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The Pros and Cons of Owning a Bernedoodle

Thinking about adding a Bernedoodle to your family? These adorable, mixed-breed designer dogs are winning hearts everywhere, and it's easy to see why. As breeders with extensive experience, we know firsthand the joys and challenges of owning Bernedoodles.

Let's dive into the pros and cons to help you decide if a Bernedoodle is the perfect match for your home.

Pros of Owning a Bernedoodle

1.Friendly and Affectionate Temperament

If you’re looking for a loving companion, Bernedoodles are hard to beat. These dogs thrive on human interaction and are incredibly sociable. They fit in seamlessly with families, singles, and seniors alike. Whether it's playtime with the kids or a cuddle on the couch, Bernedoodles are always ready to show their affection.

2. Intelligent and Trainable

Training a Bernedoodle is a delight. These pups are quick learners, eager to please, and highly intelligent. You’ll find they excel in obedience classes and pick up new tricks with ease. Their trainability makes them suitable for all sorts of activities, from basic commands to advanced agility.

3. Low-Shedding Coats

One of the biggest perks of owning a Bernedoodle is their hypoallergenic, low-shedding coats. If you suffer from allergies, this breed is a fantastic choice. Plus, less shedding means less vacuuming and cleaning up around the house.

4.Versatility in Size

Bernedoodles come in various sizes—mini (35-52 lbs), medium (52-64 lbs), and standard (65-85+ lbs). This versatility means you can choose a size that fits your living situation perfectly.

5.Playful and Energetic

These dogs are bundles of energy and love to play and this energy is present especially during puppyhood and then at around 16-18 months they will begin to really calm down. If you’re an active person or have a family that enjoys outdoor activities, a Bernedoodle will keep up with your lifestyle. They’re always up for a game of fetch, a hike, or a fun agility course.  However they do need down time and lots of it.  If you’re looking for a running buddy, we would highly recommend other breeds with greater stamina.

Cons of Owning a Bernedoodle

1. High Grooming Needs

While their coats are low-shedding, they do require regular grooming. You’ll need to brush them several times a week to prevent matting and keep their fur healthy. Professional grooming can be a bit pricey, so be prepared for that investment.

2.Separation Anxiety

Bernedoodles form strong bonds with their families and can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. If you’re away from home often, you’ll need to arrange for a dog sitter or find ways to keep them company to avoid anxiety-related behaviors.  They do sleep a lot and you can tailor your activity and schedule around these times as well, or better yet, take them with you!

3.Initial Cost and Availability

These designer dogs come with a higher price tag, especially from reputable breeders. There’s also often a waiting list due to their popularity. Be prepared for the initial cost and possible wait time when getting a Bernedoodle puppy.


Owning a Bernedoodle is a rewarding experience filled with love, laughter, and lots of energy until they begin calming down around 16-18 months. They bring so much joy and companionship to a home, but it's essential to weigh the pros and cons to ensure they’re the right fit for your lifestyle. If you’re ready for the commitment, a Bernedoodle can be an incredible addition to your family.


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