Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
Weight: Male: 150-200; Female: 110-160 lbs
Height: Male: 27-30; Female: 24-27 inches
Color(s): Solid white, black, apricot, fawn; may have markings in white, black, mahogany
The St. Berdoodle is created by the crossing of two breeds: Saint Bernard and Standard Poodle. They are commonly referred to as "designer dogs" and are the largest and least popular of the crosses.
The ideal St. Berdoodle is muscular, powerful, and large. They should possess dark eyes and a keen and intelligent expression.
Loyal, good-natured, and affectionate. The St. Berdoodle is not recommended for homes with small children due to their massive size. They do well with dogs and non-canine pets they have been with since puppyhood. They are family oriented and do not do well if ignored. Loneliness will lead to destructive behavior. The St. Berdoodle's are suspicious of strangers and will protect their family, property, and territory.
Depending on coat type, the St. Berdoodle requires frequent brushing or professional clipping. Bathing should be done when necessary using a mild shampoo. They may be prone to such health issues as Wobbler Syndrome, hip dysplasia, PRA, ear infections, Von Willebrand's Disease, skin problems, and bloat.
The St. Berdoodle will typically possess a curly coat. However, the coat may be a combination of curly, rough, and smooth.
Early socialization and obedience are a must. They require a dominant owner. St. Berdoodle's will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.
The St. Berdoodle is not recommended for apartment living. They are active, energetic, and do best in a suburban or rural setting with ample safe space to roam, run, and play.
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