It can be hard to choose between two breeds that have captured your heart. On the one hand, you have a cute and intelligent breed like the Aussiedoodle. On the other, you have a large cuddle bear like the Bernedoodle. You may be wondering how different these two breeds are. Well, let us help you a little bit. We are going to be comparing an Aussiedoodle vs Bernedoodle.
- Fundamentally, these two breeds are different because they have different lineages. Doodles became so famous for these designer breeds because of their hypoallergenic coats and intelligence. Once the nation caught wind of these hybrids, the cross-breeds took off like wildfire. But, when picking a Doodle cross, it is essential to keep their lineage in mind, as this contributes a lot to what they will be like.
- Aussiedoodles are also half Australian Shepherd or Aussie. Aussies are known for their intelligence and focus levels. But, these dogs were not bred in Australia. They originate right here in the USA. They are excellent stock drivers and farmhands. Nothing ever gets past an Aussie.
- Bernedoodles are a Bernese Mountain Dog mix. Bernese Moutain dogs were also herding dogs in the Swiss Alps. They are a focused breed that loves to have a task. They are loyal and loving in a way like no other.
- Both the Aussiedoodle and Bernedoodle will exhibit traits of their herding and farm origins.
- One of the best ways to compare breeds is to look at their temperaments. Aussiedoodles are known for their intelligence. But did you also know they are very playful and energetic as well? They love nothing more than to play fun games of fetch and frisbee. But don’t let this fool you because they are also very loving and loyal.
- Bernedoodles are a very gentle breed. They love to be near their families at all times and spending time with you. While these dogs are not hyper, they are known to enjoy a good game. These gentle breeds are great for kids and do well in all situations.
- Pros Playful – Intelligent -Loyal
- Cons: Very active – Not suitable for children under 8
Bernedoodle – Temperament
- Pros: Adapts well to all ages – Loving – Loyal
- Cons: Develops separation anxiety easily – Needs a larger house for larger sizes
- Aussiedoodles have a moderate to high energy level. You will need to have a decent sized yard for them to move around in. And, in addition to this outdoor free space, they need an hour-long walk a day. That isn’t even including all the playtime they need throughout the day. Once your Aussiedoodle gets fixated on a game, they won’t want to stop.
- Bernedoodles also have a moderate to high energy level. But they do not display it in the same ways. They love to play and seek your attention but in a gentler approach. Larger Bernedoodles will need a larger backyard and a 30-60 minute walk a day. And it is just as essential to keep them moving through play. If you leave it to a Bernedoodle, they can become lazy quickly.
Aussiedoodle – Energy
- Pros: Great for active lifestyles
- Cons: Needs constant attention
Bernedoodle – Energy
- Pros: Can keep up well with active lifestyles
- Cons: Become lazy quickly
- Both the Aussiedoodle and the Bernedoodle are highly intelligent. They both easily pick up on many tricks because they are so eager to please. They love to have tasks to perform and thrive off mental challenges. While both of these breeds can be stubborn, it is for different reasons.
- Aussiedoodles become stubborn when you are not challenging them enough. They will not keep preforming the same task over and over. Bernedoodles become stubborn during their “teenage” months. This stubbornness passes as soon as it comes and just requires a little more patience.
- Pros: Eager to please and Catches on quickly
- Cons: Needs a lot of variety
- Pros: Eager to please and Responds well to treats
- Cons: Can become stubborn
Coat Types And Grooming
- Knowing your Doodle’s coat type is essential for many reasons because not all Doodles are hypoallergenic. Aussiedoodles can have a curly or wavy coat. Both of these are considered a hypoallergenic, and curly coats have almost no shedding. They also come in any variety of colors you can imagine.
- Bernedoodles can have a straight, wavy, or curly coat. Straight hair is not considered hypoallergenic and sheds quite a bit. Wavy to curly coats can have minimal shedding to none at all. Bernedoodles typically range in color from black, brown, to white. Occasionally you can even find one that is all three.
- Both of these Doodles require a lot of grooming due to their coat types. You should brush them daily and take them to a professional groomer every 6-12 weeks. At their professional grooming appointments, they will get hair cuts and a bath. These are extremely important and should start as young as 12 weeks old. Without strict grooming routines, your Doodle will quickly become unmanageable. Tangles come out easily if they are caught early. But, once you have a huge mat, your groomer will have no other choice but to cut it out.
Aussiedoodle – Coat Types and Grooming
- Pros: Hypoallergenic
- Cons: Lots of brushing & Grooming appointments
Bernedoodle – COAT TYPES AND GROOMING
- Pros: Some are Hypoallergenic
- Cons: Lots of brushing – Straight hair types are not hypoallergenic -Larger breeds cost more to groom
Size And Lifespan
- Since Poodles come in a variety of breeds, most Doodles also come in varying sizes. Most breeders choose the Poodle to be a male because they can come in toy and mini sizes. When you breed these smaller Poodles to larger breeds, you can get smaller Doodles.
- Aussiedoodles come in tiny, mini, and standard sizes. A tiny Aussiedoodle only grows to be 6-12 pounds while a mini grows to 15-35 pounds. Standards grow up to be 40-70 pounds. Aussiedoodles have an average lifespan of 10-12 years, but smaller breeds can live up to 15.
- Bernedoodles have three sizes, also in tiny, mini, and standard. Tiny Bernedoodles come to weigh about 10-24 pounds. Minis grow up to be 25-49 pounds. And finally, the standard gets 70-90 pounds full grown. The Bernedoodle life expectancy is 12-15 years, but with smaller breeds, it’s not uncommon to see them live to 18 or more.
- Since both of these dogs come in a variety of sizes, you can find one for any lifestyle you have.
Most people don’t consider possible medical conditions when buying a puppy. But, there are many reasons why you should start looking at them. For one, some of these medical conditions could cost you a fortune, or end in premature death. And secondly, some of these medical conditions are present in ill-bred dogs. So, if a breeder does genetic testing on a mating pair, it could significantly reduce these.
Aussidoodles are prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye disease
- Thyroid disease
- And skin allergies
Bernedoodles are prone to:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Eye disease
- Skin sensitivities
All medical conditions are considered a con for every breed. And even with genetic testing, there is no guarantee that your puppy won’t develop something else in the future. So good breeding, diet, and exercise is a must.
- Finally, our last subject is cost. Most people gravitate towards cheaper things. But, this could be a mistake when buying your new best friend. Aussiedoodles can be as low as $700 and as high as $1,200 depending on location. Bernedoodles, by comparison, cost anywhere from $2,500-$5,000. You might think that Bernedoodles are entirely out of your price range, but it depends on how you look at it.
- Aussiedoodles are one of the designer breeds that backyard breeders and puppy mills love to produce. So, you do have to be careful where you are purchasing from. If you are finding Aussiedoodle puppies for less than $700, they are most likely from a backyard breeder. Bernedoodles tend to be more expensive because of their lineage. It is generally more costly to own a Bernese Mountain Dog, and they come from great genetic backgrounds. So, the Bernedoodle is less likely to come from a mill.
- And this is just the start-up costs. Aussiedoodles tend to eat more than a Bernedoodle because of their energy. Aussiedoodles also have a higher chance of developing medical conditions that require vet attention. But Bernedoodles cost more to groom. It all depends on how you look at it and what your resources are.
- Pros Cost less at first
- Cons Higher chances of medical conditions – Prone to being poorly bred
- Pros – Healthier breed
- Cons – More expensive to get – Larger breeds are expensive to groom
Do You Think You Found Your New Best Friend?
There are pros and cons to every breed. And it’s ok if not everything about a particular breed seems like fun. You will learn to manage even the not so fun things (like grooming) and make them a bonding experience. Both the Aussiedoodle and the Bernedoodle make great pets for the right family. And we hope that family is you.
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