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Comparing a Bernedoodle vs Goldendoodle

Comparing a Bernedoodle vs Goldendoodle


Bernedoodle vs Goldendoodle


In this article, I will be making a popular dog breed comparison of the Bernedoodle vs Goldendoodle. If you’ve been looking into the perfect Doodle breed, I’m sure you have heard all the many types of Doodle mixes. All of them are great dogs and tend to be very family-oriented. But, you might be confused about what the exact differences are with these Doodles. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have a better idea of which dog is right for your family. 

Bernedoodle vs Goldendoodle

  • Temperament.

The temperament of a dog is the personality that the breed is known for. This can be traits that people want or things that can make them more difficult as a pet. First, we will discuss the Bernedoodle and its temperament and then compare them to the Goldendoodle.


  • “Velcro-dog”  – The Bernedoodle, which is half Bernese Mountain Dog, is known to be very loyal to its owners and family members. They will hardly leave your side and therefore has gotten the name Velcro-dog. This trait is good because it means that your dog is attentive and understands your feelings on a deeper level than most dogs.
  • Docile – This does not mean that your Bernedoodle won’t love to play. It just means that as an adult, it will be less likely to pound around and have any aggressive behaviors to look out for.
  • Relaxed – Bernedoodles are known for being a relaxed and calm breed that loves to cuddle and make their owners happy.
  • Therapy Dog – Since these Doodles are known to be very in tune with their owner’s feelings, they make excellent therapy dogs for people with PTSD or anxiety. They know just when to give a comforting hug.


  • Energetic – 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.
  • Friendly – Goldendoodles love people. They very rarely will come across a person that they don’t like. Everyone is a potential friend and playmate.
  • Highly Intelligent – Though Bernedoodles are intelligent also, the Goldendoodle ranks higher in dog intelligence. This intelligence has made them great for seeing-eye dogs and other various service dogs.
  • Both: The Bernedoodle and the Goldendoodle are fun-loving, playful, and easy to train. They make great pets for any family with small children and other pets. 

 Lifespan Of Bernedoodle vs Goldendoodle:  

  • A Standard Bernedoodle will have a lifespan of about 12-15 years. A Goldendoodle’s lifespan is about 10-15. Both breeds come in mini and toy sizes that can have a lifespan of up to 18 years. With proper care, both the Bernedoodle and Goldendoodle have the same average lifespans. 

Size Of The Bernedoodle vs Goldendoodle: 

  • A Standard Bernedoodle will grow up to be 70-90 pounds and stand 23-29 inches tall depending on gender and genetics of the Bernedoodle. A Standard Goldendoodle will grow to 20-24 inches tall and weigh 40-50 pounds.
  • The Goldendoodle comes in sizes between standard and miniature, called a small standard. A small standard Goldendoodle will grow 17-20 inches tall and will weigh 40-50 pounds.
  • A Miniature Bernedoodle is 18-24 inches tall and weighs 10-24 pounds while the Miniature Goldendoodle is 13-20 inches tall and weighs 15-35 pounds.
  • The Bernedoodle breed also comes in a toy size. A Toy or “Tiny” Bernedoodle will only grow 10-24 pounds and stand 12-17 inches tall.
  • Both the Bernedoodle and the Goldendoodle come in a variety of sizes for every family’s need. Smaller sizes for people with children or who live in apartments. And, larger sizes for people with bigger yards and space available for them to romp and play.

Grooming Of Bernedoodle vs Goldendoodle 

  • Grooming of both breeds will be almost identical. Both breeds come in curly or wavy hair types. The curlier the hair is, the less it will shed. Some shedding is healthy for both breeds, but it is not nearly as bad as a purebred Golden Retriever or Bernese Mountain Dog.
  • Both breeds will need frequent brushing to prevent mats and knots in their coats. Since they do not shed, they will need to be taken to a groomer every 8-12 weeks to be trimmed, or shaved for more active lifestyles.
  • Both the Bernedoodle and the Goldendoodle will need baths when needed, and regular nail trims as well. These can be done at home when required or with your groomer.

Health Of The Bernedoodle vs Goldendoodle

  • Both the Bernedoodle and the Goldendoodle are healthy breeds overall. They do not have any life-threatening diseases that they have known for. As long as you purchase from a reputable breeder and give proper nutrition and exercise, your Doodle will stay healthy and strong.
  • There are a few minor things that these breeds have been known to have. Bernedoodles are known to have hip and elbow dysplasia as they age because of their large size. They are also known to have a loss of eyesight as they age. Bernedoodles also overheat quickly. So hot climates are not the best for these snow-loving dogs.
  • Likewise, Goldendoodles are prone to getting ear infections. Ear infections are caused by their love of water combined with floppy ears. As long as you keep them clean and dried, there should be no issues. Goldendoodles are also prone to tooth and gum disease. Yearly check-ups and teeth cleaning with your vet for all dog breeds will prevent this.

Training Of Bernedoodles vs Goldendoodles  

  • Training both Bernedoodles and Goldendoodles are relatively easy. Both breeds love and want to please their owners. They are intelligent and will catch on quickly to any training session. When starting from a young age, both breeds will be a breeze to train.
  • Bernedoodles will require a little more patience than a Goldendoodle in some cases. Males have been known to be a bit hard-headed and stubborn at times. It is not because they are dumb, but because they are testing their boundaries and limits that you have set. With a little patience and constant practice, your Bernedoodle will be trained in no time.
  • Bernedoodles have been known to be great for training in therapy and as guard dogs. Goldendoodles have likewise been very successfully bred as a service dog of all types.


  • We know that life sometimes throws a curveball at you. This can disrupt your life and can make it hard on family pets. With the Bernedoodle and the Goldendoodle, you do not have to worry about a fragile state of mind. They adapt well to new lifestyles and moves. Whether it be adding a new baby to your family or moving across the country, these dogs generally do well to change as long as they have you.
  • Since they are so loyal to their owners, they look to you for how to act in a changing environment. As long as they can be comforted and reassured by you, they have no problems taking on a new challenge in life.


  • Both the Bernedoodle and the Goldendoodle are considered a designer breed. With that comes with the responsibility of the buyer. You will want to be sure to buy your doodle with a reputable breeder or to adopt from a shelter. While shelter costs do vary by location, in general breeders are more expensive.
  • Bernedoodles on average cost about $3,000. They are harder to find, and breeders are not as common as with the Goldendoodles. So the prices tend to be higher, and you will have to travel farther to find one.
  • Goldendoodles cost about $600-$800 depending on the location where you live. Goldendoodles are much easier to find, and therefore you probably won’t have to travel far to find a reputable breeder.

In Conclusion: How To Choose 

  • Choosing whether to get a Bernedoodle or a Goldendoodle can seem like a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be.
  • Bernedoodles are great because they are like giant teddy bears. All will gladly be a lap dog, even if you don’t have a big enough lap for them. They are intelligent and very intuitive to your feelings and of others in your family. They are protective of their homes and great with children. Bernedoodles are great for people who want a dog that will be loving and yet play with them daily.
  • Goldendoodles are great for people with active lifestyles or multiple children. All never tire of playing and running. They will love to do any outdoor activity with you. They are loving and yet almost daring. Goldendoodles will want to try new things and make you happy.
  • Bernedoodles do tend to be on the larger size, but with both breeds coming in miniature and toy breeds, there is a size for every household. Smaller Bernedoodles can be great for an apartment or small home living as they do not require as much exercise as the Goldendoodle.
  • Both the Bernedoodle and Goldendoodle have some fantastic attributes, and it can be hard making a final decision on which breed is right for your family. But, we hope with this comparison article we have made it easier for you.

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