They are the result of a cross between a Standard, miniature or toy Poodle with a Bernese Mountain Dog. With the miniature and the toy Poodle being the males. The Poodle breed is low-shedding and low-dander characteristics which is great for people with allergies. Other characteristics attributable to the Poodle and the Bernese is their loyalty, high intelligence factor, very affectionate along with their personal character and charisma. They are outstanding family dogs who have proven to be great with children and other pets. Many make great service dogs.
No two Bernedoodles are identical. The genes from the parent breeds meld in unique ways, and it’s interesting and fascinating to see what each litter produces.
The Bernedoodle is the perfect companion dog. They are intelligent, very social and fun, crossbreed with character and charisma with a moderate activity level. They love being at your side no matter whether you are hiking, swimming, snowshoeing, or when its time to relax they can’t wait to snuggling with you on the couch. They may inherit the Poodle’s love for retrieving and swimming. Their main focus is to be your best friend and companion.
Bernedoodles are usually pure black, black-and-white, black-and-brown, or tri-color (black, white and brown), we have seen other colors. Their overall appearance combines elements of the Bernese and the Poodle. Beyond color, well selected parents tend to blend the traits of the Poodle and the Berner in a more consistent way. Although some pups may lean more toward the Poodle’s slighter build, or the Berner’s stockiness, there is a common “look,” and a breeder can, to some extent, control that by studying the results of matching up the parents. In short, Bernedoodles tend to look like shaggy teddy bears!
Many clients want a tri-color Bernedoodle, with markings as similar as possible to those of the Bernese Mountain Dog. That look is challenging to achieve, and people may have a long wait for it. Personally, I love Bernedoodles of all colors. Temperament is far more important to me than color.
Life Span…. Bernese Mountain Dog as a breed, are known to have a variety of health issues that may result in a shorter lifespan for the dog. By crossing the Bernese with the Poodle, it creates a much healthier, happier dog with the desired hybrid vigor that greatly decreases the chances of them inheriting any “breed related” health issues.
However we have been breeding purebred Bernese mountain dogs for many years. We take it very seriously when it comes to health and longevity of life. Most of our Bernese are enjoying life from 10 to 13 years of age.
The average lifespan of a Bernedoodle is 12-15 yrs.
Coat: The majority of Bernedoodles have a wavy coat that sheds minimally, if at all. Most people with allergies to dog dander (i.e., those who experience sneezing and runny eyes) are fine with a wavy-coated Bernedoodle.
Bernedoodles with a curly coat are similar to the Poodle and will not shed. While there are no guarantees, even if you have serious allergies to dander, you should be fine a curly-coated Bernedoodle.
If you are allergic to dog saliva, and your skin breaks out in hives when licked by a dog, you will most likely be allergic to all Bernedoodles regardless of coat type.
As for grooming, the curlier the dog’s coat is more challenging to maintain. Since most Bernedoodles shed little, if at all, they need to be brushed on a regular bases to prevent matting, and must be clipped every few months.
Sizes: Bernedoodles come in a variety of different sizes, depending on the parents and their genetics. Females are usually smaller than males.
Standard Bernedoodle – Standard Poodle crossed with a Bernese Mountain Dog, will generally weigh 55-95 lbs. and around 22-30 inches at the shoulder
Mini Bernedoodle – Miniature Poodle crossed with a Bernese Mountain Dog, will generally weigh from 24-50 lbs. and is around 17-22 inches at the shoulder.
Tiny Bernedoodle – Toy Poodle crossed with a Mini Bernedoodle, will generally weigh from 9-23 lbs. and is about 11-16 inches at the shoulder.
These ranges cover the averages, however sometimes a puppy will fall outside these expected height and weights.
In terms of temperament, Mini and Tiny Bernedoodles may have a slightly higher energy levels than the standard, to reflect the same in the Miniature and Toy Poodle parent. However, using calm poodles, regardless of size, tends to produce docile Bernedoodles.
Training, Grooming and Caring for your Bernedoodle
Training: Bernedoodles thrive being around people and love attention. They may tend to stay immature for a bit longer and can be a bit stubborn during the puppy stage. With patience, proper training and positive reinforcement, the Bernedoodle will probably mature to be the best, lifelong companion dog you will ever own. It is very helpful to go to beginner puppy classes to help with the training process. You may visit your local dog training facilities in your area, and check out their customer reviews online. Any reputable and professional trainer will be able to answer any questions you may have concerning their training experience and provide you with customer references. Grooming….. Moderate grooming is essential to keep your Bernedoodle’s coat in nice condition. If you desire to keep the long natural look of your Bernedoodle’s coat, we suggest brushing 2-3 times weekly to keep the coat from matting. For lower maintenance, you may clip your Bernedoodle’s coat back 3-4 times a year.
It is a good idea to find a groomer that has experience grooming Poodle crosses such as the Goldendoodle or Labradoodle. You may also find pictures online of a groomed Doodle that you like and show that to your groomer for a guideline. Most reputable groomers will have photos or examples of past Doodles they can share with you that they have personally groomed. No one likes a bad hair day.
But if you have the time and enthusiasm, I predict your Bernedoodle will become the best friend you ever had—at least of the canine variety.
When purchasing a Bernedoodle puppy it is essential to be aware of all characteristics of both breeds in this cross. Looking for a puppy to bring into your family is an exciting process, but having the knowledge of what to expect with any dog is the key to successful integration into your family. A puppy is a huge commitment, so being knowledgeable about how to train and care for your Bernedoodle puppy is particularly valuable.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Bernedoodle. You can take a look at our Puppies page to view our Bernedoodle Puppies for Sale!