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Australian Bernedoodle: A Guide to This Unique Designer Breed - PawSafe

Australian Bernedoodle: A Guide to This Unique Designer Breed

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe

Australian Bernedoodle

Australian Bernedoodles have delightful personalities and are perfect for people who prefer larger dogs. This unique breed is intelligent, affectionate, and most likely low-shedding. The breed is also known for its beautiful coat, which can come in various colors and patterns.

Another appealing aspect of the Australian Bernedoodle is its laid-back temperament. They also don’t have additional maintenance needs besides perhaps joint supplements from puppyhood. Just your regular canine shampoo baths and teeth cleaners make the bulk of their maintenance. 

Overall, the Australian Bernedoodle is a wonderful choice for anyone looking for a loving and intelligent companion. We have the help of breed experts and books such as David Anderson’s Complete Bernedoodle Manual for a comprehensive Australian Bernedoodle breed guide.

Australian Bernedoodles are typically medium to large-sized dogs, weighing between 50 and 90 pounds. They have wavy or curly coats that are usually low-shedding, making them a good choice for people with allergies. 

It’s easy to confuse the Australian Bernedoodle with two breeds. First is the Standard Bernedoodle, which is a mix between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. Next, we have the Aussie Mountain Doodle, which mixes an Australian Shepherd, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and a Poodle.

If you are considering getting an Australian Bernedoodle, it is essential to remember that they require regular exercise and grooming. They also need to be socialized from a young age to prevent any behavioral issues.

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Origins of the Australian Bernedoodle

The Australian Bernedoodle is a crossbreed between a Bernedoodle and the Australian Labradoodle. This breed is still a bit rare, but it has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its friendly and affectionate nature, low-shedding coat, and intelligence.

Other popular Australian Bernedoodle names include 

  • Australian Bernesepoo;
  • Australian Bernesedoodle;
  • Australian Bernepop; and
  • Australian Bernepoo.

The Bernedoodle 

Unlike most doodle mixes, Bernedoodles have a pretty elaborate history. The Bernedoodle mix was first made by Sherry Rupke at SwissRidge Kennels in 2003. Sherry aimed to create a low-shedding dog with the Bernese Mountain Dog’s affectionate, laid-back nature.

Australian Labradoodle

The Australian Labradoodle is a multi-generational Labradoodle. For Labradoodles to be Australian Labradoodles, they must result from breeding two Labradoodles for at least five generations. They were developed in response to the rising Labradoodle fame in an attempt to standardize the mix enough to make it a breed. 

What is the difference between the Labradoodle and the Australian Labradoodle?

The Labradoodle is a crossbreed between the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle, while the Australian Labradoodle is a crossbreed between two Labradoodles across multiple generations. The Australian Labradoodle is known for having a more consistent and predictable coat, while the Labradoodle’s coat can vary more in texture and shedding. 

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Physical Characteristics: What Does The Australian Bernedoodle Look like?

Australian Bernedoodles tend to have a burly and well-proportioned build. They tend to inherit the bulkier frame of the Bernese Mountain Dog, but some may exhibit a Poodle’s slender physique. 

They have a broad head that is mostly flat at their top. Their ears hang over their faces and may be feathered like a Poodle or have the Bernese’s pendant-shaped. They have a friendly expression with their expressive, dark, almond-shaped eyes and somewhat short muzzles.

Their coats typically resemble a Bernese’s tri-color theme but with the Poodle’s texture. This makes them look like Berneses undercover as Poodles. They have a long, bushy tail to bring their endearing appearance all together. 

Coat & Color

Their coat is a mix of wavy or curly hair that can be medium to long in length. The coat colors can vary from:

  • Tri-color;
  • Black;
  • White;
  • Cream;
  • Sable; 
  • Brown;
  • Brindle; and
  • Yellow.

How large do Australian Bernedoodles typically get?

The size of an Australian Bernedoodle can vary depending on the size of the Poodle parent used in breeding. Generally, standard Australian Bernedoodles reach 23 to 29 inches (58 to 74 cm) at the shoulder. In terms of weight, they typically range from 50 to 90 pounds (23 to 41 kg). 

Miniature versions of the Australian Bernedoodle stand between 18 to 22 inches (45 to 56 cm and weigh about 25 to 49 pounds (11 to 22 kg). 

Australian Bernedoodle Temperament and Behavior

Australian Bernedoodles are known for their friendly, outgoing, affectionate, laid-back, and intelligent nature. They are intelligent and easy to train, making them an excellent choice for first-time dog owners. They are also good with children and other pets, making them an ideal family pet.

Australian Bernedoodles are highly adaptable and thrive in urban and rural environments. They are high-energy dogs and require regular exercise and mentally stimulating puzzles. They enjoy going for walks, playing fetch, and participating in other outdoor activities.

One of the most notable traits of Australian Bernedoodles is their gentle natures. One of the main points of the dog’s creation was the Bernese Mountain Dog’s level-headed nature, and they were successful. While you’ll expect tuned-down energy levels, they can still have the Poodle-like playful moments.

When it comes to behavior, Australian Bernedoodles are generally well-behaved and easy to manage. They are not known to be aggressive or destructive, but like all dogs, they may exhibit unwanted behaviors if they are not adequately trained and socialized.

Health and Lifespan of Australian Bernedoodles

The common health issues that Australian Bernedoodles have are those their parent breeds are susceptible to. These include:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia: This is a hip and joint development disorder. This condition is prevalent in all breeds involved in breeding the mix. According to the OFA, about 82% of Bernese Mountain dogs have hip dysplasia and can easily pass this on to the Australian Bernedoodle.
  • Bloat: Like all large dogs, this mix is susceptible to their stomachs twisting and trapping air. Bloat is a severe, most often fatal medical condition.
  • Cancer: These gentle dogs are among the most affected by cancer due to the Bernese genes.
  • Thyroid problems necessitating yearly checkups.
  • Addison’s disease, where the body doesn’t make enough of certain hormones.
  • Von Willebrand’s disease, which is a blood-clotting disorder.
  • Eye problems like PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), where the retina progressively dies. Other issues include glaucoma, cherry eye, and dry eye.
  • Neurological and spinal issues like degenerative myelopathy (DM).
  • Heart issues like arrhythmia and Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) or enlarged heart.
  • Immune system diseases.
  • Moderate issues like obesity, dental issues, allergies, ear infections, and skin infections.


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What is the average life expectancy of an Australian Bernepoo?

Australian Bernedoodles are generally healthy dogs with a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. However, like all dogs, they are prone to certain health issues that can affect their lifespan. It is essential to keep up with regular vet visits and maintain a healthy lifestyle for your Australian Bernedoodle to ensure a long and happy life.

Grooming Needs

The Australian Bernedoodle has a soft, curly, and wavy coat. This breed requires regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and free of mats. Here are some grooming needs to keep in mind:


The Australian Bernedoodle should be brushed daily. It is extremely common for Doodle dogs to have matted coats as owners are often just not aware of how high-maintenance a Poodle mixes coat really is. Daily brushing is essential to help remove any tangles, mats, and loose hair. A slicker brush and a comb can be used to groom this breed. Start at the head and work your way down to the tail when brushing. Be gentle and avoid pulling on the hair.


The Australian Bernedoodle should be bathed every 4-6 weeks. Use a mild shampoo and conditioner to keep their coat soft and shiny. Make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any skin irritation. After bathing, dry their coat with a towel and a hairdryer on a low setting.


The Australian Bernedoodle requires regular haircuts every 8-12 weeks. This breed has hair that grows continuously and can become too long if not trimmed regularly. A professional groomer can help with haircuts and styling.

Nail Trimming

The Australian Bernedoodle’s nails should be trimmed every 4-6 weeks. Long nails can cause discomfort and even lead to health problems. Use a sharp nail clipper and be careful not to cut the quick, which is the blood vessel inside the nail.

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Ear Cleaning

The Australian Bernedoodle’s ears should be cleaned regularly to avoid ear infections. Use a gentle ear cleaner and a cotton ball to clean the inside of the ear. Avoid using cotton swabs, as they can damage the ear canal.

Teeth Cleaning

The Australian Bernedoodle’s teeth should be brushed regularly to prevent dental problems. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs. Dental chews, toys, and solutions can also help keep their teeth clean.

Training an Australian Bernedoodle

Australian Bernedoodles are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners. They are quick learners and respond well to positive reinforcement training methods. Here are some tips for training your Australian Bernedoodle:

Start with Basic Commands

Begin by teaching your Australian Bernedoodle basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel. Use positive reinforcement techniques such as treats and praise to encourage good behavior. Be consistent with your commands and rewards to reinforce the desired behavior.

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Socialization is essential for Australian Bernedoodles to learn how to interact with other dogs and people. Expose your dog to various situations, such as walks in the park, visits to the vet, playtime with other dogs, and even puppy school. This will help your dog become more confident and well-adjusted.

Crate Training

Crate training can be useful for housebreaking your Australian Bernedoodle and keeping them safe when you are not home. Introduce your dog to the crate gradually and make it a positive experience by placing treats and toys inside. Do not use the crate as a form of punishment.


Australian Bernedoodles require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. Take your dog for daily walks or runs and provide plenty of opportunities for playtime. A tired dog is a well-behaved dog.


Consistency is key when it comes to training your Australian Bernedoodle. Stick to a routine and be patient with your dog. With time and consistency, your dog will learn the desired behaviors and become a well-trained companion.

Remember always to use positive reinforcement techniques and avoid punishment-based training methods. With patience and consistency, your Australian Bernedoodle will become a well-trained and well-behaved companion.

Feeding and Nutrition

It is recommended to feed them high-quality dog food that is specifically formulated for their size and age. The dog food should contain essential nutrients such as protein (30%), fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

Australian Bernedoodles should be fed twice a day, with the amount of food depending on their age, size, and activity level. Puppies require more frequent feeding, while adult dogs may need less. It is essential to monitor their weight and adjust their food intake accordingly to prevent overfeeding.

In addition to dog food, Australian Bernedoodles can also benefit from occasional treats. Treats should be given in moderation and not exceed 10% of their daily food intake. Choosing treats that are low in calories and do not contain harmful ingredients, such as artificial preservatives and colors, is essential.

Finding a Breeder

When looking for an Australian Bernedoodle breeder, it is vital to research and find a reputable breeder that prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs. Here are some tips for finding a good breeder:

Ask for referrals

Ask friends, family, or your veterinarian if they know of reputable Australian Bernedoodle breeders. Referrals from trusted sources can be a great starting point.

Check online directories

Look for breeders on reputable online directories such as the Australian Bernedoodle Association or the Designer Breed Registry. These directories often have strict requirements for breeders to be listed, ensuring a higher level of quality.

Visit the breeder

Once you have found a promising breeder, visit their facility. This will allow you to see the conditions the dogs are living in and ask the breeder any questions you may have, like the parents’ genetic health tests.

Ask for health clearances

Good breeders will have health clearances for their breeding dogs, which indicate that they have been tested for specific genetic diseases and are healthy. Be sure to ask the breeder for these clearances.

Ask about socialization

Australian Bernedoodles are social dogs and require plenty of socialization from a young age. Ask the breeder about their socialization practices and how they ensure their puppies are well-adjusted.

By following these tips, you can find a reputable Australian Bernedoodle breeder who will provide you with a healthy and well-socialized puppy.

Adoption and Rescue Options

Adopting an Australian Bernedoodle can be a great option for those looking for a furry companion. There are many rescue organizations and shelters that offer Australian Bernedoodles for adoption. These organizations often have a screening process to ensure that the dogs are placed in a safe and loving home.

It is important to note that rescue dogs may have behavioral issues due to their past experiences. However, these issues can often be resolved with patience and proper training. But never take up a dog you can’t manage, especially a large one like this mix. 

In addition to rescue organizations, some breeders offer Australian Bernedoodles for adoption. Researching and choosing a reputable breeder is essential to ensure the dog is healthy and well-cared for.

When adopting or rescuing an Australian Bernedoodle, it is essential to consider the financial responsibility of owning a dog. This includes regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and food.

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Doodle Dandy

Norcal Poodle Rescue

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Coastal Poodle Rescue

BFW Rescue Inc

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an Australian Bernedoodle cost?

The cost of an Australian Bernedoodle can vary depending on the breeder and location. On average, you can expect to pay between $2,500 and $4,500 for an Australian Bernedoodle puppy for sale. However, prices can go up to $6,000 or more for rare colors or exceptional bloodlines.

What sets Australian Bernedoodles apart from regular Bernedoodles?

Australian Bernedoodles are a crossbreed between a Bernese Mountain Dog and an Australian Labradoodle. Bernedoodles cross between two breeds, the Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Do Australian Bernedoodles shed?

Australian Bernedoodles are known for their low-shedding coats. However, they are not entirely hypoallergenic and still require regular grooming to maintain their coat.

Are Australian Bernedoodles hypoallergenic?

While Australian Bernedoodles are low-shedding, they are not completely hypoallergenic. People with severe allergies may still experience allergic reactions.

Where can I find reputable Australian Bernedoodle breeders near me?

It’s essential to do your research and find a reputable breeder when looking for an Australian Bernedoodle. You can start by searching for breeders online and checking reviews. You can also ask for recommendations from designer dog clubs or veterinarians. Make sure to ask the breeder about health testing and the puppy’s parents’ temperament.


The  Australian Bernedoodle is a wonderful mixed breed that combines the best traits of Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles. These dogs are intelligent, loyal, and affectionate, making them great family pets. They are also hypoallergenic and low-shedding, which is a huge plus for those with allergies.

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Tamsin De La Harpe


Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.