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Mini Bernedoodle: 17 Things You May Not Know

If you’re thinking about getting a new puppy, the Mini Bernedoodle might just be the perfect match. This charming mix of Bernese Mountain Dog and Miniature Poodle isn’t just a bundle of fluff; it’s a smart, friendly, and adaptable companion that’s been stealing hearts left and right.

But there’s more to these dogs than meets the eye.

Sure, you might know about their adorable looks and friendly vibes, but we’ve got some cool tidbits that might surprise you. From their unexpected coat color changes to their vocal nature, here are 17 things you may not know about the Mini Bernedoodle that’ll make you see this cute crossbreed in a whole new light.

So, grab your favorite drink, get comfy, and let’s get into the nitty-gritty of what you may not know about them.

17 Things You May Not Know About the Mini Bernedoodle

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1. Size is Relative

When you hear “Mini Bernedoodle,” you might imagine a pint-sized pup, but the truth is their sizes can vary quite a bit. A full grown Mini Bernedoodle can weigh anywhere from 25 to 49 pounds and stand between 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder.

This means some are more ‘mini’ than others, with some tipping into medium-sized dog territory.

2. Wide Color Variations

While many people associate the Bernedoodle with the traditional tri-color coat of the Bernese Mountain Dog, Mini Bernedoodles can come in a wide array of colors including bi-color, sable, brindle, black and even phantom, reflecting the vast coat variations of their Poodle parent.

3. Mini Bernadoodles Run Hot

Bernedoodles tend to run hot. This is not really a surprise when you consider the Bernese Mountain Dog originates from the Swiss Alps where it’s often cold and that the poodle’s curly coat was developed to keep them warm in the water.

Because of their tendency to be hot many do not take to their crate where space is limited to spread out, thus making crate training difficult. To help you can set up a fan to blow on them or place their crate near an air conditioner vent.

You can also check out our post on 13 Crate Training Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make for more crate training tips.

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4. They Prefer to Sleep on the Floor

Because they run hot, Bernedoodles prefer to sleep on the floor rather than a bed. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find a Bernadoodle sleeping on the bathroom floor or kitchen tiles where the floor is cooler.

5. Mini Bernadoodles Like to Sleep on Their Backs

Another way they like to sleep is on their backs. By exposing their belly, where the fur is thinner and the skin is less insulated, they can release body heat more efficiently, helping them to maintain a comfortable body temperature, especially during warmer weather.

6. May Shed Seasonally

Mini Bernedoodles are often praised for their low-shedding coats, thanks to their Poodle heritage. However, it’s not a one-size-fits-all scenario when it comes to their shedding habits. Some Mini Bernedoodles can still experience seasonal shedding even if they don’t shed much throughout the year.

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7. “Velcro” dogs

Bernedoodles have earned the nickname “Velcro” dogs for their remarkable tendency to stick by their owner’s side, much like the fastening material itself. This behavior is a testament to their deeply ingrained desire for companionship and loyalty.

8. Prone to Separation Anxiety

Their need for closeness goes beyond just wanting to be in the same room. Bernedoodles often seek physical contact, whether it’s sitting at your feet while you work or following you from room to room, no matter how short the distance.

This characteristic makes them outstanding companions, but it also means they can struggle with separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods

9. Rarely Bark

Known for their quiet demeanor, Mini Bernedoodles are not prone to excessive barking. They tend to bark only when necessary, making them great for families who prefer a quieter household.

10. Very vocal

Although the Bernedoodle may not bark much they are known for their “talking”. This includes a wide range of sounds like whines, grumbles, soft growls, and some barking. This behavior is their way of communicating.

They will even “argue” with their owners using these sounds, especially if they disagree or are displeased with something.

11. The Bernedoodle Lean

As we already covered, Bernedoodles tend to get hot easily. Because of this many don’t like to be cuddled, unless it’s cold, but they do like to lean against their person. Most owners believe this is their way of cuddling without getting too hot.

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12. Lose Their Puppy Teeth Quickly

Mini Berniedoodle owners have stated that their pups lost large numbers of their puppy teeth all at once. It seems once they are ready for their adult teeth, all the puppy teeth come out very quickly. Sometimes they lose two or more teeth at a time.

13. Colors May Fade

Due to the poodle’s fading gene, a Bernadoodle’s colors may fade as they mature. The easiest way to determine if your pup might inherit this gene is ask the breeder if they tested for it.

This gene is recessive so the parents’ coats may not fade but they can still carry the gene.

14. Bernedoodles Can Be Sensitive

Bernedoodles can be quite sensitive. This trait is inherited from both their Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle parents, who are known for their responsive and empathetic nature towards human emotions. Bernedoodles are particularly attuned to the moods and feelings of their family members.

This sensitivity means Bernedoodles can react negatively to harsh training methods or loud environments, thriving instead on positive reinforcement, gentle guidance, and a peaceful, stable home environment.

15. Stubborn

They inherit high intelligence from both parent breeds, but they can also inherit the occasional stubbornness. This trait can make training a challenge, requiring patience and consistency.

16. May Be Born with a Pink Nose

They inherit this trait from the Bernese Mountain Dog side of the genes. All Bernese Mountain Dogs are born with pink noses, while only some poodles are born that way.

17. Not Always Hypoallergenic

As with all doodle breeds the Bernedoodle is not guaranteed to be hypoallergenic. Allergenicity can vary greatly among individual dogs.

Final words

As we wrap up our list of the 17 Things You May Not Know about the Mini Bernedoodle, it’s clear that this breed offers a delightful blend of traits that can enrich any home.

Embracing a Mini Bernedoodle means welcoming a pet that’s intelligent, adaptable, and deeply connected to their human family. Whether you’re drawn to their hypoallergenic qualities, their emotional sensitivity, or their playful and loving temperament, a Mini Bernedoodle is sure to fill your life with happiness and fun.

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