The Saint Berdoodle
The Saint Berdoodle is a cross between a Saint Bernard and a poodle. The poodle is an extremely popular breed, originating in Germany and standardized in France where it is the national dog. Poodles have very old roots, with carvings of the breed dating back to the 15th century. The other genetic branch of the Saint Berdoodle belongs to the Saint Bernard, a giant breed that originated in the Swiss Alps specifically for the purpose of rescue. The earliest written records are from monks at the hospice at the Great St. Bernard Pass in 1707.
The Saint Berdoodle is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and the International Designer Canine Registry.
Appearance The Saint Berdoodles are black and tan, brown, brown and white, and white in colour. They are extremely large in size, with adult males nearing 200 pounds. Their appearance heavily depends upon the genetic makeup of the parents, and like any crossbreed, the traits and characteristics the Berdoodle can inherit may vary.
The Saint Berdoodle is known for being affectionate, energetic, friendly, intelligent, loyal, playful, and quiet. They are quite easy to train, requiring very little repetition. They are generally good watchdogs, but other than to alert to an intruder tend to be very silent; these dogs rarely bark. They are the epitome of a gentle giant as they are wonderful with children.
The Saint Berdoodle has a life expectancy of 6-10 years, which is very short for a giant breed. Regular exercise is a must to keep their weight healthy and hearts strong. The very fast growth rate and the weight can lead to very serious deterioration of the bones if the dog does not get proper food and exercise. Many dogs are genetically affected by hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia. Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) has been shown to be hereditary in Saint Bernards.