Breckenridge the Bernedoodle
Breckenridge may be a favored Colorado staycation and ski resort, but to Sofia and David Dunlay, the Breckenridge they hold close their hearts is their 2-year-old mini Bernedoodle.
Breckenridge has been a strong part of the Dunlay family since she was 6 weeks old. Named after the popular ski resort, Breckenridge or “Breck” is a fitting name, as the resort holds a special place to the Dunlays.
When the couple moved from New York City to Colorado in 2018, they spent the majority of their weekends in Breckenridge exploring and skiing. It is where Sofia relearned to ski and where she plans to teach their 14-month-old child, Charlie, to ski when the time is right.
The Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a poodle. One prominent trait of the Bernese Mountain dog is that they are active dogs, but they also tend to have a happy disposition.
Together, the Bernese and the poodle make for a smart, friendly and playful dog. Bernedoodles have the sweetness and loyalty of the Bernese, and the liveliness and intelligence of the poodle. Like the Bernese, they are gentle around children and tend to develop a fondness for them. They are quick to learn new commands, follow instructions and are very loyal pals. Bred for companionship, Bernedoodles love attention and lots of cuddles, and Breckenridge is no exception. She is very loving and cuddly, according to the Dunlays. Breckenridge stays active by walking the trails of Castle Pines and, when the weather is nice, venturing to Daniels Park. “Breck is loving, happy, cuddly and always so excited to spend time with anyone and everyone,” shared the Dunlays. Breckenridge has a lot of energy and always shows excitement when they return home, even after 10 minutes, and she is extremely loving to Charlie.”
Breckenridge is the first pet for the Dunlay family. The breed fits right in with their active outdoor lifestyle and family of three. She is low shedding, but that does not mean the breed is low maintenance. Although she requires a haircut every few months, Breckenridge has plenty of time for long walks, sitting in the backyard chewing onsticks and eating cheese.
By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Sofia and David Dunlay