Are you having a hard time choosing between these two cuties? Well, choosing between doodles is not only a game of cuteness and curliness but it requires a careful background check. These hybrids – or rather designer dogs – are super friendly, goofy, and charming. But who should you pick between a Bernedoodle and a Goldendoodle? Well, sit back as we give you the best of both breeds in a warm fuzzy package.
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Bernedoodles are a hybrid cross between a standard poodle and a Bernese mountain dog. These crossbreeds have long hanging ears, a triangular muzzle, a black nose, and a bushy tail that is carried high. Depending on the dominant genes, Bernedoodles can either look more like a Poodle or resemble the Bernese Mountain dog. They have wavy curly coats that come in a tricolor pattern, that is, black, white, and brown. They can also be black and white, grey and white, or brown and white.
The Goldendoodle, on the other hand, is an adorable mix between the Golden Retriever and Poodle. These dogs are the ultimate blend for smart wits, good looks, and playfulness. Depending on the dominant genes they pick up from their purebred parents, Goldendoodles can have straight, wavy, or curly fur type and come in a rainbow of colors from apricot to cream, chocolate, black, and red. Their patterns can range from parti, phantom, brindle, and merle. Just like there is no identical fingerprint for humans, no two doodles have identical color patterns.
Bernedoodles come in three different sizes; standard, miniature, and toy. Their size greatly depends on whether a Bernese Mountain dog is bred with a standard, miniature, or toy Poodle. The standard Bernedoodles stand between 23 to 29 inches tall and can weigh between 70-90 pounds. Miniature Bernedoodles vary from 18-22 inches tall and 25-49 pounds in weight while their toy counterparts range between 12-17 inches tall and 10-24 pounds heavy.
Like the Bernedoodles, Goldendoodles come in miniature, small standard, and large standard sizes. The miniature Goldendoodle – the cross between a Golden Retriever and a Miniature or Toy Poodle ranges from 13-20 inches in height and 15-35 pounds in weight. Small Standard Goldendoodles stand 17-20 inches tall and weigh about 40 to 50 pounds while the Large Standard ones are 20-24 inches tall and weigh around 50-90 pounds.
Bernedoodles are expected to live around 12 to 18 years while the Goldendoodles’ average lifespan is about 10-15 years.
Shed and Grooming
Doodles are relatively low-shedding dogs thanks to their Poodle parent genes. Both the Bernedoodles and the Goldendoodles barely shed and if they do, it’s only moderately due to their Poodle parent genes. At least this saves you from always picking up the vacuum. Keep in mind that the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Golden Retriever do shed. Handlers with allergies are doodle-compatible due to their hypoallergenic qualities. However, this is only based on an individual level depending on how each individual would react to an individual dog.
Although these breeds save you time from countless cleaning rounds, they do require regular grooming and clipping. Doodles require daily to weekly brushing to ensure their hair doesn’t get matted or tangled. If the coat is kept short, brushing can be done every few weeks and clipping every six to eight weeks.
Bernedoodles make excellent companion dogs. They are friendly, playful, and easy-going dogs that enjoy the company of people and other dogs as well. depending on the temperament traits they inherit from the Bernese Mountain dog, Bernedoodles may carry with them the tirelessness associated with mountain dogs. In any case, a dog of any breed can only be as sound as the parents.
Like their equivalents, Goldendoodles are friendly and outdoorsy. Like any other dog breed, they need early socialization. Exposure to many different people, sounds, sights, and experiences molds them to be well-rounded dogs. They are also playful buddies whose personality depends on their genetics as well.
Poodles rank second high on the canine intelligence scale after the Border Collies. These genes are equally inherited by the doodles, which means they can learn just as quickly as their parents. Bernedoodles are quite smart, smart enough to decide which commands they will obey or will not obey. They learn bad habits just as easily as good ones.
Goldendoodles are equally perceptive pets that harbor an uncanny ability to communicate with their people. They are extremely intelligent and learn commands very quickly.
Due to the high intelligence in their DNA, doodles not only find agility courses challenging and mentally stimulating but also fun and exciting. They are proficient with agility training as either of their parents are.
Bernedoodles have moderate to high exercise needs given both of their parents are pretty active breeds. Like any other dog breed, it is important to give them sufficient exercise and mental stimulation every day to help them behave better throughout the day. Bernedoodles enjoy long walks or anything that gets them panting but they also value a good long nap. About 30 minutes of intense exercise a day is satisfactory.
Goldendoodles make great cuddle buddies but are also natural athletes. They love going for long walks, runs, and hikes with their owners. They also have a penchant for playfulness and will enjoy a great deal of time spent in the park.
It’s always easier to train a pup than an adult dog. Therefore, a young Bernedoodle is quite trainable as they are clever dogs though they can be mischievous and stubborn at times. the eagerness to learn decreases with age but a thorough training routine will prove successful with enough patience and consistency. As you train Bernedoodles, do it gently with positive reinforcement for better results.
On the contrary, Goldendoodles are easier to train and make a good match for the first time or timid owners. As long as you are consistent and have the correct approach, you are good for take-off!
Good with Family
Bernedoodle can make superb family pets provided they were socialized properly from a young age. They are easy-going and patient with children. If you’re not so great at socialization training, a dog trainer can help you responsibly socialize your Bernedoodle.
Similarly, Goldendoodles make wonderful family pets especially when their nature takes after their Golden Retriever parent. They get along with children of all ages and other dogs and pets as well. they do not show aggression against other animals but of course like their cousins the Bernedoodles, they have to be properly socialized from puppyhood.
Bernedoodles have a lot of endurance and like to roam. As a result, a fenced backyard to run around and play in is always helpful. However, a mini- or toy-sized bernedoodle can do well in an apartment as long as they get ample outdoor time and attention. This also goes for the Goldendoodles. It is less about how much room is available in the apartment but more about how well you take care of their physical and mental stimulation needs, failure to which makes them skittish and destructive. Goldendoodles are ideal apartment dogs since they are tiny and cuddly.
All dogs are subject to experiencing separation anxiety. It is a chronic canine disorder that affects all dogs irrespective of their breed, mix, or background. It is puzzling that the very traits that make these doodles extremely friendly and loveable pets also predisposes them to separation anxiety. Doodles crave attention and are best suited for homes where they would not be left alone for long hours. Alternatively, gradually acclimating your dog to some alone time can be good therapy to deal with separation anxiety.
Mixed breeds can indeed be healthier than their parents. This is due to a larger gene pool which lowers their chances of inheriting genetic problems. However, even with fewer health issues, they can still be prone to some illnesses. Bernedoodles are particularly prone to elbow dysplasia, sebaceous adenitis, and hip dysplasia. Although, overall, it is a healthy breed.
If you’re considering breeding a Goldendoodle, you should acquire health clearances for both parents on hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand’s disease. Even so, not all Goldendoodles will get any or all of these diseases but it’s important to be aware than to dive into a sad heartbreaking ending that you did not sign up for.
It is not common for doodles to get aggressive or go aloof, however, they may show signs of aggression due to their lonely nature, or even occasional discomfort around other dogs or people. This only happens if they are not well socialized. But usually, these dogs are brilliant, loyal, and human friendly.
Well, you can now make a sound decision on which of these buddies you’d like for a best friend. Share with us your best experiences with your doodle in the comment section below.