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Like the Bernese Mountain Dog, Bernedoodles form remarkably strong bonds with their family and absolutely adore children. In addition to a hypoallergenic coat, the Bernedoodle is also easy to train and remarkably low-maintenance.


Bernedoodle puppies are adorable, curious and behave surprisingly similar to a toddler – they need near constant attention and crave your love and affection nearly as much as they crave food.

This is a smart breed that is always sociable, friendly and well-behaved. Like all puppies, however, they need to first learn what is acceptable behavior and what isn’t. Bernedoodles are are exceedingly curious and eager to explore their new surroundings.

That’s why it is very important that new Bernedoodle puppy owners take steps to ensure their puppy doesn’t get into trouble. You do that by housebreaking early and puppy-proofing your home.

Breed group

AKC registered breeds are categorized into one of seven breed groups based on their characteristics and the role the breed was originally developed to fulfill, such as herding, hunting and guarding. Bernedoodle are a hybrid crossbreed of the Standard Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog, therefore they are not recognized by the AKC or categorized into an official breed group.

Breed Standard

A breed standard is a set of guidelines used to ensure dogs produced by breeders always conform to the specifics of the standardized breed. Crossbreeds, like the Bernedoodle are not officially recognized by the AKC and therefore not subject to an official breed standard.

However, PuppySpot has a zero-tolerance policy for puppy mills or substandard breeding of any kind – so you can be sure that your puppy will be happy and healthy whether they have a breed standard or not.


Due to their parentage, Bernedoodles are almost always black, black and white or a combination of black, white and brown. In general, the Bernedoodles appearance combines characteristics of both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle – they are both lean and sturdy and flaunt a shaggy, hypoallergenic coat.

As crossbreeds, Bernedoodles come in a range of sizes (50-90 pounds), though females are generally smaller than males. Regardless of size, Bernedoodles are always well-mannered, affectionate and very seldom aggressive. They love children and make fantastic family companions.


The Bernedoodles skull is flat on top and broad, with a slight furrow and a well-defined, but not exaggerated. The muzzle is strong and straight. The nose is always black. Its head is of moderate width and well-developed but without exaggeration and in proportionate in size to the rest of the dog. Face should be shorter than the skull, clean-cut and free from fleshy cheeks.

Ears are set low on the head and should not stick up or out. Eyes are large, wide-set, expressive and animated. Nose is large and square in appearance but never small, narrow or pinched.


As a hybrid dog, the size and substance of the Bernedoodle’s body can vary from dog to dog according to its pedigree. However, as a general rule, Bernedoodles blend characteristics of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle – medium to large, sturdy but not bulky and never over-lean. The neck is strong, muscular and of medium length. The chest is deep and capacious with well-sprung, but not barrel shaped.

Legs and Feet

The Bernedoodle’s legs are straight and strong and the elbows are well under the shoulder when the dog is standing. The pasterns slope very slightly but are never weak. Feet are compact and turn neither in nor out.

Tail and Hindquarters

The Bernedoodle’s tail should follow the topline and carried happily but should never curl completely over the back. The tail tip should not touch the back nor curl upon itself. Hindquarters are well-muscled for power in movement.

Coat and Colors
As hybrid dogs, the Bernedoodle’s color and markings can vary from dog to dog, though the variation is slight. The Majority of Bernedoodle coats are wavy and almost always black, black and white or a combination of black, white and brown.

Height and Weight

As crossbreeds, Bernedoodles come in a range of sizes (50-90 pounds), though females are generally smaller than males. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a substantial dog, so Bernedoodles that “lean Bernese” are likely to be larger than those who “lean poodle”, generally 23 to 29 inches.


The Bernedoodles temperament and personality is affectionate, friendly, comical and joyful. They are always energetic and eager-to-please and eagerly greet people in a happy, friendly manner. They are exceptionally loyal and known to possess an intuition about the emotional state of family members. As a general rule, Bernedoodles love children and get along well with other pets.


Bernedoodles are a healthy breed. As hybrid dogs, Bernedoodles benefit from Heterosis, which means they possess traits that are enhanced as a result of the mixed genetic contributions of its parents.

Though Bernedoodles are widely considered to be healthy dogs, they can develop genetic health problems common to both Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles. The best way to ensure the health of your puppy is to buy from a responsible breeder who can ensure your new family member is healthy from the moment he or she arrives at your home!

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