The Ultimate Guide to Mini Bernedoodles Bernese Mountain Dog Miniature Poodle Mix)

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People all over the world are falling in love with Mini Bernedoodles. Their cute tri-colored faces make them irresistible.

Today, we’re introducing you to the Miniature Bernedoodle and discussing all of their traits (including who they might not be the best dogs for).

What is the Mini Bernedoodle?

A Mini Bernedoodle, is a cross between a small Bernese Mountain Dog and a Miniature Poodle. As a result, you get a miniature version of the Standard Bernedoodle.

Bernedoodle puppy
A black and white Bernedoodle puppy

They are a small hypoallergenic dog that is part of the Doodle dog family (dogs crossed with Poodles). Being low-to non-shedding has major appeal for people with allergies or people who want a dog that isn’t a heavy shedder. And being small means you can travel more easily with your dog, perhaps even taking it into dog-friendly cafes and restaurants in your city.

Let us take a look into some of the common questions asked when it comes to the Mini Bernedoodle’s characteristics.


On average, a full-grown Mini Bernedoodle’s height ranges from 10 to 15 inches. This is pretty much the same for Mini Poodles too, since the Mini Poodle’s height ranges from 10 to 15 inches.

As for the weight of the Mini Bernedoodle, it ranges from 10 pounds up to 30 pounds. Since there can be quite a range, it’s best to ask the breeder for the weight of both parents and an estimate as to how big the puppy will grow.

Coat colors

The Mini Bernedoodle can come in the same colors as the regular Mini Bernedoodle. Typically, you can expect the Mini Bernedoodle to come in either of the parents’ coat color, which include the following variations:

  • Tricolor (black, white, tan)
  • Red
  • Black and White

Again, your breeder will be able to give an estimate as to what they think the litter will be, but they aren’t able to make any guarantees.

Low- to no-shedding coats

As Mini Bernedoodles have hair, not fur, they tend to shed minimally.

One of the other reasons why the mini Bernedoodle is so desirable is because this particular dog breed does not shed often and is often regarded as a hypoallergenic dog. Therefore, if you have kids in the house, or if you have allergies, the Mini Bernedoodle is perfect for you!

There are many Doodle mix dogs. Click here to learn about the different (and rare) kinds!

However, even if the Bernedoodle does not shed often, you will still need to comb the dog on a regular basis so that you can get rid of mats or tangles in the coat.

Please note: it’s impossible to have a 100% hypoallergenic dog but many owners report a reduction in their allergies around Doodle-type dogs, like the Mini Bernedoodle.


The Bernese Mountain Dog is well known for being intelligent, loyal, faithful, as well as being extremely affectionate towards its owners.

Mini Poodles are intelligent as well, and they are also loyal and faithful to the owner.

When it comes to the Mini Bernedoodle, you can expect the dog to be loyal and steadfast to the family. Mini Bernedoodles are intelligent too, hence training the dog can be pretty simple!

But of course, since the Mini Bernedoodle is intelligent, you will need to employ various training methodologies, or at least use varied training methods so as to keep each session unique and fresh to them, lest they get bored of repetitive training sessions.

One popular Mini Bernedoodle trait is its loyalty. This makes the Mini Bernedoodle one of the best pets to have around in the family, especially if you have kids in the house. You can expect the Mini Bernedoodle to be gentle around your family yet at the same time fiercely loyal to your children.

They are indeed gentle around children, but of course, we will not advise you to put the children together with the dog without any adult supervision.


Bernese Mountain Dogs are calm dogs with a desire to work and learn. Miniature Poodles are playful and highly energetic. You can expect a Mini Bernedoodle to be a mix of traits with mid- to high-levels of energy.

We recommend 60 minutes of daily exercises for a Mini Bernedoodle to keep it healthy and at the same time help to create a stronger bond between you and the dog!


Due to the Mini Bernedoodle’s temperament as well as its intelligence, you can expect yourself to have an easier time when it comes to training the Mini Bernedoodle.

But as mentioned earlier, since the Mini Bernedoodle is notoriously stubborn, you will need to have lots of patience when training the dog. Also, note that it can be tougher training the Mini Bernedoodle puppy due to their stubbornness.

However, the intelligence from both parent breeds makes it highly likely that your Mini Bernedoodle will pick up new commands quickly.


The price of the Mini Bernedoodle varies slightly based on the color of the dog. Typically, the Mini Bernedoodle can cost between $2000 to $5000. Of course, breeders might demand a higher price for the dog based on the parent’s pedigree.

Health Conditions

Generally, the Mini Bernedoodle is healthy and does not have many health issues. It can, however, be susceptible to conditions such as hip or elbow dysplasia.

In extreme cases, the Mini Bernedoodle might have skin problems. Hence, when you groom the Mini Bernedoodle, make sure to check for rashes or any other hot spots that you can identify on the dog’s skin.

Why Mini Bernedoodles Aren’t For Everybody

Mini Bernedoodles make great companions but that doesn’t mean they are for everybody.

Mini Bernedoodles are expensive and require lots of grooming, both at home and at a professional groomers. Some people don’t have the time (or money) for the grooming demands of a non-shedding dog.

While Mini Bernedoodles aren’t considered a high-energy dog, they still require attention and at least an hour of exercise per day. If that won’t fit your lifestyle, you may want to consider a low-energy dog breed.


How big do Mini Bernedoodles get?

On average, Mini Bernedoodles are 10-15 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds. It’s best to ask the breeder for their estimate as to how large the puppy will get.

Do Mini Bernedoodles bark a lot?

The Mini Bernedoodle is a quiet dog and with the right training, will only bark on command and for guarding purposes.

Are Mini Bernedoodles Cuddly

Each dog is different, but as a whole, Mini Bernedoodles tend to be very cuddly and affectionate!

What is the personality of a Mini Bernedoodle?

Mini Bernedoodles are loyal, intelligent, affectionate, and very energetic.

Is a Mini Bernedoodle Right For You?

If you are thinking that the Mini Bernedoodle will be the perfect new addition to your family, check our directory of Bernedoodle breeders to start researching breeders in your area.

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11 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Mini Bernedoodles Bernese Mountain Dog Miniature Poodle Mix)”

  1. Just read everything you said about mini Bernadoodles. I do agree with them being intelligent, sweet and loyal….but, “they hardly bark” and “not very active”. Those comments do not apply to our 9 month old mini Bernadoodle. She barks non-stop and wants to play ALL the time. We take her to doggie daycare, the park, walk her up to 5 times a day and she doesn’t relax until 6 or 7 at night….so much energy. If you have any suggestions for the barking, I would love some.

    • Well, this mostly applies to adult Bernedoodles. Of course, puppies will still be very active and 9 months is still very much a puppy with lots of endless energy! It sounds like you’re doing everything good (daycare, park, walks) so great job with that. Do you do any mental stimulation? Sniffing, hide and seek, interactive feeding games, puzzles…these are all great ways to tire them out mentally! You also might also want to look into training if you haven’t already. This is a great online training so you can work through it at your own pace, you can also learn various mind games and ways to tire your dog out!

    • Wow – we have two mini’s and they are truly amazing. Our 2.5 year old male does bark to alert us and the 7 month old very seldom barks. I have used a product called “Pet Corrector” it is in a can and you just give a short spray in the air when they start to bark or do unwanted behavior such as digging etc. You don’t spray at the dog just within eyesight and then when they stop the action (which they do immediately) I praise them. I have only had to use it a few times to stop the barking and now I just say “Can It” and he will stop (LOL) I do have an exception to the size rule in this post. Our oldest “mini” is now 55 lbs and a large dog. Our 7 month old is only 22# and will stay in the mini range. It is interesting that they both have the same mini poodle sire (7#) but different mothers (both were only 65/68#’s. Our breeder is also amazed at our oldest’s size and it is the largest they have ever had. He does take completely after the bernise Mountain dog side. So I guess be prepared that your mini may “exceed your expectations” . We call our’s “Our Over Achiever” BTW – both do not shed and are the most loveable and loyal dogs we have ever had. They are amazing with all of our grandchildren.

  2. Anyone have any experience with having a bernedoodle with a cat in the house? We have a very sweet older cat but wouldn’t want to bring in a doggy that naturally would try to hurt her.

    • I’ve heard that Bernedoodles and cats can get along, but to speak with Bernedoodle owners you should join this Facebook group and ask 🙂 In most cases, you’ll need to make sure you work with your puppy and train them to be gentle with the cat.

    • My Mini Bernedoodle, Gigi, stayed with my sister for 2 weeks while we were away. I was worried because my sister has a cat and we do not. Gigi was totally intrigued with her cat and would have cuddled up with the cat, but the cat didn’t want much to do with Gigi.

    • I have a Bernedoodle puppy and 2 yr old cat. They love each other kissing and sleeping together on top of my bed. And they wrestle and play nonstop. They got along right away. I just let them create their own relationship.

  3. Mini berniedoodles are so cute!

  4. I have a 5 month old berniedoodle who is intrigued with my lionhead rabbit. I have to keep them apart because the dog wants to play with the rabbit,and I am afraid she might accidentally nip him. Unlike a cat a rabbit has no defense. They get along but the temptation to chase Hop is a constant problem which I believe she will out grow. Our Chesapeake and the rabbit were fast friends.

  5. Any suggestions on where to purchase in Iowa? I also have heard of Tini and Micro Bernedoodles. Is this really a thing or is someone trying to get more $$?

    • I had a breeder in WA state who we agreed on a price with a Mini Bernerdoodle, and then when the litter was ready… she jacked up the price a couple thou, saying well they turned out to be micro-minis (This was 2000 during covid, and she (the breeder) was a bit off… but apparently it is a thing. (But up-ing the cost without warning shouldn’t be… we unfortunately walked away from that dog/breeder).

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