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All Things Aussie Bernedoodles

The Aussie Bernedoodle also known as the Aussie Mountain Doodle, Australian Mountain Doodle or Swiss Doodle is as versatile in make up and looks as it is by name.  For the purpose of this post, we will refer to the Aussie Bernedoodle by the abbreviation of its most popular nomenclature AMD (Aussie Mountain Doodle). By the end of this read, you should have a better understanding of what the genetic makeup of the hybrid is, the different ways in which you can achieve the mix and what to expect in personality and in looks.

What’s in the Mix?

The AMD is made up of the Poodle, Bernese Mountain Dog and the Australian Shepherd Dog. The popular and widely known type of AMD out there is the mix of the Aussiedoodle and Bernedoodle resulting in an offspring that is multigenerational in makeup.  However there are other paths and variations as listed below:

Path 1: One Parent is a Poodle and the other is an Australian Mountain Dog.  This offspring is often referred to as "F1" to mean first generation.

Path 2: One Parent is a Poodle and the other is an F1 AMD (as described above).  This offspring is usually referred to as "F1B" to mean second generation.

Path 3: One Parent is a Bernese Mountain Dog and the other is an Aussiedoodle. This offspring is referred to as a “Reverse” AMD.

Path 4: One Parent is an Australian Shepherd and the other is a Bernedoodle.  This offspring is also referred to as “Reverse” AMD.

Path 5: One Parent is an Aussiedoodle and the other is a Bernedoodle.  This offspring as stated earlier is the most popular and well known, referred to as just an Australian Mountain Doodle but is multigenerational.

Aussie Mountain Doodle Puppy
Photo by @Dreamdoods

At Dreamdoods we have Aussie Mountain Doodle hybrids in Path 1 and Path 2 and proud to be the first Canadian breeder to do this. We love these paths due to its uniqueness in maintaining the integrity of all three breeds as well as being able to see the breeds interact in puppy's traits.


There isn’t a set personality type for the AMD.  Their behavioral attributes include an assortment of traits from the Poodle, Bernese and Australian Shepherd.  There is no telling which characteristics or how much of it will be present in your AMD puppy.  They may have a playful, energetic, intelligent, and affectionate temperament, as they inherit the best qualities of all three parent breeds. They may also have a higher intelligence and trainability, as both the Poodle and the Australian Shepherd are known for their smarts.  One thing you can be sure of is that you will be pleasantly surprised at the personality of your puppy and there will never be a dull moment.

Merle Aussiedoodle Bernedoodle Puppy
Photo by @Dreamdoods


Depending on the generation or variation, hair texture and appearance will be different. The hair will range from low shed to non shed, from wavy to loose curls to tight curls.  AMD puppies may have a sturdy and athletic build, with a thick, wavy or curly coat that can come in a variety of colors. They may have a broad head with floppy ears and round expressive eyes.  The AMD is a color packed hybrid thanks to their Australian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle ancestry.  They can have a striking resemblance to Aussiedoodles and Bernedoodles alike. There is truly no way to predict the exact markings even with good knowledge of the color traits the parents carry because of all the colors at play. Colors can be expressed in Merle, Phantom, Tri, Brindle, Parti, Sable e.t.c.

Tri color phantom bernedoodle
Photo by @Dreamdoods

Some Aussie Mountain Doodle Facts
  • Excellent Therapy Dog breed. Active and affectionate

  • Are mostly with allergen friendly hair (not fur)

  • Easy to train because of their high intelligence

  • Can live 10-15 years and with extra care, can reach 18 years

  • Make excellent family pets and (if properly socialized) are wonderful with children and adults too

  • Don’t expect a guard dog. They are loyal and protective but not in a guard dog way

  • Slowly becoming quite popular around the world

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