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Mini Bernedoodles 101: Everything You Need to Know

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It is pretty common for pet owners to own unique crossbreeds that have desirable traits from the parent breeds, and the Doodle breeds are no exception!

In recent years, the Bernedoodle (a large hypoallergenic dog) has been growing in popularity. And for those in search of a small hypoallergenic dog, you’re in luck as the Bernedoodle can be bred small, too!

Introducing, the Mini Bernedoodle!

What is the Mini Bernedoodle

Bernedoodles, like what the name suggest, is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle.

Interestingly, and intriguingly enough, what happens if the Bernese Mountain Dog breeds with a Mini Poodle? When that happens, what you will have is a Mini Bernedoodle that retains most of the characteristics of the standard sized Bernedoodle yet having that small petite size that makes them much more manageable than the larger counterparts.

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

What is the Mini Bernedoodle size?

As mentioned earlier, since the Mini Bernedoodle is a direct offspring of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Mini Poodle, it is possible that the Mini Bernedoodle inherits traits from both parents or sometimes just one of them.

Interestingly, for the case of the Mini Bernedoodle, it inherits its stature from the Mini Poodle. As such, the Mini Bernedoodle’s size can be pretty petite.

On average, the 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. Mini Bernedoodles be larger, so it’s best to ask the breeder for the weight of both parents and an estimate as to how big the puppy will grow.

What colors does the Mini Bernedoodle come in?

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

What is the Mini Bernedoodle temperament?

For the case of the Mini Bernedoodle’s temperament, we can only deduce the dog’s traits from the parents since the Mini Bernedoodle is considered a relatively new crossbreed.

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

For Mini Poodles, they are intelligent as well, and they can also be loyal and faithful to the owner. However, the only caveat here is that the temperament of the Mini Poodle can vary a lot, and the main factor here will be the upbringing that it has.

Hence, it is possible that the Mini Poodle can be aggressive or docile, depending on how the owner treats it.

As such, when it comes to the Mini Bernedoodle, you can expect the dog to be loyal and steadfast to the family. The Mini Bernedoodle can be 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 trait that the Mini Bernedoodle has is its loyalty as mentioned above.

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.

Does the Mini Bernedoodle require exercise?

Due to the Mini Bernedoodle’s relatively low level of activeness, you can expect that the dog does not require much exercises. However, it doesn’t hurt to bring your Mini Bernedoodle out for regular walks or even to have some fun in the sun. We will recommend 30 – 60 minutes of daily exercises a day as it can help to keep the Mini Bernedoodle healthy and at the same time help to create a stronger bond between you and the dog!

Is it easy to train the Mini Bernedoodle?

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.

Do Mini Bernedoodle Shed?

One of the other reasons why the mini Bernedoodle is good with kids is because this particular dog breed does not shed often and is often regarded as a Hypoallergenic dog. Hence, if you have kids in the house, or if you have allergies, the Mini Bernedoodle will be perfect for you.

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.

What’s the Mini Bernedoodle’s price

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.

Mini Bernedoodle’s Health Conditions

Generally, the Mini Bernedoodle is healthy and does not have much 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.

FAQs

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!

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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  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.

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

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