When you buy a giant Poodle cross like a Bernedoodle, the final size of a Bernedoodle is often a cause for concern. How big do Bernedoodles get? When do Bernedoodles stop growing? Is there a way to calculate or predict the weight of a Bernedoodle?
We also discuss is it possible to influence the growth rate of a Bernedoodle. Does gender and the generation of Bernedoodle change the size of the dog and when they will stop growing? (F1 vs F1b Bernedoodle size).
How Big Do Bernedoodles Get?
- Miniature Bernedoodles grow to around 18-22 inches (46-56 centimetres) at the shoulder. They weight 24-49 pounds (11-22 kilograms)
- A Tiny or Toy Bernedoodle stands less than 17 inches at the shoulder (50 centimetres) and weights less than 24 pounds (22 kilograms)
- A Standard Bernedoodle can stand up to 23-29 inches (58-75 centimetres) at the shoulder and weight 70-90 pounds (41-41 kilograms)
|Height Range||Weight Range|
|Tiny Bernedoodle||12-17 inches at shoulder||10-24 pounds|
|Mini Bernedoodle||18-22 inches at shoulder||24-49 pounds|
|Standard Bernedoodle||23-29 inches at shoulder||70-90 pounds|
These kind of numbers are of course averages. There will be Bernedoodles or Australian Bernedoodles who will fall outside these averages. Genetic luck and the size of the parent dogs are the greatest influencing factors on the final weight and height for Bernedoodle dogs.
Breeders and owners report that female dogs are often a little (think 10%) smaller in final size than their male litter mates. There is no strict rule here though, so when considering the averages think slightly lighter for female Bernedoodles but no major difference.
When Do Bernedoodles Stop Growing?
There is no steadfast and definite rule about when a Bernedoodle will stop growing. Much of the growth rate is going to be influenced by the two parent breeds. The Bernese Mountain Dog and a standard Poodle.
Because Berners (Bernese Mountain Dogs) are giant breeds, their Bernedoodle offspring will experience slower, more prolonged growth. Bernese Mountain Dogs are considered fully grown at the very earliest 2 years of age. It can extend to almost 3 years before growth stops completely.
Poodles can be at their maximum height and weight by 18 months of age at the earliest.
The percentage of each parent breed present in the Bernedoodle will influence the age at which a puppy will stop growing. This means there are different growth rates and growing stop times for the following
- F1 Bernedoodles
- F1b Bernedoodles
- Australian Bernedoodles
When Bernedoodles Stop Growing
The type of Bernedoodle will influence when growth will stop. Genetic makeup is more important than gender or size.
- F1 Bernedoodles
- 50% Bernese Mountain Dog, 50% Poodle
- Stop growing in height at 12-14 months of age
- Weight can continue to increase up to 2.5 years
- F1b Bernedoodles
- 75% Poodle and 25% Bernese Mountain Dog
- Height growth typically over at 12 months
- 18 months – 20 month maximum weight
- Australian Bernedoodles
- Mix of Bernese Mountain Dog, Australian Labradoodle, and Poodle
- Height growth complete at 12 months
- Weight typically maximum at 2 years
What exactly is puppy growth?
There are two different variables to consider when we are figuring out when a Poodle Mix will stop growing. The height (measured to shoulder) and weight (pounds or kilograms) will peak at different times.
When do Bernedoodles start growing?
Growth for Bernedoodles starts at birth. Well technically it started before they were born, but we can monitor the incremental increases once they are born. There will be continual addition of weight and height from birth all the way through puppyhood.
The most exuberant (fast) growth occurs around 4-8 months of age. This is when you will see the most significant increases in height and weight for your Bernedoodle puppy.
Full height can be reached after around 12 months of age. Set a line in the sand at 14 months and do not expect any more height increases at that time.
Full weight will take longer, as per the table above. Expect 2+ years for the Bernedoodle to completely flesh out and fill in their frame.
Bernedoodle Size Calculator
Once you have your Bernedoodle puppy, start to weigh your dog. The easiest way to do this when they are young is to step onto a scale with your dog, and then weight yourself without them. The difference between the two is the current weight of your Bernedoodle puppy.
As the giant Poodle Mix breed Bernedoodle gets older it will become more difficult to easily weigh your dog. Most veterinary clinics will have a scale they are happy for you to use though. Give your Vet a phone call and check they are happy for you to do so. Some larger pet stores will also have a scale available for use.
Standard Bernedoodle Growth Chart
Growth charts are averages that can be adhered to by puppy growth – if you are lucky. Every dog is different and every individual situation will have a different impact on your dog’s growth.
In other words: take a Bernedoodle growth chart with a grain of salt. It is not a major issue if your Bernedoodle grows more quickly, or more slowly than the averages.
Use the Bernedoodle puppy weight calculator instead to predict the size of your dog.The standard Berendoodle growth chart. As you can see, there is a range. Different Bernedoodles may trigger the exuberant (fast) growth earlier or later. Consider using the Bernedoodle weight calculator once you have some data from your own dog.
|Age||Weight Range in Pounds||Weight Range in Kilograms||Percentage of Adult Weight|
|7 Weeks||4 -17 lbs||2 - 7 kgs||12%|
|8 Weeks||5 - 17 lbs||2 - 7 kgs||13.50%|
|9 Weeks||8 - 20lbs||3 - 8 kgs||16.50%|
|10 Weeks||10 - 27 lbs||4 - 12 kgs||20.50%|
|11 Weeks||12 - 30 lbs||5.5 - 12.6 kgs||23%|
|3 Months||16 - 35 lbs||7 - 17 kgs||30%|
|4 Months||25 - 49 lbs||11 - 22.5 kgs||41%|
|5 Months||32 - 65 lbs||14.5-29 kgs||55%|
|6 Months||35 - 72 lbs||15 - 30 kgs||60%|
|7 Months||40 - 78 lbs||17.5 - 32.5 kgs||66%|
|8 Months||50 - 82 lbs||22.5 - 37.5 kgs||78%|
|9 Months||50 - 82 lbs||22.5 - 37.5 kgs||78.00%|
|10 Months||55 - 82 lbs||25 - 37.5 kgs||80%|
|11 Months||60 - 82lbs||27 - 37.5 kg||85%|
|1 Year||70 - 90 lbs||31 - 41 kg||90%|
|2 Years||70 - 90 lbs||31 - 41 kg||100%|
Things That Influence How Fast A Puppy Grows
Much of puppy growth comes from the bones getting longer. The bones will grow in zones called growth plates. Once these are done growing, the bones will not get bigger. This signals the end of height growth.
Muscle, skin and fat tissues also grow to match the bone size of the dog. The amount of muscle Vs fat that grows depends on the breed of the dog, the amount of exercises, and the type of diet given to the puppy.
The smaller the dog, the sooner the growth is complete. Miniature dogs like a Teacup Goldendoodle will finish growing before a year is out. Even our Miniature Labradoodle reached his max weight at around 10 months of age.
Medium dogs can take 12-14 months to reach full size.
It is the larger and giant breeds like the Bernedoodle that take the longest to finish growing.
The type of foods you feed your dog will influence the growth rate (if not final size) of your dog. The ideal situation is to feed your puppy the same food for life.
Establish a healthy diet early and your dog can eat the same nutritious foods (plus some treats to spice things up) for life. You don’t need to feed specific puppy food to most dogs. (A healthy diet will also help the Bernedoodles non-shedding coat!)
Can you feed a Bernedoodle extra to make it grow faster?
You can feed a Bernedoodle extra food and indeed you will see weight added. This will not modify the overall size of growth though. You are simply providing more calories and increasing the fat tissues of your dog. It will not result in a physically larger do, just perhaps a fatter dog.
Bernedoodle Size Conclusions
Bernedoodles are a giant dog. Their size is large, and even the toy or miniature Bernedoodles are no featherweights.
For a standard F1 full size Bernedoodle it will take around 2 years to reach their final weight.
Small Bernedoodles or F1b Bernedoodles will see a final weight closer to 18 months.
Bernedoodles of all types will hit full height (measured at shoulder) by around 12 months of age.
For more Bernedoodle information, check out our extensive breed comparison of the Goldendoodle Vs Bernedoodle.
Other Bernedoodle Articles
- The definitive Bernedoodle Review – see how the breed hold sup in our detailed review
- The difference between Australian Bernedoodles and Bernedoodles
- Do Bernedoodles like cats?
- Can Bernedoodles swim?
- Do Bernedoodles like to jog, hike, and run?
- How to Potty train a Bernedoodle
- Why is my Bernedoodle licking its paws? Is it a problem?