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Bernedoodle Temperament: 50+ Bernedoodle Owners Share What They’re REALLY Like

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Updated on July 1, 2020. Previously, we showed Bernedoodle temperament survey results from over 20 owners.

This designer dog has become so popular in recent years that you’ve begun seeing them everywhere. And if you’re like the other 99% of us who have become utterly obsessed with these adorable cuddle monsters, you’ve come to the right place to find out more about these dogs that we have come to call Bernedoodles.

These highly sought-after dogs have become somewhat of a commodity, and for good reason. Not only are Bernedoodles super cute and cuddly, they are also known to be very affectionate and family-friendly, super intelligent, and (mostly) non-shedding. There are also so many different varieties, sizes, and colors of Bernedoodles that you can rest-assured knowing that yours will truly be one-of-a-kind.

Sounds like a great dog, right? Let’s go over the characteristics of Bernedoodles in further detail below.

Bernedoodle Temperament

It seems that a lot of websites have arbitrarily rated Bernedoodles in each characteristics category.

We at Doodle Doods, however, wanted a more accurate overview of their characteristics based on feedback from actual Bernedoodle owners. This is why we are conducting an ongoing survey to gather this feedback.

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As of July 1, 2020, we have received 392 total responses to the survey since February 2018. The data you see below pertains only to Bernedoodles (50 responses).

The survey asked for observations of 37 characteristics across these 6 categories:

  1. Health and Grooming
  2. All Around Friendliness
  3. Trainability
  4. Exercise Needs
  5. Adaptability
  6. Behavioral

About the Graphs

The graphs below are updated in real-time as people submit their responses to the survey.

All ratings are based on a scale from Poor to Excellent. Keep in mind that these survey results are anecdotal (based on people’s personal ratings).

Each graph is interactive so you can hover over the sections (on a computer) or tap on the sections (on a mobile device) for more info. On mobile devices, the graphs might look cut off, but you can use your finger to tap and drag to scroll and see the full graph.

Health and Grooming

Amount Of Shedding

One of the reasons why Bernedoodles are so popular is because they are said to be non-shedding. The truth is that no dog is 100% non-shedding, but Bernedoodles are among the top breeds that have minimal shedding. Of course, shedding levels vary based on the generation of Bernedoodle (F1, F1B, F2, etc.).

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Amount of Shedding from Poor (a lot of shedding) to Excellent (no shedding), and most people reported Excellent.

Hypoallergenic Level

Typically, people associate the shedding of the fur with triggering allergies. In actuality, pet/animal allergies are triggered by dander, which is just a fancy term for dead skin particles. BUT, since Bernedoodles don’t shed that much, in theory this means that their dander isn’t able to float into the air as easily. As such, Bernedoodles are almost totally hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for people/families with allergies.

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Hypoallergenic Level from Poor (triggers allergies) to Excellent (doesn’t trigger allergies), and most people reported Excellent.

Drooling Potential

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Drooling Potential from Poor (a lot of drooling) to Excellent (no drooling), and most people reported Excellent or Very Good.

Ease of Grooming

Since Bernedoodles don’t shed much, their fur can grow quite long…and with long hair comes great responsibility. Brushing is required multiple times per week to prevent mats; every so often you might need to do some DIY maintenance grooming; and a full-body groom is typically done every few months. Consider whether you have the time and patience for a dog that needs a lot of grooming, or the money to pay someone else to do it.

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Ease of Grooming from Poor to Excellent, and we got mixed results.

When asked what people disliked most about their doodles, among the top answers related to the high cost and frequency of grooming.

“I love that he doesn’t shed. But my goodness, cost upkeep is A LOT more than I bargained for and we keep him short.”

“The grooming is a lot to keep up on. We do it ourselves to save some $, but it is an all day event for baths/ haircuts!”

“High cost of grooming.”

“Grooming requirements.”

“I dislike the high cost of grooming costs.”

“Hair grows very quickly and needs to be groomed pretty frequently to avoid matting.”

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General Health

Some doodle breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, such as hip dysplasia.

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s General Health from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Potential For Weight Gain

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Potential for Weight Gain from Poor (high potential for weight gain) to Excellent (low potential for weight gain).

We got mixed results, though most people erred on the side of low potential for weight gain.

Still, you will want to limit treats, make sure pup gets enough exercise, and measure out his meals as prescribed by the vet or based on his kibble’s packaging.


All Around Friendliness

Affection with Family

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Affection with Family from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Kid Friendliness

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Kid-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

This indicates that Bernedoodles are typically gentle with children, yet sturdy enough to handle less-than-gentle petting/hugging, and that they can also well-tolerate the high energies of running, screaming children.

Dog Friendliness

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Dog-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Cat Friendliness

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Cat-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent. Most people reported Excellent.

Friendliness Toward Strangers

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Friendliness Toward Strangers from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.


Trainability

Ease of Training

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Ease of Training from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Intelligence

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Intelligence from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Potential For Mouthiness

Mouthiness is a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite.

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Potential For Mouthiness from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported somewhere between Satisfactory and Excellent.

Prey Drive

Prey drive describes a Bernedoodle’s innate desire to chase and sometimes kill other animals such as cats, squirrels, and sometimes even cars.

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Prey Drive from Poor to Excellent, and we got mixed results, so it depends on how well-trained the dog is to resist the urge to chase.

Tendency To Bark Or Howl

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Tendency to Bark or Howl from Poor to Excellent, and we got mixed results.

Wanderlust Potential

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Wanderlust Potential from Poor (prone to wander off) to Excellent (doesn’t wander), and we got mixed results.


Exercise Needs

Energy Level

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Energy Level from Poor (low energy) to Excellent (high energy), and most people reported Satisfactory.

Intensity

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Intensity (hyperness) from Poor (very intense leash pulling, inhales food, etc.) to Excellent (laid-back attitude about everything), and we got mixed results.

Exercise Needs

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Exercise Needs from Poor (little to no exercise needed) to Excellent (a lot of exercise needed), and most people reported Satisfactory.

Potential For Playfulness

You know what they say: age is relative, and that phrase couldn’t be more true when it comes to Bernedoodles.

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Potential for Playfulness from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.


Adaptability

Adaptability to Apartment Living

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Adaptability to Apartment Living from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Satisfactory OR Excellent.

Good for Novice Owners?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s compatibility with novice owners from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Sensitivity Level

Sensitivity Level describes whether the dog can better handle a noisy, chaotic household, a louder or more assertive owner, or an inconsistent or variable routine.

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Sensitivity Level from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported between Very Good and Excellent.

Tolerability of Being Alone

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Tolerability of Being Alone from Poor to Excellent, and we got mixed results.

Tolerability of Cold Weather

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Tolerability of Cold Weather from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Tolerability of Hot Weather

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Tolerability of Hot Weather from Poor to Excellent, and we got mixed results.

Behavioral

Destructiveness

Do Bernedoodles like to destroy things in the form of chewing, digging, or demolishing toys?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Destructiveness from Poor to Excellent, and results are truly a mixed bag.

Behavioral Issues

Do Bernedoodles have behavioral issues such as counter surfing, digging through the trash, etc.?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Behavior from Poor to Excellent, and the results are mixed.

Food Motivation

How food motivated are Bernedoodles? Do they inhale their food, beg without shame, steal food while no one’s looking, etc.?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Food Motivation from Poor to Excellent, and the results are all over the board.

Food Aggression

Do Bernedoodles show signs of food aggression? Do they growl or lash out when someone goes near their food bowl?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Food Aggression from Poor to Excellent, and most people erred on the side of Excellent.

Ingestion of Non-Food Items

Do Bernedoodles eat things that aren’t food, such as socks, rocks, poop, etc.?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s likeliness to ingest non-food items from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Satisfactory.

Aggressiveness

How aggressive are Bernedoodles? Do they growl, pick fights, or lunge at strangers and other dogs?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Aggressiveness from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Separation Anxiety

Are Bernedoodles prone to separation anxiety? Do they sulk when you leave the house without them? Do they get into trouble while you’re away?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Separation Anxiety levels from Poor to Excellent, and the results are mixed.

Anxiety Toward Groomers and Vets

How anxious do Bernedoodles become around groomers and vets?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Groomer/Vet Anxiety from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Anxiety Toward Loud Noises

How anxious do Bernedoodles become due to loud noises?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Noise Anxiety from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Enthusiasm Toward Water

How enthusiastic are Bernedoodles toward water? Do they like to swim, get washed, etc.?

Survey participants evaluated their Bernedoodle’s Enthusiasm Toward Water from Poor to Excellent, and the results are mixed.


What Do You Love Most About Your Bernedoodle?

To this question we received a lot of great answers! Here are some of our favorite.

“His sweet face and friendly attitude. He loves everyone people and dogs and puts a smile on everyones face.”

“I love that my doodle is able to get along with almost all other animals and new people. I am able to take her almost everywhere with me. People love to meet her.”

“I love how calm, intelligent and affectionate she is. She loves connecting with people and wants to please. Very food motivated and intelligent so she is very easy to train.”

“Always affectionate towards everyone and everything he meets. Never ever barks at anything.”

What Do You Dislike Most About Your Bernedoodle?

Bernedoodles may seem like the perfect dog, but as they say, nobody is perfect. Here are some answers to this question that “shed” a little more light on some of the downsides of Bernedoodles:

“Mouthy for first 5 to 6 months.”

“He rings the potty bell to go outside and play rather than only when he needs to go to the bathroom.”

“The barking.”

“I dislike the high cost of grooming.”

“Standoffish towards strangers.”

“Hair grows very quickly and needs to be groomed pretty frequently to avoid matting.”

“She doesn’t know when to stop rough housing – only 4 months old.”

“How much he barks.”

“Very stubborn when it comes to teething and getting brushed.”

“Barking.”

“She has separation anxiety and doesn’t do well alone or in a crate even after being crate trained.”

“She is very timid around new people and barks at them, which can scare people.”

“Overly excited when meeting people.”

“His barking.”

“Can be stubborn.”

Bernedoodle Temperament Summary

Based on feedback from all these Bernedoodle owners, we can safely say the following about them:

  • They typically don’t shed or trigger allergies.
  • They don’t drool.
  • They require a lot of grooming.
  • They are generally very healthy.
  • They are excellent at being affectionate with their families.
  • They are very easy to train and are super intelligent.
  • They have tendencies to bark or howl.
  • They seem to be a great choice for novice dog owners.
  • They are great at handling a noisy, chaotic household; a louder or more assertive owner; or an inconsistent or variable routine.
  • They don’t like being alone.
  • They tolerate cold weather very well, but they don’t like hot weather as much.
  • Behavior is a mixed bag – proper and early training is KEY!

It was really interesting to see this feedback from Bernedoodle owners. It seems like there are a lot of things that most Bernedoodles have in common (they are very friendly and affectionate with their families, require lots of grooming, super smart and trainable, etc.).

If you have a Bernedoodle, how much do you agree with these survey results?

(Bernedoodle owners: take this survey now to shed even more light on the characteristics of these dogs!)

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If you don’t have a Bernedoodle but have been wanting one, which of these survey results surprises you most?

Leave us a comment in the comments section below with your thoughts!

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