There is this misconception that Bernedoodles don’t cost much. On the contrary, they can be one of the highly-priced dog breeds you will find out there.
In this article, we will reveal to you some of the cost factors of Bernedoodles.
Why is Bernedoodles Popular?
First, let us understand what Bernedoodles mean so you will understand why you should look in their way in the first place.
Bernedoodles are a cross between a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog. One would expect a Bernedoodle to be more of a companion dog. On the contrary, a Bernedoodle can be many things and is free to explore because of the dominant traits it each of its two breeding parents.
How Much Do Bernedoodles Cost?
So, how much should you set aside if you want to pay for Bernedoodles for sale? Like every other dog breed out there, a Bernedoodle may cost more depending on several factors.
That notwithstanding, it is quite complicating to put a price on the dog because it presents you with an opportunity to get the best of both dog worlds (Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle) at half the original price.
The price of Bernedoodles has steadily increased since its introduction to the dog market by Sherry Rupke in 2003. Now, the average price of a Bernedoodle is $4,000. It can also be as high as $8,000. Moreover, you may be lucky to pay for one as low as $700 or $800.
Factors Influencing the Cost of Bernedoodles
From the Bernedoodle price tags above, you can see that there are some disparities. While you may be lucky to pay for the dog for as low as $700, you may have to budget up to $8,000 to buy one.
The differences in the costs of Bernedoodles are because of several factors, including:
1. Location of the Breeders
The breeder’s location tends to affect and contribute to an increase in the cost of Bernedoodles. You wouldn’t expect the dog to be cheap in your location and affordable in a far location. The rule of thumb is that the more the distance between you and the breeder’s location, the more money you will pay.
Moreover, some Bernedoodle breeders living in large cities would want to increase the price of their Bernedoodles because the costs of maintaining the pups in those locations are relatively higher than what is obtainable downtown.
2. The Color of the Pup
As funny as it may sound, the color of the Bernedoodle you want to pay for can also contribute to significant increases in the price of the pup.
We must mention that there are a variety of colors you can select from when you want to pay for a Bernedoodle. The colors are, of course, inherited from the parents – a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Also, Bernedoodles can have two or more colors, of which the latter is usually three colors. Also, the dog can inherit the Poodle fading gene that causes the coat of the pup to closely resemble a Goldendoodle as the Bernedoodle starts to age.
3. Bernedoodle Coat Colors
Bernedoodles are popular for the variety of coat colors they have. So, you rest assured that if you are placing an order to specially request a coat color, it will cost you more money.
On the other hand, if you want to stick to the available Bernedoodle coat colors, there are also some cost considerations to have in mind. First, you want to pay for two-colored Bernedoodles because their costs are relatively affordable than those of the tricolored Bernedoodles.
4. Size of the Bernedoodles
Now, you want to consider buying standard Bernedoodles because they don’t cost you more money than the mini-sized Bernedoodles do.
If you are wondering why mini Bernedoodles cost more, the reason is justified. Mini Bernedoodles are usually bred using artificial insemination. So, the breeder tends to spend more money breeding the mini variants and you have to pay more to afford one.
5. Generation of the Bernedoodles
Like every other crossbred out there, Bernedoodles are divided into generations, depending on their parents.
There is the F1 Bernedoodle generation that is bred by crossbreeding a pure Poodle and a pure Bernese Mountain Dog.
This is one of the most expensive of all other Bernedoodles generations because it equally shares traits of both parents – a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle.
The F1B Bernedoodles generation involves the crossbreeding of a Poodle and an F1 generation Bernedoodle. As a result of that, an F1B pooch will inherit 75% Poodle genetics and 25% Bernese Mountain Dog genetics. This generation of Bernedoodles is in the middle-class because they aren’t low-priced or highly-priced like the F1 Bernedoodles.
Last but not least is the F2 Bernedoodles, which are the most affordable of all the other generations of the pooch. Two F1 generation Bernedoodles crossbreed to produce an F2 Bernedoodle.
Note that you may not get the best of both worlds if you pay for an F1B or an F2 Bernedoodles generation because neither of them can give you a pup with a fuzzy coat and personality – which is exclusive to the F1 Bernedoodles generation.
6. The expertise of the Breeder
A lot of money and sleepless nights are expended when breeding a Bernedoodle. So, if you want to pay for one of the pups, you would want to get the best. An ideal way of getting that is by patronizing breeders that have mastered everything there is to breeding Bernedoodles.
It is not a surprise though that the SwissRidge Kennels owned by Sherry Rupke (the pioneer breeder of Bernedoodles) sell the pups higher than other breeders do.
The point is that the more experienced the breeder is, the more care and expert handling would be used to breed the pups. So, when you want to buy from the best hands, you should be ready to grease their breeding hands with more money for a job well done.
The Costs are Not Yet Over
You may have believed that paying for a Bernedoodle is the only expense you will make. On the contrary, more expenses are to come because Bernedoodles are high-maintenance dog breeds that need all the care in the world to keep looking good.
Here are some of the additional expenses you should expect:
- You can spend a substantial amount of money (up to $2,000 a year) on health care, especially if your Bernedoodle suffers from Hip Dysplasia.
- Transportation costs of up to $400 from the kennel to your home.
- You need to set aside $90 or more to buy a 25-pound bag of high-quality dog food to provide your Bernedoodle with the nutritional supplements it needs.
- You will spend up to $300 a year on puppy accessories, including treats, dog crates, toys, and dog beds.
- Grooming your Bernedoodle will cost you around $100 per session. Because the dog needs up to 4 grooming sessions a year, it will cost you up to $400 in all.
- Training and boarding your Bernedoodle can cost up to $700 a year.
Bernedoodles Cost a Lot of Money
From the initial costs of purchase to the recurring costs, you can see that it costs a lot of money to maintain a Bernedoodle. But, if you can afford it, the dog is one of the best pets you will have in your home.
How much does it cost you to groom and care for your Bernedoodle each year?