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Temperament, Coat, Size, Color... Everything You Need to Know About Bernedoodles

What's a Bernedoodle?

A bernedoodle is a bernese mountain dog mixed with a poodle. It can also be a bernedoodle mixed with a poodle or a bernese mixed with a bernedoodle.


How big do Bernedoodles get?

Bernedoodles come in different sizes: standard, mini, and micro mini. The size ranges below are a great rough estimate, but keep in mind that the size of one specific bernedoodle really depends on their parents.


  • Standard Bernedoodles: These range in size from 45-115 pounds 23-29 inches at the shoulder. The reason for this huge range is because standard poodles range in size tremendously. I have had standard Bernedoodle adult weight only 45 pounds, but that is uncommon. An experienced breeder should be able to tell you within about 10-20 pounds how big your puppy will be. In some occasions it is impossible to know.

  • Mini Bernedoodles: These range in size from 18-45 pounds and 18-22 inches at the shoulder. If you need a dog that will stay under 50 pounds I would recommend a small mini or a tiny/f1b mini bernedoodle.

  • Micro Mini Bernedoodles: These range in size from 15-30 pounds. If you need a dog that will stay under 50 pounds I would recommend a small mini or a tiny/f1b mini bernedoodle.

bernedoodle size comparison

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Bernedoodle Temperament

Bernedoodles tend to have the best attributes of both the Bernese and the poodle. They are fun, loving, goofy, sociable, confident dogs. They are very gentle around the elderly and children. They seem to know what people can handle. Because of this they make perfect therapy and service dogs. They are easy to train and love to work. Bernedoodles love to be around people. They do not do well in an outside kennel and need to be a part of the family. Like with any puppy Bernedoodles need training early. Training your Bernedoodle early is best for you and your Bernedoodle. Want to learn more about how we conduct our temperament testing? Want to learn more about each of the temperament traits we test for? Check out our post: What is Temperament and Why is it so Important


What is the Bernedoodle coat Like?

Every Bernedoodle coat is different. The curlier the coat the less it will shed. The straighter the coat the more likely you are to see some shedding. Most Bernedoodles have the wavy hair coat that is low to no shed hair type. Most people with allergies are ok with this hair type. Bernedoodles with a more curly coat are more like the poodle and will not shed. It is very rare to have a bernedoodle with straight hair. Brushing your Bernedoodle twice a week will make shedding less noticeable. Bernedoodles need to be brushed at least once a week to prevent mating. It is necessary to have your Bernedoodle clipped every few months, you can do this yourself or have a professional do it.



Bernedoodle Lifespan

If you want to know how long a Bernedoodle lives, first it is interesting to know that Bernedoodles tend to be healthier than their parents' breeds. The Standard Bernedoodle live 10-12 years. The Mini Bernedoodle lives 14-16 years. The Micro Mini Bernedoodle live 14-16 years.


What Are The Health Concerns of a Bernedoodles?

We are all about genetic testing and choosing the right parents. As they can be prone to hip, elbow dysplasia and eye problems. Just like most other breeds they can get cancer. Genetic testing can reduce the health concerns for Bernedoodles. Bernese Mountain Dogs need to be tested in Hips, Elbow, Vwd (a genetic disorder), and eyes. Standard Poodles need to be tested for Hips, Eyes, Thyroid, and heart. Mini Poodles need to be tested in Eyes, Hips, and Vwd.


Furnished vs Unfurnished Bernedoodle

The term "Furnishings" refers to the long hair on the extremities of the dog including the head and tail. When our Bernese is crossed with a Poodle the resulting dog is furnished. If one of our Bernese is crossed with certain bernedoodles, the result is unfurnished.


We've had many families specifically ask for an unfurnished bernedoodle. Some families don't like the beard of the furnished bernedoodle or they love the bernese look, but like the bernedoodle temperament more. Here are some photo examples:


Unfurnished Bernedoodle

Sable Bernedoodle

bernedoodle full grown

bernedoodle full grown

What Colors do Bernedoodles Come In?

Bernedoodles can be black, black & brown, black & white, or a tri-color which is a mix of white, black, and brown. More colors are commonly referred as: sable, chocolate, phantom, and merle. Enjoy some examples from our sweet furbabies!








What is an F1 Bernedoodle? or F2 Bernedoodle?

What is an f1 bernedoodle

What is an F1b Bernedoodle?

An F1b bernedoodle is a cross between an F1 Bernedoodle and a poodle. The result is a dog that is 3/4 poodle and 1/4 bernese mountain dog.

what is an f1b bernedoodle

What is an F2b Bernedoodle?

An F2b bernedoodle is a cross between an F1 Bernedoodle and an F1b bernedoodle. It can also be a cross between an F1 Bernedoodle and an F2 Bernedoodle The result is an F2b bernedoodle, more commonly referred to as a multigen.

what is an f2b bernedoodle

F1b Reverse Bernedoodle - What does this mean?

A Reverse F1b Bernedoodle is a cross between an F1 Bernedoodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog. This means they are 3/4 Bernese Mountain Dog and 1/4 Poodle. We love these pairings, because each puppy in this type of litter has a 50/50 chance of being unfurnished. We have had a lot of families reach out to us who love the temperament of the bernedoodle, but they don't like the look of the doodle beard as much.



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