Walnut Valley FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions and helpful information about us and our Bernedoodles. Click on a question to learn more.

Questions About Bernedoodles

Yes, Bernedoodles are considered a hypoallergenic breed. However, there is no such thing as a fully hypoallergenic dog, as people can also be allergic to dog saliva or urine, etc. For those with mild to medium pet allergies, doodles make a wonderful addition to the family, as they usually are low shed to no shed.  For a person with severe allergies we want to ensure that the puppy you take home has as curly a coat as possible. An F1B is usually recommended for people with more severe allergy problems. If you have concerns, we suggest that you get further allergy testing done as well as take some time to interact with doodles and their humans in your area before purchasing a puppy.

Bernedoodle coats can vary in thickness, consistency, and color. Keep in mind that Bernedoodles come from both the Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog. In an F1 (first generation) breeding, you might get a puppy with a coat that looks more similar to a Poodle and get another puppy with a coat very close like a Bernese. (Sometimes even within the same litter) Bernedoodle coats are generally put into three main categories - Curly, Wavy, and Straight.
Please note when looking at the examples below that the appearance of our Bernedoodles is greatly affected by whether they are groomed and how short the coats are if groomed. Be sure to consider this when looking at the pictures.

Examples of a Curly Coat

Curly coat – The curly coat will shed the least and is the most hypoallergenic of the three types. The curls on this coat are usually tight with a soft texture much like what you would see on a Poodle. Curly coats may still shed, but they shed the hair upon themselves rather than on your floor. Unfortunately, this shedding upon themselves is what makes it necessary for them to be brushed daily and trimmed frequently. The curly coated Bernedoodle is usually the most suitable for owners who have an allergy to dog dander. If you don’t want to deal with shedding, keep in mind that the curlier the coat, the less it’s going to shed.

Examples of a Wavy Coat

Wavy coat – The wavy coat, which is low-to non-shedding, is probably the coat most seen on Bernedoodles. This coat is very free-flowing and often has a lightly kinked or wavy appearance. Most people with allergies to dog dander (i.e., experience sneezing, watery eyes) are fine with a wavy coated dog. Note, if you are unsure if this coat type will be fine for you, we suggest that you get further allergy testing done as well as take some time to interact with doodles and their humans in your area before purchasing a puppy.

Examples of a Straight Coat

Straight coat – The straight coats usually shed the most and are the least hypoallergenic of the three coat types. Even though this coat is called “straight” or flat, it may actually have a slight wave to it. The length of the dog’s straight hair depends mostly on the length of the parent’s hair. Straight-coated Bernedoodles are not very common; you’ll mostly find them with wavy or curly coats.

  • F1 refers to the cross between two purebred dogs- A Bernese Mountain Dog crossed to a Poodle. This generation cross gives a 50/50 mix, genetically they will have a combination of attributes between the two parents. Coats in F1s can vary in terms of the percentage of hair shedding. Some will be nearly completely non-shedding and others will have a percentage of hair that still sheds. There can be variation within this generation in terms of coat but most will be a loose wavy coat through to a curly wave. The reason someone would choose this generation is that they have a more even combination of the genetics and personality of the parent breeds- In Bernedoodles the F1s typically have the most Bernese colors, blockiness and personality.

  • F1B’s are a Bernedoodle crossed to a Poodle- with 75% poodle, their coats are usually fairly consistently, low to non-shedding. Typically half of the litter will be have a curly coat and half will have a looser wavy coat. They are more suited to a family that may have mild allergies or that feel strongly about shedding in their dog. Their build will usually be a little less blocky and their colors can vary more than the F1’s.

  • F2 or Multi-Generational refer to two Bernedoodle parents that are bred together to achieve a multi-generational cross. The attributes can vary, but the idea behind multi-gen breeding is to reach a consistent pairing between desirable attributes from both parents. All purebred dogs today come from many generations of breeding multi-gen crosses to achieve a consistent breed standard. There can be variation in the mix of genes that each multi-gen puppy gets, but with many generations, a predictable set of traits and looks will emerge.

Bernedoodles are like poodles in that they have hair, not fur. This means that they will require regular brushing to keep them free from matting. Because the hair of bernedoodles are prone to matting, you must brush their hair 2 to 3 times a week with a specialized dog brush. From the time they are puppies, it is a good idea to brush your dogs hair every day to get them used to regular grooming. Bernedoodles do well being clipped every 8-12 weeks. This is dependent on your preferences and your dog's activities. An active outdoor doodle will enjoy a shorter cut more frequently. Beginning the grooming process as soon as you bring your puppy home will go a long way to ensuring that grooming becomes a wonderful bonding experience between you and your pet!
The curlier the coat the more professional grooming they will need. Without grooming, the dog runs the risk of getting a matted coat and may need to be shaved to prevent further issues. A wavy or straight coat can be easily groomed by brushing when you bathe your dog (bi-weekly, monthly, etc).

Our Bernedoodles come in two breed sizes, Standard and Miniature. A cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Standard Poodle will create a Standard Bernedoodle. Our Standard Bernedoodle will usually stand 23-29 inches at the shoulder and weigh 65-100 pounds. Most standard Bernedoodles are in the 70-90 lbs range. Females are usually smaller than males.
A Miniature Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Miniature Poodle. Our Mini Bernedoodles usually stand between 15 and 20 inches tall and weigh between 25 to 65 pounds. Again females tend to be smaller than males.

All Bernedoodles are born with pink noses. As the puppies grow older, their black pigmentation sets in and the nose fully fills to a nice black nose that we all know and love. Most puppies have a full black nose by the time they are 8 weeks old. Some puppies will take longer and may not have a full black nose until they're 2-4 months of age.
Occasionally there is a puppy that never gets a fully black nose.

Questions About Walnut Valley

When you place a deposit for a future litter your name is placed on the list on a "first come, first pick" basis. When puppies come, we update the website within a few days with details of the litter. We take pictures of the puppies when they are several days old, at 3 weeks old, and then again when they're 5 weeks old. Once the puppies are 5 weeks old we will take updated pictures and videos of each puppy and then start on top of the Reservation List and let people pick out their puppies. We can help you with your decision by taking videos and/or via a FaceTime call. (If you would like to see the litter before making a decision, you will have to visit the puppies when they're between 4 and 5 weeks old) Once it's your turn to pick, you can choose an available puppy OR decide to skip your turn for that litter and wait for a subsequent litter, at which time you would likely have a higher pick.
We will be contacting you (usually via text) when your turn is getting close and if you choose to pass we will then move onto the next person(s). It is imperative that you respond within 4 hours after being notified of an available puppy of your interest. Otherwise we will have to keep moving down our list. We ask that you keep an eye on our website as well as our FaceBook and Instagram pages for current and upcoming litters. If you don't respond to our text and/or email notification of currently available puppies then we assume you will want to wait. In such a case we will hold your spot on the Reservation List and continue moving down the list to others waiting on their turn.

Deposits are 75% Refundable and can be refunded for any reason. There is no way that you can know for sure that we will have a puppy for you in the future and we understand that. We fully respect your decision if you find a puppy elsewhere or change your mind for any other reason. In such a case we would refund 75% of your deposit. ($375.00 on a $500.00 deposit) After you pick a puppy the deposit becomes completely non-refundable and goes towards the final price of the puppy. Reservations are honored in order of deposits placed.

Guarantee and Health Warranty: We want every puppy to go home happy and healthy. But as it is with us humans, things can go wrong in the puppy world. To ensure that all is well in its new environment, we ask that if possible you get your puppy checked by a vet within 72 hours of going home. Any normal costs incurred are the responsibility of the buyer. If there would happen to be any problems, we would need a copy of the veterinarian's invoice to reimburse you for the cost of treatment. (That amount not exceeding the cost of the dog.)
We also offer a 2-year Genetic Health Guarantee on our puppies. There are many things that can affect the long-term health of a dog including genetics. While genetic health is an issue of concern, an equal or greater factor is diet and exercise. In this sense, we are taking a risk by giving a 2-year guarantee because we do not know how well the puppies will be taken care of. We choose to trust that they will be received into good homes.

Yes, all puppies have their dew claws removed at 3-5 days of age. They will be groomed and active dogs throughout their lives and we feel that this gives them the best chance of not having the dew claw snagged while being groomed or out playing.

Final payments (including any shipping costs) are due 10 days before the puppies are ready to go home at eight weeks (Unless paying cash at pickup/delivery).  The puppy is considered yours once the deposit and final payment is received. The final payments can be made via Check, Cash, Bank Transfer, or PayPal/Credit Card. Balance payments that are paid with PayPal or Credit Card will be subject to a 3% processing fee. (We personally pay the fee on all initial deposits made with credit card or paypal.)

No. Although some breeders do this to keep competitors from buying their puppies, we believe you have the right to decide what you want to do with your puppy.

Pricing for Bernedoodles:
Bernedoodles come in a variety of colors and therefore have different prices. (Pricing is dependent on the amount of white and rust they have.)

  • $3950.00 - F1 and F1b Miniature tri-colored Bernedoodles
  • $3950.00 - F1 and F1b Miniature Blue Merle Bernedoodles
  • $2950.00 - F1 and F1b Miniature black-and-white Bernedoodles
  • $3000.00 to $3500.00 - F1 Standard tri-colored Bernedoodles
  • $2000.00 - F1 Standard black-and-white colored Bernedoodles

*In the case of a price change, we will honor the price specified at the time of your deposit.*

We are located in southern Illinois, 4 hours south of Chicago and 2.5 hours east of St Louis, Missouri.
10620 E 300th Ave Flat Rock, IL 62427

Our general goal is to produce approximately 10 litters of F1 Mini Bernedoodles, 1-2 litters of F1b Mini Bernedoodles, and 2-3 litters of Standard Bernedoodles on an annual basis.
At this point the wait time for each breed is,

  • F1 Mini Bernedoodle = 14-20 months
  • F1 Standard Bernedoodle = 10-18 months
  • F1B Mini Bernedoodles = 10-14 months
These numbers are approximate and can vary significantly based on the many variables in our puppy life. We only breed our females if they are healthy and ready for pregnancy. Even then, there is no guarantee that they will have puppies, or how many they have if they do get pregnant.

How to avoid getting scammed when adopting a puppy

I talk with a lot of people who either got scammed or almost got scammed and are very nervous because they don't know how to avoid it happening again. Here are a few tips on how to steer clear of shady websites and scammers who are only out to get your money. I have personally done a bunch of research on scam websites and can now spot one easily without ever talking to the people who are running it.

• Look for google reviews
Google reviews are hard to fake and most scam websites do not have any. If they don't have any google reviews or only have negative reviews, be cautious. Google ranking and reviews take time to build up and a lot of these scammers are constantly building new websites to stay ahead of the game.

• Look for low prices
If the price is to good to be true, it's probably fake. Most scam websites have very low prices to attract you into a deal faster. If the prices are way lower than what you see elsewhere, this is a red flag!

• Do a reverse image search on google
If you think a website may be scam, do a reverse image search with the pictures of their puppies. This will search the internet for the image and will pull it up on other websites if the scammers got their pictures from a real breeder. This will often reveal a scam because most scammers get their pictures off of other peoples websites.
This is a handy tool and has revealed many scammers and saved folks a lot of money. If you don't know how to do a reverse image search visit this article.

• Get on the phone
Most scammers (not all) don't have a phone number on their website and only communicate via email. If you can't talk with the breeder on the phone, go somewhere else.

• Ask a lot of questions
In the event that you can get on the phone with them, ask a lot of questions! Don't worry about being nosy, you have the right to know everything about your future pet. Ask to FaceTime with them and the puppy. If they refuse its probably because they don't have the puppy.
Ask for their personal names and do a google search of their name with the words "dog breeder". For example: when researching us, Google 'Javin Raber Dog Breeder'. If they have any sort of registration you should get a lot of good google results. If there are no clear google results, the name is probably fake.

• Puppies from various litters?
A legit breeder will almost always have a litter for sale with some pictures of all the puppies together as well as their parents, while scammers will often have a variety of puppies for sale. If you see various puppies that all look like they're all from different litters, be careful.
They're usually old enough to go home and you can adopt them immediately.

• Don't except unusual payment methods
Most scammers will want to get cash thru unusual payment methods. Stick with PayPal or something you are familiar with and make sure you have fraud protection.

If you have tips to add to this page feel free to call or text Jason at 812-821-6166

General Questions

We use Royal Canin for our dogs and puppies. It is a premium quality food that we love. Made in Missouri, there are a number of varieties within their range.

DOG FOOD: Royal Canin – Puppy/Medium

The puppies are typically de-wormed 3 times before they go home (e.g. at 3, 4, 7 weeks) and have their first set of vaccinations at 4 and 6 weeks. The next set of shots will be due around 3 weeks from then. That usually falls at around 9-10 weeks. Your puppy will likely come home at 8 weeks, so the first set will be due 1-2 weeks after the puppy comes home. It is important to keep your puppy on schedule for their puppy vaccinations. Your vet can discuss the best plan at your first vet appointment when the puppy goes home.  We recommend a vet visit within 48-72 hrs of the puppy coming home so your vet can make sure the puppy arrived in good health. We include a Shot Record in the paperwork so your vet can see the shots we gave your puppy.

There is an important period of time between 8-16 weeks where puppies learn many of their social skills but also it is a time that fears and nervous behaviours can develop. We want our puppies to be kept safe from communicable diseases before they are fully immunised (which is typically under 16-18 weeks) but it is also important to have them meet new people, dogs, smells, sounds and textures during this time. Having your puppy go with you to safe places - trusted family members and friend’s homes where you know that their dogs are healthy and fully immunised is a good compromise between keeping your puppy away from potential illnesses but also allowing them to experience new things to help them develop into confident, well adjusted adults.  Taking them for car rides, having positive experiences is SO important, but also keep them away from places that carry high risks for Parvo and other illnesses. Keep your under-immunised puppy away from pet stores, high foot traffic places like dog parks, sidewalks and when you go to the vet, hold your puppy off the ground. Puppies lick their paws and so be aware in the first 2 months that they can pick things up at places like the vet from other sick dogs, but taking precautions like removing your shoes before entering your house, not letting the puppy lick shoes and other contaminated surfaces will help reduce the risk. Don’t let your puppy miss out on fun new experiences, but just be careful about how you do it.

Most puppies will need to eat 3 times a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The quantity varies, depending on the age and size of the puppy, and the quality of the food. I like to give them a generous bowl of food for 10-15 minutes, and once they lose interest in eating, take it away, take your puppy out to the bathroom for the next 20 minutes. Don’t feed your puppy too late at night or your pup will need to go to the bathroom more often when you want to be sleeping!

Puppies can go home at 8 weeks old. You should make arrangements in advance for your “Gotcha Day”.
We want every puppy to go home happy and healthy. But as it is with us humans, things can go wrong in the puppy world. To ensure that all is well in its new environment, we ask that if possible you get your puppy checked by a vet within 72 hours of going home. Any normal costs incurred are the responsibility of the buyer. If there would happen to be any problems, we would need a copy of the veterinarian's invoice to reimburse you for the cost of treatment. (That amount not exceeding the cost of the dog.)

Still have questions? Text Jason at (812) 821-6166