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Saint Berdoodle

Nicole Cosgrove

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The Saint Berdoodle is a mix or cross breed coming from a St Bernard and a Standard Poodle. She should live between 8 to 10 years and is a giant cross, one of the largest there are. She is also called a Saint Berpoo and she is a great family dog but obviously needs a home with some room for her to move in! She loves to laze around but is also fun and playful.

Here is the Saint Berdoodle at a Glance
Average height 24 to 30 inches
Average weight 110 to 200 pounds
Coat type Medium, coarse/silky, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Low
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good to very good
Good with other Dogs? Good
Good with other Pets? Good
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Moderate – too large
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Moderately easy to train
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Quite high
Major Health Concerns Addisons, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, heart problems, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands,
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, skin problems, allergies
Life Span 8 to 10 years
Average new Puppy Price $500 to $2000
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $600 to $1200

Where does the Saint Berdoodle come from?

The Saint Berdoodle is one of the largest designer dogs you can find. Over the last 30 years or so more and more designer dogs have been bred, mixing usually two purebreds. Some have been created with a genuine thought or intention and many have been created by puppy mills and bad breeders to cash in on this growing trend. The hope, and what some breeders might even claim to promise is that the mixed breed ends up with the best of both parents in them. But genetics does not work like that, there can be no promises with most designer dogs. Some do have the best, but some have more of a mix or even the worst. Make sure you are prepared for that and that you are careful who you buy from.

The Poodle

The Poodle was bred to help hunters of waterfowl like ducks. They would go into the water to retrieve them. Poodle like dogs can be traced back a couple of thousand years at least making them a very old breed. The Poodle is believed to have originated in Gaul or Germany as we now call it. When the French got hold of him he was bred into the Poodle we are more familiar with. There are three sizes of Poodles the toy, miniature and standard.

Today the Poodle is known for his intelligence, his aloof manner and his wacky looks. However he is also a great family dog, always wanting to keep his owner happy, easy to train and in fact while he may appear a bit snobbish he is in fact very playful and mischievous with his owners. He is very loyal and friendly and protective.

The Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard comes from Switzerland and it is thought they are a result of crossing native Alp dogs with Mastiffs the Romans brought with them. In the Alps in a dangerous alpine pass called The Saint Bernard Pass. It is from here the dog gets his name. A hospice was built there to help travelers and the dogs were used to guard the grounds and guard the monks when they went out to locate travelers who needed help. Their location and job led the breed to being able to withstand harsh weather conditions and able to carry out search and rescue. In the 300 years of records the Saint Bernard helped rescue over 2000 people but they did not have an official name until 1880 when they were recognized by the Swiss Kennel Club as the Saint Bernard.

Today he is a friendly dog, steady in temperament and kind. They do love to get attention but will not be as demanding for it as some breeds are. He is kind and good with children despite his size. He does have stubborn streak and early socialization and training can help iron that out.


The Saint Berdoodle is sweet natured dog, kind, affectionate and very much a people dog. She loves being around people, will expect to be at the center of any action going on and will be a great family pet. She is good with children and other pets and is protective and attentive. The Saint Berdoodle is also in interesting and unique mix of being playful and also being lazy. She is happy to play and will go out for walks but she is lazy at heart and loves nap times, couch time and cuddle times. She is very friendly and bonds closely with her family so does not like to be left alone for long periods. She is smart too and is good for anyone who can deal with her size.

What does the Saint Berdoodle look like

She is a giant dog weighing 110 to 200 pounds and stands 24 to 30 inches tall. She is a powerful and muscular dog with a deep chest, large round head, floppy ears, deep almond shaped eyes and a long rounded muzzle with a black nose. Her coat can be wavy to curly, is medium length and can be coarse and silky. Colors include fawn, black, white, apricot and mahogany.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Saint Berdoodle need to be?

She is a large dog so needs a certain amount of activity to keep her healthy and happy. She is fairly active needing a couple of walks a day, perhaps trips to a dog park, play time with you and in a yard. She is too big for an apartment really and her yard should be a large one if possible or even access to a patch of land she can run and roam in. She should also have some mental stimulation too.

Does she train quickly?

She is intelligent and quite quick to learn and is especially motivated by treats and praise! She is eager to please and loves spending time with you so she is usually fairly easy to train. Her size means it is easy for her to use it to try and dominate so key to her training is to be firm and use positive training methods. Consistency is also key. Because she is somewhat sensitive harsh methods are not going to be effective and may even slow things down. Early socialization and training is important as a dog owner you should not be skipping this process. Your dog will be better and happier as a result of it. With her size training is quite important to be able to control her when walking her or to stop her jumping on people.

Living with a Saint Berdoodle

How much grooming is needed?

With her coat more like a Poodle’s she is very low shedding and more likely to be hypoallergenic. As it gets less curly and more wavy shedding may go from very low to just low. She will need daily brushing to remove tangles and debris and bathing as when she needs one. Her coat will need trimming or clipping every couple of months too and is you cannot do that yourself you can take her to a groomers. Check her eyes and ears once a week and give her ears a wipe clean using a suitable solution and a cotton ball. Clip her nails when they get too long or have someone else do it for you, taking care if you do it yourself as there are blood vessels and nerves in the lower part. Her teeth should be brushed at least two to three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

This is a great dog for a home with kids and other pets. Early socialization and training would help as would being raised with them. She is playful and protective, affectionate and loving with children. Make sure the children are taught how to play with her and approach her. She also gets on well with other animals and dogs.

General information

She will bark to alert you to an intruder so is a good watchdog, otherwise her barking is rare which is good since her bark is deep and loud! She will need to be fed at least 4 1/2 to 6 cups of high quality dry dog food a day. Divide it into at least two meals and be prepared she can be a messy drinker! She is good in most climates.

Health Concerns

Her parents could pass down the issues they are more at risk of such as Addisons, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, heart problems, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands, Joint dysplasia, skin problems and allergies. Buy from a good breeder and check parental health clearances before buying. Also visit the puppy before buying to lower your chances at having a puppy with health problems.

Costs involved in owning a Saint Berdoodle

A puppy of this mix will cost between $500 to $2000. Other costs will come to $450 to $500 for things like a crate, deworming, blood tests, shots, collar, leash, chipping and spaying. Non medical costs each year for grooming, food, toys, license, treats and training come to between $600 to $1200. Basic medical costs each year for check ups, vaccinations, flea prevention and pet insurance come to between

$485 to $600.


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This is a giant dog so she needs to go with a family who can handle that size in terms of space, training, cost and exercise. She is a great companion and for those who are prepared for her will be a wonderful addition to your life.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.