We also raise Bernedoodles. Our decision for also raising Bernedoodles is simple. In my opinion the only draw back to owning a Bernese Mountain Dog is that they have too short of a life span! The fact is that when crossed with a poodle, in our case we generally use a Miniature Poodle, the life expectancy over doubles. Cross breeding in order to better the next generation is not a new concept. In fact, my Grandpa used to raise purebred Hereford cattle. He noticed that the calves we very lethargic, and it was hard to get them to survive the tough eastern Montana winters. He later brought in Angus bulls to cross on his Hereford cows. Immediately he noticed how the hybrid vigor kicked in to help those baby calves get up and get going much sooner than the pure bred versions. With our first litters of Bernedoodles on the ground, we have noticed a similar increased vigor in the puppies.