- SIZE: 9
- GROOMING:: 7
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 8
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 6
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Saint Berdoodle
- COLOR(S):White, black, apricot, or fawn with markings of black, white, or mahogany.
A Saint Berdoodle is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Saint Bernard and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the the Poodle\'s non-shedding coat. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders.
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 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.
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.