Bernedoodle Dog Breed Info | Read Before You Get

Adorable, cuddly, and loving! This beauty is the mixture of the 2 top-class European breeds; Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle.

To help all our readers who are looking to get a Bernedoodle puppy, we have prepared this comprehensive guide that covers everything about these adorable dogs. This guide contains Bernedoodle traits, temperament and behavior, grooming and maintenance needs, health-related issues and diseases, pros and cons, and much more.

So, if you are looking to get a puppy in the near future, this article is your one-stop guide about Bernedoodles.

Knowing everything about a breed is not enough because you need to get the puppy from a reputable breeder and not from a puppy mill.

Now, without further ado, let’s explore more about Bernedoodle.

ProsCons
Hypo-allergenicNot suitable as a Guard dog
Best for family and childrenNot suitable for busy owners
Easy to trainHates boredom
Friendly with other pets

What is a Bernedoodle Dog?

The Bernedoodle is a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the mighty Poodle. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a Swiss breed while Poodle belongs to Germany. The Bernedoodle inherits its wonderful features and habits from both of his parents.

This adorable dog is also known as the Bernese Mountain Poo and Bernese Poodle. Interestingly, the Bernedoodle Puppies are in high demand nowadays especially the Mini Bernedoodle because of their adorable looks. If we are not wrong, Bernedoodle is one of the Top 3 crossbreeds.

The History of Bernedoodle:

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The Berndoodle dog was first developed by Sherry Rupke when she intentionally crossbred a Poodle with the Bernese Mountain Dog in 2003. She was seriously in love with the Bernese Mountain Dog but due to their low life expectancy, they couldn’t live for a long time. So, she planned to cross them with Poodle for a better breed with fewer health issues. (Easy to listen but very difficult to make it work).

What are Bernedoodle Specialties?

Bernedoodles are brilliant, loyal, adorable, fluffy, and intelligent. They have a low-shedding coat so they are an ideal choice for all types of owners, especially the ones with allergies. If you are a first-time dog owner, you should consider getting a Bernedoodle because they are easy to train and raise.

In the comments and emails, we have received, more than 90% of Bernedoodle owners have praised this wonderful breed. 

Introduction to the Parent Breeds:

Bernese Mountain Dogs:

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The Bernese Mountain Dog belongs to the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is a large-sized working dog that was developed to pull cart, herd the cattle, and guarding.

They have a tri-colored coat with long hair and the Swiss Cross on the chest. It is one of the four Swiss mountain breeds and has a lifespan of 7 to 8 years.

The Bernese Mountain Dogs have been featured in various TV serials lately and have gained popularity because of several achievements in history. They have been bred with several breeds other than the Poodle and some of the well-known crossbreeds are Berner Chow (Chow chow cross), Labernese (Labrador cross), and Bernese Rottie (Rottweiller cross).

Poodle

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The poodles are among the most loved dog breeds worldwide. They come in three different sizes, i-e, Standard, Miniature, and Toy Poodle. Their origin is disputed between France and Germany but they are most likely originated from Germany.

Poodles are family dogs and they are full of energy. They are skillful and obedient. Because of their intelligence, they have achieved the second place as the world’s most intelligent dog. They have also been used in Circus in many countries.

As they have a low-shedding coat, they are an ideal choice for the breeders to cross them with other breeds. As per a report, they have been crossed and mixed with over 100 other breeds and some of them are Cavoodle (Cavalier Spaniel mix), Labradoodle (Labrador mix), and Shih Poo (Shih Tzu mix).

What are the Best Bernedoodle Body Features?

Bernedoodles are attention-catchers because of their cuteness and fluffy coat. The most prominent features of a Bernedoodle’s body are:

  • Their body is compact.
  • And have medium to long hair.
  • With a bushy tail, long hanging ears, and small button eyes.
  • A low-shedding coat.

“Bernedoodles are pure love”

Bernedoodles Colors:

Normally, they inherit colors from their parents so one may expect different colors in different types of Poodle-Berner mixes. So they can be found in a variety of other colors including black and brown, black and white, or even tri-colored. Tri-color merle, tri-color phantom, and tri-color sable are among the popular ones and the expensive ones.

What are the types of Bernedoodles?

There are three types (or sizes) of Bernedoodles; Standard Bernedoodle, Tiny Bernedoodle, and Mini Bernedoodle.

Standard Bernedoodle

Standard Bernedoodle is a cross between Bernese Mountain Dog and Standard Poodle. It can grow up to 29 inches and weighs between 22 to 40 KG. Its average lifespan is between 12 to 15 years.

If you are short on budget or have low resources to spend on them every month, the Standard Bernedoodle is not for you. The reason is that its maintenance is costly while its lifespan is shorter than the other Bernedoodle types.

Mini Bernedoodle

Mini Bernedoodle is a Berner and Miniature Poodle cross. It can grow up to the height of 18-22 inches along with a weight of up to 22 KG. With an average lifespan of 17 years, a Mini Bernedoodle is among the best crossbreeds and its maintenance is less expensive as compared to other Bernedoodle types.

Also, in terms of maintenance and other different preferences, Mini Bernedoodle is the best one of all the Bernedoodle types.

Tiny Bernedoodle

The cutest lad in all the Bernedoodle types is the Tiny Bernedoodle which is a Berner and a Toy Poodle cross, that is why it is also called a Toy Bernedoodle.

It may grow up to 17 inches and weighs between 4 to 10 KG. Its average lifespan is greater than other types of Bernedoodles and it can live up to 18 years. Its maintenance cost is also less as compared to other Bernedoodle types so the Tiny Bernedoodle can be an ideal choice for the dog owners.

Because of its small size, the Tiny Bernedoodle is also referred to as the Teacup Bernedoodle dog.

Other Bernedoodle Types:

Australian Bernedoodle:

An Australian Bernedoodle is a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and an Australian Labradoodle. Interestingly, Australian Labradoodle itself is a crossbreed of multiple breeds such as Poodle, American Cocker Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, and Labrador Retriever.

Australian Bernedoodles are popular for their loyalty, intelligence, and hypoallergenic coat. They have gained popularity is the best family dogs.

Bernedoodle Generations:

There are three generations of Bernedoodles based on the ratio of both the breeds crossed with each other. These generations are:

F1 Bernedoodle:

An F1 Bernedoodle is 50% Poodle and 50% Bernese Mountain Dog. The experts and vets prefer this generation of Bernedoodles to adopt as it is the healthiest breed of Bernedoodle.

F1b Bernedoodle:

The cross between a Poodle and a Bernedoodle is called an F1b generation. It is 25% Bernese and 75% Poodle, therefore it inherits the most features of Poodle.

F2 Bernedoodle:

Also known as a second-generation cross, it is a cross between two different F1 generations of Bernedoodle is called an F2 generation. It is also known as a multigen cross.

F2b Bernedoodle:

A cross between an F1 and F1b is called an F2b. This type of Bernedoodle is in high demands and because of its unique looks, it is also known as a Teddy Bear dog.

Bernedoodle Behaviour and Temperament:

All the Bernedoodle sizes have exceptional temperament and behavior and they are safe for your kids and other pets. They are loving and love to be loved. They inherit intelligence from Poodles and their charm from the Bernese.

Moreover, they are responsive and playful. To keep them healthy, daily exercise and the mind-boosting activities are a must. They love to meet strangers and guests and instantly grab the attention of others.

Bernedoodle

The well-bred Bernedoodles usually inherit the good features from their parent breeds. Their playfulness and friendly behavior make them an essential part of your life. The Bernese Mountain Dogs are the ones with the strong will and the Bernedoodles also inherit this feature. They always say yes to exercise and training.

Update: We have received several emails and comments from the Bernedoodle owners complaining about their pup’s bad behavior and temperament. So, what we assumed is that even if you get the most well-mannered breed, you still need to train and socialize it from an early age. Also, breeders should be selected wisely. Don’t hesitate to spend some extra bucks by getting your Bernedoodle puppy from a reputable breeder.

Can Bernedoodle be used as a Therapy and Service Dog?

All the traits such as their excellent temperament, loving and cuddly nature, low-shedding coat, and trainability make them an ideal therapy dog and they can be used in hospitals, care centers, and disastrous areas.

When it comes to choosing a service dog, the Mini and Tiny Bernedoodle may not qualify as a service dog because of their size while the Standard Bernedoodle may be trained as a Service dog.

Pros and Cons

It is important to have a detailed look on a breed’s positive and negative trait so it would be easier for you to raise your puppy. So, let’s explore their positive traits or pros first.

Pros

Easily adjustable: They can easily be adjusted with all types of owners and make an excellent partner with them.

Low-shedding coat: One of the best dog breeds in terms of hypoallergenic coats and best for the owners who are dander-allergic. One thing to remember, none of the dog breeds are completely hypoallergenic, so we assume it is a low-shedding breed. Also, remember, a low-shedding coat means you need to groom your pup more often.

Family-safe: It is safe for your family and kids, in fact, it make friends with kids very easily.

Playful and responsive: Bernedoodle is not just a dog but a playing partner for you. Either you go running, jogging, swimming, or any other sport activity, Bernedoodle is there for you.

Stranger-friendly: They are good with strangers, as well as, your guests and friends. Not only this, but they also do well with other animals and pets.

Good Overall health: If got your puppy from a reputable and expert breeder, there would be fewer health concerns.

Cons

Not an ideal guard dog: They are not qualified as guard dogs because of their friendly and loving nature. They’d prefer licking the predator’s hands instead of stopping them.

Shyness: Sometimes, they may feel shy around the strangers so keep them supervised.

Boredom: Keep them engaged and they’ll be happy forever. If they are bored because of no activity, they may show disastrous behavior.

Daily exercise: Daily exercise is a must or they may develop several behavior issues. If you can’t manage to exercise them daily, Bernedoodle is not for you.

What are Bernedoodle’s Requirements for a living?

Apart from the fact that they need good food, exercise, and other activities, the most important thing they need is their owner’s attention.

In terms of space, they can easily be adjusted in a small home, apartment, or flat. All they need is your company and some moments to spare with you but a home with a backyard is the ideal home for them. They are less demanding dogs and won’t give you a tough time in this regard.

Before getting the puppy, make sure you have already arranged the necessary puppy items such as puppy food, pee pads, toys, and grooming tools.

Food and Diet:

Like other dog breeds, they also like boiled rice and boiled chicken. Regular treats make them ultra-happy and they love to have variety in their daily meals like the addition of pumpkin, yogurt or boiled sweet potato in their regular feed. You can also feed them with boiled turkey, boiled liver, boiled meat, and cottage cheese. The expert vets suggest not to feed them with raw meat or raw chicken. All the mentioned eatables are healthy and full of proteins.

And remember one thing, never over-feed your pup because it may result in weight gain which can further lead to several health conditions.

How often you should groom your Bernedoodle puppy?

Brushing: The best part of having a Bernedoodle is that you don’t need to do something special to groom this fluffy dog. Simply, brush your Bernedoodle thrice a week, especially if its fur is curly or you’ll have to deal with tangles and mats that are a real mess.

Bathing: A bath every 2-3 months is enough. If you bathe them more often then they may lose their natural oils that are necessary to keep their coat moisturized.

Hair cut: It is also recommended to get your Bernedoodle pup groomed by a professional groomer every three months so it maintains the best look of a Bernedoodle.

Brushing Teeth: Every dog’s oral health is as important as humans. So, brushing their teeth twice or thrice a week is really very important.

Ears: Check their ears once a week to make sure that they are free of infection and have no foreign object in it. If your dog frequently touches his ears with his paws, you need to get it checked by a vet.

Nails: Check your Bernedoodle’s nails regularly and trim them if needed.

How to Train Bernedoodles?

As they have inherited intelligence from one of their parents, i-e, Poodle, they instantly understand all your instructions and brilliantly respond to them. It is recommended to teach them the difference between right and wrong, but don’t try to be more strict because they love to be treated with kindness.

Bernedoodles Exercise:

Once again, let us tell you that they need regular exercise as they may suffer health issues because of a lack of exercise. At least, a walk for about an hour will be perfect for them. Remember, Bernedoodle is different than other dog breeds and they need at least 30 minutes from you daily. If you have a tight schedule and cannot manage to give at least 30 minutes to your pets, you should not adopt a Bernedoodle, instead, you can go for an English Mastiff, a Pug, or a Shih Tzu as these dogs don’t need much exercise.

Everything About Bernedoodle’s Health:

Any crossbred dog can inherit diseases from its parents, likewise, Bernedoodle may also inherit diseases from the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle. Some of the common Bernedoodle health conditions are given below.

Diseases inherited from Poodle:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Immune System Diseases
  • Skin problems
  • Eye problems
  • Junevile Renal Disease
  • Thyroid issues
  • Bloat
  • Sebaceous adenitis

Diseases inherited from Bernese Mountain Dog:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer
  • Heart Diseases
  • Patella
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease

A Quick Overview of all the Diseases:

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is a painful disease that is common in large-sized breeds. In Hip Dysplasia, the dogs cannot move normally and in extreme cases, they can’t even walk. If any of your dogs have such symptoms, you should not waste your time seeing your veterinarian.

Elbow Dysplasia

The Bernedoodles are also prone to elbow dysplasia. It is a common disease in many dog breeds, Bernedoodles may inherit it from their parent brees.

Sebaceous Adenitis

Sebaceous Adenitis is a skin disease that is not only found in dogs but also other animals like horses, cats, and rabbits. Poodles are prone to this skin disease because they have a double coat, so Bernedoodles usually inherit it from them. The symptom of this disease is silver dandruff and hair loss in extreme conditions.

Hyperadrenocorticism

Hyperadrenocorticism is usually known as Cushing’s disease. Actually, there is a beneficial hormone in the dog’s body that is called cortisol hormone, but the excess of this useful hormone results in Cushing’s disease. There are various symptoms of this disease and some of them are lack of energy, increased hunger and thirst, excessive urination, and insomnia.

Hypoadrenocorticism

It is another disease that is related to hormones. In this disease, the adrenal glands cannot produce a sufficient amount of hormones which result in a dis-balance of salt, water, and potassium in the dog’s body. Also known as Addison’s disease, the common symptoms of this disease are dehydration, weakness, weight loss, shivering, and vomiting. Although, it is uncommon in Bernedoodles, if found, you must see your vet immediately.

Cataract

It is an eye disease in which the eye lens of the dog may have cloudiness. Usually, this disease is caused because of diabetes mellitus and old age. An electric shock or lower levels of calcium in the blood may also be a major cause. If you feel any sort of cloudiness in the dog’s eye, you must visit your vet immediately.

Color Dilution Alopecia

Bernedoodles usually inherit Color Dilution Alopecia from their parent breeds. It is a hair and skin related disease that may lead to itchy skin and hair loss. It is not a harmful disease in terms of the doggy’s life, still seeing your vet will be a good idea.

Other than these diseases, the Bernedoodles may also suffer from several skin allergies, hot spots, ticks and fleas, and other small issues. The Bernedoodles that are maintained properly, are less prone to any type of diseases. Usually, the Bernedoodles are more healthy than other dog breeds especially their parent breeds.

Moreover, try to brush their teeth regularly to avoid any oral health issues in your cute doggies because oral hygiene is very important for a dog’s general health.

The only reason to mention all these diseases is to let you know that the Bernedoodles are prone to these diseases. Getting a puppy from a good breeder, keeping it up to date on shots and regular vet visits reduce the risks of any disease.

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Random lab tests to avoid any health issues in Bernedoodles

A good breeder always vaccine their dogs before handing them over to the new owners. In the case of mixed breeds like Bernedoodles, several lab tests are necessary to avoid any complexity in the future. Some of the important tests are:

  • Urine
  • Blood
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Eye
  • Skin Scraping
  • Heartworm and tick-borne diseases test

The Best Bernedoodle Breed to adopt:

Although all the Bernedoodle types are the best, the F1 generation of Mini and Tiny Bernedoodles is recommended the most. Standard Bernedoodle costs more because of its large-sized body and a shorter lifespan. We’ll prefer getting a Mini Bernedoodle as its grooming needs are fewer.

Update: As per our website’s analytics and search results, the Mini Bernedoodle is the popular one and it has become a hot cake among the dog lovers.

Other similar breeds of Bernedoodles:

Ausidoodles, Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Schnoodles, and Whoodles are some of the mixed breeds that are similar to Bernedoodles. If we look closely, almost all the Poodle crosses are close to Bernedoodles because they share traits of one parent. With very few differences, all of these breeds of some features that are similar such as intelligence, playfulness, and friendly behavior. Almost all of them are hypoallergenic and very low-shedding dog breeds.

Difference Between Bernedoodle and other Doodles:

There is no big difference between Bernedoodles and other Poodle crosses such as Shih Poo, Saint Berdoodle, Cavapoo, and Groodle, etc. Luckily, we have compared some of Poodle crosses and we’re sure you may be interested in them. Read these comparisons on the below links.

We’ll keep adding more comparisons for our readers. If you want us to compare Bernedoodles with other breeds or between any of the 2 breeds, let us know.

How much Bernedoodle Puppies Cost?

A Bernedoodle puppy may cost you more than your expectation but when you meet your puppy for the first time, that moment pays off whatever you’ve spent. On average, you may need to pay around $3000 for your Bernedoodle puppy.

If you have specifications such as a tri-color puppy or need a specific type such as a Mini or Standard male puppy, it may cost you up to $5000. So, think well and complete your homework and research before getting one.

Bernedoodle Annual Maintenance Cost:

A Bernedoodle may cost you up to $1500 annually which includes vet visits, food, grooming, crate, leashes, socialization and training, and other basic needs. Once again, think well before getting a Bernedoodle puppy. If you can’t afford this cost then you should go for a breed with fewer maintenance costs.

Where to get a Bernedoodle:

Before going to a breeder, try adopting a Bernedoodle from your local shelters or rescue groups. Still, if you couldn’t find one, you may try the following breeders.

How to Adopt a Bernedoodle from a Shelter?

Looking to adopt a Bernedoodle? First of all, receive our regards for such a humble decision. Secondly, to adopt a Bernedoodle, try the following shelter and rescue group websites.

Bernedoodle, the Most Misspelled Dog Breed:

Bernedoodle is one of the most misspelled dog breeds and during our research, we have found a plethora of miss-spelled Bernedoodles. Some of them are Bernidoodle, Berniedoodle, Bermadoodle, Burnadoodle, Burmadoodle, Bernadooe, Bernesoodle, Bernoodle, Berner Doodle, and Bernesedoodle.

Bernedoodle FAQs:

Is Bernedoodle good with children?

Yes, Bernedoodle is excellent with children and is a perfect companion dog.

Is there any significant difference between Bernedoodle and other Poodle crosses?

Yes, all of them may have differences as they involve breeds other than Poodle too. In fact, the puppies from the same litter may also be different from each other.

Why are Bernedoodles so expensive?

Well, there are several factors that let breeders decided their puppies’ prices such as the puppy’s color, coat, gender, generation type, and several others. Also, microchipping and vaccination costs are also included in the puppy price so on average, we can say that it isn’t much expensive and you can find one for as low as $2000.

Can Bernedoodles be registered?

Unfortunately, Bernedoodles can’t be registered with the American or Canadian Kennel clubs because it is a mixed breed and the mentioned Kennel clubs don’t recognize mixed breeds.

Which one is the best Bernedoodle breeder?

There are many best and well-reputed breeders around the US and Canada. Choose the one that allows you to meet the parents, show you the parent’s health clearances, provides you with the health guarantees, and provide you with the references from vets and some of the older clients.

Bernedoodle Health FAQs:

Can Bernedoodle puppies have parasites?

Yes, like other puppies and dogs, they can have intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and protozoa.

Are Bernedoodles completely Hypoallergenic dogs?

There is almost no dog breed in the world that is completely hypo-allergenic. But Bernedoodles mostly have low to non-shedding coats. One thing to keep in mind; a breeder can never guarantee the hypo-allergenic coat in a puppy, and in fact, they may have a shedding coat too.

I am allergic to dog’s saliva, will a dog with a non-shedding coat like Bernedoodle work for me?

Well, in that case, you’ll most probably be allergic to Bernedoodles. So, try to get a smaller dog. Small dog, less saliva.

Bernedoodles Recognition with different Kennel Clubs:

American Kennel Club:

American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize mixed breeds, therefore, the Bernedoodles are not recognized by them.

Canadian Kennel Club:

Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) doesn’t recognize the hybrid breeds; therefore, you cannot register a Bernedoodle puppy with them.

American Canine Hybrid Club:

American Canine Hybrid Club (AKHC) has recognized the Bernedoodles and they are named as Bernese Mountain Poo.

Recognition with other clubs:

Bernedoodles are recognized with many other clubs such as the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.

So, these were the detailed features, facts, pros, and cons of the Bernedoodles. If you are still unable to make a decision about Bernedoodles or have a question in your mind, just feel free to ask and we’d love to help you.

What is the Final Conclusion?

  • Good for almost all types of owners.
  • Fewer health concerns as compared to other dog breeds.
  • The best family dogs that become a soulmate of every member of the family.
  • They are fluffy as well as hypoallergenic and low-shedding.
  • To keep them healthy and active, regular exercise is necessary for them, especially in the early years of their life.
  • They can be kept in any type of home such as an apartment or a large-sized home.
  • They are an attention seeker and love to be cared for and treated as a real family member.
  • Swimming, running, playing, and jogging is their most favorite hobby.
  • Social with other animals and pets.
  • Also a good breed for a single living person.
  • Because of their low-shedding coat, you have to spend more time and money to groom them.

Sources:

https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/bernedoodle/
https://www.swissridgekennels.com/breeds/bernedoodles/ 

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons,  Shari FBennilover, theogeo, Walnut Valley Puppies

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