Bernedoodles FAQ

Bernedoodles are a cross breed between a purebred Bernese Moutain Dog and a purebred Poodle. Getting the best of both worlds, the Bernedoodle is a happy-go-lucky companion that are usually great with kids and other pets if well socialized. They are highly intelligent, loyal, hardworking (when they need to be), but overall just a laid back personality.

What’s the difference between the different generations?

  • F1 Bernedoodles are a cross between a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog and a purebred Poodle making them a 50/50 cross. This generation usually has a wavy coat making them a great companion for people with more mild dog allergies.
  • F1B Bernedoodles are a cross between a F1 Bernedoodle and a Poodle. This dog is 75% Poodle and 25% Bernese Mountain Dog making them little to no shedding with a curlier coat and great for people with severe allergies.
  • F2 Bernedoodles are a cross between a F1 Bernedoodle and F1 Bernedoodle. This cross will vary greatly with coat types ranging from wavy/flat to the more curly coat.
  • F2B Bernedoodles (also known as a Teddy Bear Bernedoodle) are a cross between a F1 Bernedoodle and F1B Bernedoodle. This cross is 62.5% poodle and 37.5% Bernese Mountain Dog and for the most part, low shedders.

Do Bernedoodles need to be groomed?

Most Bernedoodles have a wavy coat with low to no shedding. Our puppies are F1B Bernedoodles and will have a curlier coat and are most likely to be non-shedding and hypoallergenic making them great companions with people with more severe allergies related to dog dander. Due to them having a curly coat, they will need to be brushed daily to prevent matting and taken to the groomers every 2-3 months.

What size do they get?

The size of your Bernedoodle depends on the parents and genetics. A Standard Bernedoodle will generally get between 50-90 lbs and be 23-29 inches tall. A Miniature Bernedoodle, a cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog, are more of a small/medium size dog typically weighing between 25-50 lbs with a height of 18-22 inches. Last but not least, a Tiny Bernedoodle typically weighs between 10-24 lbs and 12-18 imches tall. Weights and heights are all estimated and are not guaranteed.

What are the different color variations?

Bernedoodles can come in many different colors and coat variations although some of the more common ones are noted below.

  • Solid color, usually black or brown.
  • Tri color is a mixture of black, brown, and white usually with the typical pattern of the Bernese Mountain Dog.
  • Bi color is just as the name implies: a two-toned dog, typically back and white.
  • Sable color appear two-toned with black or brown tips on the hair and a lighter undertone.
  • Merle refers to the pattern of a bernedoodle’s coat, not a color. The merele gene creates a marbled color coat and lighter patches throughout the solid color coat.
  • Parti color, or “Particularly colored”, is where the dog is at least 50% white with irregular patches of one or more colors.

What is the typical life span?

With the Bernedoodle being a mix between 2 pure-bred dogs, they are typically healthier and are less likely to inherit health issues. Pure-bred dogs have more genetic related health problems due to inbreeding over the years. That being said, Bernedoodles typically live 12-18 wonderful years! Of course, the smaller dogs of this breed usually have a longer life span.

A Bernedoodle can be a wonderful addition to any family, whether it be a single person or a larger family with kids. Come by our house, meet the pups, and see for yourself why we believe a Bernedoodle is one of the best dog breeds you can have!