference is that Poodles love being active, and St. Bernards are somewhat lazy. There can be a lot of differences in the preferred way your Saint Berdoodle puppy will love spending time with their family.
Poodles are one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. It is not unreasonable to expect their offspring will inherit that trait. However, Saint Bernards are not as sharp as Poodles, so a cross between the two breeds can have different learning skills and intelligence. You can never be entirely sure until your puppy arrives at your home and you start training them.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: No matter how intelligent a puppy is, with proper training techniques and patience, all dogs can learn tricks and basic commands.
One of the best things about the Saint Bernard breed and its crossbreeds is that they are absolutely amazing with kids. Saint Berdoodles usually inherit Saint Bernard’s patience and gentle attitude towards kids, making them ideal for families with kids. These crossbreeds are gentle, loving, and have endless patience. However, their interaction with small kids should always be monitored. The size of this designer breed can cause accidents.
Another critical thing future Saint Berdoodle owners should look for is the health of their new puppies. There is a long-standing belief that crossbreeds are healthier than pureblooded dogs. However, the truth is that only healthy dogs produce healthy puppies. If you are interested in getting a crossbreed like the Saint Berdoodle, you should always look at its parents. Ask the breeder to show you the health tests of the puppy’s parents, and only then should you decide to buy a crossbreed. Crossbred puppies are prone to health issues from both sides of the family, and the most common health problems noticed in this designer breed are;
- Hip dysplasia
- Ear infections
- Wobbler Syndrome
- Von Willebrand's disease
- Skin infections
If you are interested in this designer breed, we recommend looking into Poodle rescues and asking them if they have Poodle Saint Bernard mixes for adoption. Generally speaking, buying a crossbreed is not the best idea because there are no regulatory clubs or associations keeping breeders in check. Many of them use questionable dogs for breeding and produce weak, sickly puppies. If you are adamant about buying a Saint Berdoodle puppy, you should know that an average puppy costs about $1.000 - $2.000. Puppies whose parents have excellent pedigrees can go for a much higher price.
World Dog Finder team