When I was first deciding what type of doodle breed to adopt, the one question I had was what I could expect for a Bernedoodle Size or various doodle types. I didn’t want a huge dog, but rather a medium size that would be a perfect match for our family.
So, how big do Bernedoodles get?
The short answer is most sizes and weight can vary from tiny, mini and standard. I’ll give you all the different options in this post and everything you’ll need to know when choosing.
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 the amount 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, averages at 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.
F1 Generation puppies are parented by a purebred Poodle 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 associated with this loyal and loving breed. Their size also tends to closely align 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 turn out to be either smaller or larger than their F1 parent. Breed and size of the non-Bernedoodle parent is often a determining factor.
F2 puppies are accomplished by paring 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 have an impact on 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. 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 they may be more likely to exhibit signs of stress than the Standard Bernedoodle.
Due diligence on the part of the breeder could help to 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 the stress without compromising on size.
So does size really matter?
Let’s delve a little deeper in 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 are going to 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 a 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 time periods. Even a five-minute pop-by and treat on your lunch break could help to curb any separation anxiety issues.
While Tiny and Mini Bernedoodles need less food than a Standard size, their energy levels tend to be significantly higher. If not addressed and considered in the daily care and routine of their fur baby, owners can quickly become stressed and frustrated.
Take your Tiny or Mini out for at least one walk per day – more whenever you can. 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 to be problematic, 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 similar device to train.
Which Bernedoodle Size is Right for You?
In the end, the size of a Bernedoodle tends to come down to the owner’s personal preference. So, before you make a decision, consider the various aspects of your life.
You may have restrictions in space then 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.
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 do like to play and need regular exercise, they’re typically content to sit on the couch and relax with you 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 to ensure your newest furry family member will be around for years to come. Love them deeply and treat them gently and they’ll become your most loyal and trusted friend.
Other questions when deciding to adopt a Bernedoodle is do they shed and I wrote a complete post on everything you need to know. You can find it here
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