Research Outline

Bernedoodle Breeders


Discover reputable bernedoodle breeders, along with details on what to look for in both breeders and puppies, in order to adopt a dog.

Early Findings

  • The American Kennel Club (AKC) posted a list of what to look for in a responsible dog breeder. Although it is not specific to bernedoodles, most of the items related to visiting the breeder and interacting with the both the breeder and the dogs. Based on that, we focused on breeders located within a 6-hour drive of New York City.
  • The criteria to look for in a responsible breeder include: clean, odor-free premises; happy, engaged, friendly dogs; no signs of illness such as runny eyes, coughing, or sores; dogs that interact with the breeder; in depth knowledge of the breed, including strengths and weaknesses; the ability to meet at least one parent of the puppies; not allowing the puppy to leave until it is 8-12 weeks old; and possibly having the person adopting the dog sign a contract indicating the breeder can take the dog back if it isn't properly cared for.
  • The Dog's Journal published a list of the best bernedoodle breeders around the world and included Alpine Bernedoodles in Colorado, Best Bernedoodle Breeders in South Carolina (but with a network in Pennsylvania as well), Rocky Mountain Bernedoodles in Colorado, Recherche Bernese in North Carolina, and Glasshouse Puppies in Alabama.

Breeders with Tricolor Puppies

Health Concerns for the Breed

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia are concerns for bernedoodles.
  • Skin conditions including Color Dilution Alopecia and Sebaceous Adenitis are common problems for the breed.
  • Other possible health issues for bernedoodles include Hyperadrenocorticism, Von Willebrand Disease, Hypoadrenocorticism, and cataracts. Some experts recommend having a dog genetically tested before adopting.