The Bernedoodle makes a great family pet as they are lovable, loyal, intelligent, and an energetic dog.
Size Small Dogs (4 to 13 kg) to Large Dogs (22-40kg)
Coat Low to non-shedding, although visits to the groomer are required around every six to eight weeks and can cost upwards of $70.
Energy High energy levels that you can relieve with one-hour walks on a daily basis and visits to a dog park.
Lifespan 12 to 15 years
Country of origin Canada
Breed type Crossbreed between a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Temperament Gentle, affectionate, playful, and intelligent
Great breed for:
• Dog owners who like to be active with their dogs
• Families with kids
What is a Bernedoodle?
The Bernedoodle is the offspring of a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog. This breed may also be referred to as a Bernesedoodle, Bernepoo, Bernesepoo, or Bernese Mountain Poo. They are not bred to be show dogs and are instead intended to be companions and members of the family.
Breeding of these dogs is accomplished in a number of ways, producing a variety of Bernedoodle sizes and appearances. Both Mini and Standard Bernedoodles are often bred with a Standard Poodle or Miniature Poodle as the father, with the Bernese Mountain Dog as the mother. Having the larger Bernese as the mother helps prevent certain issues that can otherwise develop during birth due to the offspring's difference in size.
The breed came about around 2003 when Swissridge Kennels in Ontario claimed to be the first kennel to breed the Bernedoodle internationally. Since then, they have become popular all over the world, including Australia.
It's worth noting that the traditional Bernedoodle isn't to be confused with the Australian Bernedoodle, which is a hybrid between a Bernese Mountain Dog and an Australian Labradoodle, the latter of which is a crossbreed between a Poodle and a Labrador.
What do Bernedoodles look like?
Bernedoodles can take on different appearances depending on how they're bred and their parents. They're designer dogs, which makes them somewhat more difficult to predict with each litter.
Bernedoodle sizes come in many variations, but they typically bear a stronger resemblance to the Bernese Mountain Dog than the poodle, with a somewhat fluffier coat and a bushy tail. Their nose is black, attached to a compact snout, and their ears hang on either side of the face.
When it comes to the Bernedoodle's size, there are several potential variations. Standard Bernedoodles when fully grown are around 58 to 73 cm in height and weigh 22 to 40 kg. Meanwhile, Mini Bernedoodles may be 45 to 55 cm tall with a weight of 11 to 13 kg. The Tiny Bernedoodle is the smallest, with a height of 30 to 43 cm and a weight of four and a half to 11 kg.
Regarding the Bernedoodle's colour, this comes in even more variations. If the dog resembles its Bernese parent more, it will likely be either black and white, black, or black, white, and brown in a tri-coloured appearance. If the dominant genes belong to the Poodle, the coats could be grey, blue, cream, fawn, merle, or apricot.
Bernedoodles' coats are normally thick, wavy, and take on a medium length, with minimal to no shedding. The resistance to shedding comes from the Poodle side, which makes them great for people prone to allergy symptoms. In some cases, their coat may take on a more curly appearance if the Poodle genes are dominant.
What makes the Bernedoodle special?
Bernedoodles are generally fun-loving, loyal, and intelligent, with some slight goofiness mixed in, which means that they're great for families with children. Another added benefit of this breed is their hypoallergenic fur, which experiences little to no shedding and makes these dogs great for people with pet allergies, asthma, or other sensitivities.
These dogs love their owners, and will want to be with them at all times as particularly clingy pets. While this can make them much less compatible with people who spend a lot of time away from home, they're perfect for people who are likely to be around them frequently. They're not only social, but they're also very cute and can bring joy to owners who are willing to give them plenty of love in return. If you're looking for a pet that gets along with both people and other animals, this dog is likely right for you.
How often do I need to groom my Bernedoodle?
One caveat of owning a Bernedoodle is the fact that it's high maintenance and requires regular grooming. However, the specific amount of grooming needed will depend on the mix and coat.
For instance, if you own a straight-haired Bernedoodle (which does shed unlike wavy or curly-coated versions), you will need to brush them a minimum of once a week. While Bernedoodles with a wavy or curly coat don't shed, they require more regular brushing several times per week.
It's also important to keep in mind that for Bernedoodles with wavy or curly coats, you will need to take them to a professional groomer once every two months for trimming. If you're in need of a reliable groomer, PetCloud offers clipping and grooming services starting at $60, which can help keep your Bernedoodle and other dogs in great shape. All you need to do is follow the link to post a job, and we'll connect you with a qualified groomer.
How often should I walk my Bernedoodle?
The Bernedoodle is a particularly active dog, which makes them ideal for dog owners who plan on spending many hours outside with them. On the other hand, as long as they're given a daily walk of around an hour or longer, less active owners can also keep this dog's energy levels under control. Many members of this breed also love much more than walking, eagerly engaging in activities from running to swimming.
With plenty of activity, including regular daily walks, you can make sure these dogs are able to relax with you and your family during those times when you simply want to unwind at home.
How do I train my Bernedoodle?
The Bernedoodle is notoriously stubborn, which can make this dog considerably more difficult to train. This stubborn nature is why it's typically best to train these dogs using positive reinforcement. Conversely, you should avoid any negative reinforcement, as this can deter dogs from learning and cause them to misbehave.
Bernedoodle puppies are often more challenging to train when young, but they'll become more malleable as they grow older. If you can train these puppies throughout their growth and use both consistency and positive reinforcement, you'll have an easier time training these potentially hard-headed dogs.
Although lovable and eager to share that love with people, these dogs may be shy around strangers, which is why you should do what you can to socialise these pets with other people and animals when young. Otherwise, as the dog grows older and hasn't undergone proper socialisation, this could lead Bernedoodles to develop into anxious dogs who avoid guests in the home. Consider socialising these dogs in events like puppy parties, which can expose them to both other dogs and people while young and flexible.
In addition to walking, it's best to keep these dogs stimulated with interactive dog toys and games. These toys can further help with training and keep their intelligent minds consistently occupied.
Considering the fact that training Bernedoodles can be more challenging than with other breeds, you may want to hire a professional trainer to assist you. Professional trainers who use positive reinforcement and plenty of repetition in brief sessions can be very helpful when training your Bernedoodle. If you're interested in hiring a registered trainer that uses RSPCA guidance to train your dog, PetCloud offers dog training courses. Our classes take place across six-week blocks of one-hour sessions. Simply follow the link to get started, and you'll be able to find the right trainer for your beloved pet.
Quickfire Bernedoodle Questions
How long will my Bernedoodle live?
For Standard Bernedoodles, the average lifespan is around 12 to 15 years. Meanwhile, Tiny and Mini Bernedoodles can live for as long as 17 years, giving you and your companion plenty of time to spend together.
Can my Bernedoodle be left alone during the day?
These dogs are often clingy to their owners and don't like to be apart from them for long. If you're planning on spending many hours away from the home and your dog, this could cause him or her to become very anxious and stressed. These dogs are most suitable for dog owners who intend to stick around or have larger families who can spend plenty of time with these dogs.
If you still want this breed and absolutely need to leave your dog alone for extended periods, you may want to consider booking a doggy day care program, which PetCloud also offers.
Are Bernedoodles 'barkers'?
Normally, Bernedoodles aren't very loud dogs, particularly if they take after their Bernese parent. However, these dogs can easily become stressed when separated from their owners or insufficiently socialised, which can contribute to increased barking.
Are Bernedoodles good therapy dogs?
The Bernedoodle's combined intelligence and gentle nature make it a great therapy dog in addition to a family dog. When they're younger, they may not be as suitable for therapy purposes, but once they get older and become adults, they tend to make great companions for the people who need them most.
What Bernedoodle colours are available?
There are many colours available depending on the type of Bernedoodle you choose, from grey and fawn to apricot and merle if the dog takes after the Poodle parent, and black, white, or a tri-coloured black, white, and brown coat if the Bernese side is dominant. Regardless of the type of colour you're looking for, you'll likely be able to find it in a Bernedoodle.
What kinds of health risks do Bernedoodles face?
Like other hybrid dogs, part of the reason breeders mix both the Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog is for the improved health of their offspring. Generally, the hybrid vigour of the Bernedoodle makes this breed less prone to certain health issues that purebreds may experience. For example, the Bernedoodle benefits from a lower risk of bone cancer compared to purebred female Bernese Mountain Dogs. Unfortunately, this breed is still prone to certain conditions, including elbow and hip dysplasia, along with skin problems.
Additionally, Tiny Bernedoodles are more susceptible to certain digestive issues that Poodles frequently experience.
If you plan on buying a Bernedoodle from a breeder, it's often best to check both the elbow and hip scores of other puppies from the same litter and their parents.
Where can I find a Pet Sitter for my Bernedoodle if I go on holiday?
Seeing as Bernedoodles prefer the company of people as often as possible, they can be very anxious if their owners leave to go on holiday. Many Bernedoodle Pet Parents have found the best option to be posting a job and booking their Bernedoodle in a caring environment with a police-checked, highly trained, and insured Pet Sitter through PetCloud.
How often and how much should I feed a Bernedoodle?
Regarding feeding habits, the requirements will differ depending on your Bernedoodle's size and age. For puppies, feeding time occurs three to four times a day and should consist of puppy food of good quality. Once the dog has reached the age of six months, you can begin feeding him or her twice per day. After a year, you can start feeding your dog adult dog food.
If your Bernedoodle is a Mini or Tiny Bernedoodle, you should feed these breeds small breed dog food. Meanwhile, a Standard Bernedoodle will be able to consume dog food for large breeds. You can also freely choose between wet and dry food, a mix, or even a raw diet. In any case, meat is the best food to give these dogs due to their need for plenty of protein.
How much space do Bernedoodles require?
The amount of space your Bernedoodle needs to thrive will also depend on the specific Bernedoodle breed. Standard Bernedoodles are larger like their Bernese parent and will therefore do better with access to a spacious home and yard. Tiny and Mini Bernedoodles, on the other hand, will be fine in smaller spaces, including apartments or smaller homes. If you want to keep a Standard in an apartment, this is possible as long as you frequently take your dog on walks, as well as to a dog park or another open area where your dog can play and expel more energy.
How much energy does a Bernedoodle normally have?
Bernedoodles are high-energy dogs that love to run and play, which makes them compatible with owners who are willing to spend time with them to keep their energy levels under control. If you enjoy going for regular walks, runs, or even swims, these are all activities that Bernedoodles love and have the energy to enjoy. Additionally, these dogs do very well when living in a large home or properties with vast yards that give them ample room to play.
Are Bernedoodles aggressive at all?
Bernedoodles aren't aggressive dogs, but they can get anxious if they're not socialised with others and may display avoidant behaviour. They may also bark and exhibit other anxious behaviour if they are without their owners for long periods. While they're very unlikely to become aggressive, their anxiety in certain circumstances could lead to more aggression. With proper care and plenty of love, aggression won't be an issue, and they're generally great around children and other pets.
What are the different Bernedoodle generations?
There are a few different generations of Bernedoodle, which are identifiable through the names F1, F1b, F2, and F3.
F1 Bernedoodles are first-generation Bernedoodles, which means that the puppy has a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle parent. The even Bernese-Poodle mix results in a genetic makeup consisting of 50% Poodle and 50% Bernese, and they can take after the Poodle or Bernese parent.
F1b Bernedoodles are Bernedoodles with one Poodle parent and another F1 Bernedoodle parent, making them a backcross. The F1b mix means that the puppy will have more Poodle genes than Bernese genes, which means that they'll take after the Poodle side. Dominant poodle genes lend the breed a longer life expectancy and increase the chances of the puppy's coat featuring non-shedding and hypoallergenic fur.
F2 Bernedoodles are produced when one F1 Bernedoodle breeds with another F1 Bernedoodle. In these dogs, the genes will be 50% between both the Poodle and the Bernedoodle sides of both parents. In some cases, an F2 Bernedoodle is produced with an F1b Bernedoodle and an F1 Bernedoodle, which increases the percentage of the resulting breed's Poodle genes. F2 Bernedoodles tend to take on the characteristics of both Poodles and Bernese dogs, with a tri-coloured coat and an even chance of having either straight fur or non-shedding waves or curls.
Finally, the F3 Bernedoodle results when two F2 Bernedoodles are bred. The F3 Bernedoodle is very rare. While the breed can be very healthy and carry the attractive features of both Bernese and Poodle breeds, there are limited benefits that come with this generation. It's also worth noting that it's hard to predict what kind of coat this generation will have and whether it will be hypoallergenic or shedding.
How much do Bernedoodles cost?
Bernedoodles are notably expensive dogs, costing anywhere from around $2,000 to $6,500. If you find a Bernedoodle puppy for cheaper, this could indicate that you're either buying a poorly bred dog or supporting a puppy mill.
The reason Bernedoodles are so expensive is the amount of effort, time, and thought involved in breeding healthy dogs with attractive temperaments and features. Good breeders spend a lot of time and resources on ensuring that the parents used for breeding are devoid of serious genetic conditions and poor temperaments. These dogs also require high-quality dog food, plenty of toys, and regular interaction and care, all of which can cost a lot as breeders raise them.
Although these dogs may come with a hefty price tag, buying them from the right breeder can provide you with a healthy companion for up to 17 years.
Where can I get a Bernedoodle?
Now that you know more about the Bernedoodle and what this breed entails, you may be wondering where to get one. There are several items to consider as you begin your search for a new Bernedoodle to add to your family. To start with, you can either buy your dog from a breeder or adopt it. Adoption is often better than buying from a breeder and give a loving dog an equally loving forever home. You can learn more about how to approach adoption by reviewing the RSPCA adoption guide.
If you would prefer to buy your dog from a breeder, it's crucial to conduct some in-depth research before settling on a breeder. These are normally expensive dogs, so any lower price is a red flag to avoid, as you may either inadvertently support a puppy farm or buy a bad breed. You can also learn more about how to locate a breeder with the RSPCA's guide for finding a breeder.
As you start searching for a breeder, pay attention to the way breeders raise their puppies. A considerable amount of imprinting takes place within the first eight weeks following birth. If your breeder is devoted to providing these puppies with a caring and healthy environment, you're more likely to find more outgoing and friendly Bernedoodle puppies. Additionally, check to see if the breeder tests litters' parents for certain genetic conditions, including hip and elbow dysplasia. You should be able to see evidence of the puppy's condition through x-rays that show that neither parent had these conditions.