Bernedoodle Vs Sheepadoodle: What’s The Difference?

By helloBARK!
Updated on 20 September 2022

The Bernedoodle and the Sheephadoodle are two examples of Poodle cross breeds.

They’ve got a Poodle parent who is responsible for some of their mutually common characteristics, such as their low-shedding coats.

If you’ve come across the Bernedoodle or Sheepadoodle previously, you’re probably aware that these two designed breeds can have hypoallergenic qualities.

The Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and the Sheepadoodle is a mix of an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at both Bernedoodles and Sheepadoodles to learn more about each cross breed.

We’ll speak to some Bernedoodle and Sheepadoodle owners to get an insight into the characteristics and quirks of both of these members of the Doodle family.

When reading this comparison feature, it’s important to remember every dog is different and the experiences of owners are meant to be informative in nature but don’t represent professional advice.

What Is A Bernedoodle?

Rolo the Bernedoodle (Photo: rolo_thebernedoodle / Instagram)

Rolo the Bernedoodle (Photo: rolo_thebernedoodle / Instagram)

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

The Bernedoodle was thought to have been created by Sherry Rupke of the Swissridge Kennels in 2003.

Nowadays, the Bernedoodle is one of the more popular varieties of the Poodle cross breeds aka Doodles.

Bernedoodles can go by a variety of different names, including Bernese Mountain Poo, Bernesepoo, Bernesedoodle and Bernepoo.

While neither the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club recognise Bernedoodles, they have been granted status by the following organizations: American Canine Hybrid Club, Dog Registry of America and International Designer Canine Registry.

What Is A Sheepadoodle?

Zammy The Sheepadoodle (Photo: @zammypup / Instagram)

Zammy The Sheepadoodle (Photo: @zammypup / Instagram)

The Sheepadoodle is a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle.

This Poodle cross breed is thought to have first come about in 1992 as there was a surge in popularity of designer breeds.

Like the Bernedoodle, the Sheepadoodle isn’t recognised as a dog breed by the AKC or the UKC but these hybrid dogs have been recognised by the International Designer Canine Association.

While this particular mix is commonly referred to as the Sheepadoodle, these intelligent dogs are sometimes called Sheeppo, Sheep-A-Poo, Sheepapoo, Sheepdogdoodle and Sheepdogpoo.

Bernedoodle Size Vs Sheepadoodle Size

Chewy the Bernedoodle (Photo: chewy_bernedoodle / Instagram)

Chewy the Bernedoodle (Photo: chewy_bernedoodle / Instagram)

Bernedoodles and Sheepadoodles are two of the larger varieties of Doodles.

The Bernedoodle tends to range from 12 to 29 inches tall and can weigh from 10 to 90 pounds. These dogs tend to come in three different sizes: standard, mini and toy. The size of a Bernedoodle will depend on whether a breeder used a standard, mini or toy Poodle.

Chewy (@chewy_bernedoodle), for example, is a standard Bernedoodle.

It depends; Bernedoodles, like other doodles, can be mini, medium, or standard. It also depends on their parents. Chewy is from a large standard poodle and Bernese mountain dog. That’s why he is more of an extra-large dog. 8 months old, 80lbs.

Walter the Sheepadoodle (Photo: walterthegentlegiant / Instagram)

Walter the Sheepadoodle (Photo: walterthegentlegiant / Instagram)

Sheepadoodles can also come in three sizes, ranging from 18 to 23 inches in height and 50 to 85 pounds in weight. Just like the Bernedoodle, the size of a Sheepadoodle will depend on the size of the Poodle used in breeding with the Old English Sheepdog parent.

Walter (@walterthegentlegiant) is an example of a standard Sheepadoodle.

Walter is a standard Sheepadoodle and is currently 46 pounds at 5 months old. He’ll be 70-80 pounds when full grown so he’ll get quite a bit larger and fluffier than he already is!

Bernedoodle Colors Vs Sheepadoodle Colors

Kenzie the Bernedoodle (Photo: @kenziedood / Instagram)

Kenzie the Bernedoodle (Photo: @kenziedood / Instagram)

Bernedoodles will have coat colors that are reflective of both parents. Bernese Mountain Dogs have a combination of black, brown and white, while Poodles can come in a variety of different colors. Most Bernedoodles will be black and white, grey and white, brown and white or white. They can also have a tri-color coat like their Bernese parent.

Kenzie (@kenziedood) is an example of a Bernedoodle with the tri-color markings.

Bernedoodles are beautiful, striking dogs, and they can really vary in their coloring as well as their coat. They will often have Bernese coloring, black, brown and white- but this can present differently in different pups even from the same litter. You can also switch up their appearance depending on how you get them groomed.

Sheepadoodles will usually be black and white, grey and white, and red and white. However as a cross breed, there is room for a lot of different color combinations. It’ll depend on what parent they take after more closely with regards to coat color.

Bernedoodle Temperament Vs Sheepadoodle Temperament

Dennis the Bernedoodle (Photo: @dennis.b.doodle / Instagram)

Dennis the Bernedoodle (Photo: @dennis.b.doodle / Instagram)

It’s important to remember that every dog is different. This is particularly true of cross breeds given these hybrid dogs will inherit traits from two different breeds.

The Bernedoodle tends to be a friendly, intelligent, outgoing and playful dog that likes to interact with other people and dogs. They’re usually loyal to their family members, with a patient streak where interactions with younger members of the family are concerned.

Let’s hear a little about Dennis the Bernedoodle (@dennis.b.doodle) to get an idea about his personality.

Temperament has a large genetic component. A dog of any breed is only going to be as sound as the parents. There are two common types of Bernedoodle temperament: reserved/skittish and low confidence, and very happy, bouncy, stable and tolerant. Bernese, in particular, come in both those flavors so it is important to know the breeder is breeding the best dogs possible. Dennis’ breeder, Moonstruck Bernedoodles, selects dogs in their program based on temperament and health scores and THEN colour and coat.

Sheepadoodle are friendly and social dogs that will require regular exercise and mental stimulation. They can forge a deep bond with their owners, displaying loyalty to their fellow family members.

Bertie the Sheepadoodle (Photo: @sheepadoodlebertie / Instagram)

Bertie the Sheepadoodle (Photo: @sheepadoodlebertie / Instagram)

Bertie (@sheepadoodlebertie) is an example of a so-called velcro dog.

He’s full of energy and loves to be with people. We joke that he’s a stage 5 clinger since he always follows us around from room to room. I like to think that he knows how to tell time since he will wake up from his nap, go sit on the couch, and stare out the window at 5pm on the dot on weekdays to watch for us to come home.

Bernedoodle Price Vs Sheepadoodle Price

Bernedoodles and Sheepadoodles are both considered designer dog breeds.

If you’re thinking about getting one of these Doodles, you should first contact your local rescue shelter or a breed-specific rehoming organization.

There are some Bernedoodle and Sheepadoodle breeders but we recommend you do careful before you decide to buy a Bernedoodle or Sheepadoodle puppy. You should speak to a few breeders, ask lots of questions, ask to see the puppy’s parents and request proof of vet checks and genetic screenings.

Don’t forget that dogs will cost more than the initial purchase price. You’ve got to consider dog food, pet insurance, vaccinations and much more.

Bernedoodles are usually priced between $3,000 and $4,000.

Rolo (@rolo_thebernedoodle) provided prospective owners with some things to think about.

Through my research, I found a few reasons why Bernedoodles are expensive. Number 1 being the demand, of course. With a greater demand, breeders can continue to increase their prices. The other important thing to consider is how the litters are conceived. Consider the sizes of a Bernese Mountain Dog compared to a Mini Poodle. Many people ask, how is that even possible? Many breeders use artificial insemination, which is done at a veterinary clinic and is a procedure that needs to be paid for, unlike natural mating. To ensure the safety of parents, artificial insemination is often the only option to produce the smaller sized Bernedoodles that are in high demand. Additionally, when mixing two breeds with such a large difference in size, the puppies can experience structural issues (such as short stumpy legs, long torso’s not proportional to the rest of the body, etc). On top of that, some breeders do extensive health testing for the parents in their programs, to give owners a health guarantee for their puppies.

Sheepadoodle tend to cost from $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the breeder.

Bernedoodles And Sheepadoodles To Follow On Instagram

If you want to learn more about Bernedoodles, Sheepadoodles or any dog breed, we recommend searching out some example of the breed on social media. In our experience, pet owners are more than willing to be forthcoming with advice and feedback on the dog breed that they own.

Here are some Bernedoodles to check out on Instagram:

• Eevee (@eeveethebernedoodle)

• Dennis (@dennis.b.doodle)

• Chewy (@chewy_bernedoodle)

• Rolo (@rolo_thebernedoodle)

• Saban (@sabanthebernedoodle)

• Brody (@brody.the.bernedoodle)

• Kenzie (@kenziedood)

• Ziggy (@thebernedoodleziggy)

For people who are passionate about Sheepadoodles, check out these accounts:

• Zammy (@zammypup)

• Bear (@sheepadoodlebear)

• Bertie (@sheepadoodlebertie)

• Surrey Sheepadoodles (@surreysheepadoodles)

• Walter (@walterthegentlegiant)

Anything Else To Consider?

Like we mentioned above, every dog is different. If you’re thinking about getting a Bernedoodle or a Sheepdoodle, you should remember that there’s no guarantee that they’ll inherit certain desired traits. Bernedoodles and Sheepadoodles have pros and cons just like any other dog breed that you’ll need to take into consideration.

In Conclusion – Wrapping Up

Walter the Sheepadoodle (Photo: walterthegentlegiant / Instagram)

Walter the Sheepadoodle (Photo: walterthegentlegiant / Instagram)

We’ve reached the end of our Bernedoodle vs Sheepadoodle feature.

Both of these designer dog breeds can come in three different sizes: standard, miniature and toy.

Generally speaking, Bernedoodles and Sheepadoodles share some similar personality traits. They’re usually friendly and outgoing hybrid dogs that are reasonably intelligent.

Bernedoodles and Sheepadoodles will also require lots of mental and physical stimulation.

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