Bernedoodle is a cross of Bernese Moutain Dog and Poodle. Undeniably, this tiny version of a dog makes an adorable addition to your family. Food is an important factor that no one can neglect while bringing up a Berne poo.
Many new dog owners have asked us about the best dog food for bernedoodle puppies. To which, we have answered by combining all the information in this article.
Supplies to Prepare before Picking Up a Puppy
- House or Crate
- Food & Nutrition
- Dry Food
- Wet Food
- Canned Food
Moreover, to welcome these fantastic puppies in your family, other than food, you must know about bernedoodle temperament and grooming. Thereby, know everything about bernedoodle before bringing them home to make unforgettable memories together. Such as:
- How much food must you feed to them?
- How should you train your little bernedoodle?
- How to take care of the coat?
Below we will be answering the 1st question and the rest you can find from the link mentioned above. 😉!
I. Nutritional Needs Of A Bernedoodle
Add healthy and nutrient-rich food to your dog’s diet plan to keep him fit and robust. The best puppy food must include components like protein, carbohydrates, and minerals.
Bernedoodles are more omnivores and less carnivores. Still, protein intake is important as it helps them develop their muscles by walking and playing with their family. White meat is preferable and is considered a good source of protein. But, you can mix red meat to add flavors and nutrients.
These sources of protein would keep your dog in shape as they are low in fat.
Similarly, mineral components like iron, sodium, and calcium must be part of your doodle dog’s diet as these healthy minerals aid in Bernedoodle’s growth and muscle development.
The food enriched in carbohydrates gives a quick shot of energy to your pooch.
Note: Bernedoodles are the food-lover dogs, and they never leave the meal uneaten on the plate. Being a dog owner, you must be aware of the amount given to the little canine.
Keep reading to know more!
Homemade Dog Food
The vet recommended puppy food rich in calcium (as it promotes strong bones), especially for doodle puppies under age 8 months. After 8 months, you can start introducing new food gradually. The best homemade food would be raw or boiled fruits and vegetables or slightly cooked meat.
Pro-Tip: Never feed your pup with raw meat as it can lead them to paralysis and Salmonella.
1. Raw Fruits & Vegetables
Bernedoodle love various fruits and vegetables, like:
- “An apple a day keeps a doctor away,” this idiom doesn’t go fit with human health only, but with dogs, too. Let your dog eat an apple to consume powerful antioxidants that are beneficial for health.
- Spinach is full of iron and prevents cancer and cardiovascular complications in pups.
- Never forget the pumpkin, as it treats constipation and diarrhea in dogs.
- Get all the vitamins in one place by adding asparagus, a great source of fiber, potassium, manganese, iron, and vitamin A, B1, B2, C, E, and K.
- Bernedoodles enjoy eating juicy watermelon in summers. It contains vitamin A, B6, and Thiamin.
2. White Meat (Chicken & Turkey)
White meat is preferable as compared to red meat—chicken and turkey aids in providing the protein and eliminate indigestion.
- Simply boil the chicken for 20 minutes (add flavors if you want but don’t make too spicy) and serve the little Berne dog.
- Boil ½ cup of Turkey fish for 30 minutes and then drain it. Next, add 3 cups of boiled sweet potatoes, some oatmeal, and mix all these ingredients well. Divide this meal into 4 servings to feed your pup every 5-6 hours.
Other than meat, fruits, and vegetables, eggs, cottage cheese, and sweet potatoes are exceptionally good for your Berne Poo.
You might have heard about kibble (dry dog food) and wet dog food. Wet dog food (including the canned ones) should only be given to the weaning pup, but it should be cut down once he enters the 4th month.
However, the kibble is often served to large dogs, as it is less costly and lasts for long. The dryness reduces dental issues in dogs.
What Is The Right Amount Of Food For Bernedoodle?
Bernedoodle size decides how much to feed a puppy by weight. For instance, if your dog is 18 months old with 60 pounds weight, then you can give them 1 cup of dog food (three times a day).
Whereas your little canine, weighing 10 lbs, needs ¾ cup of food per day. Additionally, the large Bernedoodles (weight: 90 pounds approximately) need 4 – ¼ cups of kibble per day to stay healthy.
Pro-Tip: Owners should start with a small amount of food to check how it affects the pup’s health. Later, they can gradually increase the quantity according to the pup’s requirement.
How often Should You Feed Your Lovely Doggie?
Regardless of the canine’s size or age, it would be best to make a proper diet plan (a feeding schedule) to prevent obesity and overeating. The weaning pup is allowed to graze during this stage to get adjusted to the new dog food.
However, when the pup reaches his 4th month, an owner should move the dog to a regular feeding schedule. The puppy should be fed three times a day at fixed timings every day.
Bernedoodle growth slows down when he reaches the age of 6 months, and chances of obesity increase. At that time, feed your pup twice a day (daily). It is recommended to go with the same schedule for the rest of the dog’s life.
III. Bottom Line
Mini bernedoodle puppies love to eat everything from meat to fruits, and even dry items, too. Being an owner, you would choose healthy food for them. So, choose wisely and keep your canine beside you for a prolonged period.