Bernedoodle size, how big do they get? The short answer is most sizes and weights can vary from tiny, mini, and standard.
I’ll give you all the options in this post and everything you’ll need to know when choosing.
When I first decided what type of doodle breed to adopt, I had one question: what could I expect from a Bernedoodle Size or various doodle types?
I didn’t want a huge dog but a medium size that would perfectly match our family.
The Bernedoodle Size may have quickly landed on your shortlist of options, and it’s a great choice. A hybrid cross of the Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog.
They are playful, loyal, and affectionate. There are different variations in size. Bernedoodles can easily accommodate almost any family, regardless of available space.
Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle have different sub-breeds. For the Poodle, it’s Standard, Toy, and Mini.
For the Bernese Mountain Dog, it’s Standard and Mini. The size of a Bernedoodle puppy depends on which sub-breeds are combined.
What are Bernedoodle Sizes?
Standard Bernedoodles, a cross between a full-size Bernese Mountain Dog and a full-size Poodle, average out at about 70 to 90 pounds. They tend to measure between 23 and 29 inches at the shoulder. They are the largest of all Bernedoodles.
Mini Bernedoodles, accomplished by breeding a Miniature Poodle with a full-size Bernese Mountain Dog, tend to weigh between 25 and 49 pounds with an average height of 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder.
Tiny Bernedoodles, achieved when a Mini Bernese Mountain Dog is bred with a Toy Poodle, average 10 to 24 pounds. They measure 12 to 17 inches at the shoulder. They are the smallest of all Bernedoodles.
It’s important to note that the sizes and weights listed are only guidelines. Bernedoodles may be larger or smaller depending on the parents. Females also tend to be smaller than males.
Generation Can Impact the Size of Your Bernedoodle
While sub-breed tends to be the biggest determining factor in the size of a Bernedoodle, generation can also impact size – in some cases, significantly.
A purebred Poodle parents F1 Generation puppies with a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog. They are the most common. Genetic makeup is 50 percent of each parent.
These puppies tend to be the healthiest of all Bernedoodles, and their demeanor is usually more aligned with the loving and docile nature of this loyal and loving breed.
Their size also tends to align closely with the aforementioned guidelines.
F1b puppies are a “backcross” breed, accomplished by mixing a Bernedoodle with either a Bernese Mountain Dog or a Poodle.
Most instances of backcrossing pair the Bernedoodle with a Poodle. In this instance, the offspring typically maintains the fluffy, allergy-friendly coat that so many people love about this breed.
These puppies tend to have irregular coats and are prone to shedding. Puppies may be either smaller or larger than their F1 parent.
The breed and size of the non-Bernedoodle parent is often determining factor.
F2 puppies are accomplished by pairing an F1 Bernedoodle with another F1.
If continued over seven generations, the breeder could register the puppies as purebred, but as with most pure breeds, underlying health issues are likely to emerge.
F2 dogs are less likely to have the fluffy coat that makes Bernedoodles such a popular breed, and they may be more prone to shedding than F1 dogs.
Offspring is likely to be about the same size as the parents; if Bernedoodles of different sizes are bred (i.e. a Mini with a Standard), the size of the puppies is likely to fall somewhere in between the two parents.
When It Comes to Personality, Size Can Matter
If you’re not restricted in terms of space or a lease that prohibits larger dogs, then the adult size of your pup may not seem like an issue of concern.
However, it is important to recognize that a Bernedoodle’s size can impact their personality.
Standard Size is well-known for having a well-balanced personality. They combine the loyalty and laid-back nature of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the playfulness of a Poodle.
However, they have been known to display some of the thick-headed traits of their Bernese Mountain Dog parents.
Combine that with the intelligence and sometimes high-strung nature of their Poodle parent. You can easily end up with a bored and somewhat mischievous, and occasionally ill-behaved Bernedoodle.
Thankfully, in most cases, the more docile nature of the Bernese Mountain Dog wins out in the Standard Bernedoodle.
Tiny and Mini Bernedoodles are paired with Mini and Toy Poodles. They are infamous for their high energy levels and known for being a bit high-strung. They can lead to active and sometimes excitable dogs.
Like their small parents, Tiny and Mini Bernedoodles may also be prone to excessive barking and more likely to exhibit signs of stress than Standard Bernedoodles.
Due diligence on the breeder’s part could help prevent stress and excitability issues.
So if you need a smaller dog because of space or leasing limitations, ask about pairing the Bernese with a more docile Toy or Mini Poodle. In many cases, it can curb stress without compromising on size.
So does size really matter?
Let’s delve a little deeper into the ways that size can impact the care and training of your Bernedoodle pup.
Caring for Your Bernedoodle, Based on Size
While most aspects of care will remain the same, regardless of size (bathing, grooming, etc.), a few may need to be altered accordingly.
First and foremost, Standard Bernedoodles will need more food than Tiny or Mini ones. For pet owners on a budget, this can be problematic.
Standard Bernedoodles are typically more docile than smaller doodle versions. This can cause them to be more skittish around other dogs.
Frequent socialization can help curb this issue. Take regular trips to the dog park, pet store, and walks around the neighborhood.
You might even want to consider finding a friend or neighbor with a dog to allow for regular playdates.
Standard Bernedoodles may also be more likely to experience separation anxiety than Tiny or Mini.
Turning on your radio or television while away can help to ease their stress. Also, avoid leaving your Bernedoodle at home alone for extended periods.
Even a five-minute pop-by and treat on your lunch break could help curb separation anxiety issues.
While Tiny and Mini Bernedoodles need less food than a Standard size, their energy levels are significantly higher.
If not addressed and considered in their fur baby’s daily care and routine, owners can quickly become stressed and frustrated.
Take your Tiny or Mini out for at least one walk daily- more whenever possible. Engage their minds with toys that go beyond the quintessential ball or frisbee.
Let them run free in the yard, and consider making regular playdates with a friend or neighbor.
Training can also be a bit of a challenge with the Tiny or Mini size. Often, they have too much pent-up energy to focus.
Remedy this issue by exercising them before training sessions. They’ll be much more attentive and willing to please.
Stress and excess barking can also be an issue for the Tiny or Mini Bernedoodle. Again, play and exercise are generally the solutions.
However, if the problem continues, use training methods for barking control. One of the most effective is to train your dog to speak first and then to be quiet.
You start by giving the “speak” command when they bark. When they fall silent, you give a different command (“quiet,” “enough,” etc.) and offer them praise.
I do not recommend using a bark collar or a similar device to train.
Which Bernedoodle Size is Right for You?
Ultimately, the size of a Bernedoodle tends to come down to the owner’s preference. So, before you decide, consider the various aspects of your life.
You may have restrictions in space than a Tiny or Mini might be your best option. The smaller your space, the smaller you may need your dog to be. Bernedoodles of all sizes can mesh well with children of any age.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Big Is A Full Grown Bernedoodle?
Bernedoodles come in three different sizes: standard, mini, and tiny. A full-grown standard Bernedoodle measures 23 to 29 inches at the shoulder and weighs and weighs between 70 and 90 pounds.
Mini Bernedoodles have an average height of 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere between 25 and 49 pounds.
The Tiny Bernedoodle is the smallest variety, with an average height of 12 to 17 inches. They weigh anywhere between 10 and 24 pounds when fully grown.
Is a Bernedoodle Bigger Than a Goldendoodle?
While both the Bernedoodle and Goldendoodle are considered large hybrid breeds, the Bernedoodle is slightly larger. They are heavier and taller because of the very large size of their Bernese Mountain Dog parent, which can weigh up to 115 pounds.
On the other hand, a Golden Retriever can weigh between 55 and 65 pounds, almost half the size of a Bernedoodle.
While a Standard Goldendoodle weighs 40 to 60 pounds, a Standard Bernedoodle weighs 70 to 90 pounds when fully grown.
Do Bernedoodles Bark Lot?
Bernedoodles are considered friendly and calm dogs. They are not known to be noisy and tend to bark infrequently.
However, they can get loud sometimes, especially if something is troubling them. Their excessive barking may lead to pain, boredom, fear, and separation anxiety.
What Is The Most Desirable Bernedoodle?
The tri-color Bernedoodle is the most popular and sought-after variety. It is a combination of black, white, and tan.
It can also be a combination of other colors: red, brown, apricot, white, cream, tan, black, or sable.
What Is The Lifespan of a Bernedoodle?
The Bernedoodle has a lifespan of 12 to 18 years. Their lifespan depends on various factors, such as care and size.
Small-sized Bernedoodles tend to live longer than larger ones. Luckily, they do not inherit many health issues.
However, like other dogs, they are prone to some health conditions and need care and treatment to live long and happy life.
Are Bernedoodles High-Maintenance Dogs?
Bernedoodles are high-maintenance dogs that need regular grooming. You must brush their coats at least four times a week to keep them from matting and tangling.
Failing to brush their coats can lead to irritation and other related health issues.
You will also need to bathe your furry friend once in two months. In addition, you will need to take them to a professional groomer every 2 to 3 months.
Are Bernedoodle Puppies Aggressive?
Bernedoodles are generally friendly and non-aggressive dogs. Puppies do not typically develop aggressive behaviors significantly if raised in a healthy breeding environment.
You can socialize and train them from an early to prevent destructive behaviors.
Can a Bernedoodle Be Left Alone?
The Bernedoodle is an affectionate dog that loves to stay with its family. Therefore, they should never be left alone for long periods.
Leaving them alone can lead to separation and destructive behaviors, such as chewing and excessive barking.
If you’re not restricted by space or leasing terms and the happiness and high energy of a Poodle sounds like it’d be too much for you to handle, a Standard Bernedoodle may be more fitting for your family.
While they like to play and need regular exercise, they’re typically content to sit on the couch and relax at the end of the day.
Tiny and Mini versions can sometimes struggle to slow down, even as the evening shifts into nighttime (especially when they’re not getting enough exercise and engagement).
No matter what size you choose, you should know that proper training and care can help ensure your newest furry family member will be around for years.
Love them deeply and treat them gently; they’ll become your most loyal and trusted friends.
Another question when deciding to adopt a Bernedoodle is do they shed I wrote a complete post on everything you need to know.
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