Blizzard (Parents: Coco x Colbert)
Owners: The Gittens
Blizzard is a stunning standard Bernedoodle from Coco and Colbert. He is owned by the Gittens family. Karley says: “Blizzard is the most gentle, calm puppy you will ever meet. He adores all kids and has a very special bond with each and every child he comes in contact with. He is a bit on the lazy side but loves to play with other dogs, especially his sister Zolo, who is a mini goldendoodle from SwissRidge. He doesn’t like for any of us to be out of sight. He is the smartest in his obedience class and could probably even skip a level!
He learns new commands within one or two tries and is very eager to please and doesn’t like getting in trouble. He insists on putting his gentle paw up to everyone he adores. My experience with Sherry and SwissRidge has been incredible. Sherry has answered every single silly question I have ever had (and I had a lot!) with such professionalism and passion. She genuinely cares about each and every puppy and their adoptive families and always takes the time to explain any concerns one might have. I want a third SwissRidge puppy but the hubby has drawn the line at two! Any further questions, I would be more than happy to answer: [email protected] (I could talk all day about my SWR doodles!)” ~Karley Gittens
Dakota (Parents: Prada x Valentino)
Owners: The Robersons
“My family has begged for a dog for years. Everyone was on board except me as I did not grow up with dogs and did not think our on-the-go family could take on such a responsibility. My children are now 14 (Gracie), 13 (Hannah), and 11 (TJ), and I started to realize I didn’t have a baby anymore to nurture. A friend emailed me a picture of a puppy a couple of years ago that I always held on to because I knew if the family ever won out on the puppy debate, THAT would be the puppy I would want! Turns out it was a Bernedoodle from SwissRidge! I finally caved in, and I emailed Sherry and inquired about this breed. She suggested I read her book, which is all about Bernedoodles. So I read it, twice! I did lots of research and asked lots of questions. I became one of the many fanatical stalkers on the SwissRidge Facebook page and that is where I learned just how beautiful, smart and awesome Sherry’s Bernedoodles really are.
TJ, my son, was leading the campaign with the every day begging and nagging for a puppy! My husband, Tim, kept saying every boy that wants a dog should be able to grow up with a dog. We decided to take the plunge and put a deposit down for a Bernedoodle. I knew by all the testimonies on the Facebook page that I could rest easy and know Sherry would find the perfect puppy for our family. At one point, Sherry posted a puppy who was born without an ear, and TJ wanted THAT puppy and no other! We were too late and another lucky family got that puppy and named him Lefty! TJ sent Sherry a video explaining how he really wanted that puppy and if anything fell through would she please consider him! It made my heart very happy that all three of my children wanted Lefty…though he was born with a slight imperfection, he was perfect in the eyes of my children.
So we continued to wait and we let Sherry know that though we wanted a mini, we would be happy with a large tiny or even a small standard Bernedoodle. The longer you wait, the more flexible you become because the waiting gets harder and harder. One day I was stalking the SwissRidge Facebook page (as usual) when I saw a post from Sherry for a turn-key dog. She was simply the cutest puppy we’d ever seen! So Sherry and I discussed what a turn-key dog was, and with our busy schedules, it sounded like the perfect fit for our family. The only problem was TJ REALLY wanted a PUPPY! I called Sherry back and basically asked her if there was any way she could work with us on the time frame of getting this puppy and the amount of training she would have. Sherry worked with us and the rest is history!
Dakota came to us crate trained and potty trained. Her temperament is beyond amazing. I’m pretty sure she thinks she’s a human. I’m beginning to think she is too! She has a wonderful personality, and she is so smart! We only had Dakota five days when I had to go to an event, and I made Gracie in charge of her for the evening. Gracie texted me to tell me that Dakota went to her potty door and before she could get off the couch to let her out, Dakota took the bells off the door and dropped them in her lap. I mean how smart is smart???
I can’t say enough about the whole process. From putting down your initial deposit to the waiting and waiting, I would go the SwissRidge route every single time! I would also highly recommend the imprinting program or some sort of extra training through SwissRidge because it makes the transition so simple and easy. Dakota has brought nothing but blessings to our family so far! Even my two teenage daughters that were always in their rooms are now hanging out downstairs, so they can be with Dakota.
Thank you Sherry and everyone at SwissRidge Kennels for making it possible for us to have our new family member!” ~Michelle and Tim Roberson
Maisy (Parents: Carrie x Hayden)
Owners: The Siragusasas
“When we first decided on a Bernedoodle we were convinced that we wanted a puppy with the typical black/brown/white markings of a Berner. After we saw Maisy, however, we realized that we were so wrong! This fair-haired beauty won our hearts immediately. We absolutely love her wavy golden coat and white tuxedo accents. Once Sherry confirmed that her personality was a fit for us we couldn’t wait to get our hands on her.
We decided we couldn’t handle all of the training ourselves though and thankfully we decided to enroll her in the Imprint Program first. Having her show up with this initial training completed made the transition so much easier. Even as a puppy she rarely nibbled on fingers, grabbed shoes or clothes to chew on and didn’t attempt to run away or tug when she was told to ‘drop it.’ Her crate training was excellent; she went in the crate without an argument and slept through the night without a fuss on the very first night.
Maisy settled in with our family right away. She greeted our daughters on day 1 as if they were old friends and she shares her love equally with all the family members. She’s an intelligent, sensitive and affectionate girl. Her sweetness has earned her the middle name ‘Sugar’ from our daughters and her bounding gallop spurred the nickname ‘Little Bear’ from Dad. Maisy is very curious about every living creature she comes in contact with but is never aggressive in any way. She always has a smile on her face and her tongue hanging out of her mouth.
Many thanks to the whole team at SwissRidge for delivering on all of their promises. We are thrilled with our Maisy. She has made our family complete.”
Persey (Parents: Coco x Duc)
Owner: Amanda Van Wingerden
Lincoln Park, NJ
Persephone aka Persey is a standard bernedoodle from Coco & Duc born January 27, 2015. She is a gorgeous girl with a gregarious personality. She has brought so much joy to my life and I couldn’t imagine life without her. She’s always up for any adventure whether it be hiking, swimming, going to the mall, coming to work with me, or heading to the dog park to play with her friends. She loves being social and the center of attention.
Persey has a special place in her large heart for children and one of her most recent endeavors is sharing her certified therapy dog skills with 3rd and 4th graders at the local elementary school who struggle with reading. The kids loved having the opportunity to meet her and give her love as well as read her a few stories. Although she’s only 2 she did a great job and the kids adored her! She and I are very excited to start this venture and hope that we can expand our efforts into the middle school and high school as well.
Persey is a smart, feisty, happy and energetic girl and I can’t thank Sherry and the staff at SwissRidge for all their help in getting me such a fantastic dog! I look forward to many more adventures with her and another doodle sister in the future, because SwissRidge dogs are so wonderful you can’t just have one. 😉 If you’d like any further information, I can be reached at [email protected].” ~Amanda Van Wingerden
Raglan (Parents: Chantelle x Dominique)
Owners: The Murphys
“Being the proud pack leader of three bernedoodles I can honestly say that I am not sure if I will ever adopt another family member from anyone but Sherry Rupke and her team at SwissRidge Kennels.
We sent in our first adoption form over 4 years ago when I fell in LOVE with a tri-color puppy on the SwissRidge website. I had my heart set on a puppy just like the one I saw in the picture. I stalked the SwissRidge website day after day. I will never forget the day Sherry called me out of the blue. Sherry said, ‘I have a puppy, but he’s not tri-color.’ She sent me a picture and the whole family fell in love with him. We didn’t need a tri-color pup. We needed this black standard bernedoodle with a white cross on his chest, and a tan swirl over his eyes!
From that day on, we knew this pup we named Raglan was going to be a wonderful addition to our growing family. He was an adorable pup, full of energy, dedication, and spunk. We loved him so much that we knew we had room for another. Our youngest daughter wanted a doodle she could bond with, something smaller, so the following Christmas Santa left a dog crate filled with toys with a note saying we were on the list for a mini bernedoodle. Sula was born the next month and our pack was growing! Sula added a new energy to our pack. She was a playful pup who tested any and all limits she was given. With the help of a local trainer, and a quick education in being the leader of my pack, Raglan and Sula were a dream come true.
Now that we had a mini and a standard bernedoodle, my love for SwissRidge doodles continued to grow, I hinted around that one more pup would complete our pack. A tiny bernedoodle would make our family complete. I never considered myself to be a small dog person, but there was something about these tiny pups that turned me around. My husband must be as crazy as I am because he contacted Sherry on his own and wanted to surprise me with my third bernedoodle for my birthday!
Raglan was from the litter of Chantelle, an Apricot standard poodle, and Dominique, a handsome Bernese mountain dog. Raglan is a wonderful pup but he did take some time and effort to get him that way. I’d say that was our fault though. Even though I read the books and studied the puppy handbook, I still made some mistakes. Luckily with the support of a great trainer, I realized what I was doing wrong. Raglan is a wonderful companion and family member. He walks down the street like he is a Clydesdale horse and if one of his pack members breaks away from the pack, he does not stand down until they return. He is loyal, loving, and with his long legged stature and winning personality, he is the best of all worlds. Raglan will be four in June 2014.
Sula is a mini doodle from Juno, a Bernese mountain dog, and Eddie, a poodle, born January 2, 2012. She is a total love and attention hound. Throughout my day I always have the feeling that sometimes I am being watched. As I take a glance around, Sula’s eyes are directly focused on me. If I leave the house she will assume her position in the front bay window and wait for my return. Sula loves everything and everyone. She always wants to know what is going on. Whether you are driving a car, sitting on the couch, or yes, even sitting at the kitchen counter, Sula is right by your side. She is very vocal and opinionated and will express her opinion any chance she gets! We only wish we knew what she was trying to say.
Gibbs is a tiny bernedoodle from the litter of Kia and Pickle, born May 24, 2013. He is as smart as he is adorable. When I brought Gibbs in for his first vet appointment, the first thing the vet said is, ‘He is stink’in cute.’ Gibbs can keep up with the big dogs, but can also be a sweet cuddly lap dog at the drop of a dime. Never having a small dog before (Gibbs weighs 15 pounds at 11 months) we decided to fly from Boston to California with Gibbs in a carry-on bag not knowing what to expect. With a five hour flight ahead of us, we were prepared for anything and everything! Let’s just say we were over prepared. Gibbs was unbelievable! He cuddled up in a ball in his special travel bag and didn’t bark or whimper during the entire flight! I was truly amazed at how well he adjusted to this new adventure.
You may ask, ‘Why am I telling you all this?’ Well, the reason is because there is something so special about the puppies that Sherry and her SwissRidge Team create. We knew Sherry was special the first time we emailed her. We knew she and her pups were worth every penny we would spend on them. Once you make the commitment to Sherry and her pups you will never look back, or wonder if you made the right choice. And then, when you hold your precious treasure in your arms for the very first time, you will not be able to control that warm and fuzzy feeling that will run through your entire body. The testing, the care, the follow-through, and most importantly her love for her job are just some of the reasons why Sherry Rupke is the very best Breeder of the Pack.” ~M. Murphy
Owners: The Wakemans
Meet Murphy, a bernedoodle who is owned by the Wakeman family in Mississauga. He was born in 2005. Pat debated for a long time between a bernedoodle and a goldendoodle. She finally took a giant leap of faith and went with a bernedoodle. She couldn’t be happier. Murphy is 8 months old in these pictures and weighs just over 50 lbs. He is very gentle and calm with everyone. Pat was telling me how she had some elderly visitors who were in their 80s and Murphy was great with them and just laid by their feet. He is truly amazing for an 8-month-old pup. I took these pictures when Pat brought him back here to visit me and it was amazing to see how well behaved and calm he was. He is truly an amazing dog and a great mix between the two breeds. Pat states: “Murphy is the most sweet tempered, lovable, calm and adaptable puppy. He loves everyone and everything, including our 2 cats. He loves to kiss and cuddle. He has not shed and we’ve had no allergy issues with him. Murphy loves to go tubing at the cottage. He wears a life jacket and away he goes. He is truly a people dog! He’s happy whenever he’s around kids, other dogs and everyone! He was so easy to train and he was #1 in his puppy class. We truly adore him. Murphy is our great big fuzzy bear and we are so glad we decided to choose a Bernedoodle. He is truly awesome!” ~Pat Wakeman
Bailey (Parents: Coco x Cobert)
Owners: The Verriers
“When Bailey was six months old, Jean and I decide to go out for dinner without the dogs. We leave Bailey and Camelot (our ten year old Golden Retriever) in the garage with the door shut into the house. It’s never been an issue with any of the other dogs. We get home around 9:00pm and Camelot is inside the garage and Bailey is missing! He has figured out how to push down the latch, push the door open and we find him up in our bedroom lying on the king sized bed. His look said it all: Mom and Dad – could you please be a little quiet when you come home…it’s disturbing my beauty rest!
At eight months old, Bailey figured out how to get into the house from the garage pretty routinely. We decide to leave both dogs in the house without access to the upstairs and get home to find Bailey now in the garage. He has now figured out how to pull down the latch, pull the door slightly open, stick his nose in and push open the door from the inside….which we have not witnessed him doing. Mom and Dad…you know the food and treats are stored in the garage…just checking it out!
Every morning we have to be at the hospital around 6:30 to 7:00am, so we have to get up before 5:00am to work out in the garage. Bailey knows that at 5:00 he gets to go outside to potty and have his breakfast, so we no longer need an alarm clock. Bailey usually sleeps on the floor near the sliding porch doors in our bedroom because it is cooler. At 5:00am religiously, he jumps up on the bed and walks on top of Jean, who stirs, but if she doesn’t get up immediately Bailey has this trick where he grabs the covers on the bed and pulls them to the foot of the bed. Mom…get up, let’s go, rise and shine…places to go, people to meet…and oh, by the way, I’m hungry!
We have a wetland which abuts our property so the yard is pretty big by Seattle standards. Every night after he eats, we go out in the yard and even though he has been the hyperactive adolescent of his daycare, he runs around at full speed, jumping the brick walls, running through the fences, circling Dad, pulling at his brother’s tail. He has lots of energy, goofy and totally a pleasure to have around and part of our family.” ~Edward Verrier
Puk (Parents: Chantelle x Daiko)
Owners: The Youngs
“Puk has to be the most regal dog I have ever met, certainly the most regal I have ever had the pleasure of living with. He carries himself in such a way that you are certain he is royalty, yet he is very silly behind closed doors. He is very athletic; he loves to swim, hike, chase squirrels and birds. Puk can run on his hind legs while chasing a squirrel that is running along the fence.
My favorite thing about Puk is his ability to adjust his energy levels with ours. If we are out hiking or swimming he is giving it his all, but if we are having a lazy day he is perfectly content to lay and cuddle with you. He is very sweet natured and loves his family fiercely. His hair is a mix of curly to wavy and is the softest, silkiest fur to touch. He does not shed at all. When he is not on an adventure or taking a nap with me, he is out in the backyard playing with his brothers. This amazing soul has brought me so much love and joy, he truly is one of the greatest Loves of my life. A true testament to his wonderful parentage. He just wants to be with us.
He draws so much attention when he is out and about. I travel several times a year to visit family and Puk gets to come along with me at times. Last trip he took with me he almost gave a toll booth operator a heart attack. He was sitting up in the back seat as we were going through the toll isle (he sits like a human in the car) as I pull up to pay the toll and the poor lady working the booth shrieked and said ‘Oh Lord I thought that was a stuffed ape,’ then proceeded to get other toll operators to look in my car at the Ape/Bear sitting in my car. He does weigh 80 pounds and is very tall and takes up all the space in the back seat. He just takes all the attention in stride.
Sherry Rupke has been such a wonderful person to all of her SwissRidge family. I don’t know how she does it, but she always manages to match the perfect dog with the perfect family. I Fell in Love with Sherry’s breeding program when I saw all the testing that is done on every single breeding dog she has. Then when you start looking at her website and all the beautiful pups, you are hooked.
I have been an avid stalker/creeper of Sherry’s site for 5 years now. When I am ready for another Pup, Sherry will be the first to know. Love this Breed.” ~Laurie Young
Magic (Parents: Geneva x Hayden)
Owner: Sabeena Arora
“Magic is a standard Bernedoodle. His motto in life seems to be ‘have fun, love everyone.’ He is by far the happiest, goofiest and most social pup I know. Magic loves…everyone!
He weighs 95 lbs. at 18 months and in spite of his size, he does not seem to intimidate anyone! He meets other dogs on a regular basis and promptly plays with them all. His groomer has a 10 lb. Yorkie and a friend of mine has a 150 lb. Irish wolfhound. There are various dogs we know that fall within that range, and Magic playfully engages with them all with no reservation. He is just as happy meeting new people. I have lost count of the number of people who have told me they are afraid of big dogs, but somehow Magic is different. I find it heartwarming that my big, goofy, often clumsy clown is remarkably gentle with children.
I call him my Velcro pup, since he tends to be by my side as much as he can. In him I have a constant companion. He accompanies me from room to room as I finish housework – it does make changing the bed linens challenging! He sits by my side leaning on me while I work and sticks close to me outdoors. And he always loves to cuddle.
When I return from work, I invariably find Magic has placed some article of my clothing along with a shoe or boot of mine on the windowsill where he rests his chin, as he waits for me.
So if I had to pick one word to describe this pup, it would be ‘endearing.’
He is built more like a Bernese mountain dog than a poodle. He is heavy set with a big blocky head, wide chest and the famous Berner bottom! And yes he loves to lean on you if he likes you, prefers to sit in your lap if he can. He is a big boy and weighs 95 lbs. at 18 months. His coat is wavy with very little shedding, does not mat and is easy to comb.
I can assure you if you choose a bernedoodle, you will have a joyful, happy and devoted companion who will make you laugh on a daily basis. If you have children or grandchildren, or other dogs, your bernedoodle would make a fantastic and fun companion for them as well.” ~Sabeena Arora
Reesie (Parents: Coco x Colbert)
Owner: Suzanne Ranieri
“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
Thank you for our Reesie. I have tried several times to write a reference for our experience with SwissRidge and our Reesie. I try to express what this puppy has brought to our family, but everything falls short. I have had and still have dogs. I love them all beyond measure. They are all our family. I was skeptical to get a third dog and a big dog. But having a bernedoodle was exciting. And knowing Sherry was an expert was intriguing. Win! Win! Sherry breeds amazing dogs. Reese is a beautiful bernedoodle but that is just the beginning. Reese is one of the most loving and affectionate dogs I have ever been around. She truly wants to please us, but she is a complete character and a goofball. She keeps us laughing constantly. She plays with our older dogs and had learned how to do that gently. She steals socks every chance she gets. And food is in open season. But when she comes up to you with her amazing face, she melts your heart.
Thank you, Sherry!!! We love our girl so much. If her parents have a litter, we want a sister!!!!!!!” ~Suzanne Ranieri
Zoe (Parents: Alley x Yswen)
Owner: Julie Kuether
“Zoe is the kind of dog that GOT IT out of the womb. She could not be any more perfect for my desire in a dog. She is extremely smart and gentle and fun when it is time to have fun. Her favorite game is ball. She will chase a ‘chuck it’ tennis ball for a good hour before I say ok that is enough. She loves to play this game up at the beach on Lake Michigan. Zo is a very good swimmer, she will only swim though if the ball is tossed into the water and away she goes. She is extremely loyal and always will stay close by. It must be the Bernese loyal trait. She has the gene for sure. Digging massive sand holes is a favorite of hers too. In the winter, she loves snow too! Being a doodle, the snow sticks to them and they do not even feel it. Zo will stay outside in my yard by choice all day long playing in the snow if it is 30s F or so out.” ~Julie Kuether
Poppy (Parents: Maui x Colbert)
Owners: The Faddouls
Santa Fe, NM
Meet Poppy. She is a standard bernedoodle out of Maui and Colbert’s litter. She is owned by the Faddoul family. Canda says: “Poppy is awesome. She is so sweet and playful. She goes everywhere with me and everyone loves her. She is always by my side at home and constantly gazes at me. When I first got her, my son threw a snow ball towards her and it hit her in the face. He was so surprised and even said, ‘She doesn’t look at anything but you!’ She can sit, stay, shake, down, and comes running when I call her even if she is outside playing. She is not even 5 months old yet! Her disposition towards other dogs is engaging and teasing. We love her so much. I have raised many dogs but I am most impressed with her sense of loyalty.
You as a breeder should be so proud to call her one of yours. May you keep up the great work and diligence that you put into breeding. It is evident and the end result is unbelievable.” ~Canda Faddoul
If you would like to email Canda to find out more about Poppy, her email address is [email protected].
Banjo (Parents: Libby x Dominique)
Owner: Lindsay McCloud
“Sir ‘Banjo’ VonBarklesworth Benoit McCloud-Wilhelmsen is a standard Bernedoodle from Libby and Dominique, Feb. 12, 2012. In the 5 years that he has been with us, he has brought so much love, light, and laughter into our lives. He is an 80 lb. lap dog and cuddle bug, a friend to every animal or human he meets (but sometimes he can be a bit cautious at first), the life of the party, the class clown, and so smart that sometimes I wonder who has who trained around here. (He has recently trained me to bring him ice cubes with a low ‘woof’ when he’s lying in the hammock.) He loses less hair than I do, so the shedding of his wavy coat is very minimal and he has never bothered anyone’s allergies. He is very laid-back and always relaxed when we are, and ready to play or go on an adventure when we are…he’s the epitome of ‘man’s best friend.’ One day when he was a (rather large) puppy, we went to a nursing home to visit someone, and before we knew it we were stopping at EVERY room because everyone wanted to meet him. They just assumed that he was a trained and licensed therapy dog because he was so loving, gentle, and well mannered. He slowly crawled in bed and cuddled with the woman we were visiting even though he had never met her before. Since then, I’ve noticed that he seems to have a knack for picking out people who are in need of a little extra love.
Banjo is by far the most extraordinary dog I’ve ever met…and I’ve learned that in order to be guaranteed an extraordinary dog, you need to find an extraordinary breeder. I’m forever thankful that we found exactly that with Sherry! (Although I’m not quite sure that she’s being totally truthful about what she’s breeding…we’re convinced that Banjo is some kind of dog/cat/horse/human/muppet mix.) Regardless, whatever she’s doing is working and I will be a SwissRidge Bernedoodle owner for as long as she is breeding them. We already have our second on the way!” ~Lindsay McCloud and Alex Wilhelmsen
Owners: The D’Amicos
New Hampshire, USA
Gryffin is owned by the D’Amico family. He was born in 2007. John says: “We have been meaning to write you for some time now. Below are several pictures of Gryffin. The first is the picture that you had on your site when we picked him back in late 2007. You sent him to us on a plane in January of 2008 along with another little guy who went to a gentleman in Boston. We live in New Hampshire and Gryffin absolutely loves it here!!!!!
I remember his father (Yswen) from your website, who was absolutely breathtaking! Gryffin is full of spunk and fun. You use the word goofy on your website and that doesn’t begin to explain his nature. He is the most lovable pet that I have ever been around. He is very tall, probably 28-30″ at the shoulders, and weighs about 70-75 lbs. His favorite thing to do is chase down balls and run in the woods. We have some walking trails at the end of our street and he loves to run and swim in the stream that is there. He loves the outdoors and spends countless hours in the yard just exploring and laying in the sun. He is definitely a winter dog and loves to play in the snow. When we filled in the profile about the kind of dog that we were looking for, I’ve got to tell you that Gryffin has the perfect temperament and personality for our family.
Please feel free to use these photos on your website. Everywhere we go, people want to know what kind of dog he is. We take him to a local dog park and he has a great time playing with a Bernese mountain dog. Thank you so much for bringing Gryffin into our home. He is absolutely GREAT!” ~John D’Amico
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