Written by The Best of Breeds

Bernedoodle is a result of a cross between Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle. It’s relatively a new dog breed and known for its fluffy and bear-like coat. It’s a gentle, goofy, and friendly dog breed that can easily adjust in any family due to its intelligent nature. Bernedoodle breed is more hypoallergenic than most of the other dog breeds due to the contribution of the Poodle parent. The main purpose of their breeding was a companion dog rather than a show dog.

Their three sizes, including the standard, mini, and toy, make them ideal for all types of families. The Tiny size Bernedoodle is suited well for the families living in the apartments, while the families having a wide backyard can buy a standard Bernedoodle. Bernedoodles are very friendly with their owners and also towards the other pets as well. Many individuals can also be a little stubborn, but this characteristic can be fade with their age. Bernedoodles are hybrid, so they are healthier than their parents and love the playtime and cuddling with their owners. Let’s know more about the Bernedoodles.

About and History

Bernedoodles are also known as Bernese Mountain Dog Poos, Bernepoos, and Bernesepoos. It’s the first crossbreed, intentionally bred by the Sherry Rupke of Swissridge Kennels in 2003 in Canada. But many people believe that the accidental crossing of the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle has occurred before. But, still, the Bernedoodles are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, although this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.

Bernedoodles are deliberately created as good companion dogs. They are good-looking dogs and inherit the maximum of their traits from their parents. Bernedoodles can be different in their appearance; in fact, the puppies from the same litter can have different sizes and coats. Similarly, they also have different generations depending upon their parents.


Bernedoodles can have curly, wavy, and straight hairs. The curly coat is more hypoallergenic than the other coat types. Bernedoodle coat protects them from the heat of summer and also a perfect sheet against the cold winter. A Bernedoodle coat can have white, black, black and brown, black sable, fawn, cream, brown, and grey. They also come in bi-colors and tri-colors as well. They have dark oval eyes, ears hanging close to their head, and a triangular muzzle with a bushy tail. The standard size Bernedoodles can have 23 to 29 inches weight with 70 to 90 pounds weight. The Mini Bernedoodles have 18 to 22 inches in height with 25 to 49 pounds weight. While the smallest size Tiny Bernedoodles can have 12 to 17 inches height with 10 to 24 pounds weight.

Character and Temperament

Bernedoodles are very calm, affectionate, and gentle with people and other animals. They are people-oriented and good for families who love to have a four-leg family member. They love to spend time playing and can engage you in different activities and games. But at the same time, they also love to cuddle on the sofa to have a great time with the humans. The intelligent nature of the Bernedoodles makes them great therapy, service, and assistance dog. It’s difficult to predict puppy nature, but the Bernedoodles are always friendly, playful, and loving. Bernedoodles are also aware of the strangers, which makes them a good watchdog.

They are extremely active and playful during the cold weather as they prefer to live in colder areas. So, it’s a well-suited dog breed for owners who live in colder areas and love to spend time outdoors. They are great swimmers and enjoy running, fetching the ball, and other stimulating games. Don’t leave them alone as they craved human attention and can build separation anxiety if you leave them alone for a long time. So, it’s not an ideal breed for the owners who spend most of their time outside the home.


It’s easier to train the Bernedoodles due to their intelligent nature. When the Bernedoodles are puppies, they are eager to learn new things. Their clever nature helps them to pick things quickly. You can easily train your Bernedoodle with enough patience and consistency. For better results, make sure to perform the training in a gentle manner and with positive reinforcement. Try to socialize them during their early age as they have the tendency to dislike strangers.


Bernedoodles are healthy than their parents and live long depending upon their size. A standard Bernedoodle can live up to 15 years, a Mini can live 17 years, while a Toy Bernedoodle can live up to 18 years. But they can also have some health issues, which include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, skin issues, and bone issues. The hip dysplasia is usually inherited from their Bernese Mountain Dog Parents. This is a painful condition, which usually affects the standard Bernedoodles. Most of the Bernedoodles bone issues are inherited from their Bernese Mountain Dog parents.

Exercise and Activity Levels

Bernedoodles are active dogs and need moderate exercise daily. You can take your Bernedoodle on a long walk to fulfill their exercise needs. However, they also like to go with you on the hike and join you on the run and other physical activities. They can easily adopt any family lifestyle until they are fulfilling their daily diet and walking needs.


Bernedoodles are hypoallergenic and shed very little as compared to the other dog breeds. Their hypoallergenic feature makes them a perfect candidate for families having allergies. But it’s doesn’t mean that they don’t require any grooming or brushing. You need to ensure their grooming and brushing once or twice a week. It’s also a great opportunity for the owners to strengthen their bonds with their Bernedoodles. The curlier hairs are more difficult to groom as compared to the wavy and straight hairs. You need to trim their coat and give them a proper bath every few months. You also need to clip their nails and clean their eyes and ears as it’s also a part of their grooming needs. If you are looking for their special cut, including the winter haircut, summer haircut, kennel cut, poodle cut, or teddy bear cut, you can go for the professional groomers.

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