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What Is A Bernedoodle?


Curious as to what a bernedoodle is? Bernedoodles are a blend of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a poodle. As with most breeds, the Bernedoodle can come with a variety of sizes as well as coat textures and colors.

How Big Is a Bernedoodle?

The three most common sizes associated with the bernedoodle are standard, mini, and tiny.

A standard bernedoodle has a weight ranging from 80 -100 pounds. A mini or sometimes called medium bernedoodle has a weight range from 25-49 pounds. Finally, a tiny bernedoodle has a weight range of 10-24 pounds.

Each of these sizes are normally achieved by breeding a Bernese Mountain Dog with various sizes of poodle. It is important to know the history of your bernedoodle to understand the range of weight you can expect your dog to fit into as they grow.

Coat textures can vary in Bernedoodles because of the blend of poodle and Bernese genetics. Much like eye color or hair color, familial history plays an important role in the genetic makeup of the Bernedoodle. Although modern day science is allowing breeders to test for more traits and coat colors within their breeding dog's DNA, there are still surprises that may occur along the way. Some Bernedoodles may fade as their adult coat grows in. Others may be unfurnished, or not have a full fuzzy coat that is typically recognized within the breed. As more testing becomes available, breeders are able to better discern what to expect in their future litters and therefore provide the families with an idea of how their puppy will change as they grow. 

Do Bernedoodles Shed?

It is important to understand that even though Bernedoodles have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, this breed still does shed. Breeders have found a much better chance of decreasing dander and shedding by increasing the percentage of poodle in the Bernedoodle breed. A Bernese mountain dog bred with a poodle will create a puppy that is labled F1. An F1 Bernedoodle bred back to a poodle will create and F1b Bernedoodle. Two F1b Bernedoodles bred together will create a multigenerational Bernedoodle. In some cases, a breeder may choose to breed a Bernedoodle back to a Bernese creating a reverse Bernedoodle. All varieties of Bernedoodle have wonderful qualities that are dear to their families.

F1 Bernedoodle

%50 Bernese Mtn Dog

%50 Poodle

F1b Bernedoodle

%25 Bernese Mtn Dog

%75 Poodle


What colors do Bernedoodles Come in?

Bernedoodles can come in a variety of colors. The most iconic is the tri-color, black with brown and white, modeling the markings of the bernese mountain dog. Other colors can include combinations of browns, sables, and phantoms. A bernedoodle that is mostly white is called a parti colored. Slight white markings on solid colors are known as bi-colored puppies, or puppies with white abstract markings.

Now that you know what a bernedoodle is, you can look under our adoption process tab to know what to expect when purchasing a puppy from us. Hopefully, our Bernedoodle facts have you convinced as to what a wonderful addition Bernedoodles can make to any family.

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