Bernedoodles are wonderful companions whether you live alone or are looking to expand your family. A walk a day and playtime are enough to keep them happy and healthy without requiring too much exertion from you.
How big a Bernedoodle gets depends on it Poodle parent. You can expect a fully grown Bernedoodle to be between 12-29 inches in height from the floor to the shoulder, and weigh anywhere from 10-90 pounds depending on gender and lineage!
Bernedoodles are friendly, affectionate, and loyal which is in part thanks to their heritage. This mixed breed is a cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a Poodle. They are not as common as other Poodle mixed breeds and therefore often come with a lot of questions, such as how big they’re likely to get.
We want to ensure that our homes are suitable for our new pets and that we can care for them properly. However, it can be challenging, especially with mixed breeds, to estimate their final size at maturity.
However, as more information is coming out about Bernedoodles from breeders and owners, we have been able to create a rough guide on how large you can expect your new dog to get.
Keep on reading to find out how big Bernedoodles grow to, and if you have space in your home (and heart) for these beautiful dogs.
What is a Bernedoodle?
As we mentioned earlier, Bernedoodles (otherwise known as Bernese Mountain Poos) are a relatively rare breed that not many people are aware of. They are a mixed breed between Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles.
These loving dogs are affectionate and suitable to be in homes with other dogs and children.
Bernedoodles make wonderful companion dogs and have a happy and amicable temperament that you are sure to love. They are intelligent, easy to train, and extremely playful!
Depending on their size, they don’t need too much exercise but will enjoy one walk a day with their family as well as lots of playtime at home.
Bernedoodles feature wavy, curly, or straight coats and in a range of colors. Despite the range of coats, they tend to shed very little and are usually hypoallergenic, making them wonderful companions for households suffering from allergies.
If you are sensitive to dog dander and shedding skin, then a doodle breed is a good choice for you as Cavapoos, Cockapoos, Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Maltipoos and Schnoodles are all considered to be hypoallergenic.
Their appearance varies greatly depending on their parents, meaning when it comes to Bernedoodles, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all description. There are three types of Bernedoodles: Tiny, Miniature, or Standard, which determines how big they will grow.
These adaptable dogs are perfect for any family size and home. Generally speaking, most sizes are fine for apartment dwellings or homes, making them the ideal dog for any owner. The type of Bernedoodle you choose should be dependent on your home and lifestyle.
You can find Bernedoodles for sale, or you can adopt them from your local rescue or shelter. As Bernedoodles can be quite difficult to breed, you might have to go on a waiting list to get one from a breeder.
Now that we have covered what a Bernedoodle is, let’s dive in and find out just how big these dogs can get.
How big do Bernedoodles get?
The type of Bernedoodle that you opt for will determine how big it gets. As we mentioned earlier, there are three different types of Bernedoodle.
These types are Tiny, Miniature, and Standard Bernedoodle. What type your Bernedoodle is will be determined by its Poodle parent.
Poodles come in three different types, Toy, Miniature, and Standard. Which type of Poodle is used for breeding the Bernedoodle dictates its size; for example, if a Toy Poodle was used, then chances are your Bernedoodle will be a Tiny Bernedoodle.
All three types will be different sizes, and you can usually identify the type of Bernedoodle by its size. So let’s take a closer look at these different types to see how big they get.
Before we get into it, it’s worth noting that the sizes given today might not be 100% accurate. Bernedoodles have only been bred since 2003, meaning we don’t have as much information about these dogs as we do other breeds.
The sizes we suggest are pretty accurate, but until we have more generations and more data, we cannot guarantee that your Bernedoodle will be the same height; they might grow a bit bigger or smaller than the numbers we’re providing today.
Let’s start with the smallest type, the Tiny Bernedoodle. Tiny Bernedoodles shouldn’t get any bigger than 17 inches. This height is taken from the standing and measured to their shoulders.
While this is the tallest they will get, we tend to see them measuring between 12 to 17 inches.
Dogs are measured from the floor to the tip of their shoulders as this is the most static part of their body. A dog will move their head and provide a less accurate measurement of its height, so the shoulder is used as a more static measurement.
Bear this in mind when looking at the heights we’re talking about today. While the height of a Tiny Bernadoodle will be between 12 and 17 inches, this does not include the height of their head.
These small dogs will weigh between 10 to 24 pounds, making them perfect for smaller spaces, and are suitable for life in an apartment or small home.
In addition, as they are smaller than other types, they won’t need as much exercise or playtime so are good for busy individuals.
Of course, a daily walk and some playtime are needed, but you won’t need to be out for hours at a time to tire this dog out.
Next up, we have the Miniature Bernedoodle. These are slightly taller and will get as big as 22 inches (excluding their head).
Generally, we see these Bernedoodles measuring between 18 to 22 inches, making them slightly taller than the Tiny Bernedoodles we just looked at.
These dogs are also slightly heavier than Tiny Bernedoodles, weighing between 25 to 49 pounds. As a result, they will need more exercise and playtime, but they should still thrive on one walk a day and lots of playtime and attention.
You won’t need to worry too much about having enough space for Miniature Bernedoodles as they aren’t much larger than Tiny Bernedoodles, but they will want space to run and play.
A garden might be best for this dog, so they won’t work for everyone living in apartments.
The final type of this dog breed is the Standard Bernedoodle, also known as the largest Bernedoodle. They’ll grow to 29 inches tall from the floor to the shoulder blade, and won’t be much shorter than 23 inches.
Standard Bernedoodles are also the heaviest type of this dog breed, weighing between 70 to 90 pounds. These larger dogs will need more exercise and playtime to keep them stimulated and healthy.
One walk a day should still be plenty, but they will need to go further than the other types to burn off all their energy. You can also substitute this long walk for two shorter walks if you have a busy schedule.
They should also be kept in larger homes, ideally with some garden space for them to run and play.
Some Standard Bernedoodles are kept in apartments without any issues, but we think it’s best that they are large apartments or houses to ensure they are happy and thriving.
If you want a Standard Bernedoodle in your apartment, make sure that you take them outside often to keep them stimulated and free of boredom.
It’s best to carefully consider the space you have for a dog before deciding which type of Bernedoodle you should get.
What else can impact a Bernedoodle’s size?
As with all things in life, these numbers aren’t set in stone, and other factors can impact the size of your Bernedoodle and how big it will grow. Let’s take a look at these factors so you have all the information you need about Bernedoodles.
Gender plays a role
Whether you have a male or female Bernedoodle will impact the size that they will grow to. Male Bernedoodles tend to grow larger in both height and weight than female Bernedoodles.
It isn’t often by much and doesn’t exceed the sizes we mentioned earlier, but it’s a factor to be aware of.
You can expect male Bernedoodles of all three types to be closer to the tallest height and weight listed compared to female Bernedoodles. You can still find larger female Bernedoodles, of course, but they aren’t as common as male ones.
If you wanted a smaller Bernedoodle, you might be better suited to a female Bernedoodle that is either a Tiny or Miniature type.
It’s worth noting that female dogs tend to reach their mature size faster than males, so it might look like your female is going to grow larger than a male.
However, by the time both the male and female have reached their mature size, the male should be the larger of the two.
As we mentioned earlier, your Bernedoodles type is determined by its Poodle parentage. Whether its parent is a Toy, Miniature, or Standard Poodle will determine what type your Bernedoodle is, and therefore it also plays a role in the size.
Not only will the Poodle parent determine the type of Bernedoodle you’re getting, but its lineage plays a role too.
For example, if the Poodle used wasn’t a pure-bred Poodle, then there will be other genes in the pool that will play a role in determining the size of your Bernedoodle.
This might mean that you have a Standard Bernedoodle that is slightly larger due to there being other breeds of dog used to make the Poodle parent.
If the Bernedoodle features two mixed parents, that too will impact its size and height. Unfortunately, the exact impact is hard to determine without having access to each dog’s family tree or lineage chart, meaning the size won’t always fall into the estimates we’ve mentioned today.
If you are purchasing the Bernedoodle from a breeder, they might be able to offer you more specific advice that will allow you to better determine the height of your Bernedoodle and how big it will grow.
However, when adopting a Bernedoodle, the likelihood is you will know very little about its lineage, and how big it will grow will be a mystery.
In most cases, you can expect your Bernedoodle to be within the sizes we have listed above. Identifying the type is fairly easy and will make it easier for you to estimate your dog’s mature size, even while they are still puppies.
These might be some discrepancies or cases where they will grow an inch or two taller than the heights we have listed today, and that is generally down to any other dogs that may feature in your Bernedoole’s lineage.
Overall, the height and weight of your Bernedoodle will depend on whether it is a Tiny, Miniature, or Standard Bernedoodle. Tiny Bernedoodles are the smallest type and Standard Bernedoodles are the largest.
A few factors can determine their sizes, such as their gender and parentage, but you can expect your Bernedoodle to be between 12 to 29 inches tall.
Remember that these numbers aren’t set in stone, and the more time we spend learning about Bernedoodles, the more we will find out about this interesting and loveable mixed breed dog.