St. Berdoodle Overview

Parent Breeds:
Poodle & Saint Bernard
Breed Nickname:
St. Berdoodle
Size:
Large
Height:
15 to 30 inches
Weight:
40 to 180 pounds
Life Span:
8 to 12 years
Coat Colors:
White and red

St. Berdoodle Characteristics

Friendliness
Intelligence
Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The St. Berdoodle

What Is A St. Bernard Poodle Mix called?

Breeding a St. Bernard with a Poodle creates a mixed breed known as the Saint Berdoodle.

These dogs go by many other names, including the abbreviation St. Berdoodle. Other names include Saint Berpoo and St. Berpoo.

These dogs are smart, intelligent, and very lovable. Despite their large size, they make for lovely family dogs, so don’t let that put you off adopting one for yourself.

Let’s learn more about this amazing dog breed in our ultimate guide!

St. Berdoodle Breed History

  • First bred in the 1880s in the US.

  • Saint Bernards are often nicknamed Nanny Dogs.

  • Both parent breeds are working dogs and very intelligent.

The St. Berdoodle doesn’t have too much of a rich history on account of it being a relatively new breed.

However, both parent breeds have a much richer history, with Poodles dating back to the 1600s and Saint Bernards being seen in the 1700s.

The Saint Berdoodle doesn’t have much history to its name, although historical reports lead us to believe that they were first bred in the 1880s in the US.

Saint Bernards were used primarily for protection and rescue tendencies, so it’s likely that breeders wanted to combine these traits with the Poodle’s intelligence and trainability to create a well-rounded companion dog.

Saint Bernards are often called Nanny Dogs thanks to their rescue instincts. Between the 18th and 20th centuries alone, they were responsible for saving more than 2,000 people!

While you hope that no one in your family would ever need saving, the safety net of the Saint Bernard genes within the St. Berdoodle is appealing to many.

St. Berdoodle Personality & Temperament

  • Lovable and loyal giants.

  • Good around children and pets.

  • Prefer not to be left alone for long periods.

St. Berdoodles can inherit their personality from either parent, so this breed has a great variation of temperaments.

However, the majority of owners have expressed that their St. Berdoodles are affectionate and always up for a challenge.

They like to be around their owners and will make it clear that they want to join you on any adventures you’re embarking on – even if that’s just popping into the shop.

These dogs often develop a strong bond with only one owner, so they’re excellent for single-person households with plenty of time to spare.

St. Berdoodles tend to have lots of patience and therefore are good around other dogs and children, although they should never be left unattended due to their size.

St. Berdoodles are intelligent dogs and therefore good listeners, but they also like to protect their owners.

They don’t bark often, but when they do it is low and loud enough to frighten those around them. These dogs don’t like being left alone for long periods of time and therefore need an owner with plenty of time for them.

St. Berdoodle Health

  • Considered healthier thanks to hybrid vigor.

  • Health issues include skin problems, ear infections, and bloating.

  • Routine vet check-ups are imperative.

St. Berdoodles are healthier than their parent breeds thanks to hybrid vigor.

The Poodle and Saint Bernard don’t share many of the same health concerns, so the St. Berdoodle should have a smaller risk of contracting inherited health issues.

However, there is always a risk that dogs can inherit any health issue, so here are the most common ones that you should be aware of as a St. Berdoodle owner:

  • Ear Infections
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Wobbler Syndrome
  • Skin Issues
  • Bloating
  • Willebrand’s Disease

St. Berdoodles should see a vet at least once a year for a routine checkup as they age. This will rule out any health concerns and get symptoms treated as soon as possible. It is vital that you don’t skip these appointments.

St. Berdoodle Training

  • Use positive reinforcement only.

  • Often considered very trainable thanks to their personality.

  • Early socialization is vital.

St. Berdoodles are decently trainable thanks to their intelligence and eagerness to learn.

Both the Poodle and Saint Bernard need plenty of mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored, so they’re often more than willing to train with you.

Make sure you use positive reinforcement and keep your training sessions short and sweet.

As St. Berdoodles can create a stronger bond with one member of the family than others, you might find the best results come from when this person is the sole trainer.

Early socialization is vital with these dogs to ensure that they grow into friendly pets that get along with strangers, children, and other pets. Taking them to a dog park is a great way to introduce them to new humans and dogs.

St. Berdoodle Exercise Requirements

  • Use positive reinforcement only.

  • Often considered very trainable thanks to their personality.

  • Early socialization is vital.

St. Berdoodles might be large dogs, but that doesn’t mean they’re overly active. The majority of these dogs will be happy with one 45-minute walk per day to tire out their muscles.

However, some might need more exercise than this depending on the traits they’ve inherited from their parents.

St. Berdoodles will need a yard to run around in throughout the day, too, so they’re not suitable for living in apartments.

They will need an owner who has plenty of time throughout the day to take them on a walk, keep them mentally stimulated, and offer them company.

St. Berdoodle Diet & Feeding

  • Offer around 3.5 cups of kibble a day.

  • Can also be fed a raw food diet.

  • Split their meals into smaller portions to control bloating.

St. Berdoodles need a diet formulated for large dogs with moderate energy levels. They won’t need higher levels of protein or fats because they’re not overly active. They can also be fed a raw food diet.

Make sure you’re only feeding them enough for their current weight. St. Berdoodles can suffer from bloating, so consider feeding them a few smaller meals throughout the day instead of one large meal.

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St. Berdoodle Cost

  • Costs between $1,200 and $4,500.

  • Ongoing costs include grooming, food, toys, and vet bills.

St. Berdoodles are very popular, but there aren’t many breeders offering them in the US. This means that the price is automatically higher at around $1,200 to $4,500.

While it might be tempting to look for a lower-priced breeder, we recommend only opting for a reputable breeder. The cost might be higher, but the reduced risks are more than worth it.