Did you know that there are a number of poodle cross breed dogs out there in the world today, including the Aussiedoodle vs bernedoodle? What do these two dog breeds have in common, and what traits separate them from one another to create two distinct breeds of dog? If you have always wanted to know the answers to these questions, you’re in the right place!
In this article, we will compare and contrast the bernedoodle and the Aussiedoodle so that you can get a complete scope of both breeds. We will go over their appearances as well as their ancestry and behavior in case you are interested in adopting either of these dogs. Let’s get started and learn all about these poodle breeds now!
Comparing Aussiedoodle vs Bernedoodle
|Size||25-75 pounds; 15-25 inches tall||12-29 inches tall; 10-90 pounds|
|Appearance||Shaggy coat found in a variety of colors, similar to the speckling and blotchy patterned coat of the Australian Shepherd. Long curled tail and floppy ears; skull is wider and not as pointed as a poodle’s||Curly fur found in a variety of colors including brown, black, white, and gray. May look more like a poodle or more like a Bernese mountain dog, depending on breeding. Found in 3 sizes, depending on the size of the poodle that it has been bred with|
|Ancestry||Cross between a poodle and an Australian Shepherd. Family companionship and a friendly, intelligent watchdog||Cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a poodle; bred originally in 2003 for companionship and a longer living dog compared to the Bernese Mountain Dog|
|Behavior||Extremely loyal and friendly, though can herd children and young people. Goofy and intelligent, eager to learn, and highly active.||Dedicated, playful, and patient. Very good with children and eager to be with their families. Requires some exercise, but not as much as other breeds; may suffer from separation anxiety if left alone|
|Lifespan||10-13 years||13-16 years|
Key Differences Between Aussiedoodle vs Bernedoodle
There are many key differences between the Aussiedoodle and the bernedoodle. The bernedoodle grows larger than the Aussiedoodle on average, in both height and weight. Additionally, the bernedoodle comes in fewer colors compared to the Aussiedoodle. Finally, the Aussiedoodle lives a shorter life span on average compared to the average bernedoodle.
Let’s discuss all of these differences in more detail now.
Aussiedoodle vs Bernedoodle: Size
Depending on the size of poodle that these two dog breeds have been bred with, the average bernedoodle grows larger than the average Aussiedoodle. This is likely due to a Bernese mountain dog DNA found in the bernedoodle, as this is a large dog compared to the medium sized Australian Shepherd.
Taking a closer look at the figures, the average Aussiedoodle reaches 15 to 25 inches tall, while the average bernedoodle reaches 12 to 29 inches tall. Additionally, depending on the poodle that it has been crossed with, the bernedoodle ranges in weight from 10 to 90 pounds, while the Aussiedoodle averages 25 to 75 pounds.
Aussiedoodle vs Bernedoodle: Appearance
It can be very difficult to tell a bernedoodle apart from an Aussiedoodle just by looking at them. They both have similarly textured coats as well as physical appearances. They are athletic and elegant, due to their poodle DNA, though there are some differences in the colors of their coats. Let’s talk more about that now.
Depending on their genetics, the Aussiedoodle is frequently found in more colors and patterns compared to the average bernedoodle. Both of these dogs can adopt the coat colorations of their parent dog, which can have significant effects on their physical appearances. However, this is not a guarantee, and both of these dog breeds can resemble poodles more than their other parent breed from time to time.
Aussiedoodle vs Bernedoodle: Ancestry and Breeding
Speaking of ancestry and genetics, there are some differences in the breeding of the bernedoodle in the breeding of the Aussiedoodle. The most obvious difference is the fact that the Aussiedoodle is a cross between the Australian shepherd and the poodle, while a bernedoodle is a cross between the poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog.
In addition, while both of these dog breeds are relatively recent, the Aussiedoodle is slightly older than the bernedoodle in terms of breed origin. However, both of these dogs were originally bred for companionship, particularly for hypoallergenic households.
Aussiedoodle vs Bernedoodle: Behavior
There are some differences in the temperaments and behaviors of the Aussiedoodle versus the behaviors of the bernedoodle. For example, the bernedoodle works better in households with young children compared to the average Aussiedoodle, as Aussiedoodles are descended from herding dogs. This leads to them nipping or herding young children and other animals from time to time, though this is a behavior that can also be trained out of them.
Additionally, the Aussiedoodle requires a bit more exercise compared to the average bernedoodle. While both of these dog breeds enjoy a high level of exercise and stimulation, the Australian Shepherd DNA found in the Aussiedoodle leads to a much more active dog compared to the Bernese Mountain Dog DNA found in a bernedoodle.
Aussiedoodle vs Bernedoodle: Lifespan
The final difference between the bernedoodle and the Aussiedoodle is their lifespans. The average bernedoodle lives longer than the average Aussiedoodle, depending on the size of the dog. For example, the average Aussiedoodle lives anywhere from 10 to 13 years, while the bernedoodle lives anywhere from 13 to 16 years depending on health and overall care.
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