If you are looking for a puppy to add to your family, one of the first things you'll need to do is decide on a breed. While there are a number of breeds that are known to make good family dogs, there is one breed (or really, crossbreed) that deserves more attention than it gets: the bernedoodle. A cross between a Bernese mountain dogs and poodles, this breed makes the perfect family dog for the following reasons:

1. They are bred for personality.

Many pure dog breeds are primarily bred to excel in the show ring or meet certain breed characteristics. Their personality is a bit of an afterthought. This is not the case with bernedoodles. They are primarily bred to be family dogs, which means breeders only select the friendliest, most easygoing dogs to breed. You would be hard-pressed to find a bernedoodle who does not have a great personality; it is the trait breeders are selecting for. This is a dog you can trust with your kids and who will love snuggling with them — not just tolerate it.

2. They have crossbreed hardiness.

You've probably heard that a lot of purebred dogs develop health problems due to inbreeding. This is less of an issue with any crossbreed, but especially with bernedoodles. Poodles and Bernese mountain dogs tend to be fairly healthy as it is, and when you breed the two together, most genetic diseases do not come up. Bednedoodles can live for many years, which is great news for anyone who gets attached to their dog and does not want to let go.

3. They come in a range of sizes.

Some families do best with a big dog, and others do best with a smaller dog. With a bernedoodle, you can basically choose the size that best suits you. One with a miniature poodle parent may only grow to be about 30 pounds, whereas one with a poodle parent may be closer to 60 or 70. There are even tiny bernedoodles resulting from crosses with toy poodles that may weigh as little as 15 pounds.

4. They do well with cats.

As long as your bernedoodle is introduced to cats while he or she is still a puppy, the two species can live in harmony. This is really helpful when you have a busy family and don't want to have to ensure there is space between the dog and cat all the time.

Bernedoodles can make excellent family dogs, and they are adorable, too! Look for a breeder of bernedoodle puppies in your area, and consider bringing home a lovely puppy today.