Saint Berdoodle: 12 Facts You Most Likely Didn’t Know

Saint Berdoodle

The Saint Berdoodle is a mix between the very smart Poodle and the very friendly Saint Bernard.

Saint Berdoodles are a fantastic mix that have many loveable traits. They are friendly, loyal, smart, mischievous and clumsy. These dogs are especially clumsy as puppies because they do not realize their size.

These dogs are very social; they love to meet new people. But their friendly nature makes them terrible guard dogs! Due to their friendly and caring personality, they are often used as service dogs.

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In this article we share 12 fun facts about this friendly giant that will warm your heart…

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1. The Saint Berdoodle Is Half Poodle

Saint Bernard Poodle mix
The Saint Berdoodle is the mix of a Saint Bernard and Poodle.

The Saint Berdoodle is a cross between the Poodle and Saint Bernard. It is an extremely loving, caring, and nurturing dog that will do just about anything to please its owners. This mix is the perfect family pet that will provide joy for many years.

They have a lot to offer and will make excellent dogs for families with children. Despite being quite clumsy, they are great with kids and shower them with lots of love and affection.

Saint Bernard Poodles have the energy and intelligence of the poodle. They also have the caring, nurturing and loving traits of the giant Saint Bernard.

2. They Are Not Guard Dogs

This dog will grow to be anywhere from 110 to 200 pounds.

Many people think that due to their giant size they must be great guard dogs.

This could not be farther from the truth.

St. Berdoodles were bred to be a companion dog. They hardly ever bark and are an extremely social mix that is happy to see everyone it meets. Even though they look large, the most this breed will do is give your guests a warm welcome.

If you have the space, time and love to give to these furry giants they make a great pet. Apartment life or busy owners are not well suited for a loving dog of this size.

3. They Were Bred For Companionship

The Saint Berdoodle is a mixed breed dog, so their history is relatively short. What is known, is that this mix was bred during the designer dog era in the 1980’s in the United States. This was the same time as many other Poodle, Labrador and Golden retriever mixes.

Saint Berdoodles were bred for companionship.

Their loving personalities and constant need-to-please means they will do anything for their owners. They just want to be by their side.

This mixed breed’s Poodle parent was first bred in the 1600s. Poodles were used for hunting and chasing down waterfowl.

The Saint Bernard was bred in the 1700s as a working class dog tasked with the job of search and rescue. In fact, the Saint Bernard Breed is said to have saved over 2,000 people between 1700 and 1900.

St Berdoodles also have the ability to be a service dog. They have the extreme intelligence of a Poodle and the loving nature of the Saint Bernard.

4. It Is As Tall As A Great Dane

Saint Bernard Poodle mixes
The Saint Berdoodle has a loving face.

The Saint Berdoodle is a giant dog breed that can weigh anywhere from 110 to 200 pounds. This mix can also measure a whopping 24 to 30 inches. To put this in perspective, the Great Dane is 28 to 32 inches tall.

If you want a large lap dog, that wants nothing more than to be by your side, this dog is for you!

Saint Berdoodles have two different fur patterns:

  • If your mix has more Saint Bernard lineage, it will be more likely to have a thick, soft coat that is straight, not curly.
  • If your mix has more Poodle characteristics, it will have a soft, tight curled coat that is low shedding.

The St Berdoodle is not a hypoallergenic dog, but if it has more Poodle then it will shed less. If the puppy is more like its Saint Bernard parent then it will need brushing every other day to keep shedding to a minimum.

It is common to see the Saint Berdoodle in white with black patches, or red with white accents.

This mix can also be identified by their black button nose with dark brown eyes.

Many people expect them to have the Saint Bernard’s sagging jowls and eyes. Most of the time the Saint Berdoodle will not have these traits. They have a face much similar to a Poodle.

5. It Is A Giant Dog Breed

The Saint Berdoodle can easily grow to over 100 pounds; they are a giant dog breed. Most fully grown adults are between 130 and 150 pounds.

Growth Chart
6 Months67 to 74 pounds12 to 14 inches
1 Year110 to 120 pounds24 to 28 inches
2 Years130 to 150 pounds24 to 30 inches

6. There Is A Mini Version

When Saint Berdoodles are born, they are similar to most puppies in size. They are born small at roughly one to two pounds. However, they will grow at a rapid rate of roughly nine pounds per month:

  • At 8 weeks of age these adorable pups can weigh around 15 pounds.
  • At six months of age they will be anywhere from 67 to 74 pounds.
  • At twelve months of age they can weigh anywhere from 110 to 120 pounds.

Additionally, a less common but still known variation, is the Mini Saint Berdoodle.

This is a smaller version of the Saint Berdoodle that is bred from a Toy Poodle, Saint Bernard, and Cocker Spaniel. This small dog will reach just 20 to 50 pounds. They are also shorter at 10 to 14 inches.

Miniature Saint Berdoodles may be a better fit for those looking for the personality traits of the Saint Berdoodle in a smaller size!

7. They Have An Extreme Loving and Nurturing Personality

Saint Berdoodle Dog
A loving dog that interacts wonderfully with family and children.

This dog breed gets its extreme loving and nurturing personality from the Saint Bernard. This explains why most families that own this mix find them to be extremely loving, protective, and caring.

The St Berdoodle is a friendly, social dog that lives to make people happy.

Due to its love for companionship this pup may also grow extremely attached to its family. If not trained at a young age, that being left alone for short periods of time can be fun, it may result in separation anxiety.

The Saint Berdoodle also has a mischievous side. If not mentally stimulated they can act out and chew. It is important to train them and provide them with plenty of love and affection. This mix will not want to go on long runs will prefer to spend most of their day lounging on the sofa!

These pups never bark and are not aggressive. They make for terrible guard dogs.

The Saint Berdoodle can be used as a service dog or a search-and-rescue dog. It gets its search-and-rescue talent from its Saint Bernard parent.

8. There Are Different Types Of Saint Berdoodle

Saint Berdoodle
This mix does not have the droopy eyes and jowls that it Saint Bernard parent has!

The Saint Berdoodle is a mixed breed, this means there are different generations of Saint Bernard Poodle mixes. There is a specific scientific method signifying which generation your dog is.

To start with, there is the F1 generation.

The F1 generation is the litter that results from breeding a Purebred Saint Bernard and Purebred Poodle. It is the first generation litter of Saint Bernard Poodle mix puppies.

F1 is the offspring of the two purebred parents. They are the first offspring.

F1b offspring are the result of a F1 generation mix being bred back to a purebred Poodle of a different lineage. This results in a puppy with ¾ Poodle and ¼ Saint Bernard. If the F1 puppy is bred back to a purebred Saint Bernard the resulting litter will also be F1b. However, it will be ¾ Saint Bernard and ¼ Poodle.

F2 means two F1 generation pups bred together. To create the F2 generation two F1 Saint Berdoodle must be bred. Neither parents are purebred dogs as they are a F1 Saint Bernard Poodle mix.

As the generations change the lineage becomes farther from the purebred parents.

It is important to know what generation puppy you are adopting from a breeder.

9. Saint Berdoodles Need Lots Of Grooming

Their grooming routine will depend on whether or not they inherit their coat from their Poodle parent or Saint Bernard Parent.

If the puppy has more Saint Bernard in their blood it will have a medium length double coat.

This means it will need to be brushed every other day. Your dog will also need monthly grooming appointments. A larger dog will cost $80 to $120 to groom.

However, if your puppy has a shorter, curly Poodle coat, they will only need brushing once a week. They will also shed much less than the thicker and longer Saint Bernard’s coat.

It is also important not to over bath these pups. Once a month should be more than enough. They have sensitive skin that is prone to dryness and eczema if bathed too frequently.

Regardless of their coat, it is important to check their eyes when grooming.

Saint Bernards are prone to eye infections. Their long floppy ears will need cleaning once a month to prevent infections.

10. Their Puppies Are Adorable

Saint Berdoodle puppies are adorable bundles of white fur that are extremely snuggly and affectionate.

The litter size for these giant dogs is anywhere from 8 to 15 puppies.

Adopting one of these puppies could cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. It is important to plan for the costs associated with owning a large breed. Most can cost hundreds of dollars each month in vet bills, food and health insurance.

To keep these puppies happy and healthy, it is important to let them get the rest they need.

Only allow them to play in short intervals as they want. They cannot have too much exercise because they are still growing. If there is too much stress on bones and joints that are not fully developed there can be serious health problems later in life.

It is important that if considering owning a Saint Berdoodle you make sure you are ready to dedicate a lot of time and effort to raising one.

11. They Need To Spend Lots Of Time With You

If you are considering rescuing one of these loveable pups, it is important to consider their traits. It is an extremely loving breed that wants to be with its owner at all times. You will need to spend lots of time with this dog.

It is important to take into consideration their size and activity level.

The Saint Berdoodle is a giant dog breed that will need a large living space.

This breed is not very active and enjoys two short walks each day. If you are looking for a cuddle buddy, this dog is your best friend. But, if you are looking for a running buddy this breed is not for you. Try the Texas Heeler!

12. They Live For 8 to 12 Years

A Saint Berdoodle has a long lifespan for such a giant dog.

It is normal for them to live for between 8 and 12 years. They make the perfect long term best friend for you and your family.

Unfortunately, Saint Bernard Poodle mixes have some health issues that include: ear infections, eye infections, hip dysplasia, Wobbler syndrome, bloat, skin diseases, and Willebrand’s disease. As scary as this list may seem, there are some preventative measures to keep your dog healthy.

Daily walks, a high-quality diet, and regular check-ups at your local veterinary clinic will help keep them healthy.

Finally, it is important not to let your dog get overweight. This can cause unwanted heart problems along with added stress to the joints.


Saint Berdoodles are a great mix for anyone looking for a family dog. These dogs love to cuddle and spend time getting love and affection. They want all the attention they can get and prefer to lounge around with their family. This lovable breed does very well with children.

The Saint Berdoodle is also very sociable and will be happy to interact with other dogs and people.

This breed is not hypoallergenic, but it does not shed as much as a purebred Saint Bernard. It has a low shedding coat that is wavy and comes in black and white or red and white. Saint Berdoodles needs a moderate amount of grooming.

Saint Berdoodles do get grow very big. Adults weigh roughly 130 to 150 pounds. Because of this, they need a large living space.

Do you want to adopt this adorable extra-large teddy into your family? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Our nearly 12 year old Saintberdoodle Sophie, more Saint than Poodle. I’ve always made her food and given her vitamins and supplements for her hips and joints, and she has two daily walks and used to love to take hikes with us. She rarely if ever barks, has never required discipline for anything except being stubborn about being told to “come”, she simply hasn’t done anything wrong. She is loved by everyone and adored by us and all our kid’s and grandkids. We’re in our 70’s and every day with her is a gift. She is both of our best friends and the only dog ever to be on the couch and bed with us, definitely our lap dog and she’s beautiful inside and out.


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