What is a Bernedoodle?

Read on to learn about this amazing breed!

The Bernedoodle is a designer dog breed that is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. The intelligent, sensitive Poodle combined with the calm, friendly Bernese Mountain dog is without a doubt an amazing adventure!

Even though these hybrid dogs have been around less than two decades, the breed is already insanely popular. That’s not really a surprise though. The family tree of the adorable Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle mix speaks volume about its qualities. This is a special dog comprised of some of the finest breeds around. Anyone seeking out a Bernedoodle can look forward to one of the finest designer dogs ever bred.

Bernese Mountain Dogs nearly went extinct in the late 1800s, and the effort to bring them back resulted in inbreeding which led to various health issues. As a result, they sadly have a relatively short lifespan (6-8 years). Crossing with the Poodle allows the bernedoodle to keep the Bernese qualities that so many people adore, while also having a much longer lifespan (14-17 years).

These sweet Bernedoodles have so much in their favor! If you like the loyal, easy-going nature of the Bernese, but want something with even more intelligence, minimal to no shedding, and better health and longevity, look no further. You have found it in the Bernedoodle! I am still amazed at the beautiful personality of these hypoallergenic, family-friendly puppies.

Bernedoodles tend to be an all-around well-balanced dog with a friendly, sociable and playful disposition that is a good fit for owners of any experience level. First-time owners may want to consider obedience classes to ensure training is a positive bonding experience for them and their dog. Bernedoodles tend to be very trainable and fare really well with other people and pets with socialization.

Our Generations of Bernedoodles

Depending on the parent dogs, there are many genetic variations of Bernedoodles. However, here at Walnut Valley, we only breed the following:

  • F1 Standard – Cross between a Standard Poodle & Bernese Mountain Dog.
  • F1 Mini – Cross between a Mini Poodle & Bernese Mountain Dog.
  • F1b Mini – Cross between a Mini Poodle & an F1 Bernedoodle.

We have Standard, Miniature, and Micro Bernedoodles.

Our Bernedoodles come in three breed sizes - Standard, Miniature, and Micro. A cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Standard Poodle will create a F1 Standard Bernedoodle. Our F1 Standard Bernedoodles will usually stand 23-29 inches at the shoulder and weigh 70-100 or more pounds. Most standard Bernedoodles are in the 70-90 pound range. Females are usually smaller than males.
An F1 Miniature Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Miniature Poodle. Our F1 Mini Bernedoodles usually stand between 17 and 22 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 25 to 65 pounds with most of them weighing 35-45 lbs. Again females tend to be smaller than males.
An F1B Mini or Micro Bernedoodle is a cross between an F1 Mini or Standard Bernedoodle and a Miniature Poodle.
An 'F1B Micro' is the result of breeding an F1 Mini Bernedoodle female to a miniature poodle. F1B Micro Bernedoodles usually stand between 12 and 17 inches tall and weigh between 15 and 25 pounds.
An 'F1B Mini' is the result of breeding an F1 Standard Bernedoodle female to a miniature poodle. F1B Mini Bernedoodles usually stand between 15 and 20 inches tall and weigh between 20 and 40 pounds.

Differences between male and female Bernedoodles.

We are often asked if there is a difference between boys' and girls' personality. Our experience is that there is a lot more difference from puppy to puppy in a litter (even in the same gender) than there is between boys and girls. Males might tend to be more affectionate and goofy, but also a bit more stubborn while females can be more independent but easier to train and less stubborn. The differences are actually quite subtle, and both males and females make absolutely amazing pets. Temperament is more important than gender when looking for the puppy that is the right fit for you. Male Bernedoodles tend to be larger than females, but beyond that there is not a major difference between the genders.

Our Bernedoodles have various coat colors and types.

Coat colors are generally a combination of both of the parents' breeds. Almost all of our F1 puppies have the beautiful tri-colored markings of the Bernese. This tri-colored coat is a less common variation and is generally the most sought after. We occasionally have black and white or black and tan puppies. We also have Laurel, a blue merle mom who produces some F1B Blue Merle puppies.

One of the huge attractions to the bernedoodle is its hypoallergenic coat. While most of our bernedoodles have minimal to no shedding, we encourage a more curly coat for people that have allergy issues. A curly, Poodle-type coat will shed less than the one that is more straight, like the Bernese Mountain Dog. Bernedoodles have a large variation of coat types. We put the different coat types in three categories: Straight/Wavy/Curly. Most of our Bernedoodles' coats are wavy or curly. If you have intense allergies you should consider a curlier coated F1 or an F1B puppy.
To learn more about the Bernedoodle coat and to see pictured examples of each coat type go to What are the Bernedoodle Coat Types? On our FAQ page.

They make good therapy dogs.

Due to their well-balanced temperament and high trainability, our Bernedoodles are often trained as therapy dogs. They are a really excellent fit for the training regimen and tend to enjoy having a job to do. As a therapy dog, they get lots of human interaction, which they thrive on. Plus, it's a job that allows their cuddly and affectionate personality to shine!

Our Bernedoodles do well in apartments.

Both Standard and Min Bernedoodles will adapt well to apartment living. Their Bernese Mountain Dog mom is a working breed however, so they need to get plenty of exercise and attention to remain happy and healthy. They don't like to be left alone for long periods of time because they love human interaction, but are usually fine when left alone for shorter periods of time.

They are a true companion dog.

One of the reasons our Bernedoodles do so well as therapy dogs is that they are true companion dogs. They are very intelligent and are often described as having a happy-go-lucky, goofy, and charming temperament. They are happiest when spending time with their families. Bernedoodles love human interaction, affection, and attention and enjoy playtime and cuddle-time equally. Our Bernedoodles are excellent around children and the elderly. They are a dog who simply wants to love and be loved in return, which makes them a fantastic companion for single owners and for families.

A Bernedoodle puppy can certainly light up your life with love and laughter. Though they can sometimes be stubborn with training at first, they are eager to please and always happy to receive plenty of cuddles. If you think a Bernedoodles might be the right fit for you, check out our available Bernedoodle puppies and contact us for your next steps!

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• Bernedoodle Pros and Cons

• Bernedoodle Breed