The generations of Bernedoodle puppies are determined upon the ratio of the parent breeds.
Here are the most common generations of Bernedoodles:
What does the “F” mean?
Every Bernedoodle generation begins with the letter F. This F stands for “Filial Hybrid.” This means that it is a hybrid dog that came from two purebred dogs of two different breeds.
What does the number mean?
The number is the generation of the Bernedoodle. 1 means first generation, 2 means second generation, 3 means third generation, etc.
What does the “B” mean?
When a Bernedoodle generation includes a B it indicates that it is a backcross. Backcross simply means that the current Bernedoodle generation was bred back to a Poodle. It can rarely mean breeding back to a Bernese Mountain Dog too. Sometimes,
you will find two B’s in the Bernedoodle generation label. This means that this generation of Bernedoodle has been backcrossed with a Poodle twice.
DO THE BERNEDOODLE COATS SHED AND ARE THEY HYPOALLERGENIC?
It has to be one of the most important questions you take into consideration when looking to buy a new dog. Those who suffer from allergies in particular need to know just how hypoallergenic dogs are – and how severe these allergies are will determine the breeds you can look at. However, there are other reasons people seek low shedding dogs. Let’s take a look at just how hypoallergenic Bernedoodles really are and if they make a good choice for allergy sufferers. We will also discover whether there are any differences between generations.
No breed of dog is 100% hypoallergenic. When looking for a hypoallergenic, low shedding Bernedoodle you should consider a generation that has a high Poodle percentage such as one of the backcross generations (F1b, F1bb, F2b, F2bb). The curlier the coat the better for allergy sufferers.
The generation of your Bernedoodle can influence their hypoallergenic traits.
Here is more information about the generations:
F1’s are 50% Poodle and 50% Bernese Mountain Dog. With F1 dogs you may or may not have a low shedding dog, it’s a bit of a gamble and it’s not unusual for there to be some shedding. It is a first-generation cross and most of the F1 puppies are light shedders. F1 Bernedoodle come in all different sizes and colors such as black, white, and tri-color coats.
An F1b is 75% Poodle and 25% Bernese Mountain Dog. F1b’s have a greater chance of being low shedding due to the majority influence coming from the Poodle side. Even though there is only a 25% ratio of Bernese, the F1b look more like the Bernese Mountain Dog!
An F1BB is the result of breeding an F1B Bernedoodle with a purebred 100% Poodle. The BB indicates that this generation is backcrossed twice with a Poodle. This generation is typically the closest to a Poodle’s DNA. This generation consists of 87.5% Poodle and only 12.5% Bernese Mountain Dog. This generation has the highest probability of lowest shedding coat due to the Poodle influence.
This generation is produced by crossing an F1 Bernedoodle with another F1 Bernedoodle. Coat types are most varied with this generation so low shedding is not very likely with this pairing. This generation is developed by crossing the two F1 Bernedoodles.
It is 62.5% Poodle and 37.5% Bernese Mountain Dog and is a second-generation backcross. To produce an F2b, an F1 and F1b are crossed. It has a low-shedding coat but looks more like a Bernese Mountain Dog. It also comes in the 3 standard sizes and a variety of different colors. Because of its looks, it is also called a Teddy Bear Bernedoodle. This generation can be popular with allergy sufferers and are usually low to non-shedding.
An F2BB is 81.25% Poodle and18.75% Bernese Mountain Dog. Again, the strong Poodle influence makes them low risk for allergy sufferers. An F2BB Bernedoodle has been backcrossed to a Poodle twice. So the F2BB generation is a breeding of an F1B Bernedoodle and a Poodle. This is also sometimes referred to as a Multigen Bernedoodle.
An F3 Bernedoodle can be a challenge to breed and can create unpredictable results, so they are not often bred. F3 Bernedoodles are commonly referred to as Multigen or Multigenerational Bernedoodles.
Multigenerational Bernedoodles, or Multigen Bernedoodles for short, are a common way of referring to any Bernedoodle generation that is beyond an F2. This includes F2B, F2BB, F3, and beyond.
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