Bernedoodle Pros and Cons | Must Read Before You Get

[Updated: 06/16/2021] Bernedoodle, one of the most popular designer dogs in the US and Canada, is a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle.

It was first crossbred by Sherry Rupke in 2003 and as a cross between Poodle and Bernese, it inherits some wonderful traits from both the breeds such as the Poodle’s intelligence and the Bernese’s adorable looks, as well as, smartness and a low-shedding coat.

Bernedoodle is a complete package because it is social, friendly, loving, and cuddly. Along with that, it is an ideal dog for those who are allergic to dog dander and hair because its low-shedding coat doesn’t shed much.

If you have planned to get a Bernedoodle dog and looking for its positive and negative traits aka pros and cons, you are just in the right place.

In this post, we are going to cover all the pros and cons of Bernedoodles.

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Bernedoodle Pros

Given below are the pros of Bernedoodles which are collected from some reputable Bernedoodle breeders and current Bernedoodle owners. Let’s have a look at them below.

Low-shedding coat:

First of all, you should remember that there is no such dog that doesn’t shed. All the dogs shed, some more and some less. The Poodle is one of the dogs that have a low-shedding coat and Bernedoodle is more likely to inherit this trait.

So, the Bernedoodle’s low-shedding coat makes it the best choice for people who are allergic to dog dander and hair. Although no one can guarantee what coat they’ll have, still, if you want to make sure that you have a dog with a low-shedding coat the F1b Generation Bernedoodle is the right choice for you.

Exceptional Temperament:

An ideal dog is one that tolerates strangers, guests, and other pets. And when it comes to Bernedoodle, it is a matchless breed. But make sure you socialize and train your Bernedoodle from an early age to avoid any behavior issues.

Overall, they are affectionate, loving, and happiest dogs who love to interact with their humans. As per our research, they are the ideal dogs for kids, seniors, individuals, and almost everyone.

Best for children and family:

Many Bernedoodle owners admitted that their pup is an ideal family dog for them because it is very loving and friendly. It is always ready to grab your attention and please you. If you have children, Bernedoodle will even be more vigilant for them. In fact, Bernedoodle loves the company of children and becomes their soulmate.


You do not need to worry about getting a Bernedoodle if you already have other dogs or non-canine pets such as a cat, ferret, or rabbit, etc. The Bernedoodle has the ability to adjust with almost all the pets and it makes a strong bond with all of them.

One thing to remember, if you are planning to get a Tiny Bernedoodle while you already have a large-sized dog such as a Great Dane, you need to supervise them when they are playing or the puppy may get injured.

Cuteness overloaded:

With their unbelievable cuteness, Tiny and Mini Bernedoodle look like a toy or a Teddy Bear. So, if you want to be an attention grabber, just get a small-sized Bernedoodle and leave the rest on your doggy. They are such adorable dogs that they can instantly grab anyone’s attention.

Your best exercise partner:

All dogs need to be exercised daily to ensure their health, some breeds need less and some need more. Likewise, Bernedoodle becomes your true companion during exercises, jogging, swimming, playing, and other activities.


Bernedoodles are socio-friendly and guess what? They have the ability to impress your guests at first sight.

So these were the detailed Pros of Bernedoodles, now, let’s move to their Cons.

Bernedoodle Cons

Like all other dog breeds, Bernedoodles also have various cons that you should consider before making any final decision because most people give up their dogs due to these reasons. So, let’s explore them.

Daily exercise:

Well, you must be wondering how exercise has become a negative trait. Actually, it is a negative trait for those owners who cannot give enough time to exercise and walk their dogs. And Bernedoodle is an exercise lover and would not like to miss its daily walks and exercise.

At least 30 minutes of a daily walk, exercise, and other enrichment activities are highly recommended or they may develop behavioral issues and can become a real mess for you in their adulthood.

If you are a busy person and can’t give enough time to exercise your Bernedoodle regularly, you should consider getting some other dog breed that has moderate or low exercise needs such as a Shih Poo, Maltese, Pug, or Pomeranian.

Inheritance of health-related issues:

As they are a designer breed, they may inherit diseases from their parent breeds just like they inherit their habits and features. To avoid any such health issue, try to buy a dog from a certified and well-reputed breeder. Also, it is highly recommended to get them checked to avoid any genetic issues.

You are more likely to face this issue if you get a Bernedoodle puppy from a puppy mill or a backyard breeder who breeds dogs for the sake of money and no relevant genetic tests are performed. By doing a little research and choosing the breeder wisely, you can easily figure out this issue.

Not a guard dog:

Bernedoodles have several types and generations but unfortunately, none of them becomes an ideal guard dog. So, if you are looking for a guard dog, consider other smart breeds such as a German Shepherd. Actually, they are so much friendly that they’ll end up helping your predator with their friendly behavior.

More than enough playfulness:

The Bernedoodles are high-energy dogs and their activity level is high; therefore, they’ll not let you sit idle. Their playfulness and responsiveness may sometimes become a headache for you because they hate to be bored and show bad behavior.

Remember, a bored dog is a destructive dog and it can further lead to many complex issues such as separation anxiety, excessive barking, and destructive chewing, etc. Read everything about Separation Anxiety.

Regular grooming:

The low-shedding coat has many advantages but at least one disadvantage; regular grooming. A Bernedoodle dog sheds very little because of its curly coat, so you need to brush them regularly, or either they’ll have a matted or tangled coat. They should be brushed twice every week while professional grooming is needed every 2-3 months.


The Bernedoodle’s cost may vary between $3000-$6000 because of their high demand, which means, they are relatively expensive than many other dog breeds. We checked with several breeders, and now, these dogs come in several beautiful color patterns that may cost you even more. Moreover, it is a high-maintenance breed especially the Standard Bernedoodle that may cost you around $600-$1000 every year.

What Bernedoodle Owners say about this breed?

We have collected feedback from over 50 Bernedoodle owners and found out some important facts and figures. So, we thought to summarize what they have said and present it to you so you’ll have a clearer idea about the breed. Actually, it is important to know the instance of owners along with breeders and experts.

Remember, the below-given feedback is collected from different owners and the situation may be different for other owners because every dog is different and mostly, it depends on you how you raise and train your dog. We are sharing this feedback and reviews just for the sake of our readers, especially those who are planning to get a Bernedoodle puppy

So, read them to know more about Bernedoodles.


  • We got our puppy at the age of 8 months and he had already developed many bad habits but we trained him and he is now a champion dog. We spent some extra time training him and got the fruit.
  • Very easy to potty-train. Easily trained and picked up all commands. Great with children. Requires a lot of exercise.
  • Incredibly easy to train. We potty-trained him for one week after he arrived at our home. He wakes up at 4 am sharp to pee and sleeps instantly after doing the job. Very loving and intelligent.
  • Our 2-year old F2 Bernedoodle doesn’t shed at all. He knows how to open the door. He is very loving.


  • Velcro dog and cannot be left alone because it gets highly destructive. Needs daily brushing.
  • My Bernedoodle is very stubborn and does not like to be left alone. Sometimes, he shows very bad behavior, such as jumping and biting.
  • My Bernedoodle is excessively hyper and extremely mouthy.
  • My Standard Bernedoodle sheds although his coat is thicker and straighter. He eats everything and swallowed a chew toy so we need to keep an eye on him all the time.

Final words:

You are once again recommended to buy from an expert and certified breeder, and make sure your dog has had all the necessary vaccinations.

As we have listed the major Pros and Cons of Bernedoodles, if you feel you can easily bear them, they are the best of the best dogs for you. They literally become your life partners and the best companions.

If you have any questions about Bernedoodles, we would like to answer them.

Note: If you are looking for a reliable Bernedoodle Breeder, you can email us at [email protected] and we can give you some recommendations.

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