Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog + Poodle)

Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog + Poodle)

Affectionate and Playful

Bernedoodles are companion dogs at their core. Bernedoodles are a mix of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. They inherit both the intelligence of their parents and the charm, goofiness, and happy-go-lucky temperament of their Poodle parents.

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What is Hip Dysplasia?

It is a genetic health issue where the hip or elbow joints loosen up and cause dysfunction and pain. It usually occurs in the growing stage of the dogs. Over time, this may result in arthritis, muscle atrophy, and limitations in mobility. 

Clinical Signs

  • Lethargy

  • Decreased range of motion

  • Difficulty or reluctance in climbing stairs, rising, jumping, or running

  • Loss of muscle mass in the thighs 

  • Noticeable enlargement of the shoulder muscles

  • Flinching when the lower back muscles are touched


Treatments may include

  • Chiropractic therapy

  • Supplements for joints

  • Anti-inflammatory medications 

  • Surgery

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Considered to have goofy personalities


They have charming personalities and are playful outdoors


They are very affectionate with family and kids 

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Their coat is long and curly.


Colors and shades range from brown, chocolate, liver, black, white with patters being bicolor, tricolor, sable, tuxedo, and tan.




As the coat is hard, it requires regular grooming. Monthly trimming is also required.


These dogs are typically easy to train because of their intelligence.

Bernedoodles: Introduction to the Breed

Bernedoodles are companion dogs at their core. Bernese Mountain Dogs inherit both the intelligence of their Poodle parents and the charm, goofiness, and happy-go-lucky temperament of their Poodle parents. In addition to playing with their families, Bernedoodles enjoy cuddling with their owners and are willing participants in all kinds of cuddle sessions.

Due to the breed's short history, it may be difficult to make accurate predictions about individual dogs. There are times when they show more characteristics of the Poodle and other times when they show more characteristics of the Bernese. However, Bernedoodle fans adore their friendliness, playfulness, intelligence, and affection. Additionally, they tend to be hypoallergenic, which is great for allergy sufferers.

The appearance of Bernedoodles can differ as well as their personalities. Various colors and textures can be found in their coats, which can be curly and wavy or straight. There are three sizes available: tiny, miniature, and standard. It is determined by the size of the parent Poodle, which can be a toy, mini, or standard.

In general, Bernedoodles are adaptable and go with the flow. Bernedoodles with smaller sizes makes better apartment pets than Standard Bernedoodles, who need a yard to burn off energy. A long daily walk is usually sufficient to meet the breed's moderate exercise needs. You won't be able to find a better mixed-breed dog for the whole family, or for a single owner looking for a loving, smart, and lovable companion, than a Bernedoodle.

Pet ownership is one of the most important decisions you can make for your family. Before purchasing another puppy, research the available puppies and consider which will fit your family and lifestyle best. Consider carefully what characteristics you would like in a dog and what you would like the dog to lack. Here are a few things to know about Bernedoodles.

Bernedoodles are generally:

  • Good with Families

  • Playful with Kids

  • Smart

  • Affectionate

  • Intelligent

The Bernedoodle is an excellent choice if you are looking for a loyal, loving friend.

The Bernedoodle breed appears to inherit many of the best personality traits from the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle breeds. Individual traits and personalities of dogs within the breed can vary depending on which traits they inherit from their parents. Bernedoodles are intelligent, hardworking when necessary, loyal, and just a little goofy. If they have been socialized well, they are good with children and other dogs. A Bernedoodle may inherit the stubbornness of the Bernese Mountain Dog, but this trait tends to fade away as the puppy becomes an adult.

What are the Origins of the Bernedoodle?

Bernedoodles are a relatively new breed. A hybrid between Poodles and Bernese Mountain Dogs may have existed prior to 2003, though Sherry Rupke of Swissridge Kennels claims to be the first to intentionally breed the Bernedoodle.

Although the Bernedoodle is a relatively new breed, and it is a hybrid of two purebreds, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, though it is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.

Even though this is considered a designer breed, they are sometimes found in shelters, and rescue groups that have a focus on Poodles and Bernese Mountain Dogs will sometimes work with mixes of those breeds. It is not necessary to rely on a breeder for a Bernedoodle.

Even if you don't find the exact dog breed you're looking for, you're sure to be able to find one that's going to make you fall in love with it no matter what.

What are the Risks for the Bernedoodle Dog Breed?

As a result of inbreeding, many purebred dogs are at risk for genetically inherited diseases and conditions, but crossbreeding can help reduce the risk of genetically inherited diseases and conditions. Since the Bernedoodle breed hasn't been around for as long as other breeds, there is a limited amount of information available about health concerns for this breed. Compared to the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Bernedoodle seems to have a lower incidence of cancer than the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Some conditions that Bernedoodles may experience include:

No matter how healthy your dog is when you first bring them home, you should prepare for any issues that may arise throughout the course of its lifetime.

The tiny and miniature Bernedoodles typically do better in apartments, while the standard Bernedoodles may do better in a house with a yard. They don't require much personal space, and if their moderate needs for physical and mental stimulation are met, they shouldn't be too destructive. The less time they spend alone, the better. They love being around their humans.


A Bernedoodle, like a Poodle, is quite intelligent, so it can learn both good and bad habits. Keeping up with training is essential. When meeting new people or pets, socialization and exposure to other dogs and humans is always a good idea to help keep them well-behaved.

If you buy a puppy from a good breeder, make sure its parents are health-cleared. It proves that a dog has been tested and cleared for a particular condition.