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Bernedoodle Colors & Patterns: Complete Guide and Photo Gallery

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Out of all the different Bernedoodle colors and patterns, which one should you choose? In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the most gorgeous Bernedoodle colors and explain a little bit more about their background. The most popular ones, the rarest colors, and everything that fits in between. In addition to that, we’ll also discuss whether the color of your Bernedoodle puppy can impact their behavior, health, or temperament in any way. Let’s get started!

Bernedoodle Colors & Patterns

An adorable crossbreed mixing the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle, Bernedoodles are well-known for their loving personalities combined with high intelligence levels and low-shedding coats. They’re fluffy, cuddly, and pretty much anything you would ever want in a dog. But as with any hybrid breed, there are so many different Bernedoodle colors and color combinations to choose from. So, which one should you get? We’ll be listing various Bernedoodle colors and patterns with lots of pictures, so you’ll know what to expect when choosing this Doodle breed.

Bernedoodle Color: Their Heritage

If we’d like to understand all the different Bernedoodle colors and color combinations, it’s important we learn a bit more about their heritage. As we combine two different purebred dogs, there are so many possible variations and outcomes! Of course, a Bernedoodle puppy will inherit its traits and characteristics from its lineage. So, let’s first discover what colors are common in the Bernese Mountain Dog’s side of the family, and what are the most common colors in Poodles. 

Bernese Mountain Dog Colors

The Bernese Mountain Dog usually comes in its signature tri-colored coat. The traditional Bernese Mountain Dog coat features a solid jet black base color with white and rust or tan markings. The tan and rust markings are usually present above the eyes, on the cheeks, on each side of the chest, on the legs, and under the tail. The white markings are found on the muzzle, between the eyes, on the chest, neck, and paws. 

bernese mountain dog
Bernese Mountain Dog

Poodle Colors

Poodles, on the other hand, most commonly come in a variety of solid colors, such as black, blue, gray, silver, brown, red, apricot, cream, cafe au lait, silver beige, and white. In addition to that, Poodles can also come with different color combinations like black and brown, black and tan, black and apricot, black and cream, brown and apricot, brown and white, and other combinations of the more common solid colors. 

Poodle lamb cut
White Poodle

Bernedoodle Color Chart

Now that we’ve learned where all the Bernedoodle colors come from in terms of their heritage, let’s discover the various Bernedoodle color combinations and variations available. 

Black and White Bernedoodle Color

The black and white Bernedoodle is one of the more popular Bernedoodle color variations. As you might guess, black and white Bernedoodles have a black solid dominant color and white markings on the face, neck, and chest. Sometimes they’ll also have white markings on the paws and feet. 

Bernedoodle Colors - Black and White
Black and white Bernedoodle

Merle Bernedoodle Color

One of the rarest, but most beautiful Bernedoodle colors is the merle pattern. Merle Bernedoodles have a solid base color with speckled patches of diluted colors throughout the coat. The merle coat gene is not as common in either Poodles or Bernese Mountain Dogs, but it can be passed onto the Bernedoodles when one of the parents is carrying the merle gene. A higher chance of achieving a merle Bernedoodle pup is by crossing a Poodle with a merle Bernedoodle. However, ethical breeders will never cross two merle Bernedoodles, as this increases the risk of serious health issues like blindness and deafness.

Merle Bernedoodle
Merle Bernedoodle

Red and White Bernedoodle Color

Red and white Bernedoodle is another rare color combination that features a mixture of reds and whites. The more traditional red and white Bernedoodle color has a solid red base on most of the body, while the chest, face, paws, and legs have white hair. Additionally, there are parti red and white Bernedoodles, where the base color is white throughout the body. In contrast, the red markings are found on the face, ears, and sometimes on the back as well. 

Bernedoodle Colors - Red and white
Red and white Bernedoodle

Black Bernedoodle Color

A solid black Bernedoodle is more of a rare find compared to the black and white Bernedoodle and tri-color Bernedoodles. Solid black coat originates from a recessive gene, so it’s much more difficult to achieve the solid black Bernedoodle coat color. If the goal is to achieve a black Bernedoodle, both parent pups should carry the same recessive gene. 

Black Bernedoodle
Black tuxedo Bernedoodle

Tri-color Bernedoodle 

The tri-color Bernedoodle is one of the more traditional Bernedoodle colors inspired by the Bernese Mountain Dog parent. The Bernedoodle tri-color pattern features three different colors on the coat. There can be various tri-color patterns with colors like black, brown, tan, rust, apricot, red, white, and cream. The dominant base color is usually darker and white markings are found on the face, chest, feet, and paws. 

Bernedoodle Colors - Tri color
Tri-color Bernedoodle

Sable Bernedoodle Color

Another popular choice is the sable Bernedoodle color. Sable Bernedoodles have a solid base color, but the hairs have black tips. Of course, the overall look depends on how much of the hair lengths are colored black from the ends. What’s more, Sable Bernedoodles have the highest chance of clearing, which means that their color starts to fade much lighter as they reach adulthood. Their ears will typically stay darker, but they’ll ‘grow out’ their black-tipped hairs. 

Sable Bernedoodle
Sable Bernedoodle

Phantom Bernedoodle Color

Phantom Bernedoodles are somewhat similar to tri-colored Bernedoodles, but they have less white markings and more brown hues in their coats. The most common phantom combination is black and tan. These pups usually have dominant black color all across the body with tan markings on the face, chest, legs, and paws. This is again a more rare Bernedoodle color out there, but it sure does look beautiful! 

Phantom Bernedoodle
Phantom Bernedoodle

Chocolate Bernedoodle Color

Chocolate Bernedoodles can come in a variety of patterns. There’s the solid chocolate Bernedoodle with rich brown undertones and then there are plenty of chocolate variations like phantom, tri-color, sable, and parti. Since the Bernese Mountain Dog doesn’t carry the chocolate gene, this color is most commonly achieved in F1b and later generations, where both parent dogs have chocolate in their coat. 

Bernedoodle Colors - Chocolate
Chocolate Bernedoodle

Rare Bernedoodle Colors

Of course, in addition to all of the Bernedoodle colors and color combinations we listed above, there are countless other colors and patterns that the puppies can come in. Many of them surprising even the breeders. It all comes down to their genetics and which dominant and recessive genes are present. Additionally, keep in mind that not all puppies in the same litter inherit the same coat colors. As with any Doodle, combining two different breeds gives us endless possibilities. 

Do Bernedoodle Puppies Change Color?

Like many other Doodles, Bernedoodles often carry the fading gene, which is usually inherited from the Poodle side of their lineage. If a Bernedoodle puppy has inherited the fading gene, you’ll notice their color fading once they start nearing adulthood. This typically occurs anywhere from 6 to 10 months of age. 

The fading, also called clearing, is most noticeable in darker colored Bernedoodles who have blacks and browns in their coat. Black Bernedoodles with the fading gene often change into silver, gray, or bluish tones. Chocolate or brown Bernedoodles can turn silver, cream, or silver beige over time.

Does Coat Color Affect a Bernedoodle’s Health And Behavior?

In terms of their health and temperament, there’s no difference between black and white Bernedoodles or tri-color Bernedoodles. There’s no link between a Bernedoodle’s color affecting their behavior or overall health. 

However, merle Bernedoodles might be at a slightly higher risk of certain health problems, such as deafness or blindness. That’s why it’s especially important not to breed together two merle Bernedoodles. Fortunately, ethical breeders take health and genetic testing seriously, so this shouldn’t be your biggest concern. 

Bernedoodle Colors: Which One Should You Get?

If you’ve come to the conclusion that the Bernedoodle is the breed you should adopt, choosing the color of the puppy is likely a difficult decision. To be fair, it all comes down to your preferences and which colors you like. However, we do recommend you choose your new family member based on their health and temperament, not for their looks only. After all, you’ll be spending at least 10 years with this adorable little Dood. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that the puppy you adopted fits your lifestyle, your family dynamics, and comes from a healthy background from a reputable breeder.

Bernedoodle Colors & Patterns: FAQ

What Color Will My Bernedoodle Puppy Be When They Grow Up?

Bernedoodles often carry the fading gene that’s inherited from the Poodle’s side of the lineage. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for Bernedoodles to change color as they age. Black Bernedoodles can fade into gray or silver tones, and chocolate Bernedoodles might fade into silver, silver beige, and beige tones. If you’re after a specific color, ask your breeder about the previous litters and if the puppies carry the fading gene. The only way to accurately predict the color of your puppy is by DNA testing, which you can arrange at an additional cost with your breeder. 

What Is The Rarest Bernedoodle Color?

The rarest variations are bi-color black and white Bernedoodle, sable, phantom, and merle patterns, solid black, and solid white. What’s more, as the tri-color Bernedoodle is one of the most coveted variations, you might have to wait slightly longer to adopt this Bernese-looking pup.


In conclusion, choosing the color of your Bernedoodle puppy is one of the more difficult decisions that you face. They all look beautiful in their own way, but one thing is for sure – all Bernedoodles have amazing personalities, regardless of their coat color. We hope this guide has given you a good idea about all the different Bernedoodle colors and patterns that are available out there.

What is your favorite Bernedoodle color? Let us know in the comments below!

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