Are Bernedoodles Hypoallergenic?

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So, you’re looking for a new addition to the family? That’s fabulous! Or stressful if you’ve got family members who are prone to allergies. For asthmatics, exposure to dogs can trigger life-threatening attacks. Even the less serious symptoms of pet allergies, like hives, sneezing, and watery eyes, can be very unpleasant.

We tend to associate pet allergies with an animal’s fur. However, the prime culprit is actually a protein in their secretions – their salvia, urine, and skin oils. Small flakes of dead skin which contain this protein attach to the dog’s hair and is known as dander. Dogs with lots of hair will naturally have more dander. And when they shed indoors, it potentially turns every surface into an allergy hazard.

What Does the Term Hypoallergenic Mean?

Nowadays, we see the label hypoallergenic applied to anything from food and cosmetics to linen, and now, dogs. Scientists are quite critical of the term because it has no measurable, scientific definition – hypo is just a Latin word meaning “less.”

So, calling something hypoallergenic doesn’t guarantee it won’t cause an allergic reaction. But it does mean that subjects had fewer allergic reactions to it than the norm in product development testing. And that’s still good to know, right?

Why are Bernedoodles Regarded as Hypoallergenic?

Bernedoodles are one of several new “designer” crossbreeds appearing on the market. These crosses are deliberately bred to combine desirable traits from different breeds into a single dog. The Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle.

Poodles are considered one of the most hypoallergenic dogs and are often used in crossbreeds because of this. They don’t have an undercoat, and their wiry, curly hair is virtually non-shedding. They also come in three sizes – toy, miniature, and standard. These sizes have carried through to the Bernedoodle. So, to further reduce the possibility of allergies, select a smaller dog.

The greater the percentage of Poodle in your Bernedoodle, the more poodle-like his fur will be. An F1, or first-generation, cross will be half and half. An F1b, or back-cross generation, is a Bernedoodle bred with one of its parent breeds. If that’s a Poodle (usually the case), then the puppy will be three-quarters Poodle and one-quarter Bernese Mountain Dog.

What are the Other Characteristics of Bernedoodles?

There are plenty of other good reasons to consider a Bernedoodle as your next pet. Both parent breeds are intelligent, and this is evident in the cross. Bernedoodles respond well to training (essential if they have inherited the willful streak sometimes seen in Bernese Mountain Dogs.) They are also friendly, affectionate, and somewhat goofy.

Their activity levels are moderate. Who doesn’t need a little nap after a good walk, after all? And they tend not to be as fond of water as retriever crosses like the Goldendoodle.


As the saying goes, we can’t choose our family, but we can choose our friends. A Bernedoodle will make a welcome addition to almost any home. As an extra precaution against allergies, be sure to wash bedding regularly and brush your new buddy outside.

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