How Much Does a Bernedoodle Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

The Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle.

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How much does a Bernedoodle puppy cost?

The cost of a Bernedoodle will greatly depend on the generation, the color, the size, breeder and geographical location.  There are three common generation options on the market:  an F1, F1b and F2.  An F1, being the first generation cross, will be 50 percent Bernese Mountain dog and 50 percent Poodle.  This generation is considered to be the healthiest generation with the least likely chance of contributing genes for the common inherited diseases.  An F1b generation is a backcross in which a Bernese Mountain dog bred with a Poodle.  This generation is 25 percent Bernese and 75 percent Poodle.  These puppies tend to be non-shedding and allergy friendly.  Lastly, an F2 is a cross between an F1 Bernedoodle and another F1 Bernedoodle.

GenerationAverage Price
F1$3,000 to $4,500, depending on the coat color and size
F1b$2,000 to $3,000
F2$850 to $1,350

NOTE:  These tend to be the price ranges for all sizes and coat colors, but on the higher end, standard and miniature Bernedoodles with a tri-color coat will cost the most., for example, lists the current prices of their puppies on their official website.  At the time of this publishing, they had puppies ranging anywhere from $3,450 to $4,000.

Molly’s Darling Doodles, another Bernedoodle dog breeder, had prices on her website as well.  According to her pricing list, all F1 and F1b puppies could cost anywhere from $2,000 for a solid black with little markings to more than $4,500 for a tri-colored puppy.  This breeder would include a health exam, vaccinations, a deworming, health warranty, microchip, toy and a starter bag of food.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A good breeder, upon adoption, should offer a health guarantee, a vet exam, up-to-date vaccinations, deworming, OFA tests, CERF tests, and in some cases, a microchip.  Some breeders may also include a small starter kit with a bag of food, toys, collar, leash and coupons.

What are the extra costs?

If the dog has to be shipped via an airline or ground transportation, then this can be an additional cost to budget for.  Most airlines will charge anywhere from $250 to $400 to ship a puppy within the United States.

Depending on the variety, expect the dog to shed moderately throughout the year.  If you don’t have the time to brush to keep it from matting and shedding, then it’s best to budget for monthly professional dog grooming sessions.

Almost all puppies will be sold with a spay/neuter contract, but in the case the breeder does offer breeding rights, you may be able to buy them.

Tips to know:

A Bernedoodle’s most popular coat colors will either be black, black and white, black and brown or a tri-color, which is a mix of black, white and brown.  Tri-color puppies will always be the most expensive option, but overall, it can have any Poodle coat color.

The dog varies in sizes, depending on its parents and the genetics, but for the most part, a full-grown standard Bernedoodle will measure 23 to 30 inches at the shoulder and can weigh close to 70 to 90 pounds, while a mini Bernedoodle, which is a cross between a Minature Poodle and Bernese Mountain dog, can measure 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder and weigh 25 to 50 pounds.  Lastly, a tiny Bernedoodle, which is a cross between a Toy Poodle and Mini Bernedoodle will range anywhere from 12 to 18 inches from the shoulder and weigh 10 to 25 pounds.  Males will always be slightly larger than the females.

A well-bred Bernedoodle’s temperament, as per its owner, has said to be a mix between the Bernese and the Poodle.  Regardless of its genetics, the dog tends to be very friendly, goofy and playful, making it a wonderful companion for both children and the elderly.  They are also known to be extremely intelligent, sociable and very strong-willed.  Every puppy will have its own personality, however, so most breeders will highly recommend you visit the parents of the puppy in person to see how they act in person.

Due to their energy levels, most Bernedoodles require a larger yard to play in to burn off their energy.  They do love to run, play, fetch and hike.

Due to the rarity of this breed, many popular breeders have waiting lists for up to a year long.  If you plan on adopting, it may be best to start your search now.

Even though the parents of the puppies can be registered with the AKC, designer dogs will not be recognized.

The Bernedoodle is prone to hip dysplasia, heart disease, obesity, and cancer, just like other dogs.   These health concerns greatly depend on the dog’s genetics and lifestyle.

While there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, the Bernedoodle is known to be very allergy friendly.  Due to the dog’s genetics, however, the coat can vary as some can shed a lot more than others.  Common coat types include curly, wavy or straight.  If you are allergic to a dog, it is always best to visit the dog in person to see how you react to the situation.

How can I save money?

As you can see, a Bernedoodle can cost thousands of dollars.  Consider checking out your local animal shelter to see if you can find a puppy or even an older dog that may resemble this dog.  While this breed probably won’t be there,  it doesn’t hurt to check.  While rare, a rescue group may be local as well.

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  1. Noodle love (spokane,  Washington) paid $1800 and said:

    Love our Noodle

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. GUSSMEN (GAASTRA,  Michigan) paid $1500 and said:

    Worth it

    Was it worth it? Yes

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