- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Giant
- Average Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Saint Berdoodle Breed Profile
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The Saint Berdoodle is a designer dog breed that is a cross between a Saint Bernard and a Standard Poodle. A mixed-breed dog can take on any combination of traits from one or both of their parent breeds. In the case of the Saint Berdoodle, they are usually an affectionate and loving dog with a sweet nature and social personality.
Although this designer dog breed is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are still recognized by other notable dog organizations. The Saint Berdoodle is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and more.
The Saint Berdoodle is a gentle giant that makes a great addition to any family. They tend to be social and friendly with a charming, cheerful personality. They are affectionate, loving, and highly intelligent. They also get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets.
These dogs tend to make good watchdogs as they are initially wary of strangers and will let you know when someone is on the property. Saint Berdoodles also have a protective instinct, so they can become good guard dogs for their family and territory. However, they tend to be quite social and friendly and do not tend to be aggressive.
Saint Berdoodles are moderately adaptable dogs. Due to their sheer size, they are better suited to larger homes with yards where they can run. They could potentially adapt to apartment living if they are given enough exercise, attention, and mental stimulation, but their size will definitely be a challenge in smaller spaces.
This dog adapts well to most climates. As with any dog, they are sensitive to heat as well as extreme cold. Because a Saint Berdoodle craves attention, bonds closely with their family, and loves being with them, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
A crossbred dog can inherit the potential health concerns common to one, both, or neither of the parent breeds. For the Saint Berdoodle, the potential health concerns to be aware of include ear infections, hip dysplasia, skin problems, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Wobbler Syndrome, and ear infections.
Reputable breeders will screen their stock to avoid passing on genetic issues to puppies. So, don’t be afraid to ask the breeder about the genetic history of both of the parents. As a large dog, the Saint Berdoodle is also at a higher risk of bloat. Bloat in dogs can become dangerous quickly, so it’s important to know what you can do to help prevent it and the signs and symptoms associated with it.
Although the Saint Berdoodle will grow to be a giant dog, they are gentle and highly trainable. Their high intelligence and eagerness to please means they pick up on things quickly and are relatively easy to train.
They respond best to positive training methods focused on reward and praise that is calm and consistent. Puppy training classes are always an option and can be a good opportunity to socialize a puppy, which is even more important in a dog this size. And, because of this dog’s huge size, it’s a good idea to start leash training early.
The maintenance your Saint Berdoodle requires will depend completely on the coat they inherit. If they inherit more of a Poodle coat, they will be low-shedding. But, they will require daily brushing and professional grooming every 4-6 weeks. If they inherit more of a Saint Bernard coat, they’ll shed moderately. They’ll need brushing a few times a week and a bath as needed.
Regardless of their coat type, you will need to care for your Saint Berdoodle’s nails, ears, and teeth. Monthly nail trimming is usually enough to keep them from growing too long. But, if they aren’t wearing down as much naturally or just grow fast, you may need to cut your dog’s nails more often.
Checking and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears weekly as needed can help prevent ear infections. Brushing your dog’s teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is the ideal foundation for good dental care for dogs. You can also support your efforts with dental hygiene chews and treats approved by your vet.
Thankfully, their energy levels do not match their size. Saint Berdoodles have a moderate energy level and will be happy to be a couch potato every now and then. Daily walks plus some time to play are usually enough for this big dog. They may not be a good fit for a running partner, but your Saint Berdoodle may enjoy going on hikes with you, taking trips to the dog park, or even going swimming.
A fully-grown Saint Berdoodle usually stands 24-30 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 110-200 pounds.
A Saint Berdoodle generally lives 10-12 years.
This designer dog breed is most commonly known as a Saint Berdoodle, but they are also sometimes called a Saint Berpoo.