After my husband and I settled on getting a Doodle breed dog, our next task was to try and decide which one we wanted, and we had it narrowed down between two different (but equally adorable) breeds: the Sheepadoodle and the Bernedoodle.
Maybe you’ve found yourself trying to decide between the two dogs, and you may have even thought, “how different can they be?!”
But both Sheepadoodles and Bernedoodles have unique personalities and traits.
Today, I’m going to break down some of the popular characteristics of Sheepadoodles vs. Bernedoodles so you have a good idea of which dog is right for you.
What is a Sheepadoodle?
A Sheepadoodle is a cross between a Poodle and an Old English Sheepadog. Sheepadoodles can be incorrectly labeled as a “Shepadoodle” (which is actually a Shepherd/Poodle mix), and are sometimes referred to as “Sheepapoo” or “Sheepdoodle”.
And once, while living in Germany with our dog, the word “Sheepadoodle” got lost in translation and a nice German asked if our dog was “Sheep-poop.” 🙂
What is a Bernedoodle?
A Bernedoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog. Bernese Mountain Dogs are sometimes confused with St. Bernards. A Bernese Mountain Dog is not the same as a St. Bernard. If you are looking for a Poodle/St. Bernard mix, you’d want to look for a Saint Berdoodle.
Sheepadoodles and Bernedoodles have very similar temperaments, but each breed does have unique distinctions.
Sheepadoodles make great family dogs. They are cuddly, affectionate and love to be around their pack. Sheepadoodles are also energetic and have an endless appetite to play.
Being part Old English Sheepdog, Sheepadoodles often inherit herding-dog breed tendencies, such as the need to herd, and will wrangle up children and other small animals.
This trait is something that Sheepadoodle owners need to keep in mind and may need to work on with their nippy Sheepadoodle puppies (we did, but it was easy to train with the help of our trainer).
Sheepadoodles are known to sound the alarm when intruders enter your property. The guarding will stop there, however, as Sheepadoodles have more bark than bite and won’t charge at an intruder.
Bernedoodles also make wonderful family dogs. They, too, like to be surrounded by their pack.
Being part Bernese Mountain Dog, Bernedoodle’s aren’t as energetic as the Sheepadoodle. While they are a working dog, nipping and herding aren’t typically issues that the Bernedoodle will inherit. Bernese Mountain Dogs were originally bred to pull heavy carts in the Swiss farmlands.
Bernedoodles are very friendly. If you are looking for a guard dog, a Bernedoodle should not be your first choice as they try to befriend just about anyone.
Both Bernedoodles and Sheepadoodles come in similar sizes.
Sheepadoodles come in a couple of different size.
Mini Sheepadoodles can be about 20 pounds, however, this classification is on the basis of the breeder as some Mini Sheepadoodles are listed as any Sheepadoodle under 50 pounds. Mini Sheepadoodle stands at around 10-15 inches tall.
Standard Sheepadoodles usually weigh around 45-80 pounds and are 13-28 inches tall.
Like the Sheepadoodle, Bernedoodles also have a couple of different sizes.
The Mini Bernedoodle is about 20 pounds.
A Standard Bernedoodle can be anywhere from 50 pounds to over 100 pounds.
Sheepadoodles and Bernedoodles can come in similar colorings.
Sheepadoodles’ coats can come in a variety of different colors:
- black and white
- all black
- grey and white
- brown, black and white (similar to a Bernedoodle, although this is hard to come across)
- red and white
Most Sheepadoodles are black and white and can turn grey over time.
Bernedoodles’ coats also come in different colorings:
- Tri-color (black, white, tan)
- Black and White
Both Bernedoodles and Sheepadoodles cost roughly the same, but Bernedoodles to tend to be slightly more expensive.
A Standard Sheepadoodle can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,500.
A Mini Sheepadoodle can cost between $2,000 to $4,000.
A Standard Bernedoodle can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000.
A Mini Bernedoodle can also cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000+.
Sheepadoodles are high energy and are best for active families! As a point of reference, our Sheepadoodle gets at least 2 hours of exercise every day, rain or shine.
Bernedoodles have less energy than a Sheepadoodle and are generally calmer. But don’t let that fool you, they are still a working breed and will need exercise.
Grooming a Doodle is a lot of work, regardless if it’s a Sheepadoodle or a Bernedoodle.
Doodles are non-shedding dogs, and therefore, need to be combed and brushed frequently (20-30 minutes daily if you are going to leave their hair on the longer side).
If you plan to keep their hair short, you’ll need frequent trips to the groomers (every 4-8 weeks), which can be costly.
If you don’t think you’ll enjoy all that grooming, I don’t recommend getting any Doodle. Unfortunately, Doodles-owners have a bad reputation with groomers for bringing in dogs with incredibly matted-fur. It’s painful for the dog, so make sure you’re up to the (sometimes exhausting) task of keeping your Dood mat-free!
Sheepadoodle vs Bernadoodle Infographic
Which One Should You Get?
Deciding between a Bernedoodle and Sheepadoodle is no easy task. Both dogs are friendly, smart and love to be around their owners.
If you aren’t sure, this article on why you shouldn’t get a Sheepadoodle is an honest article about why a Sheepadoodle might not be the dog for you.
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About the Author:
Dana is a Sheepadoodle owner and expat in Germany. While living in Europe, Dana and her husband always make sure that when they go on road trips, their pup Kaya gets to come along. Dana loves to highlight dog-friendly places you can travel to with your pooch so that your entire family can have fun together!