In this series, I will compare and contrast the Bernedoodle vs Labradoodle. When you are choosing between two Doodles, there is more to consider besides looks. You also want to compare in-depth how these dogs will fit into your life. How these dogs mesh with family and work dynamics, along with what you want from your dog, are essential factors.
The most important factor when comparing any two breeds is origins. Doodles are hybrid dogs that al share a common ancestor with the Poodle. But, there is another half of them that can make up a completely different dog.
- For instance, the Bernedoodle is half Bernese Mountain Dog. These giant creatures were farmhands and herding dogs in the Swiss Alps. While there is some debate about when the first intentionally produced Bernedoodle was, credit goes to SwissRidge Kennels. They intentionally bred the Bernedoodle back in 2003, and have since created a breed standard.
- Labradoodles, on the other hand, are half Labrador Retriever. These Labs are excellent hunting dogs that have also passed down these great qualities to their Doodle offspring. The first Labradoodle was bred to be a perfect guide dog in 1989 that would be hypoallergenic. The cross was a success and proven to be intelligent and loyal to their owners. It wasn’t long before these Doodles became a nationwide sensation.
Next, we are going to compare temperaments of the Bernedoodle and Labradoodle. Temperament is what you can generally expect from a breed based on genetics. This is not to be confused with personality, which can have a lot of environmental factors that vary from dog to dog.
- A Bernedoodle temperament is generally very relaxed and easy-going. These Doodles love to have tasks to do and people to please. They typically don’t do well when left alone all day but can thrive with lots of human interaction and training. The Bernedoodle is highly intelligent and loyal to their families.
- A Labradoodle temperament is energetic with a need for adventure. Your Labradoodle will love to pounce and play all day and cuddle all night. Your Labradoodle will be the kindest, friendliest, people-oriented dog around. They will be your best friends.
- While both of these Doodles need a fair amount of exercise and yard space, the Labradoodle by far has a higher energy level. Labradoodles will need at least an hour of continuous exercise a day. Some younger Labradoodles will even need more playtime to help burn off their excess energy. Without this playtime, your Labradoodle will develop bad habits like chewing, digging, or running away.
- Bernedoodles are still a higher energy dog, but most do well on only moderate activity. A 30-60 workout a day is all they need to thrive and be happy. Bernedoodles might not have the spastic energy that Labradoodles do, but they still love to play and explore with you. Where ever you go, your Bernedoodle will want to be right there with you. It’s not uncommon to see them doing outdoor activities that their owners love.
- All Doodles are known and bred for their high intelligence. These dogs have an intelligence level that makes it feel like they are connecting with you on a personal level.
- Bernedoodles have a great history of being task-oriented dogs. They are easy to train when you start at a young age. Starting early is the key to success for these dogs as they tend to be shy and a little stubborn as they get older.
- Labradoodle training is quite different. When you begin to train your Labradoodle, you must wear them out a little before training. Wearing them out will help them keep their focus and learn tasks quicker. Labradoodles are highly intelligent and easy to train with the right tools and training techniques.
- Both of these Doodles are people-pleasers by nature. They want to make their owners happy and proud of them. Most Doodles train well with praise and treat rewards.
- Bernedoodles are enormous teddy bears that have wavy to straight coat types. These are low shedding dogs that generally have longer hair. Bernedoodles typically come in a combination of black, brown, and white. And occasionally, you can come by a tri-colored Bernedoodle with all three colors.
- Labradoodles can have either curly, wavy, or straight coat types. Curly coats are hypoallergenic because they are low to non-shedding. Wavy coats are considered low-shedding compared to the straight and curly coats. If you are looking for a hypoallergenic Doodle, the straight-haired Labradoodle is not for you. These straight types shed just as much as any other short-haired dog. And because Labs and Poodles come in every color, there are a variety of colors available in Labradoodles.
- Although these Doodles have different textures of coat, they require the same amount of grooming. The longer your Doodle’s hair is, the more maintenance there is to it. Keeping shorter coats leaves less room for tangles and less grooming overall.
- Both the Bernedoodle and Labradoodle grooming include brushing them every day. Brushing is especially important in areas like ears, tummy, and underarms that are higher friction areas. Doing this with a steel comb and then going back over with a slicker brush helps to get down to the roots.
- These dogs will also need to be taken to a professional groomer every 6-12 weeks. This appointment will be for an all-over hair cut, nail trim, bath, and other routine services. You will want to start this as soon as possible once you get your puppy. Making regular appointments while your puppy is young will get them used to the process. It will also prevent their coats from matting to the skin and needing a shave down. These services are required all of your dog’s life. So, getting “groomer trained” early is best for their comfortability and safety.
Size And Lifespan
- Bernedoodles come in three sizes for any family: standard, mini, and tiny. A standard is what everyone usually imagines when they think of a Bernedoodle. These huge dogs can grow up to 90 pounds. These dogs are not great for small living spaces and apartments. But, a mini Bernedoodle might fair better in smaller houses. A mini Bernedoodle grows up to be 25-40 pounds, which can be perfect for homes that don’t have enormous backyards. And, finally, the tiny Bernedoodle is only 10-25 pounds. These Doodles are great for apartments as long as they still get a lot of exercise and plenty of time out for walks.
- Labradoodles also come in three sizes standard, medium, and mini. A standard Labradoodle is just 50-65 pounds, a lot smaller than the Bernedoodle. A medium Labradoodle will grow up to be 30-45 pounds, which is excellent if you don’t have a large home or smaller children. And a mini Labradoodle only gets 15-25 pounds that are great for apartment living.
- Both of these Doodles have an average lifespan of 10-15 years. The smaller your Doodle is, the longer its average lifespan can get. It isn’t uncommon for a toy Doodle to live well past 15 years with proper care and nutrition, which means more years to spend with your best friend.
- While common medical conditions are relevant in the puppy stages, they can quickly become a problem as early as three years old in large breeds. Knowing what medical conditions are common can help you not only take preventative measures but also know what to look for in their health screenings.
- Bernedoodles are generally very healthy dogs. Common illnesses include hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease, and skin conditions. These diseases can run awry quickly if you do not know what to look for. But, when caught early, you can save a lot of pain and discomfort later in life.
- Common medical conditions for Labradoodles include eye disease, bleeding disorders, and hip dysplasia.
- Proper breeding and health screens of the puppy’s parents are essential in preventing these diseases from being passed on. A reputable breeder will have all of these on hand before they would have even considered a breeding pair.
- You can’t put a price tag on a member of your family. But, it is a good idea to have a ballpark estimate when you are deciding to bring a pet into your home.
- Labradoodles can cost $1,000-$3,000 depending on size and color. Labradoodles are very common, so there is no shortage there. And waiting lists are generally short for Labradoodles so that you could have your dream dog within a few months.
- It is important to remember that this is only the cost of the puppy and not the merchandise needed. In addition to the price of the puppy, factor in another $1,000 for all the necessary supplies to get started.
The Bernedoodle and the Labradoodle are both amazing Doodles to have. Each one has such unique qualities that anyone would love to bring into their home. These Doodles are some of the most passionate and loving creatures to ever walk this planet. And while they do have a few things in common, they couldn’t be any more different.
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