Bernedoodles, characterized as intelligent, goofy, affectionate and loyal are a mixed breed between a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog. In case you don’t recognize Bernedoodles, then you might recognize its other common nicknames: Bernese Mountain Poo, Bernesepoo, Bernesedoodle, and Bernepoo. The Bernedoodle adapts well to cold temperatures, is affectionate to people and other pets, and makes the perfect addition to any family. They’re one of the most popular designer “doodle” breeds.
Though this breed is relatively new and continues to be refined, it’s been shown that the Bernedoodle displays many Poodle traits. Even so, they’re known for their friendliness, playfulness, intelligence and affection- which are things most dog lovers appreciate. Their hypoallergenic coat offers something special that was previously only available in pedigree.
Bernedoodles can have various physical traits, including wavy curly coats or straight hair in a variety of colors. They range in size from tiny to standard and are categorized by their Poodle parent’s size.
Bernedoodles are fairly adaptable and go with the flow. Smaller sized Bernedoodles make better apartment pets than Standard Bernedoodles, who do best with a yard to burn off their energy in. They have moderate exercise needs that are usually met by at least one long daily walk.
If you need a dog for the whole family, or if you’re single and looking for a lovable mixed-breed to put smiles on your face, you will not find many better choices than the Bernedoodle.
Swissridge Kennels breeder Sherry Rupke claims to have been the first person to intentionally breed Poodles and Bernese Mountain Dogs in 2003, though a potential hybrid of those dogs may have existed before then.
Breed Group: Designer, Mixed
Height: From 10 to 29 inches tall at the shoulder, as sizes vary from tiny to standard
Weight: From 10 to 90 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 18 years. The tiny sized Bernedoodles tend to live longer than the standard size.
Breed Names: Bernese Mountain Poo, Bernesepoo, Bernesedoodle, Bernepoo, Bernedoodle
Size & Activity
The Bernedoodle comes in three sizes: tiny, miniature, and standard. The size depends on the size of both parents, with males generally being larger than females.
The Tiny Bernedoodle is 12-17″ tall and weighs 10-24 pounds, Miniature Bernedoodles are 18-22″ tall and weigh 25-49 pounds, while Standard Bernedoodles can be as big as 23″-29″, weighing 70 to 90 pounds.
They’re generally high-energy and crave attention, thus they don’t fare well in a solitary environment. They need at least one long, daily walk to stay fit and will want nothing more than to be with their humans as much as possible.
Bernedoodles inherit personality traits from both the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle breeds. There are, however, a few key behavioral differences between each dog in this ever-popular breed. Specifically, while some bernedoodles will behave like lovable goofballs, others may have trouble socializing with other dogs or kids.
Bernedoodles are a mixed breed, combining the traits of two different breeds and keeping their own form. Many inherit the traits of their Bernese Mountain Dog grandparents–a saucier personality and high intelligence–which make easy to train and very social.
Children And Other Pets
The Bernedoodle is a great dog breed for families with children, though it’s important to make sure that kids are taught how to treat animals (especially Tiny and Miniature Bernededoodles who may be more easily injured) this breed can be extremely affectionate and has an affinity for playing. They absolutely love to hang out with their family, so if you’re looking a family dog, look no further.
Bernedoodles are usually comfortable around other dogs, though it is important to train them with socialization at a younger age.
Training & Behavior
Health & Grooming
Bernedoodle’s are generally healthier than purebreds because they lack the susceptibility to genetic diseases that affect many other breeds. Advances in veterinary care, along with less averse conditions such as shelter living, have made cancer less common and not nearly as deadly.
There are some conditions that Bernedoodle’s may be predisposed to including hip dysplasia and eye problems. All breeds may be affected by any number of health concerns but the Bernedoodle hybrid breed healthy overall.
Coat Color And Grooming
Bernedoodles usually have curly coats or coils that are beneficial for people with allergies. Sometimes they can be straighter, shedding more while being less hypoallergenic in the process. This breed thrives well in cooler climates while a thick coat provides additional protection from heat.
Bernedoodles come in a range of colors and patterns because they are bred from two different breeds – Bernese Mountain Dogs, which can be black, brown, or white; and standard Poodles. The result is usually a bicolored or tricolored coloring.
Maintenance for the Bernedoodle’s coat is dependent upon how curly it is. A Bernedoodle with a wavy, fluffy coat will require more brushing to maintain than one with a straight, smooth coat.
Tiny and miniature Bernedoodles are better suited for apartment living, while the standard-sized Bernedoodle is more comfortable with a yard to run around. As long as their moderate needs for physical and mental stimulation are met, they should be well behaved. They love being close by people so it’s best to provide them with company and socialization.
The intelligence in Bernedoodles means that they can learn both good and bad habits at the same time. To keep them well-behaved, it is important to train them early and expose them to other dogs and humans.
A Bernedoodle can be purchased from a quality breeder for between $2500 and $5000. The average cost is around $4000. Tri-colored coated dogs are the most popular and the most expensive.