If you have been considering or currently own a Bernedoodle for your family, one of your main concerns could be how big will they get. You might have noticed that they grow rather large in a short amount of time. You may be wondering, “When do Bernedoodles stop growing?” Today we will take a look at the standard and mini Bernedoodle growth rates and what can affect it.
What Determines How Fast A Puppy Grows?
While each dog grows at an individual rate, some key factors determine how fast your puppy reaches adult weight and height.
- Size Expectancy: Larger dogs take longer to grow than smaller dogs. This is because small dogs do not have as much growing to do to reach full height.
- Gender: Females tend to reach full height and weight expectancy faster than males.
- Nutrition And Exercise: A dog that is getting proper nutrition and exercise will grow at a more steady and faster rate than a dog that is being fed a poor diet that does not meet all of its needs.
- Individual Breed Standards: Some breeds of dog grow faster or slower than the average dog of the same size.
- Litter Size: Larger litters tend to have smaller pups. Smaller litters have larger ones. Litter size can be a crucial factor in the growth rate in the first few months of life.
When Do Bernedoodles Stop Growing?
- With Bernedoodles being a new Doodle breed, it is hard to determine precisely how long it will take them to reach full maturity. We can look at the parent’s average growth to get a rough estimate.
- Bernese Mountain Dog’s take a lot longer to mature and grow than most other dog breeds. Because of their massive size, most Bernese Mountain Dogs are not considered fully grown until 2-3 years old. The first 5-8 months will be the fastest and most noticeable growth period. Some Bernese Mountain Dogs will even reach full height by a year old. They will be lanky and skinny until they have fleshed out and reached full weight expectancy.
- Standard Poodles are another breed that can take a long time to reach maximum height. Standard Poodles will reach maximum growth from 18-24 months. The fastest time of growth for Poodles happens in the first six months and most reach full height by 12 months old. The next several months will have little growth in height. Also more bulking and filling out weight-wise.
- With the parents of a Standard Bernedoodle maturing more slowly. You can estimate that your Bernedoodle will take about 2.5 years to hit maximum weight and nearly a year to reach maximum height. This, of course, is subject to each dog’s individual growth patterns and nutrition to keep up with growth.
When Do Mini Bernedoodles Stop Growing?
Mini Bernedoodles are bred with a Bernese Mountain Dog mother and a toy or miniature father. In this case, the mother is always a Bernese Mountain Dog because a miniature or toy poodle female would not be able to carry the Bernedoodle pups. They have an expected maximum weight of 10-24 pounds and 12-17 inches tall. These litters tend to have only 5-6 puppies per litter, making them slightly larger than other toy breeds when born.
Miniature or Toy Poodles tend to be full physically mature around 7-12 months. This means that they will hit full height and weight expectancy in a year or less. Compared to the Bernese Mountain Dog, this is extremely fast.
Most small breeds of dogs reach full maturity by 12 months of age. But, combined with the slow growth genetics of the Bernese Mountain Dog, a Mini Bernedoodle can take 12-15 months to reach full height and weight expectancy.
How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Stopped Growing?
Keeping track of your Bernedoodles height and weight is an excellent reference to see when they have stopped growing. At about a year old, you will see a stop or decrease in how much your dog has grown height-wise. Though just because your dog has hit full height, it does not mean they are done growing. They will still need to gain a steady and healthy weight and mature mentally.
If your dog is over a year old and has not gained any weight for several months, he or she may be done growing. By this time, your dog will look healthy, filled out, and not like an awkward teenager learning how to walk on his newly found legs and feet.
Should I Worry About Stunted Growth?
Since Bernedoodles grow at a slower rate than most dogs, it is recommended to keep them on a puppy kibble for the first two years of their lives. This is to ensure that they are getting all the nutrition that they need for growing bones and minds. Along with regular exercise, there is not much you can do to ensure that your dog is growing at a healthy rate.
Should you ever be concerned that your dog is not gaining weight or seems to be stunted in growth, it is best to seek the professional advice of a veterinarian. Every dog has a different growth rate, so as long as they continue to grow at a steady pace, there is nothing to be concerned about.
Can I Predict My Dog’s Size?
Yes and No. With mixed breeds, it is always harder to predict precisely what traits it has gotten from either parent. There are a few things you can do to get a good estimate of how big your Bernedoodle is going to get or when do Bernedoodles stop growing.
- Take a look at the parents. Parent growth is especially true of Mini Bernedoodles. When a Mini or Toy Poodle father is a lot larger than average. It would be assured that Mini Bernedoodle is going to be larger than average also. But, if a smaller Bernese Mountain Dog and a smaller sized Standard Poodle are bred, you could get a smaller Standard Bernedoodle in return.
- You can do a rough calculation based on your dog’s height at four months old. Dogs at six months old are generally 60% of their total height. So to calculate an estimate on how tall your dog will be, add 40% more to get the full adult height. This calculation is not always accurate, especially with slow maturing dogs like the Standard Bernedoodle though it can hold true for Mini Bernedoodles.
- Using the same calculations, you can also estimate how much your Bernedoodle will weigh. The average 4-month-old puppy will weigh 30% of its adult weight. So adding another 70% can give you a rough estimate.
All of these ways of predicting your dog’s size are not a guarantee. Things like genetics, nutrition, and gender can all change how fast or how slow your dog will grow.
Maturity In Dogs
Reaching maximum height and weight does not mean that your puppy has reached full maturity. Mental maturity in dogs is not reached until 2.5-3 years in most breeds.
You can tell if your dog has mentally matured if:
- They stop seeking out new sensory play – This means your dog will stop putting everything into his mouth to explore it, and stop chewing on everything. It also means that your dog will become a little less curious about the world around him. Curiosity is a great way to get in trouble, and puppies don’t think or care about consequences.
- Your puppy will have a decrease in energy – This decrease in energy does not mean that your dog has become a lazy couch potato. It simply means that your dog won’t want to play for 23 hours a day. They won’t bounce around with excitement every time he sees something new. Bernedoodles are known to have a healthy amount of energy, which is good and keeps them from being overweight. If your Bernedoodle becomes lethargic for long periods, it is best to contact a veterinarian to rule out any illnesses.
- A mature dog can entertain himself – Your dog will still love to play with you. He or she will even crave attention at times. But, a mature dog will be ok and have the ability to play by himself without getting into trouble.
- Your dog has reached sexual maturity – Reaching sexual maturity can happen as early as seven months in smaller dogs and 18-24 months in larger ones. Entering this phase changes a lot in dogs just like in people. They will go through an awkward teenage phase, but it is only temporary. During this time you will want to talk to your vet about spaying and neutering.
- Your dog has gotten all of its adult teeth – A dog losing all of its milk teeth it is considered to be fully mature. Though this is not the best way of determining mental maturity as some dogs will lose them earlier or later depending on their genetics.
The question was: When Do Bernedoodles Stop Growing? Bernedoodles are somewhat of a wildcard when it comes to growth and maturity. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow your Bernedoodle grows. You can keep him feeling like a puppy at all stages of life with proper nutrition, exercise and words of affirmation. Telling your dog that he’s your little puppy will always make him feel great deep down.
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