Has the thought of buying or adopting a Bernedoodle Puppy been on your mind lately? Or are you just curious about this Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle mix? In both cases, you have come to the right place.
In this article, we will cover the most common Bernedoodle colors and take a look at some of the basics of this breed.
Bernedoodles, also known as Bernesepoos, or Bernese Mountain Poos, are adorable teddy-bear-like crossbreeds that are growing in popularity every year. As we mentioned earlier, these dogs are the result of mixing the famous Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog.
These pups might not be as renowned as their Labradoodle and Goldendoodle cousins, but they are certainly on the right path.
Bernedoodles are perfect companion dogs with a sweet, loving nature. They are a perfect blend of their parent breeds and exhibit the clever goofiness of a Poodle and the placid loyalty of the Bernese Mountain Dog.
Most of these pups are low to non-shedding dogs and are considered hypoallergenic. But more on that later. For now, let’s see how this designer dog came to be and why it is so popular.
Bernedoodles – getting to know them
The Bernedoodle is a relatively new hybrid dog breed. The first breeder to intentionally breed Bernedoodles was Sherry Rupke from Swissridge Kennel, and she started in 2003.
Before these pups, Rupke was professionally breeding Bernese Mountain Dogs and developing her Goldendoodle lines. Since Bernese Mountain Dogs have a very short lifespan and numerous health issues, Rupke wanted to produce a perfect family dog that is fun, loveable, long-living, and healthy.
She started experimenting with Poodles and Bernese Mountain Dogs, and the result was a healthy and adorable first litter of Bernedoodle puppies.
What do Bernedoodles look like?
One word to describe Bernedoodles would simply be ‘attractive.’ In fact, in some cases, these magnificent pups can be traffic stoppers.
Like any crossbreed, two Bernedoodles never look the same, but each one is a blend of their parents’ traits if its parents are chosen carefully.
The markings of the Bernese Mountain Dogs and the wavy, curly coat types of the Poodle give these dogs the famous teddy-bear look that most people find adorable. And who can blame them?
These pups can be pure black, black and brown, black and white, or tricolor (black, white, and brown), but they can also come in other colors. Depending on the color pattern, bi-color Bernedoodles can be quite stunning, and the tricolor variety can be drop-dead gorgeous.
How big can Bernedoodles get?
There are three different sizes of Bernedoodles :
• Standard Bernedoodles – these pups are big, majestic, and stunning. They have a powerful presence and are imposing enough to serve as protectors. But underneath, they are still soft-hearted lapdogs. These dogs are usually 58 to 73 cm tall and weigh between 30 and 40 kilograms.
• Mini or Medium Bernedoodles – these Mini Bernedoodles are the most popular due to their moderate size. They are suited for just about any situation, and most people think they are easier to handle than the standard ones. Medium Bernedoodles have a height of about 45 to 55 cm and weigh between 11 and 22 kilograms.
• Tiny Bernedoodles – this variety is perfect for people who live in small spaces but still want a breed with a “big dog” spirit. Most Tiny Bernedoodles aren’t aware of their petite size and have tons of confidence. They are usually 30 to 43 cm tall and weigh around 5 to 12 kilograms.
What coat types can Bernedoodles have?
As with all other crossbreeds, there is no guarantee of what type of coat a Bernedoole will have, and it varies from one pup to another. But, generally speaking, there are two common coat types that a Bernedoodle can have:
• Wavy/ curly coat – The majority of Bernedoodles will have a wavy coat similar to the Poodle. This type of coat is very dense and proves to be great for allergy sufferers because it sheds very little or doesn’t shed at all. However, it does require a higher level of maintenance if kept long.
• Straight coat – Albeight pretty rare; a Bernedoodle could have a straight coat type. The straighter the coat, the more it sheds, and the pup is less suitable for people with allergies. This type of coat is most often frowned upon among Bernedoodle enthusiasts since it doesn’t resemble the teddy-bear look.
Remember, the curlier the Bernedoodle ‘s coat is, the harder it is to groom. Because they shed less, they need to be brushed frequently to prevent their coat from getting matted. Some Bernedoodle owners brush their pup’s coat daily and use this activity as a bonding experience.
What is an F1 Bernedoodle?
The different generations of Bernedoodles are labeled with different names. So, an F1 Bernedoodle refers to a first-generation Bernedoodle.
This means that an F1 Bernedoodle pup has one Bernese Mountain Dog parent and one Poodle parent.
The genetic makeup of these dogs is a fifty-fifty split between each parent breed. So, an F1 Bernedoodle has 50% Poodle and 50% Bernese Mountain Dog genetics.
An F1 Bernedoodle can be low shedding, but this is determined by the total percentage of Poodle genetics it inherits. The Poodle genes are responsible for the hypoallergenic and non-shedding qualities.
F1 Bernedoodles often come in the desirable tricolor coat, which they inherit from the Berner side of the mix. This is predominantly jet black, with clear white and splashes of brown.
The Australian Bernedoodle is not to be mistaken with a Bernedoodle as it is a completely different breed. These dogs arise when breeders mix specific types of dogs.
They start with an Australian Labradoodle and mix it with a Bernese Mountain Dog. The resulting dog has lower Poodle percentage genetics and a higher percentage of the Bernese Mountain Dog. These pups also have some Labrador genes as well!
Bernedoodles get many of the best personality traits from both the Bernese Mountain Dog as well as Poodle breeds. But, exactly which trait they inherit from their parent breeds can differ a lot.
This means that the individual personalities of these dogs can vary. That said, there are some things that you can be certain of. For instance, you can be sure that a Bernedoodle will be highly intelligent, loyal, a bit goofy, and hardworking when necessary.
Bernedoodles can also be great with children and other dogs if they are properly socialized. Some of these pups can inherit the Bernese Mountain Dog’s stubbornness which may make them a bit difficult to train.
However, this trait usually fades away as puppies become adolescent dogs. Once Bernedoodles begin training, their intelligence helps them to learn commands more quickly than other dogs.
You should know that Bernedoodles may also inherit the Berner’s apprehension around strangers. This is another reason why early socialization is vital when it comes to this mixed breed.
Bernedoodles can have high energy levels and crave at least moderate exercise and a hefty amount of attention. They thrive in homes where they are not left alone for long periods.
Tiny and miniature Bernedoodles do a lot better with apartment and city life than Standard Bernedoodles. But, they will still require a nice, long walk to burn off the extra energy.
Generally, Bernedoodles want nothing more than to spend time with their humans. Whether it is going outside for playtime or chilling on the couch, a Bernedoodle is always up for it.
Bernedoodle coat colors
Since Bernedoodles inherit their Poodle parent’s curly coat and a combination of the Bernese Mountain Dog coloring, these canine cuties can come in a wide range of coat colors that are as unique as this designer breed.
While Bernese Mountain Dogs come in their standard three colors, Poodles have much more coat colors that the AKC recognizes.
The Standard Poodle coat colors are the following:
• Silver beige
As you can probably imagine, there are infinite color combinations their offspring could have. So, let’s start exploring.
Black and white Bernedoodle color
Black and white Bernedoodles often have small white markings located near their nose and chest. Sometimes, the white patches can show up on their paws, making it look like they are wearing shoes.
Since every pup is unique, black and white Bernedoodles from the same litter can have white spots in different areas. It all depends on heredity as well as the genes that get passed along to each puppy.
This black color in a Bernedoodle comes from a typically recessive gene, so you will more often see Bernedoodles that are tricolor or multicolor.
A merle-colored coat happens when one parent has the same coloring or holds a recessive gene. The coloring of this merle pattern varies, but you will see Bernedoodles that have brown, red, black, and white markings.
In some cases, the merle Bernedoodle color will be gray, blue, and white. Responsible breeders avoid mating two merle-colored Bernedoodles because dominant genes can cause hereditary abnormalities.
Research has shown that many dogs with both parents featuring a merle-colored coat are born with impairments such as deafness and blindness.
The merle Bernedoodle is quite rare and has recently been growing in popularity as more and more people are seeking merle-colored dogs. However, the merle color isn’t part of the Bernese Mountain Dog or Poodle family.
If you see a merle-colored Bernedoodle, then the pup is likely coming from the misclassification of a purebred Poodle.
Black Bernedoodle color
Bernedoodle pups that have an all-black coat are unique and often quite difficult to find. Their solid black coat originates from a recessive gene found in one or both parent breeds.
The black coat color is rare and, most of the time shows up on just one puppy out of an entire litter. The fluffy black coat creates a unique look that makes a Bernedoodle pup look like a cute little bear.
To get a pure black Bernedoodle, both parents need to carry a recessive black coat gene. So, the chances of a completely black Bernedoodle are rare, and in most cases, you will see white-colored spots on the bottom of their feet.
Pups that have a tricolor coat inherit their coloring from the Bernese Mountain Dog side of the mix.
These coats are unique and can include any colors from the following list:
Any three-color combination is possible but greatly depends on heredity. Bernedoodles that are lucky enough to have this unique coat are adorable and stand out from the others.
Tricolor Bernedoodles are by far the most sought-after of all the varieties as people love seeing a multi-colored dog. Usually, the white color is found on the Bernedoodles ’ feet, chest, or snout areas.
The rest of the body will have a combination of darker colors such as black, brown, or apricot. When people talk about a Bernedoodle, they usually think of a tricolored black, brown, and white coloring similar to that of the Bernese Mountain Dog.
Bernedoodles that have a sable-colored coat are born with either a solid black or dark brown coat. This means that if you choose a puppy thinking it will have a solid color for the rest of its life, you might be disappointed later down the road.
The sable coat begins to appear as your pup grows older, and the solid color begins to fade. The original solid coat coloring will usually stay around the dog’s ears, but the rest of the body will take on the lighter shades of color.
Now, you might be wondering how you can be sure that your solid black or brown Bernedoodle will turn into a majestic sable adult later in life. Well, the first thing you can do is ask the breeder about the color coats of both parents and any other information they might have about the pup’s lineage.
After that, if you are still unsure, you can typically figure out if your Bernedoodle has sable colored genetics by doing a genetic test.
Phantom Bernedoodle color
The phantom-colored Bernedoodle is a rare find and features two colors in specific areas of the body. The placement is similar to what you can see on other dog breeds such as the Yorkie or Manchester Terrier.
Typically, these dogs have a primary color that covers the majority of their body, while the second color should be found near the eyes, near the lower part of the legs, and on the muzzle.
Often, phantom-coated Bernedoodles have a black and tan color combination. However, this combination can be different since the coloring is highly dependent on the ancestry of the dog’s line.
If you aim to get a phantom-colored Bernedoodle, you can pick one out from the time it is a young puppy. Since these dogs are born with phantom color markings and never change as they grow, you can be sure that you got the right dog from the start.
Chocolate Bernedoodle color
Chocolate-colored Bernedoodle pups feature a rich, solid mahogany color all over their body. This color is possible due to a recessive silver or black gene in one or both of the parents.
The chocolate coat remains the same color throughout the Bernedoodle ‘s life. Some chocolate Bernedoodles have small patches of differently colored fur in various areas of their bodies. But, all of this is visible during their puppy years, so you will know exactly what your dog’s coat will look like from the very beginning.
Brindle Bernedoodle color
Brindle is more of a color pattern than a standalone color. It is sometimes described as “tiger stripes,” but the brindle pattern found in dogs is much more subtle than that of a tiger’s coat.
Brindles can be classified as a red-based brindle or a blue-based brindle. And the brindle coloring shows more with age.
Type of brindles can be:
• Solid brindle
• Brindle with the white of the Bernese Mountain Dog
• Brindle abstract
Rare Bernedoodle colors
The coat colors listed above are common for Bernedoodles, but there is an infinite number of different color combinations that can appear due to genetics.
All dogs have their own lineage that can include recessive color traits that hide under dominant genes. So, you shouldn’t be surprised if one or more pups in a litter have unique multi-color coats that don’t appear on their parents or siblings.
These rare coats are stunningly beautiful, and these special pups often get scooped up right away by quick-acting pet parents. If you are looking to get a Bernedoodle with a multi-colored coat, be prepared to pay more than you would for those with standard coat colors.
Do Bernedoodle puppies change color?
Berendoodle puppies go through a clearing or holding phase of their coats. The holding phase happens when your puppy keeps the same color coat throughout its life without any changes.
On the other hand, the clearing phase is when your pup’s coat lightens or fades over time. Sometimes, during this phase, the coat can become quite dull too.
Both of these phases start when your Bernedoodle begins to develop its adult coat. This is also the same period of time when you will notice that color will hold in specific areas of the coat more than on the others. The most common areas for coats to hold color is around the ears and muzzle.
If you are looking for a Bernedoodle of a specific color, and you don’t want their coat color to change, you should choose a puppy that has a slightly darker coat color than what you want. This ensures that when your pup begins to grow into its adult coat, the lighter hue will turn into the exact color you wanted in the first place.
Bernedoodle health issues
As a breed, the Bernedoodle is still very young. We are still learning a lot about their longevity and health concerns. Over a decade, only one Bernedoodle owner has reported a genetic health concern, and it was not life-threatening.
Generally speaking, hybrid dogs are much healthier than their purebred parents if bred correctly. This is because the two breeds used for creating hybrid dogs are usually prone to different genetic problems.
Hybrid dogs such as Bernedoodles are likely to only inherit a health problem that is common to both parent breeds. Luckily, Poodles and Berners share only a few health problems, and they are:
• Eye problems
• Skin problems
• Elbow dysplasia
How much does a Bernedoodle puppy cost?
Depending on the breeders, a Bernedoodle puppy can cost anywhere between $1,200 and $4,500. Most breeders price them based on their size and coat colors.
Here is a guideline for the cost of Bernedoodle puppies :
• Black – $800
• Bi-color – $1,100–$2,500
• Red/white – $2,100–$2,500
• Tri-color – $2,000–$3,100
• Standard Bernedoodle – $400
• Mini /Medium Bernedoodle – $800
• Toy Bernedoodle – $1,500
How to pick out a Bernedoodle puppy
Picking out a Bernedoodle puppy to welcome into your home is a super exciting time for the whole family. These sweet, fluffy coated pups are adorable and loyal to every member of the household.
Many pet parents begin the process of choosing a puppy by deciding whether they want a boy or a girl dog. Each gender of each of the parent breeds one has its pros and cons, so this decision needs to be made carefully.
If you are a pet parent that has a clear idea of the color coat you want for your Bernedoodle, you should be able to quickly pick out your pooch when you see the entire litter playing together.
If coloring is the most important factor when choosing a pup in your eyes, it is best to select the coloring closest to your wishes. But, keep in mind the possibility of the coat fading as the pup grows into its adult fur. If this is your main concern, make sure to discuss the issue with the breeder.
On the other hand, if you are one of those pet parents that doesn’t really have any preference, and you are fine with both boy and girl, and any type of coloring, you should have a lot of fun choosing your future companion from the litter.
First of all, always use a qualified, responsible breeder when purchasing a dog of any breed. Once you schedule a visit with the breeder, try to spend some time getting to know each puppy and their personality and take a look at their coloring.
Whether you are choosing a pup with a specific appearance, or simply choosing the one with the best personality, make sure that you are choosing your new family member with your heart as well!
• Breeding of this crossbreed began in 2003 with the purpose of creating a great companion dog, and not just a dog that would perform well in shows or look cute.
• Because of their mixed breed origin, Bernedoodles tend to have fewer health issues than both Bernese Mountain Dogs or Poodles.
• Bernedoodles might be stubborn as puppies, but this will most likely fade as the dog grows older, and their intelligence makes them highly trainable even for novice owners.
• They have a low to non-shedding coat with hypoallergenic properties that is great for people who suffer from dog-related allergies.
• Though they are typically good with children and other pets, early socialization is key to ensure they remain calm and comfortable in new situations and environments.
• Bernedoodles can vary greatly in appearance depending on the generation and which traits they receive from each parent.
• These pups are equally happy cuddling up with their favorite humans as they are playing outside.
• Bernedoodles need lots of attention and love and are best suited for homes where they are not left by themselves for long periods.
Deciding what color Bernedoodle to get
Presumably, you’ve read through this article and have an idea of whether or not a Bernedoodle fits your family’s lifestyle. Now, all that’s left to do is figure out what coat color you want for your pup.
It is in no way an easy task since all of the Bernedoodle colors mentioned above are strikingly beautiful. But, no matter which color you pick, you can rest assured that you will get a loyal, loveable, and adorable little companion for many years to come!