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Mini Bernedoodle vs. Mini Goldendoodle: The Differences (With Pictures)

Grant Piper

By Grant Piper

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The Doodle craze is in full swing. It seems like everyone is looking for the next trendy Poodle mix to add to their family. Poodles are excellent dogs, and they make the perfect parent for a variety of different mixed breeds that are insanely popular. Two such breeds are Bernedoodles and Goldendoodles. But what are the main differences between these two popular mixed breeds? Is one breed better than the other? This guide will cover the differences between Mini Bernedoodles and Mini Goldendoodles, including all pertinent information and answers to some frequently asked questions about these dogs.

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Visual Differences

Mini Bernedoodle vs Mini Goldendoodle - Visual Differences
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At a Glance

Miniature Bernedoodle
  • Average height (adult): 21–23 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 30–50 pounds
  • Lifespan: 13–15 years
  • Exercise: 1.5 hours per day
  • Grooming needs: Moderate
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Yes
  • Trainability: Intelligent and easy to train
Miniature Goldendoodle
  • Average height (adult): 13–20 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 15–35 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12–16 years
  • Exercise: 1+ hours per day
  • Grooming needs: Low
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Yes
  • Trainability: Easily trainable if energy levels are kept in check


Miniature Bernedoodle

Tri colored Mini Bernedoodle puppy on red towel
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Mini Bernedoodles are a mixture of a Miniature Poodle or Toy Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog. Mini Bernedoodles have long fluffy coats and are compact, fun, and chill. Both Poodles and Bernese Mountain dogs are sweet, loyal, and intelligent, and Mini Bernedoodles retain many of these likable qualities. Mini Bernedoodles are generally much larger than Mini Goldendoodles because Bernese Mountain Dogs are big. Bernese Mountain Dogs can stand 27 inches tall and weigh over 100 pounds. If you are looking for a traditional small dog, a Mini Bernedoodle might be larger than you expect. Mini Bernedoodles can weigh 50 pounds and stand nearly 2 feet tall.


Mini Bernedoodles are sweet, gentle, friendly, playful, and adventurous. These dogs can be lovable lumps. But they also have the potential to be energetic and outgoing. These dogs are fantastic family dogs because their temperament is so easygoing. They are rarely aggressive and are great with other animals.


Mini Bernedoodles need a lot of exercise, especially when they are young. Poodles require a high amount of mental stimulation to keep them satisfied. Bernese Mountain Dogs were bred to work outside, so they do best with a job. The combination of the two leaves Bernedoodles needing a good amount of outdoor exercise and a moderate amount of mental stimulation. Mini Bernedoodles tend to slow down as they get older. Mini Bernedoodles need an average of 1 ½ hours of exercise per day and will usually be satisfied with a pair of long walks.

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Since Mini Bernedoodles are intelligent and generally eager to please, they are easy to train. Mini Bernedoodles are receptive to training, especially if they receive the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation. Mini Bernedoodles are generally very chill and will readily respond to their owners. If you get a Mini Bernedoodle on the larger end of the spectrum (40–50 pounds), you might need to be wary of their size and power while training them. You don’t want your dog to run off or slip its leash before it is under voice command.


Mini Bernedoodles require a moderate amount of grooming. Bernese Mountain Dogs have a thick, fuzzy, double coat that sheds heavily. Poodles have hair-like fur that doesn’t shed much. Together, the Bernedoodle has a fuzzy coat that sheds a moderate amount. Mini Bernedoodles require regular brushing and baths. Some owners might elect to have them professionally trimmed every couple of months.

Suitable For:

Mini Bernedoodles are suitable for families looking for a loving, friendly, and loyal companion. Bernedoodles live for well over a decade, so they can be a family companion for many years to come.

  • Smart and easygoing
  • Fuzzy and adorable
  • Healthy
  • Easy to train
  • Larger than Mini Goldendoodles
  • Requires a moderate amount of grooming

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Miniature Goldendoodle

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Miniature Goldendoodles are a mixture of a Golden Retriever and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. These dogs are generally small with curly, hair-like coats. Mini Goldendoodles are high energy, friendly and fun. These dogs are intelligent and require a lot of playtime and attention to be satisfied. Miniature Goldendoodles are excellent family dogs due to their affinity for people and other animals, including other dogs. Mini Goldendoodles rarely weigh more than 30 pounds and only stand around 18 inches tall on average. Mini Goldendoodles are very healthy and can live for up to 16 years under ideal circumstances.


Mini Goldendoodles are known for being extremely loving and human-focused. Many Goldendoodles have never met a stranger in their lives. These dogs are exceptionally loyal and friendly. That makes them lousy guard dogs but excellent family companions. Mini Goldendoodles typically have a lot of energy and need a lot of attention and playtime to keep them satisfied.


Mini Goldendoodles require two moderate walks per day that add up to an hour. They will also need attention during the day to keep them satisfied. These dogs love going to the dog park or on car rides. If you do not mentally stimulate your Mini Goldendoodles with games or supplemental exercise during the day, they can become mischievous, and that can lead to trouble or destruction inside of the house. Make sure that your Mini Goldendoodle gets out of the house multiple times per day and has plenty to do to keep them busy.

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Mini Goldendoodles are trainable, but keeping them focused can be difficult, especially when they are young and especially when you first start. These dogs are highly energetic and friendly, which makes them prone to becoming unfocused when trying to train them. Mini Goldendoodles train best when you find something positive that motivates them and when they are properly exercised. Goldendoodles rarely need serious socialization due to their personalities.


Mini Goldendoodles require little grooming. They are small dogs with short coats that rarely shed. Mini Goldendoodles will benefit from occasional brushing and baths, but they will not need to be taken to a professional.

Suitable For:

Almost anyone. Mini Goldendoodles are a great combination of friendly, energetic, loyal, and small. These dogs do need time and attention to keep them out of trouble. A bored Goldendoodle can be meddlesome. However, anyone willing to invest some time into their Mini Goldendoodle will find an enduring companion.

  • Small
  • Adorable
  • Super friendly
  • Great for almost anyone
  • Little grooming required
  • Can be mischievous
  • Needs a decent amount of exercise and attention to keep them out of trouble

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Are Mini Bernedoodles or Mini Goldendoodles More Expensive?

Neither Mini Bernedoodles nor Mini Goldendoodles are cheap. The average cost for a Mini Bernedoodle can range from $2,000 to $5,000 depending on the region and the breeder. Mini Goldendoodles are a little cheaper. The average cost of a Mini Goldendoodle can range from $1,500 to $3,000. Neither dog is considerably cheaper than the other. It is possible to find both Bernedoodles and Goldendoodles for similar prices.

Do Mini Bernedoodles or Mini Goldendoodles Require More Grooming?

Mini Bernedoodles will require more grooming than Mini Goldendoodles. Mini Bernedoodles shed more and have longer and thicker coats than the Mini Goldendoodle. If grooming is something you are looking to avoid, you should consider a Goldendoodle over a Bernedoodle.

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Which Breed Is Right for You?

Both Mini Bernedoodles and Mini Goldendoodles have a lot in common. They have similar personalities and similar adorable appearances. Mini Goldendoodles are smaller than Mini Bernedoodles. Mini Goldendoodles are more energetic and have a higher chance of mischief than Bernedoodles. Mini Bernedoodles require more grooming than Mini Goldendoodles. Both have the potential to be loving and loyal family dogs that can get along with almost anyone, including children and other pets.

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