7 fascinating Bernedoodle facts

Bernedoodle facts: Bernedoodle sitting outside
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There are lots of Bernedoodle facts available out there, so we’ve decided to round up seven of our favorites for you to enjoy. You’re welcome!

But, before we dive in, it’s undeniable that the Bernedoodle is one of the cutest dog breeds in the world. Coming from two incredibly owner-oriented breeds, there’s no doubt that with positive, rewards-based training and lots of love, this pooch can be the perfect pet.

They truly are one of the greatest companions you could ever wish for - after all, it’s what they’re said to have been specifically bred for back in 2003. So, without further ado, here are our top seven Bernedoodle facts.

1. It’s only a name

Bernedoodles are a crossbreed, commonly combining a Bernese Mountain Dog with a Standard Poodle (although, some combinations also feature either a single Bernedoodle parent or both parents being Bernedoodles). So, it’s unsurprising that they are sometimes referred to as the Bernese Mountain Poo - although, we agree that it’s not the most flattering of names!

2. A coat of many colors

Due to being a mix of two breeds that are both born in a variety of coat colors, Bernedoodles really can have any coat color combination you could possibly think of. From being born head-to-toe in one color to sporting a coat that includes a pattern of two or three colors beautifully blended as one, Bernedoodles are most often black, brown, or white. Or all of them swirled together!

3. They’re low maintenance…or are they high maintenance?

It’s not only the color of the coat that can grow through as a combination. Although it would be great to know, it’s near impossible to predict the kind of coat a Bernedoodle newborn pup will have as they get older. 

It could be thick like the Bernese Mountain Dog, have a tighter-textured coat like a Poodle, or be a mixture of the two. This means that they may shed (similar to a Bernese) or not at all (like a Poodle), as well as being either curly, wavy or straight. 

The possibilities are endless. However, it’s this coat type that will determine whether your pet turns out to be a low-maintenance pooch or a high-maintenance one. Either way…they’re just so cute!

Bernedoodle facts: Bernedoodle lying on owners lap

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4. One size does not fit all

You can’t deny it, Bernese Mountain Dogs are a pretty large breed. However, as a result of the variety of poodle breeds that they can be mixed with, Bernedoodles are born in a variety of sizes, too. They can be: 

  • Tiny: measuring up to 17 inches tall and weighing as little as 10 pounds
  • Miniature: reaching up to 22 inches tall and weighing as much as 49 pounds
  • Standard: standing as tall as 29 inches and weighing up to 90 pounds

But no matter what size they come in, one thing is clear - these guys are too darn adorable for their own good!

5. Slightly late to the party

Despite Bernese Mountain Dogs dating back almost 2,000 years, these adorable cross breeds didn’t actually become popular with breeders and pooch enthusiasts until the second half of the 19th century! The first Bernedoodle specific breed club wasn’t set up in England until 1971. 

However, Sherry Rupke from Swissridge Kennels claims that she was the first breeder to internationally create the Bernedoodle in 2003 when she bred Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles.

6. Best of both worlds

Bernedoodles are said to have the best of both breeds in them. They are said to have inherited their intelligence and goofiness from their Poodle side, and their loyal personalities from their Bernese Mountain Dog heritage. 

Their breed-specific behaviors are also evident with their energetic, active side stemming from their Poodle lineage and their more laid-back, calming attitude derived from their Bernese Mountain Dog DNA.

7. No two Bernedoodles are the same

As with any cross-breed, you’ll never find a Bernedoodle that’s exactly the same as another. From the way they look to the way they behave, the way the DNA mixes from the two breeds will have wonderful results with some pups being noticeably more Poodle and others being more Bernese Mountain Dog. Regardless of the outcome, a Bernedoodle will be your best friend for life and never far from your side. 

Rain, hail, or shine

If you're looking for a canine companion that will brave the elements with you, bounding along in the sunshine, racing through the rain, and even happily frolicking in the snow, the happy-go-lucky Bernedoodle is the friend for you. This dog will adventure with you in any weather conditions because all they really care about is being by your side.

Chloe Petrylak

Chloe is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, who has more than ten years’ experience in creating animal-focussed content. From National Geographic to Animal Planet, Chloe’s passion for creating fact-filled features all about wildlife and the environment is evident. But it’s not just wild animals that Chloe’s fascinated by. Having written more than 75 articles for PetsRadar - and having her very own four-legged friend by her side - it’s no wonder that her love of dogs (and, of course, cats) has grown exponentially.  

Her website, www.chloemaywrites.com, and social media pages - @ChloeMayWrites on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter - showcase her knowledge through daily facts and trivia tidbits. For example, did you know that snails have teeth?!