The Sable Bernedoodle Guide – The Cutest Family Dog?

The Sable Bernedoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain dog, plus they have black-tipped hairs, and their roots can be any color. 

They are not different than any other Bernedoodle in anything except their color.

So you can expect them to have the same personality and characteristics as any other Bernedoodle. However, their needs may vary because every puppy in the litter can have a different character than their brother or sister.

Here is a Quick Overview of the Sable Bernedoodle:

Other Names None 
Weight 10 to 90 Pounds  
Height10 to 29 inches 
Lifespan 12 to 18 years 
Colors Cream sable, brown sable, white sable, apricot sable, and black sable.
Health 7/10
Grooming Needs6/10
Exercise Needs5/10
Shedding 7/10
Kid Friendliness 9/10
Pet-friendliness 9/10
Protectiveness 2/10
Good for apartments Yes
Average puppy cost $3,000- $5,000 USD 

Sable Bernedoodle Characteristics 

The Sable Bernedoodle

Size: 10 to 29 inches

Weight: 10 to 90 pounds 

Colors: Cream sable, brown sable, white sable, apricot sable, and black sable.

Coat Type: Double coated/wavy or curly

Bernedoodles can have many different sizes due to the size difference between the parent breeds. 

It also depends on the size of the poodle, whether they are standard, toy, or miniature.

The sable Bernedoodles are usually a combination of two colors. The roots can be in any solid color, the tips of their hair are black, and the pattern is always random.

Poodles have curly or wavy hair, while the Bernese mountain dog has wavy or straight hair, so the Bernedoodle is usually in between them.

They also have unique features that set them apart from any other breed. 

Their face tends to be more like their poodle parent but with the facial colors of the Bernese mountain dog.

Parent Breeds

The parent breeds of the sable Bernedoodle are the Bernese mountain dog and the poodle. To understand the temperament of the mixed breed, you need to learn a little bit more about the background and personalities of their parents.

Let’s start with the Bernese mountain dog from Switzerland and developed to herd the cattle, so they are highly energetic. 

The Berner loves to be around their family, they tend to thrive around people, and they usually develop separation anxiety.

However, they are affectionate, gentle, and protective, the Berners are intelligent but tend to mature slowly, and obedient training is essential.

They need at least 30 minutes of exercise daily that doesn’t include their daily walk.

Now, let’s get to know poodles a little bit more. 

Poodles originated in Germany and developed in France. Poodles are incredibly intelligent, and they can be trained in no time because they are also people pleasers.

They need socialization and training as soon as possible because they tend to behave like the alpha of the house.

Poodles are loyal, caring, and great with kids. They are also energetic and need at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise every day.


The temperament of the sable Bernedoodle is pretty much the same as any other Bernedoodle.

They are loving and affectionate toward their family. 

The breed is loyal and well-tempered, but like any other breed, they require early socialization.

They are usually calm, gentle, and tolerant; however, the temperament of any dog depends on their owners, surroundings, training, socialization, and how you treat them.

For example, the sable Bernedoodles aren’t known for being aggressive, but if their owner mistreated them, hit them, or even played rough with them, they are more likely to get aggressive.

The breed is prone to separation anxiety because they tend to get too close to their owner and are clingy, so they need crate training and never leave them alone for too long.

Health and lifespan 

The sable Bernedoodle is a healthy pup, in general, but just like any other breed, there are some health issues that may occur, they may be prone to some health conditions, or they may inherit something from one or both of their parents.

Here are the health issues that the sable Bernedoodle can be prone to

  • Hip dysplasia 
  • Elbow dysplasia 
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Gastric torsion 
  • Addison’s disease
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus
  • Epilepsy 
  • Hypothyroidism 
  • Patellar Luxation 
  • Sebaceous Adenitis 
  • Cancer
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy 
  • Portosystemic shunt 
  • Panosteitis 
  • Gastric Torsion 
  • Legg-Perthes disease
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Optic Nerve Hypoplasia 

When buying a puppy, the breeder should provide you with their health clearances and their parents as well, to make sure that they are tested for some or all of these conditions and that they are clear from them.

However, if you adopt them from a shelter, they will provide you with all the needed papers.

Also, if you ever noticed any sudden changes in your dog’s behavior, you should take them to the vet for a check-up.

Their health span is between 12 to 18 years; they can live longer than that if you take good care of them and watch what they eat, how much they should exercise, and take them regularly to the vet for check-ups.

Nutritional Needs 

Bernedoodles are a mixed breed, meaning that their nutritional needs can’t be specific because it depends on their age, activity level, and size.

So please consult their vet for any dietary recommendations, and the vet will give you a specific diet for just your puppy.

However, I can still help you know the essentials of any dog’s diet.

There are six primary nutrients that every dog needs.

  • Water
  • Vitamins
  • Proteins
  • Minerals
  • Carbohydrates 
  • Fats

Each of these nutritions has a vital role in your dog’s diet and overall health.


We already know the importance of water, but still, I am going to list a few things.

Water is essential for their digestive system because it helps them break down food, and it also helps them absorb nutrients.

Plus, water regulates their body temperature, cushions their spinal cord and brain, lubricates joints, and improves cognitive function.


Vitamins can boost their immune system and increase their ability to fight any illness throughout life.

They are also essential for body development, so if you have a puppy, provide them with vitamins.


Proteins are essential in every diet because they build skin, hair, muscles, cartilage, tendons, nails, and ligaments.

They are also indispensable for hormone production.


Minerals are essential for the maintenance of teeth and bones.

The deficiency in phosphorus and calcium is vital for their nutrition. 


Carbohydrates help with digestion and maintain the nervous and immune systems.

They also regulate their metabolism and provide them with slow-release energy.


Fats are essential because they provide energy, cushioning, and insulation.

However, the amount of fat they intake is the most important thing because if it’s too much or too little can cause them health issues.

It’s not essential, but you can add omega-3 or omega-6 to their meals to improve their skin and coat health.

Grooming Needs & Shedding

The sable Bernedoodle can have a curly non-shedding coat, the same as their Poodle parent, or they may be heavy shedders with thick wavy coats like their Berner parent.

The straighter their hair gets, the more they shed; Bernedoodles need grooming at least four times a week.

However, it’s better to brush them daily; in that way, you will keep their coat clean and can prevent any odor from getting trapped in their fur.

You will leave them with a fresh smell and unmatted coat. It can also help you bond better with your sable Bernedoodle.

You should bathe Your Bernedoodle every three to six weeks, and you can also soak them if they smell or play in the mud. You can also check out my guide to making your Bernedoodle smell amazing here.

Their teeth need brushing at least three times a week, and it’s even better if you can groom them daily to prevent smelly breath.

It’s crucial to brush their teeth regularly to prevent tartar build-up, bacteria, and gum disease.

You need to trim their nails at least once a month, or if you hear their nails clicking on the floor while walking, they need trimming.

Make sure to check their ears weekly for lousy odor or any redness that can indicate an infection in their ears, and you can clean their ears with a cotton ball dampened in pH-balanced ear cleaner.

Exercise Needs 

The sable Bernedoodle is an energetic pup; they need enough exercise to burn all of their excess energy and keep them active.

The exercises will keep them entertained because they tend to get bored quickly and get destructive.

Your Bernedoodle needs at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, which doesn’t include the daily walk. 

You can take them running, hiking, swimming, or spend that time playing fetch, tug-of-war, or hide and seek with them.

It’s imperative to make a daily schedule for them and stick to it; for example, if you tend to take them for a walk in the morning, then don’t change it suddenly and bring them a night walk, or if you manage to exercise with them at the afternoon, don’t switch it to noon the next day.

You should help them get used to an organized day.

You need to take a bottle of water for them whenever you go out for them, provide them with short breaks, and let them drink some water.

Sable Bernedoodles tend to bond better during these walks and activities, so if you are the one who takes them on walks, you are more likely their favorite person. 

If you don’t have time to provide them with exercise and a walk, you can take them to doggy daycare, and they have professionals who can take your dog on walks.

You can also get another dog so they can keep each other entertained.


The sable Bernedoodle is intelligent and can be easily trained if they are as bright as their poodle parent, but if they have the same intelligence as their Berner parent, you will have to be patient and consistent with them.

They can respond to any training faster if you use the positive reinforcement method. 

So whenever they are responding correctly to the training, praise them in a cheerful voice, and reward them with a treat or their favorite toy.

You should crate train them; it will make your life easier because if you want to leave them alone for short periods without worrying that your puppy may get hurt or destroy something, the crate training teaches them to stay in the crate while you are away.

 Bernedoodles need early socialization and obedience training because they can become dominant and stubborn as they grow up, making training them harder since they think they are the alphas.

However, if you don’t know to train them, you don’t have to worry.

There are so many guides and videos that can help you train your dog by yourself at home, or you can take them to a professional trainer.

As Family Dogs 

Sable Bernedoodles are ideal family dogs due to their fun-loving character. 

They love to spend time and be around their family and loved ones.

They are affectionate toward people if they are adequately socialized; Bernedoodles are friendly with everyone, so make sure to train them not to jump on every person they meet because not all people are as lovely as them.

Try to include your Bernedoodle in as many family activities as possible.

Also, they are gentle and playful with kids; you need to teach both of them how to behave appropriately around each other.

Train your dog never to play too rough with your kids, never nip or bite, or not to run too fast inside the house because they may knock them down.

Some of the problems between dogs and kids happen because some kids can misbehave around dogs. 

After all, no one taught them how to treat them correctly, so they do things that can lead to the dog snapping at them.

So, you should also teach your kids the same things, never play too rough with the pup, no pulling their ears or tails, don’t bite them, and don’t sit on the dog.

Bernedoodles are also great with other pets and dogs, so if you already have a dog or thinking about getting a new one, introduce them in the right way, and you will find that they are absolute sweethearts.

As Guard Dogs 

The sable Bernedoodle can make a decent guard dog, and they will bark to alarm you whenever they sense that something is off.

They will also protect their loved ones with their life.

However, a miniature Bernedoodle won’t be as good as a standard Bernedoodle in guarding.

If you are looking for a guard dog, and that’s an essential thing in the dog you are looking for, you can train them to be guard dogs or consider adopting a German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Pitbull, Bullmastiff, or Doberman Pinscher.

Where to find them? 

You may find the sable Bernedoodle in your local shelter and save a life.

You can also check the rescue groups for Bernedoodle, poodle mixes, or Berner mixes.

However, if you didn’t find what you’re looking for in shelters or rescue groups, you can buy them from a breeder but make sure it’s a breeder you can trust.

Find a breeder that a close friend or a family member recommended or a breeder with many good reviews.

The sable Bernedoodle will cost you between $3,000 and $5,000. It can be more or less than that; it depends on the breeder.

All About the sable Bernedoodle in a nutshell 

The sable Bernedoodle is a combination of two or three colors. Their roots can be in any solid color, but the tips of their hair are always black; they are friendly and make the perfect family dogs, and Bernedoodles can get along with other dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is the sable Bernedoodle A Good Family Dog? 

Yes, the sable Bernedoodle is a good family dog; they are gentle, affectionate, loyal, and loving. They treat children in such a delicate way, get along with other pets, and make the ideal family dogs with the proper training and socializing for them.

Is the sable Bernedoodle easy to train? 

Yes, the sable Bernedoodle is easy to train; they are intelligent and tend to be people-pleasers. You should know that they may be a little more like their Bernese Mountain parent, so it will take them longer to get to a particular mental maturity.

Is the sable Bernedoodle good with kids? 

Yes, the sable Bernedoodle is good with kids. As long as they are trained and socialized correctly, you have nothing to worry about. However, it would be best to supervise the interactions between them to keep everyone safe because accidents can still happen.

How much is the sable Bernedoodle? 

The sable Bernedoodle can cost between $3,000 and $5,000; the more color the sable Bernedoodle have, the more expensive they get, which means the sable bicolor is less costly than the sable tricolor Bernedoodle.

Is the sable Bernedoodle smart? 

Yes, the sable Bernedoodle is intelligent; however, it depends on which parent they are more like. If they are more like their poodle parent, they will be competent and quick learners, but if the Bernedoodls are more like the Bernese, they will take their time to learn new things. 

Helpful Resources

The Bernedoodle – Breed information and standards

Living with a Retriever: Recommendations and Sources

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