As the Mini Bernedoodle is a crossbreed, they don’t have history as an independent breed. Both parent breeds, however, have extensive histories. Sherry Rupke of Swissridge Kennels is the breeder who claims to be the first to intentionally breed the Bernedoodle in 2003. However, accidental crosses likely did exist before this point.
The Bernese Mountain Dog originated as an extremely versatile working dog from Switzerland. They were developed for many uses: to herd cattle, pull carts, and be watchdogs and loyal companions. They’re one of four types of Swiss Mountain Dogs, and they can be distinguished by their long fur; all other Swiss Mountain Dogs have short coats. The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America became a member club of the AKC in 1981. In 1990, the AKC adopted its current Bernese Mountain Dog standard.
The Poodle is one of the oldest breeds designed for hunting waterfowl. Most agree that the Poodle originated in Germany, but was developed into a distinct breed in France. Illustrations of Poodle-like dogs adorn Egyptian and Roman artifacts and tombs dating from the first centuries B.C. The Miniature Poodle’s development lent them different tasks than the Standard Poodle. Their compact size made them perfect for truffle-hunting, as they are small enough to maneuver easily among roots and fallen trees. Poodles were fairly rare in the U.S. until after World War II. By the mid-1950s, however, the Poodle had become the most popular breed in the country, a position they held for more than 20 years. Today, Poodles and Poodle crossbreeds or « Doodles » remain very popular.