Bernedoodle Characteristics and Buying Guide

If you are looking for a fun-loving, sweet, trainable, beautiful dog to add to your family then look no further than the Bernedoodle! They are the ultimate family pet and are sure to bring you joy.

A Bernedoodle is a cross between a Berneses Mountain Dog and a Poodle. Picking one might be a little hard due to their wide range of sizes, colors, features, and temperaments. That is why this Bernedoodle buying guide exists: to assist you in picking out that perfect Bernedoodle as your next pet.

Bernedoodle Sizes

Because of the variety found in Poodle Sizes, Bernedoodles can be bred to just about any size possible. Here are the most common sizes you’ll find:


  • 50 pounds and up

  • 23 - 29 Inches at the shoulder


  • 20-45 pounds

  • 18-22 inches at the shoulder


  • 10-24 pounds

  • 12-17 inches at the shoulder

When considering what size to buy, take into account the size of your home and yard. Also think about the differences in the amount of grooming, dog food, and cost of supplies. Generally bigger dogs need more of everything, however, the smaller ones cost more initially.

Here’s an important note about Mini and Tiny Bernedoodles. These can be achieved by either breeding a Bernese Mountain dog to a Mini or Toy poodle or slowly breeding down the size over several generations.

The first option can result in puppies with very short legs. Personally, I think they are cute, but not everyone feels this way.

The second option, if not done properly, can make very poodle looking puppies that don’t resemble Bernedoodles at all.

When looking for mini and tiny Bernedoodles, be sure to ask the breeder for pictures of past litters. If they don’t have any, take a close look at their puppies and try to decide if they look the way you’d like them to look.

Bernedoodle Colors

The most eye-catching aspects of the Bernedoodle is their flashy range of colors. There are several base colors and then variations of each. Those base colors are Tri-Color, Phantom, Parti Merle, Sable, Brindle, Bi-color. The variations can be things like Merle Tri-color, Sable Phantom, and Parti Merle.

I couldn’t possibly list all the colors and their variations, but here are some examples of what you might find:

  • Tri-Color

  • Phantom

  • Merle tricolor

  • Merle phantom

  • Sable and white

  • Sable phantom

  • Parti Tri-color

  • Parti Merle

  • Parti Sable

  • Parti Brindle

  • Abstract 7c6 Parti

  • Brindle and white

  • Brindle Tri-color

  • Brindle

  • Solid Color

  • Bi-Color


Bernedoodle Personality

Bernedoodles are great because they combine the smarts of the Poodle with the gentle loyalty of the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Their personality is one of the reasons we began breeding Bernedoodles. As a breeder that specializes in family dogs, we were looking for a dog that would be great with kids.

The following are generalized personality traits. Of course, every dog is different, but you can use these as a guide to determine which puppy is right for you.

Here are some of the awesome attributes of the Bernedoodle:

  • Gentle

  • Loyal

  • Laidback

  • Good with kids

  • Playful

  • Good watchdog

  • Goofy

  • Lovable

Here are some attributes to be considerate of:

  • Can be shy around strangers

  • Sensitive to discipline

  • Skittish if not socialized properly (not a problem for Joley Aire puppies)

When looking for a Bernedoodle puppy, keep these attributes in mind. Some may display them stronger than others. If you really want a good snuggler, ask your breeder if they’ve noticed some puppies as being more affectionate than others.

Bernedoodle Pricing

It’s a well-known fact that Bernedoodles are not cheap. The average price for a Bernedoodle is currently $3000, but many can go higher than that depending on the quality of the breeding and training they receive.

Buying any dog is like buying a car. There are ways to minimize the cost by reducing the “features”, but you run the risk of a second rate product.

Here are some factors that lower the price of a Bernedoodle:

  • Coloring - Solid colored, bi-colors and dull or undesirable colored puppies will be priced less.

  • Standard size - Bernedoodle puppies that will grow to be 55+ pounds tend to cost less.

  • No health testing done on the puppies or parents

  • No training or socialization done on the puppies

  • Bulk breeders (These breeders turn out so many puppies every year they can lower the price on each one. Sort of like when a product is mass-produced. These are Puppy Mills and should be avoided (No price reduction is worth buying a puppy from these places!)

  • Not vetted, vaccinated, or dewormed

  • Hobby breeders - These people simply do it out of love and won’t charge much for their puppies. They usually don’t know what their dogs are worth and “Just want to see them go to good homes”. It’s hard to find these people and often you lose out on the experience and education an actual breeder gives.

  • Just a puppy, no extras - you receive a puppy and that’s it.

These factors drive the price of a Bernedoodle up:

  • Coloring - Tri-colors, Sables, Phantoms, Merles….all the beautiful flashy colors will be more expensive

  • Mini and Micro sizes - these are harder to breed and often need more vetting so they are priced higher.

  • Health testing - Health testing is extremely costly and drives the cost up. The benefit is that your puppy will be healthier and have fewer vet bills in the future.

  • Training and Socialization - a well-socialized puppy is worth its weight in gold, but to turn a puppy into a confident, willing to please, easy to train dog, breeders must invest countless hours and daily handling into it.

  • Vaccinations, deworming, vet checked, dewclaws removed, etc.

  • Luxury Puppy packs - Puppies can be sent home with essential supplies, education, coupons, and other items to make life easier for the new puppy owner. These puppy packs can often be valued at $100+.

  • Knowledgeable, Experienced breeder - when hiring the services of any professional, you pay more for the best.

When looking at your budget, consider the trade-offs you will make in your future puppy. Remember, a puppy will be with you for many, many years and the compromises you make now will have a long term impact.

Joley Aire Bernedoodles

We are excited about our Bernedoodle litters coming up and you can see the most current information about them at our Upcoming Litters page.

Picking a Puppy

Picking out a Bernedoodle puppy is exciting but can also be hard. It helps to have a few things decided beforehand because when you are surrounded by lovable, cuddly puppies, it’s hard to think objectively.

When looking at a litter of Bernedoodle puppies, decide what factors are most important to you. Some characteristics are easy to pick out such as sex, coloring, and size.

Do you absolutely need a female rather than a male? Have the breeder remove all the males.

Are you only looking for a certain coloring? Pay close attention to the ones that display those colors.

If you want a certain size, ask the breeder if they kept size charts and if you can look at them. Often looking at the growth of each puppy can help you and the breeder predict their adult size.

Characteristics such as personality take a little more observation and time to figure out. Your breeder should be able to give you a pretty good idea of each puppy’s personality, but you also should watch to see how they act for a good 15 to 30 minutes.

At the end of the day, as long as you choose an excellent breeder who has invested into the health and training of the puppies, you’ll get a wonderful puppy no matter which one you pick.


I hope you have found this Bernedoodle Buying Guide to be helpful as you search for your next puppy. 

Now, we would like to invite you to take a look at our upcoming Bernedoodle litters by going to this page. Take a look at what we have planned at Joley Aire and what we have to offer.

If you have any questions about Bernedoodles, we would be happy to answer them! Contact us anytime!

Rebekah Schwind