By Avatar photoShiloh Nevada Last updated: 18th October 2022



Avatar photo Shiloh Nevada
Last updated: 18th October 2022

The Bernedoodle is a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. This hybrid fuses the virtues of its parent breeds – the cleverness of the poodle with the loyalty of the Bernese, making it a perfect companion dog. This strong and robust dog has a compact and powerful body that is covered with medium to long hair. They come in many bright colors, but most commonly in black. A bushy tail, a pair of long-hanging ears, a triangular muzzle and the button eyes, all added to the growing popularity of its ‘cute’ looks.

Bernedoodle Pictures

Quick Information/Description

NicknameBernese Mountain Poo
CoatCurly, straight, wavy, smooth, dense
ColorsBlack, white, tan, brindle, combinations
Type of BreedCrossbreed
Lifespan10 to 12 years
Weight60-110 pounds
Height (size)Medium; 22-27 inches
TemperamentSocial, intelligent, playful, responsive
Good with ChildrenYes
Good with other PetsYes
Country of OriginCanada
Competitive RegistrationDBR, IDCR, ACHC, DRA

Video: Bernedoodle Puppy Obedience Training


Bernedoodles have been differentiated into three different types, depending upon their sizes:

  1. The Toy Bernedoodle:  Those that weigh between 10 and 24 pounds, with height 10 – 14 inches.
  2. The Miniature Bernedoodle:  Those with weight between 25 and 49 pounds, and height 15 – 20 inches.
  3. The Standard Bernedoodle:  Those that weigh 50 pounds or more, and standing 21 inches and above.

Temperament and Behavior

Bernedoodles are responsive and loving. They love their family and are even good with the children. They are intelligent and social. This makes them fit to be a good family dog. However, they have a very relaxed temperament, with a moderate energy level. The dog would stay next to its owner while he is watching television, cooking, or strolling on the terrace, thus making them a great companion. Though, they are goofy and playful and are good at swimming, fetching and running, and would constantly amuse its family. Bernedoodles have a special fondness for cold weather.



Bernedoodles need regular exercise. Because these dogs have a laid-back temperament, they do need regular exercise, but to a moderate amount, to burn down their calories for a sound health and mental fitness. Take them out for walks for 30 minutes to one hour daily.

You can also utilize their fondness for running and playing by taking them out for jogging, and allowing them to play in an enclosed yard. Participate in games like throw and fetch, or allow them to swim. In short, keep them engaged in regular activities.


The amount of shedding directly depends on the type of coat your dog has inherited. Those that have straighter type are prone to shed comparatively more. But they do not need frequent brushing to prevent matting. However, at times, you might want to enjoy the bonding time of brushing. You can clip your dog every 2-3 months.
If your dog is curly, it sheds very less or nominal. So brush it at least four to five times a week to prevent matting. Also, take them to professional grooming once in 2-3 months. But begin grooming only after your puppy is done with its complete set of vaccinations by age 3 to 4 months.

Its ears are hairy. So keep an eye for infections, redness or rashes.

Health Problems

As a very new breed, little is known about the health of the bernedoodle. No serious diseases or breed-specific issues have been reported. In fact, they are healthier than their parent breeds. But general dog health issues like hip and elbow dysplasia, eye and skin problems including hot spots, allergies, etc. can’t be ruled out.


Considering their intelligence and interactive nature, your puppies would briskly pick up all that you teach them. Training them is easy, as long as you are strict with issues like obedience, ‘pack-leader’ syndrome, etc. However, if bernedoodles not trained properly, they can easily become neurotic and hyper. Teach them the difference between right and wrong. But train them in a gentle way.


Standard Bernedoodles are usually large dogs, almost the size of its Bernese parent. So the same diet routine is okay with your dog as well. However, if you are making your own recipe, you can choose rice (both white and brown) as a single protein source.

They are picky eaters. For a change in taste, try variations adding yogurt, boiled sweet potato or pumpkin. These are a good option. Other sources for both flavor and health, serve your dog with cottage cheese, tofu, baby food, or boiled chicken or turkey, boiled liver, boiled hamburger.

If your dog’s meal consists of meat, animal parts or bones, it’s healthier for it if you consider serving them raw, or at the most, semi-boiled. But, insist on a low-protein diet, since some people opine that, high protein is likely to ruin your dog’s coat.

Interesting Facts

  • The Bernedoodle is sometimes called the ‘Bernepoo’.
  • They can also make good watchdogs.

10 responses to “Bernedoodle”

  1. Linda Waller says:

    I would like an already grown bernedoodle .
    What are your prices?
    Thank you

  2. sheikh says:

    Hi everyone!

    We are currently trying to find a doodle to welcome into our family (Goldendoodle, Sheepadoodle or Bernedoodle). we’ve wanted a doodle dog for 8 years now but it’s currently a rather competitive landscape for getting a puppy (due to Covid-19).
    We’ve sent over 35 emails to varied Ontario breeders found on Google.

    Any other strategies to seek out breeders of doodles?

    With appreciation,

  3. Martha Sharp says:

    Where are breeders near Cottonwood Falls ,Ks?

  4. Terry says:

    Can they be trained for a service dog? How easily are they trained?

  5. dewey beckner says:

    Is the expected life span greater for the smaller mix ??? What about the intelligence level? Is it the same for the middle size??

  6. Carol says:

    We’re looking for Havapoos Puppies in RI preferred anyone know breeders contact me.

  7. Cindy Ragland says:

    How much do u get for your burnese Mt. Pups and the mixed

  8. Bridgdt says:

    Looking for a new puppy.

    • dewey beckner says:

      Is the expected life span greater for the smaller mix ??? What about the intelligence level? Is it the same for the middle size?? We are not in a big hurry. My wife is still mentally recovering from the loss of rescue dog of 13 years. We like the tri color with tan eyebrows. We are concerned about life span and intelligence.

      • Kristy says:

        It says the life span is between 7-15, averaging 10-11 years. It just depends on the breeding really.

        We have a mini bernedoodle, and she is hands down the most amazing dog we could have ever asked for. We have 3 kids, 8-17 years of age, and she is fantastic with them. She’s just energetic enough that she loves to play whenever the opportunity arises (which at our house is fairly often), but when it comes time to cuddle, she settles down almost immediately and is super content being snuggled and petted until the next opportunity for play comes around. She was a breeze to train…she is the most intelligent dog I’ve ever had the pleasure of training…and catches on amazingly fast. I previously had only ever owned German Shepards my entire life because my father raised them, and I went years without having any dogs for the same reason you are concerned about your wife now. My Devi, a German Shepard that I had in my life for almost 10 years, had hip dysplasia so bad that it got to the point that she couldn’t move without being in terrible pain constantly, and her quality of life had diminished so badly that I had to make the decision to put her to rest. It is still to this day the hardest and most painful thing I have ever done. That was almost 20 years ago. It took me this long to get the courage to open my heart up again, and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. I forgot how it feels to love a dog and to have a dog love you back. It’s one of the purest forms of love we’ll ever know. To let the fear of losing them keep you and some lucky dog from having that kind of love in your life, I now know is worse than losing them. I would take whatever time is needed to heal, because she does need to heal, and then embrace this breed. I am confident that you will not regret it.

        Our Carly is actually a rescue. She came from some Amish puppy mill in southern Illinois. They were going to just dispose of her because she has a deformed ear, and there’s some issues with her hearing and vision, but other than that, she seems to be in very good health. But you know how puppy mills are, you can’t sell damaged goods, so she was garbage to them. I cannot stress how much I loathe these kids of people. They are the lowest forms of human garbage, and I wish there were stricter laws on breeding. But really the demand for these people is continued by consumers, so. Anyway…thankfully some good people intervened, and that didn’t happen, but now she was in need of a home. It was a scary decision for me to take her, not knowing if there may be some more serious underlying health issues that could cause her to inevitably be taken from us earlier than normal, but it only took seeing her, and feeling the energy that she had, and I was a goner. So when the time is right, do yourself the favor and open your home to one of these dogs. Just make sure when you do that you get one from a reputable breeder!

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