The Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix, also known as a Bernedoodle, is possibly one of the most charming and adorable dog cross-breeds.
If you are hoping to expand your home with these precious creatures or if you are simply curious about this rare but beautiful breed, look no further!
From what they are, to where they came from, to all the vital statistics (including their maximum growth and average lifespan), here is our full guide on all you need to know about Bernedoodles and Bernedoodle puppies.
The Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle, which may seem like a strange combination. However, science was in the right with this creature.
You will get the cleverness of the poodle as well as the loyalty of the Bernese.
The Bernedoodle is a very low (almost non-) shedding dog, which can be a guaranteed safe bet for most people with allergies.
The Bernedoodle is the perfect companion dog. They may look stunning but they are certainly not bred for the show ring.
Instead, they would thrive best in a loving family home where they can be well groomed and regularly played with – serving as a loyal best friend or great introductory pet for small children.
It is important to note that no two Bernedoodles are identical. The genes from the parent breeds combine in unique ways, and it’s absolutely fascinating to see what each litter produces.
Future owners must understand that there can be a lot of variation with mini Bernedoodles, and must therefore choose Bernedoodle breeders that can help match them with the best dog for their circumstances.
Bernedoodles are usually black-and-white, black-and-brown, black, white and brown, or just pure black. There are other colors and variations but these tend to be the most commonly found in Bernedoodles.
While their general appearance combines elements of both the Bernese and the Poodle, beyond color, their traits are blended fairly consistently.
Some Bernedoodle puppies may lean more toward the Poodle’s slighter build, or the Berner’s bulk, but there is a common “look” which you can generally rely on.
To some extent, the breeder can control this by studying the results of matching various pairs.
Overall, Bernedoodles look like adorable bushy teddy bears!
Each Bernedoodle will have a different coat and it is very difficult to generalize, given that poodle fur is often unpredictable, especially without custom grooming regiments.
However, the majority will have wavy fur, and it’s very rare to see a Bernedoodle with a straight coat.
Do Bernedoodles shed? The answer is yes, as all dogs do – but very minimally.
In some cases, if their coat is straighter, they will shed more since a greater degree of hair must grow in the cold season to keep them warm. This growth is kept at a minimum with curly hair.
Breeders can often tell what type of coat the dog will have within a few weeks, and can then match you with the best puppy for your situation.
When it comes to grooming the Bernedoodle, the curlier the dog’s coat, the harder it is to maintain.
Since most Bernedoodles shed very little, you will need to ensure that their coats are brushed regularly, as this prevents matting.
It is also useful for the coat to be clipped every few months, to ensure the fur is kept clean and healthy.
Bernedoodles come in all different shapes and sizes. The size mainly depends on the parents and the complex nature of combining genetics.
However female Bernedoodles are usually smaller than male ones.
The standard Bernedoodle will grow to be approximately around 50 lbs. They will grow to be 23-29 inches at the shoulder.
The mini Bernedoodle, which results from crossing a Miniature Poodle with a Bernese Mountain Dog, usually ranges from 25-49 lbs. and is 18-22 inches at the shoulder.
All these ranges are based on averages, but you may find a pup that falls outside the typical height and weight.
The general temperament of mini Bernedoodles? Slightly higher in energy levels than the standard Bernedoodle.
However, calm poodles, regardless of their size, will often produce more placid Bernedoodles.
It is best to check with your breeder, as they will be able to match you with the right puppy containing the right genes.
Health and Lifespan of a Bernedoodle
The Bernedoodle is still a young breed and, therefore, limited information is available about longevity and health concerns regarding this type of animal.
The average lifespan of standard Bernedoodles has been recorded at 12-15 years, and for Mini Bernedoodles, up to 17 years.
While Bernedoodles tend to be healthier than their parent breeds, they’re still prone to conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia as well as various eye problems.
They may also face certain skin issues, such as hot spots and allergies.
That said, like all breeds of dogs, with good care and a loving home, they can live long and happy lives.
Watch the video below to see a Bernedoodle is right for you.
Do you own a Bernedoodle? What are some of your tips?