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How to Choose: Getting a Male or Female Bernedoodle

Updated: Feb 25

Are you looking to purchase a Bernedoodle but are unsure of which gender would be ideal for you? There are many misconceptions regarding which puppy is better suited for various homes and lifestyles. We’ve heard them all at JennaLee Designer Doodles.

choosing a male or female bernedoodle

Let's take a closer look at some of the Bernedoodle Gender Myths along with a handful of understandable assumptions

To start, let's define what a Bernedoodle is. It’s a hybrid dog breed made up of a Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog. They are renowned for their high intellect, hypoallergenic coat, and sociable and loving nature. There are many different colors and sizes of these dogs, but it's not always evident whether to select a male or female Bernedoodle.

Male vs. Female Bernedoodles

Which is better? The male or female Bernedoodle?

In actuality, there isn't an all encompassing, applicable response to this question. It depends on your style of living and personal tastes. Yet, there are a few universal distinctions between male and female Bernedoodles that might aid in your choice.

Generally speaking, male Bernedoodles are bigger and heavier than females. Moreover, they seem more macho and have greater muscle mass. If you're searching for a dog that is more intimidating or can act as a guard dog, you might want to take this into account.

Also, male Bernedoodles have a tendency to be more enthusiastic and active than females, which may make them a better match for households with young children or more active owners.

Female Bernedoodles tend to be lighter and smaller than males. They frequently have a more feminine look and slimmer frame. A female dog can be a better option if you want one that is less intimidating and more manageable.

In addition, female Bernedoodles are typically more laid-back and less energetic than their male counterparts, which may make them a better choice for owners who want a mellow dog.

Neither all male nor female Bernedoodles will meet these descriptions, therefore it's important to keep in mind that these are generalizations. Each dog is unique with a distinct temperament and personality. Hence, regardless of the dog's gender, it could be very advantageous to meet your chosen pup face-to-face before making a final decision.

Bernedoodle Gender Myths

Myth #1: Male Bernedoodles are more aggressive and harder to train

In reality, both male and female Bernedoodles have the potential to be great pets. While some males may be more assertive and dominant, this isn't always the case. In fact, some females can be just as stubborn and challenging to train.

It all comes down to the individual dog's personality, upbringing, and training. With proper socialization and solid training, any Bernedoodle can be a well-behaved and obedient companion. (See our article that answers, "Are Bernedoodles high maintenance?")

Conclusion: False

Myth #2: Female Bernedoodles are more affectionate and easier to train

Just like the previous myth, there is no hard and fast rule that female Bernedoodles are more affectionate or easier to train. Bernedoodles, in general, are known for their sweet and affectionate nature, regardless of gender.

Additionally, training success depends on various factors, including consistency, positive reinforcement, and a solid training plan. Therefore, gender alone is not a reliable predictor of a Bernedoodle's trainability or affection level.

Conclusion: False

Myth #3: Male Bernedoodles are bigger and stronger than females

While it's true that male Bernedoodles can be bigger and heavier than females, this is not always the case. There can be a significant overlap in size and weight between the genders, and individual Bernedoodles can vary in their growth rate and size. Therefore, if you're looking for a specific size range, it's best to discuss your preferences with your breeder, who can help you choose the right pup for your needs.

Conclusion: Partially true

Myth #4: Female Bernedoodles are more prone to health problems than males

There is no evidence to suggest that female Bernedoodles are more susceptible to health issues than males. Both genders can be prone to certain health problems, and responsible breeders will screen their breeding dogs for any genetic issues before breeding.

It's important to choose a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs.

Conclusion: False

Myth #5: Two male Bernedoodles will fight for dominance

This is a common misconception about owning two male dogs in the same household. While some male dogs may display dominant behavior, this is not a guarantee. In fact, some male Bernedoodles can be very docile and submissive.

The key to a successful multi-dog household is proper socialization, training, and management. Therefore, gender alone is not a reliable predictor of whether two dogs will get along.

Conclusion: False

Male & Female Bernedoodle Assumptions

Assumption #1: Female dogs’ urine “burns the grass.”

Any highly concentrated dog urine can kill grass. Females tend to get blamed for it more often as squatting can cause a higher accumulation of urine in one spot versus lifting a leg to pee, but both genders of dogs can cause this problem with highly concentrated urine.

In general, if you have a well-hydrated dog of either gender you should not be experiencing this problem. It seems to be a rarer issue, but if you do happen to run into this problem, adding water to your dog’s kibble (or any other form of extra hydration) should eliminate it!

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Assumption #2: Only male dogs will hump other dogs or people

Actually, this is a behavior that female dogs often participate in too! For dogs, humping is just one more way to engage in play or posturing for dominance and is not sexual. It’s generally nothing to be concerned about whatsoever.

Human society is much more offended by this behavior than the canine world! So, this is a behavior that many dogs of either gender will try out, but since you as the owner/trainer can curb this behavior as you see fit, there should be nothing to worry about.

Assumption #3: Female Bernedoodles are better with children

There is no inherent difference in temperament or suitability with children between male and female Bernedoodles. Both genders can be excellent with children when they are properly socialized and trained.

The key is to select a pup with a temperament that suits your family dynamics. At our breeding program, we prioritize temperament and strive to produce Bernedoodles with gentle, affectionate, and sociable personalities, regardless of gender.

Assumption #4: Male Bernedoodles are more protective

While some people believe that male Bernedoodles are more protective of their family and home, this is not necessarily true. Again, temperament is much more important than gender when it comes to a dog's protective instincts.

A properly trained and adequately socialized Bernedoodle, regardless of gender, can be protective of their family and home when necessary. However, it's important to remember that Bernedoodles are generally friendly and social dogs, so excessive aggression or protectiveness can be a sign of poor breeding or improper socialization.

Assumption #5: Male Bernedoodles are more playful

Both male and female Bernedoodles can be playful and energetic, so there's no inherent difference between genders regarding playfulness. However, it's important to remember that individual personality and energy levels can vary greatly between dogs, regardless of sex.

Some Bernedoodles may be more playful and active than others, while some may be more laid back and reserved. Selecting a pup that matches your energy level and activity preferences is key.

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At our breedership (JennaLee Designer Doodles), we understand that choosing between a male or female Bernedoodle can be a difficult decision.

However, we believe that individual temperament is a more important factor in determining a dog's behavior than gender. Therefore, we focus on breeding healthy, well-tempered Bernedoodles that can fit into any loving family, regardless of gender.

Ultimately, the decision should be based on your personal preferences and lifestyle, considering factors such as size, inner nature, grooming needs, health concerns, and compatibility with other pets. So, be it a he or a she, the choice is yours.

But rest assured, both male and female Bernedoodles make wonderful pets and will provide you and yours with years of love and happiness.

Jenna and the JLDD Team

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