What is a Golden Mountain Doodle?
The Golden Mountain Doodle is one of the newest and hottest fads in the “double doodle” and designer dog industry. The Golden Mountain Doodle is a mix between three popular dog breeds: the Golden Retriever, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Poodle. It’s famous for it’s typical tri-color coat consisting of various forms of browns, whites, and blacks. In addition, the Golden Mountain Doodle often contains the coveted hypoallergenic and nonshedding features that comes from the Poodle. This breed is typically bred by taking a Bernedoodle and cross-breeding with a Goldendoodle. Thus, the Golden Mountain Doodle is intelligent, friendly, and loyal with a fun-loving attitude.
The Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers bring the submissive, fun-loving, and clever personality to The Golden Mountain Doodle. They have a respectful demeanor and make them incredible family pets, especially around small children. They are active dog breeds that love to fetch, run, and stay active. Golden Retrievers are also very caring making them great emotional support dogs, disability supporters, and search and rescue dogs.
The Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese mountain dogs (Berners) are completely devoted to their families, with a special fondness for children. In fact, they are so loyal that it can be difficult to re-home an adult Berner. They are exceptionally beautiful dogs and have a distinctive tri-coloured coat. Bred in the Swiss Alps as farm dogs that pulled carts or drove cattle to market, the Bernese thrive in cold weather and have a double coat that sheds quite heavily. They are intelligent, strong dogs who have a moderate need for exercise.
A significant number of Bernese are afflicted with hip and elbow dysplasia, or succumb to inherited cancer, heart disease, or epilepsy in middle age. While cancer is the leading cause of death for dogs in general, Bernese have a much higher rate of fatal cancer than other breeds. Overall, the Berner is one of the shorter-lived dog breeds, with a life expectancy of only seven years. This is particularly sad when the Berner is known to be slow in maturing and somewhat challenging to train.
Without proper socialization, these naturally cautious and reserved dogs can become skittish and suspicious, and may develop separation anxiety. They can also be decidedly stubborn. Yet, the Bernese also has a deep need to please their humans and are surprisingly sensitive. As a result, training a Berner requires a great deal of patience and a gentle hand. Berners are affectionately known for leaning on people to soak up all the possible attention they can!
- Poodles rank high on the canine intelligence scale and excel in obedience. Most people are aware that this lovely breed has a low- to non-shedding coat, making them a great choice for people with allergies. What people don’t realize is how active and playful poodles can be! They are the clowns of the dog world, and it’s no coincidence that they were used in circus acts for centuries. But the poodle is more than a clever show dog. They originated in Germany as hunting dogs, especially good at water retrieving. This breed doesn’t get nearly enough credit for being a hardy, intrepid dog that enjoys outdoor adventures.
- A typical poodle thrives in a busy household where there is plenty of attention to go around. Vigorous exercise and ongoing training are the keys to managing the poodle’s exuberance. If bored, poodles may find their way into mischief. They are also quick to sound an alert, and have earned a reputation for barking.
- Poodles can be nervous and sensitive to stress and are typically affected by eye, skin, and digestive diseases, as well as immune system diseases. The most common problems are bloat/torsion, thyroid issues, sebaceous adenitis, juvenile renal disease, hip dysplasia, and cancer.
- Poodles come in three sizes and a wide variety of colouers. Where most dogs have double coats, poodles have a single-layer coat of dense, curly fur that sheds minimally, but will mat without proper care.
Bernedoodle and Goldendoodle Mix
Since you can’t breed three types of dogs together, the Golden Mountain Doodle is bred from a Bernedoodle and Goldendoodle mix. Typically, the resulting Bernedoodle and Goldendoodle mix are at least F2B generation, meaning that their offspring have at least 50% Poodle genetics, less than 25% Bernese Mountain Dog genetics, and less than 25% Golden Retriever genetics. The reason you want a significant amount of Poodle genetics is so the dog doesn’t shed hair often and is hypoallergenic.