Saint Berdoodle Dog Breed

  • Other names:
  • Saint Berpoo
  • Saint Bernardoodle
  • Saint Bernard Doodle

The saint berdoodle is a designer dog breed which is bred by crossing a Saint Bernard with a Standard Poodle. As a designer dog breed, the saint berdoodle will inherit traits from both the poodle and saint bernard, however the traits inherited vary from dog to dog as not all saint berdoodles will receive the same traits (even if from the same litter).

Since saint berdoodles can often vary in appearance and behavior there is not a set breed standard. Because of this it is recommended that families looking to adopt a saint berdoodle to familiarize themselves with the traits of both parent breeds as it is likely the dog will have a mix of physical and behavioral characteristics from both the Poodle and Saint Bernard.

Saint Berdoodle Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid10-13 yrs.17-26 in.70-160 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the breed specs and details for the Saint Berdoodle.

Saint Berdoodle Breed Description

Being a hybrid of the saint bernard, a very large dog breed, and the standard poodle, a medium to large breed, the saint berdoodles size is normally large, though it can favor one breeds size over the other.

The saint berdoodle can take characteristics from either the saint bernard or the poodle. This means the breed can inherit the intelligence and the strong desire to please from the poodle and/or the saint bernard's friendliness and loyalty. There is no doubt that the St Berdoodle will be a very skillful and loyal dog for all families.

Since the poodle is hypoallergenic and does not shed, the saint berdoodle can make a great pet for a family with allergies; as long as it inherits the fur traits from the poodle breed. This will require frequent trimming of the coat since it grows continuously. If the St Berdoodle takes fur traits of the saint bernard, which shed twice a year, then this may be difficult for families with allergy issues.

Saint Berdoodle Breed History

As a hybrid dog, the Saint Berdoodle was likely originally bred when the popularity of mixed breeds increased during the 1980s. Since the bloodlines of crossbreeds is not well documented, there is very little history on the breed.

Saint Berdoodle Appearance

The Saint Berdoodle will generally have a mix of physical features from both the Saint Bernard and the Poodle. However, it is not uncommon for some St Berdoodles to resemble one parent breed more so than the other.

Since the Saint Bernard is a giant dog breed, the Saint Berdoodle will likely be a very large dog as an adult. It is not uncommon for a Bernard Poodle mix to weigh as much as 160 pounds which is double the weight of their poodle parent.

The breed will either inherit the coat of the poodle or the rough coat of the Saint Bernard. If the Saint Berdoodle inherits the poodle coat, it is likely they will also inherit the hypoallergenic qualities of the poodle. However, this will be unlikely if their coat resembles the Saint Bernard.

Saint Berdoodle Coloring

The Saint Berdoodle's coat color will be dependent upon the coloring of the two parent breeds. Two parents with the same coloring generally results in offspring with similar coat colors. It can be difficult to predict the St Berdoodles coloring though if both parents have different coat colors as their offspring may take after only one parent or be a mix.

Below are common coat colors for the Saint Berdoodle dog breed.

Saint Berdoodle Size

You can expect the Saint Berdoodle to be a very large dog breed. It would be difficult to breed a Saint Bernard with anything smaller than Standard Poodle (which is a large dog breed itself) so the offspring will be fairly large as adults. You can expect most Saint Berdoodles to weigh between 70-160 pounds as adults and stand as tall as 26 inches from ground to shoulder.

Average Adult Height

17-26 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

70-160 lbs

Saint Berdoodle Variations

Like any crossbred dog, the Saint Berdoodle is described by its filial generations: F1, F1B, F2, F2B, F3, etc. The F1 is produced from the initial cross-breeding of the two pure breeds, the Saint Bernard and the Standard Poodle. If an F1 Berdoodle is bred back to a Saint Bernard (to enlarge the puppies) or a Poodle (to increase the hypoallergenic aspect of the coat), that is an F1B. When two F1 Saint Berdoodles are bred, an F2 is produced. If an F1 Berdoodle is bred back to an F1B, that is an F2B. Two F2s make an F3, and two F3's make an F4, and so on.

Saint Berdoodles have either one of two coat styles: long and curly (if he has inherited more Poodle) or long and wavy (if he has inherited more Saint Bernard). Moreover, if there is more Saint Bernard, there will also be more shedding — a lot more!

There is basically only one size of Saint Berdoodle — large — but there are those who try to make Miniature Saint Berdoodles by breeding Saint Bernards and Berdoodles with Mini and Toy Poodles.

Saint Berdoodle Temperament

The Saint Berdoodle's temperament can take after just one of the parent breeds or be a subtle mix of the Saint Bernard and the Poodle. It is difficult to accurately predict the temperament of a dog when the genetics of two breeds are used, which is why it's always important to research the behavior of both parent breeds.

It is likely that the majority of Saint Berdoodles will display behavioral characteristics which are common in both Poodles and Saint Bernards. This means you can expect a Saint Bernard Poodle cross to be a family oriented dog with a loving, affectionate, and willing to please attitude.

The Saint Berdoodle should be a very intelligent dog breed. This combined with their strong desire to please will make training and learning new tricks fairly easy for the breed.

Saint Berdoodle and Children

Both the Poodle and the Saint Bernard do well with children (especially the Saint Bernard), so you can expect the St. Berdoodle to be good with kids as well. With this being said, owners will need to closely monitor their Saint Berdoodles when around smaller kids. This is because the St. Berdoodle can easily knock down or unintentionally injure small children due to their large size.

Saint Berdoodle and Other Pets

The Saint Berdoodle should do well with other pets. It is recommended to socialize your saint berdoodle with other animals as a puppy so they don't develop any social issues with other pets when they're an adult. It's also important to remember the saint berdoodle will likely dwarf other pets, so they may need to be monitored as puppies so they don't accidentally injure other animals due to their size.

Saint Berdoodle and Strangers

The Saint Berdoodle should be friendly of strangers and welcome guests which pose no threat to their family. The breed may become uneasy if they sense someone is an unwelcome intruder, but it is unlikely they will become aggressive with that person. Usually the breed's large size will intimidate most trespassers and unwelcome guests.

Saint Berdoodle Photos

Below are pictures of the Saint Berdoodle dog breed.

Saint Berdoodle - Saint Bernard Poodle
Saint Berdoodle - Saint Bernard Poodle
Saint Berdoodle - Saint Bernard Poodle
Black & White Berdoodle

Saint Berdoodle Maintenance

The Saint Berdoodle will likely be a low to medium maintenance dog. Some St Berdoodles will inherit ideal characteristics making them low maintenance while others may require more exercise and a higher level of grooming.

Grooming Requirements

Your Saint Berdoodle's grooming requirements are dependent upon the coat they inherit. Saint Berdoodles which inherit the Poodle's coat will likely need their coat clipped regularly as it will continue growing year round, but the coat should shed very little. Saint Berdoodles which inherit the Saint Bernard's coat will shed and will need their coat brushed 2-3 times per week to keep the coat healthy.

Exercise Requirements

The Saint Berdoodle, for the most part, will be a gentle giant. They will need daily exercise, but it will for the most part be an easy walk once or twice per day. Saint Berdoodle puppies will need to be exercised on grass rather than hard concrete until they are adult size. This is because their rapid growth is hard on their joints and connective tissue and hard concrete can exacerbate this issue.

Living Requirements

Despite being a large dog, the Saint Berdoodle prefers lying down inside next to their family rather than exploring outside. Their large size will make it easy for them to knock over small tables and chairs when excited. Potential owners should also consider that some saint berdoodles may drool heavily much like the saint bernard.

Temperature Range

While saint bernards were originally bred to be a cold weather mountain rescue dog, Poodles require a slightly warmer environment. You should expect the majority of Saint Berdoodle's to be comfortable between the temperatures of 30-80 degrees fahrenheit.

Saint Berdoodle Health

As a hybrid dog breed, you should expect the Saint Berdoodle to be healthier than the majority of purebred dogs due to their genetic diversity. With that being said, hybrid dogs can still develop health issues especially if the issue is common in both parent breeds.

Below are common health issues with the Saint Berdoodle.

  • Allergies
  • Bloat
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • View all 5...

Saint Berdoodle Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Saint Berdoodle as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry

Saint Berdoodle Breeders

Interested in the Saint Berdoodle? Contact a breeder below:

Breeder Name
Prize Poodles and Doodles
All breeders with 'Quality Breeder' recognition have met our Quality Breeder Requirements.
* Please note - we are not endorsed or affiliated with any of the breeders listed above. However, we do our best to only list reputable and established breeders.