Bernedoodle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bernedoodle so you can get to know the breed more.

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Origin Canada flag Canada
Other Names
What other names does the Bernedoodle have?
Bernedoodles Bernese Mountain Poo
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Bernedoodle Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Bernedoodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
700-4500
Availability
How easy is it to get a Bernedoodle?
Average: The Bernedoodle is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Bernedoodle Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small Large Medium
Weight
How much does the Bernedoodle weigh? Bernedoodle weight:
10-90 pounds (4.5-41 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Bernedoodle? Bernedoodle average weight:
50 pounds (23 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bernedoodle? Bernedoodle height:
10-29 inches (25.5-74 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Bernedoodle average height:
19 inches (48 cm)

Bernedoodle Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Bernedoodle have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Wavy Curly Straight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bernedoodle's coat?
Black Black & White Brown & Black Tricolor
Grooming
How to groom the Bernedoodle and how often?
Average: The Bernedoodle requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Bernedoodle, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Bernedoodle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Bernedoodles?
Bernedoodles shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Bernedoodle dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Bernedoodle need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Bernedoodle every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Bernedoodle Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bernedoodle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Clever Goofy Gentle Loyal Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bernedoodle? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Bernedoodle is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Bernedoodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bernedoodles are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Bernedoodle is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bernedoodle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Bernedoodles don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Bernedoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Bernedoodles need? Bernedoodle social needs:
Bernedoodles are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Bernedoodle dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Bernedoodles bark?
Average: The Bernedoodle barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Bernedoodle good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Bernedoodles are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Bernedoodle dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Bernedoodles are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Bernedoodle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Bernedoodles? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bernedoodle? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Bernedoodle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Bernedoodle has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Bernedoodle bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Bernedoodle, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bernedoodle do?
Bernedoodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bernedoodles need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bernedoodle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bernedoodle roam?
Bernedoodles have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bernedoodle have high prey drive?
Bernedoodles have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bernedoodle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Bernedoodle indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Bernedoodles adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Bernedoodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Bernedoodle Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Bernedoodle temperament with other people:
Bernedoodles are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bernedoodle dogs get along with other pets? Are Bernedoodle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bernedoodles are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Bernedoodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bernedoodle temperament with children:
Bernedoodles are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bernedoodle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Bernedoodles are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Bernedoodle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bernedoodle dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Bernedoodles are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Bernedoodle can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bernedoodle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Bernedoodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Bernedoodles good office dogs? Do Bernedoodles make good office friendly dogs? Can Bernedoodles be office dogs?
No
Bernedoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bernedoodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Bernedoodles temperament with senior people? Are Bernedoodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Bernedoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Bernedoodle Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Bernedoodle dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Bernedoodles are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Bernedoodle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bernedoodle breed? Most common health risks of Bernedoodle:
Hip Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia Eye Problems Skin Diseases Allergies
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Bernedoodle breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Bernedoodle see the vet?
Rare
The Bernedoodle should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bernedoodle dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Bernedoodle be? What is the age limit of the Bernedoodle? How many years can the oldest Bernedoodle live?
12-18 years
The average lifespan of Bernedoodle: 15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bernedoodle breed hypoallergenic?
No
Bernedoodles don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bernedoodle have? What is the activity level of the Bernedoodle?
Bernedoodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Bernedoodle dogs require per day?
Bernedoodles have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bernedoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Bernedoodle need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. It depends on the Bernedoodle size (Miniature or Standard Bernedoodle.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bernedoodle risk for obesity:
Average: The Bernedoodle has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bernedoodle's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Bernedoodle has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Bernedoodle drool?
The Bernedoodle is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Bernedoodle could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Bernedoodle. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Bernedoodle As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bernedoodle be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Bernedoodle is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bernedoodle be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Bernedoodle be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Bernedoodle is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bernedoodle be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Bernedoodle is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bernedoodle be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Bernedoodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bernedoodle be a boat dog?

Not really

Bernedoodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bernedoodle be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Bernedoodle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Bernedoodle dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Bernedoodle Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Bernedoodle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bernedoodle have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-10 puppies

Bernedoodle Recognition

AKC Group
Is Bernedoodle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Bernedoodle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Bernedoodle breed?
American Canine Hybrid Club Designer Dogs Kennel Club Designer Breed Registry

Bernedoodle Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Bernedoodle is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Bernedoodles are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Bernedoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Bernedoodles shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Bernedoodle is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Bernedoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Child Friendly: Bernedoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Bernedoodles are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bernedoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bernedoodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Bernedoodles don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Bernedoodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Bernedoodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Bernedoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Bernedoodle History

The Bernedoodle is a hybrid breed, a cross between two great purebreds: the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. The Bernedoodle comes in three different sizes, similar to the Poodle: the toy Bernedoodle (12 to 17 inches tall), the mini Bernedoodle (18 to 22 inches tall), and the standard Bernedoodle (23 to 29 inches tall). While the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle were most likely crossed long ago, the first purposeful breeding of two Bernedoodles is said to have occurred in early 2003 in Canada, when Sherry Rupke produced her first litter of Bernedoodles in Ontario. She continues to work to develop this hybrid today.

However, to be able to understand the history of the Bernedoodle, we have to look at the history of the parent breeds. The Bernese Mountain Dog, also known as Berner, is one of four ancient Swiss Sennenhund Breeds. The Berner is the only one out of this group to have long fur. The breed’s ancestry most likely stems from a cross between the farming dogs of the Swiss Alps and the Molosser, which is a Mastiff-type dog that the Romans brought with them in the first century B.C. This explains the breed’s huge head and soft personality, as well as their incredible work ethic and power. Although the Bernese Mountain Dog was once used as a farm dog to accompany flocks, pull carts, and guard the home, they are typically just used as companion dogs today. They are wonderful with children and are very easy to train, but their urge to be with the family at all times can cause problems if separation is too frequent. While these dogs have been around since ancient times, it was only in 1902 that they truly became recognized. The Swiss Dog Club sponsored a show to promote Swiss dogs, and two years later, in 1904, at an international show in Bern, the Bernese Mountain Dogs obtained their name. It was in that same year that this working dog was actually recognized as a breed. Moreover, in 1936, two British breeders discovered the beautiful Berners and began to breed them in England. By the time 1937 rolled around, the American Kennel Club had accepted the friendly and good-natured canine into the official Working Class category.

On the other hand, as we already know, the Poodle is popular for its low-shedding coat and this is one of the reasons why their breed is so often crossed. The Poodle’s origins can be traced back to prehistoric times and it is believed that they were first bred in Germany. However, we tend to say that the Poodle originated in France due to its long and complicated history. With its woolly and curly coat, which provided protection against the chilly water, this breed became popular in France as a duck hunting dog. Although, throughout history, the Poodle has been used for many other jobs besides hunting, for example in circuses, for rescuing, and also for the rich as a companion dog. Later, the breed developed its more distinct look when noble ladies wanted to carry around little dogs as pets and this brought about the breeding of Toy and Miniature Poodles.

Being a relatively new breed and a hybrid of two purebreds, the Bernedoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, though it is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and the International Designer Canine Registry.

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Bernedoodle Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Brian

    May 20, 2021, 3:14:16 PM:

    Seems like they did a poor job getting their information. I don’t get how a Bernedoodle wouldn’t be good at therapy, tracking, SAR, or even pulling/drafting.

  • Grace

    Jul 17, 2020, 9:54:00 PM:

    I thought this passage is a great informational site for people who want to know if a Bernedoodle is a good dog bread for them!