The Bernedoodle: A Complete Guide

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The Bernedoodle is also known by the name Bernese Mountain Poo. It’s not bred to compete and win at dog shows, but it’s meant to be the wonderful and loving companions to active people and families with children.

It comes in three sizes: tiny, miniature, and standard. Its size is determined by the Poodle parent’s size which can either be toy, miniature, or standard.

Bernedoodle dogs can have different appearances. Their coats can also come in different colors and can be straight, curly, or wavy.

The Bernedoodle is one of the cleverest, goofiest, gentlest, and most loyal dogs you will ever have. It’s very adaptable and can go with the flow

It’s also a hypoallergenic dog, which is a blessing for those who are suffering from allergies but still want to have their own dogs.

Smaller Bernedoodles make excellent apartment pets compared to Standard Bernedoodles who is happiest in a home with a yard where they can run and burn off their energies.

Bernedoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

A black, brown and white Bernedoodle
The Bernedoodles are social and faithful dogs.

What Price are Bernedoodle Puppies?

Pricing for Bernedoodle Puppies will vary depending on their colors and markings.

When you buy Bernedoodle puppies, they usually come with the first round of puppy vaccinations. They are also dewormed.

There are extras like rear dewclaws removal, spaying or neutering, genetic health guarantee, microchip, a starter bag of food, and blankets and toys that smell like their parent dogs and littermates.

This kind of package can cost from $2,600 to $4,500.

It’s important to know that a good breeder put a lot of money looking for healthy breeding stock and performing the required testing.

This usually reflects in the higher cost of the puppy, but a higher upfront cost will save you a lot of money on vet bills down the road.

How to Find Reputable Bernedoodle Breeders?

You will know that you’re talking to a good and reputable breeder if they perform all clearances and share all the health certificates.

If the Bernedoodle breeder is not willing to show them, take it as a red flag.

Always ask to see their certifications. Responsible breeders will permit you to meet and see the parents of the litter.

They should also be willing to give you references from clients, veterinarians, and other breeders. They should also be honest with you regarding their standards in providing quality puppies to clients.

Good breeders also don’t stop when the purchase has been completed. They should be willing to help you with your new Bernedoodle puppy even after they go home with you.

They usually request to be updated on how the puppy is growing and adjusting to their new family and environment.

As much as you ask them questions, they should also ask you questions so that they can determine whether you will be able to provide a good home for their puppies.

Reputable and responsible breeders care about their puppies and where they are going!

3 Little-Known Facts About Bernedoodle Puppies

  1. Because it’s a mixed breed, the Bernedoodle puppy usually has fewer health problems compared to Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles.
  2. In 2003, the breeding of Bernedoodles began to create an excellent companion dog. Not a dog show or a dog that will look great as an accessory.
  3. Bernedoodle puppies are very stubborn, but they usually tame with age. Also, their intelligence makes them highly trainable.

Physical Traits of the Bernedoodle

A Bernedoodle looking curiously at you
The Bernedoodles are excellent apartment pets.

Bernedoodle puppies are usually pure black. Some are also black and white, or black and brown, or black, white, and brown.

Their overall appearance combines the characteristics of the Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog.

When the parents are well-chosen, the traits of the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle are blended consistently.

Although some Bernedoodle puppies may lean more to the Bernese’s sheer bulk or the Poodle’s slight build, there is a common look. In short, Bernedoodles look a lot like shaggy teddy bears!

Every Bernedoodle puppy has a different coat. The majority of them have wavy coats that shed very minimally.

Most people who are allergic to dog dander will be okay having a Bernedoodle pet because of its wavy coat.

You will rarely see a straight-coated Bernedoodle puppy. The straighter the coat, the more it will shed, and the more it will be unsuitable for people suffering from allergies.

Bernedoodles puppies that have a curly coat are much like the Poodle parent that does not shed.

Understanding the Pros & Cons of Getting a Second Dog

How Big is a Full-Grown Bernedoodle?

Bernedoodle puppies grow to different sizes, depending on their parents, but female Bernedoodles are usually smaller.

Standard Bernedoodle will generally weigh 50 lbs and up, and approximately 23-29 inches at the shoulder. Most Standard Bernedoodles fall under the 70 to 90 lb. category.

Mini Bernedoodle puppies usually range from 25 to 49 lbs. and approximately 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder.

Tiny Bernedoodle puppies weigh 10 to 24 lbs. and are about 12 to 17 inches at the shoulder.

These numbers are the averages. Sometimes, Bernedoodle puppies also fall outside the expected weight and height.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Bernedoodle?

The Bernedoodle breed is still relatively young, so there are not a lot of information regarding health or longevity concerns.

Cancer is prevalent in the Bernese Mountain Dog, but being a hybrid dog also creates better health and a longer lifespan for the Bernedoodle.

Standard Bernedoodles usually live 12 to 15 years, while mini Bernedoodles can live up to 17 years. Tiny Bernedoodles can live up to 18 years.

See: Male versus female dogs

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Bernedoodle

A Bernedoodle wearing a red bow tie
The Bernedoodles are healthier than their parent breeds.

Well-bred Bernedoodles usually get the best attributes of their parents. They are very fun-loving, friendly, sociable, playful, and goofy dogs.

They are the perfect companion dogs! They are sweet and gentle with children and the elderly, and they just seem to have the sense to recognize what people can only handle.

Bernedoodles make excellent therapy dogs because they are highly trainable. They love to work, and they are very intelligent.

They don’t need to be taught which is right from wrong. Because of their intelligence, it can lead to a lack of training, knowledge, or human interaction.

This particular hybrid is strong-willed. If you wish to make your lives easier and more enjoyable, give your Bernedoodle plenty of training and exercise.

Most Bernedoodle dogs have a balanced and mild activity level. Just like most breeds, they love their playtime with fellow dogs and their humans.

They like to run, hike, fetch and walk. When it’s time to slow down and relax, they seem to have an off switch that you can just press because they will readily stop and rest.

Bernedoodles are social and faithful dogs. They perform best when they are fully integrated into your lives. Like most other breeds, they also want to be beside their human family and be right in the middle of the action.

The Bernedoodle’s Diet

The right amount of food to feed a Bernedoodle will rely on its age, size, and activity level. It’s highly individualized.

Standard Bernedoodles are known to be voracious eaters that will gulp down whatever food you put in front of them.

It’s a good practice to monitor how much they eat and how much they are gaining while giving them plenty of exercise and physical activity.

As a big dog expected to live for more than 12 years, Bernedoodles need approximately 4 to 5 cups of dry dog food every day. Proper nutrition is needed for them to grow healthy, active, and strong.

Don’t hesitate to consult your veterinarian if you wish to know what other dietary recommendations can be suitable for your Bernedoodle.

How Much Exercise Does a Bernedoodle Need?

Bernedoodles only need a moderate amount of exercise and physical activity. They will be very happy with three thirty-minute walks each day.

They will look forward hiking with you in the woods in the summer, or snow sledding in the winter.

They will enjoy country runs and city walks. When you get tired of all the physical activity, they will happily sit and cuddle with you.

Bernedoodles are very versatile and social dogs. You can bring them with you almost anywhere and they will effortlessly acclimatize to new surroundings, people, and situations.

Bernedoodle Health and Conditions

While Bernedoodles are healthier than their parent breeds, they can still be prone to certain health conditions, including hip and elbow dysplasia, as well as eye problems.

Skin conditions can also be a problem, such as allergies and hot spots. And just like any other dog breed, they can also get cancer.

Undergoing genetic testing can help reduce the risk of many health conditions. If your Bernedoodle is from a reputable breeder, they will have already performed several tests and given you the successful results.

Male vs Female

Both male and female Bernedoodles lend to be low fuss pets with lots of charm.

Physically, the females tend to be smaller than the males, although not by much, and certainly not every time. Every dog is an individual, after all.

However, dog owners and experts tend to agree that, despite being a relatively recent breed, the female Bernedoodle is that bit more laid back than the male.

Put simply, the female Bernedoodle is content to do her own thing a little more than the male.

Female Bernedoodle dogs are often nurturing in nature, and less likely to get right up in another dog’s face when meeting them for the first time.

However, this isn’t to be confused with submissiveness or shyness though, because they stand their ground when required.

The female Bernedoodle can be a little on the lazy side, and she might tend to be a bit of a diva when it comes to dinnertime – or avoiding going for a walk she can’t be bothered with.

Male Bernedoodles are much more encouraged towards physical activity, and also a bit more protective in how they behave.

Comically enough, male Bernedoodles have been known to strut around as though on patrol, entirely unaware that their breed is in no way suitable for guard dog duty.

The males of this breed are far too friendly to ever be guard dogs anyway, and often prove very curious and buddy-buddy sorts who can be relied upon to want to know what you’re up to and if they can have any fun getting involved in it too.

Can it travel by car?

The Bernedoodle is both calm of mind and a little on the playfully smart side, so seeing something like a car for the first time is unlikely to vex this animal.

He or she has likely seen you and members of your family come and go in such a vehicle dozens of times already.

The Bernedoodle proves a pretty docile and contented passenger on car trips, and getting this dog used to the car is not difficult at all.

You might want to lay their favorite blanket on the seat though, as much to make them feel at home as to prevent any dog hairs getting slathered over the seats accidentally.

Car trips are interesting to the Bernedoodle, offering lots of new sights and sounds for him or her to quietly take in and contemplate.

If you have the window open a crack, you can also introduce your pet to lots of interesting new scents as well.

Thanks to a tendency towards good behavior, this dog is unlikely to get into a barking competition if another car containing another dog pulls up alongside you.

If anything, your Bernedoodle is likely to just silently stare at another dog yapping at them from another car, quietly discouraging their foolishness!

Frequent breaks on long journeys are advised for this dog, as much as they would be for kids or the driver.

Stretching your dog’s legs and letting him or her explore some of these new surroundings in an observed and controlled way also prevents boredom setting in during the drive.

What about crate training?

A Bernedoodle may grow up to a miniature, tiny, or normal size depending upon its parents.

Therefore, if it grows up to a standard size of around 23 to 29 inches of height and 70 to 90 pounds weight, this dog is not suitable to be crate trained.

Your pet is too large to be contained within a cage-like structure and it cannot move around with ease in it.

Moreover, keeping your pet for long inside such a crate can lead to muscular cramps and cause it difficulty in walking when it gets out of it.

However, in the case that your dog is of small size, around 15 inches of height and 20 pounds of weight, then you can easily crate train your Bernedoodle.

An important aspect of crate training your dog is to find a crate that is spacious enough for your dog.

It won’t be hard to find such a crate given the already tiny size of your pet but make sure your dog has enough room to move around and enjoy itself.

However, the crate shouldn’t be large enough that your dog feels relaxed enough to eliminate inside it.

Also, many dog owners often neglect a very important point regarding crates that they should not be dark.

Whether you make small holes, add bars, or introduce a source of light inside the crate, never make the mistake of leaving your Bernedoodle inside a dark crate.

Your dog will be extremely scared and would refuse to go back inside a crate again.

My Final Thoughts on the BernedoodleA small black and white Bernedoodle

The Bernedoodle is a wonderful companion dog through and through.

It inherits the charm of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the intelligence of the Poodle.

This dog is happiest when surrounded by family, especially children.

It’s a very willing participant in playtime and physical activities, and it will never get tired of cuddles!

You will truly fall in love with its playfulness, friendliness, affection, and intelligence.

It has very normal exercise needs, and it will be very happy with at least a walk a day.

If you’re looking for a family dog, or if you’re a single owner looking to have a smart and adorable everyday companion, you will not find a better choice than the Bernedoodle!


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