The Bernedoodle is a cross between a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog and a purebred Poodle. This hybrid blends the clever goofiness of the poodle with the placid loyalty of the Bernese. Depending on the Bernedoodle's generation (F1, F1b, F2, etc.), it can have varying percentages of Poodle vs. Bernese Mountain Dog genetics. The amount of possible genetic combinations within the Bernedoodle breed, result in many differences of coat texture, color, temperament, agility, and size.
Bernedoodles are fun, easy-going, loyal, patient, gentle with children and other animals, loving, and extremely smart. But keep in mind that they can also be stubborn and switch into sloth-mode if asked to do something that they're not excited about.
Bernedoodles are known for their silly demeanor and happy-go-lucky attitude. They enjoy a walk through the neighborhood, making new friends at the dog park, or going on an adventurous hike, but they are also content just being with you while watching Netflix and getting a belly rub.
Since Bernedoodles can be very in-tune with their owner’s feelings, they make excellent emotional support dogs for people with PTSD or anxiety. They know just when to give a comforting hug, a gentle nudge with their nose, or the infamous Berner-lean.
Since Poodles come in three different sizes (Toy, Miniature, and Standard), the Bernedoodle can vary greatly in size.
And while it is important to educate yourself on the different sizes and select a dog that fits your lifestyle, do not be surprised if your Bernedoodle puppy ends up being 20 lbs less or more than their predicted size!
The world of doodles offers something for almost everyone
The social butterfly
Goldendoodles have been known to be very active throughout their lives. They need a lot of exercise and playtime to keep them from seeking out trouble.
Goldendoodles are people dogs. They very rarely will come across a person that they don’t like. Everyone is a potential friend and playmate.
Labradoodles are loyal, highly trainable and friendly, but may be a bit more reserved towards strangers.
Labradoodles are active dogs who love swimming and can get bored if they don't have a job to do.
The imposing guardian
Pyredoodles are shy by nature, but an excellent judge of character. They are protective and take their role as watchdog seriously. The Pyredoodle is a loyal family dog that is calm and gentle. Since they can be aloof of visitors and protective of their home and family, they are best suited for experienced dog owners.
EVEN MORE DOODLES
With so many doodle varieties available today, it is important to educate yourself before making the decision to welcome a dog into your life for the next fifteen years or more. If you are feeling overwhelmed to make the right choice, learn about the non-poodle breed that was used to create the doodle (i.e. Irish Setter for Irishdoodle, Saint Bernard for Saint Berdoodles, etc.). Take a closer look at their temperaments and the original purpose they were bred for. The AKC website or Wikipedia are very helpful to research the various breeds.
One should never choose a dog based solely on looks, but if allergies play a role in your family, many non-doodle breeds are wonderful options since their coats may be more predictable than that of a mixed breed.