The Miniature Bernedoodle combines two well-mannered and loving breeds. The Bernese Mountain side of this cross will lend a playful and friendly disposition. From an intelligence standpoint, the Poodle is known for its high trainability, making it a great pet in general. This breed should also fair well with other pets as long as socialized early and often.
The Miniature Bernedoodle should adapt well to most living situations. This hybrid will have a long coat, so be very cautious with hot temperatures. This breed should also adapt well to apartment living as long as they are given the proper amount of exercise and attention.
The Miniature Bernedoodle should be a generally healthy dog, as long as proper attention has been paid to the health of the parents. The Bernese is known for having some health issues in regards to their joints (hips, elbows, etc). The most common health problem for the Standard Poodle is Addison’s Disease, or chronic adrenal insufficiency.
A novice owner, with the help of self-education or obedience training should do well with a Miniature Bernedoodle.
This breed will have a longer coat like the Bernese Mountain Dog and will require the coat be well maintained to avoid any matting. One of the advantages of this breed is that the shedding will be decreased by crossing the Bernese with the Poodle, but daily brushing is still recommended. You should also brush your Miniature Bernedoodles teeth once per week, and trim their nails once a month.
The Miniature Bernedoodle should have a moderate activity level. Daily walks are recommended for any breed that does not have its own space to run and unwind freely.
Miniature Bernedoodles can range from 23 to 50 pounds. 2nd Generation crosses (Miniature Bernedoodle bred to a Toy Poodle) can be between 12 and 26 pounds. The height will vary but probably be somewhere between 10 and 20 inches at the withers.