doodle colors

Bernedoodles come in black tricolor with the Irish Trim and copper/rust points traditionally seen on the parent breed of Bernese Mountain Dogs.  Because poodles come in a myriad of colors, you can now find poodles in black tricolor, phantom, parti pattern, sable, chocolate, red, black, cream etc. It all has to do with their dominant and recessive colors as to what you will get.

Aussiedoodles can have the traditional Australian Shepherd colors of blue merle, red merle, black tri and red tri depending upon the colors in the parents.  In addition, they can be phantom (black & tan), sable, parti or solid colors also.

Aussie Bernedoodles or Aussie Mountain Doodles can be in any of the above colors and are particularly interesting in the merle tri, chocolate (red) tri as well as the traditional colors.

Poodles come in so many colors that the possibilities are lengthy. I don't have examples of silver beige, cafe au lait, brindle and sable, but you can google them in poodles to see. 

Remember that many of the colors in poodles are considered to be fading colors and will carry with them the fading gene automatically.  While black is not a fading color in itself, most poodle hybrids who look black at birth are actually blue or silver and will lighten within the first year. Brown, cafe Au Lait, Silver Beige, Apricot, Red and Cream are also fading colors.  Sables are pretty much guaranteed to lighten and have one of the most dramatic color changes of all.

Red colors are not the same as brown/chocolate. There are different genes controlling this color and a true red dog has the gene for the yellow to red spectrum. 

Phantom Aussiedoodle


An extremely striking color meaning a black body with copper, rust or tan markings on eyebrows, face, chest and legs. Similar in pattern to a Doberman or Rottweiler. They may or may not have white on the chest or toes.Both parents must have or carry the phantom gene to produce this unique coloring.


Blue Merle Tri

Blue merle coat with copper or tan points with Irish Trim (the white collar). Merle is a gene that lightens the original coat to varying degrees, as if you had spilled bleach on it. So a black puppy with this gene would be a blue (grey in color) merle and a dark chocolate or red dog with the merle gene would be a red merle.


Blue Merle Phantom/Tri

This is an exceptionally dark blue merle coat with strong copper points and a small amount of white on it's chest and paws. If it had no white it would be a blue merle phantom, the white on chest and toes makes it technically a tricolor.


Black Tri

The traditional coloring of a Bernese Mountain Dog with a black body color, copper/rust on the brows, face , chest and legs and white (irish) trim.


Blue Merle Parti

Parti means "particularly colored" and is more of a pattern than an actual color. It refers to a dog with approximately 50% white with approximately 50% of any color. This pattern is also referred to as piebald. Both parents must have the parti gene or be parti's themselves to produce this pattern.



A heavily marked parti pattern has less than 50% white and is known as an Abstract or Mismark. When the pattern is similar as on this puppy (white bib, white belly & chest, white on legs with a darker color across the top of the dog, it is sometimes called a Tuxedo.



This dog is an allover cream color. There are a whole range of colors in the red/yellow gene, from cream like in a Labrador Retriever to apricot to red like an Irish Setter.



Just as it sounds, solid is an allover base of almost any color with or without white on the chest and/or toes.

Chocolate Tricolor Bernedoodle

Brown/Chocolate Tricolor

This stunning boy is a chocolate (brown/liver) color with copper points and white trim. A gorgeous and unusual color!

Red Merle Aussie

Red Merle Tri

This gorgeous girl is a red merle tricolor. She has copper points and a lot of white trim. The “red” colors seen in Australian Shepherds are actually “liver’ or brown and genetically is different then the red color in an Irish Setter or Golden Retriever. This color can be anywhere from a deep dark color to a cinnamon and sugar color as seen here.


Coat Colors:

Bernedoodles can be solid black, black and white (bi-color), black with white & copper (tri-color), phantom (black with tan points), silver, merle or sable. The tri-color is typically the hardest to achieve and tends to be very desirable. 

Aussiedoodles come in a variety of colors and can be solid black, cream, red, blue merle, red merle, chocolate, red, merle tri-color, black tri-color, phantom (black with tan like a doberman), silver or sable. Solid cream will look a bit like a Goldendoodle in appearance. They also come in parti pattern which can be any color combined with approximately half white.  The parti pattern is rapidly gaining in popularity in both poodles and doodles.  A black dog can turn a dark grey or silver, lightening over time, sable coats almost always lighten with age and reds can darken or lighten to apricot etc.  Poodles can carry this fading gene which results in a puppy that appears to be black at birth and eventually turns "blue" (a gunmetal grey color) or even a silver grey color. It is extremely difficult to detect which black puppies may lighten as they develop. It is believed you can look for white hairs in the paw pads as a sign of this, however Bernedoodles and Aussie Bernedoodles typically have white or copper paws, so this trick won't work.  While there is a genetic test for the dilution gene (which supposedly doesn't' exist in poodles), there is currently no test available for the grey/blue/silvering gene. The solid black color doesn't photograph well, but it is a stunning color and there is something magical about the way the light catches the silky, glossy waves on the Aussiedoodle coat. Black tri color doodles will appear mostly black and white over time as the coat lengthens and their copper points become less visible. Any coat color can change over time. 

See below for some examples of potential colors.  From left to right, a black tri, a merle parti, a phantom (black & tan), a blue merle tri (merle with copper points), a solid black (with white on the chest), a black tri parti pattern (minimal copper), a blue merle, a solid cream, a solid blue merle, a black tri, a blue merle tri & and a black tri (silvering).

Doodle Sizes:

Most breeders reference Doodle sizes according to the Poodle standards which go by height (not weight). Height is measured from the floor to the withers (shoulder) not to the top of the head.  Note that the "Mini Australian Shepherd" is typically 13-18" at the withers with a weight of 15-35lbs.


  • Standard Size: over 19"-25" (in America, any poodle over 15" tall is considered "standard" size)

  • Moyen (Medium or "Klein") Size: 15-19"

  • Minature Size: 11-14" (must be over 10" and under 15")

  • Toy Size: under 11"


  • Mini to Moyen (Medium or "Klein") Size: 15-30 +/- lbs


  • Large Mini/Moyen Size: 30-45 +/- lbs currently

  • Small Standard Size: 45-60 +/- lbs

  • Standard Size: 60 + lbs

The standard Bernedoodle is a very large dog, approximately 65+lbs (the Bernese Mountain Dog parent is typically 75-120lbs). Small Standard Bernedoodles are typically 50-65lbs and Mini Bernedoodles in a 35-50lb range.  We believe in safely breeding down in size. We will not use a 10lb poodle stud with a 75lb Bernese in order to make "Toy" Bernedoodles. This is an unsafe and unethical practice that is detrimental to the bone structure and overall health of your doodle.  Please be cautious of breeders using these practices and of anyone who can not show you (to your satisifaction) photos and info on the parent dogs. 

In Europe, the Moyen size (which means "Medium" in French) or Klein (which means "medium" in German) is a a recognized 4th Poodle size however it is not as well know in the U.S. and is not officially recognized as a size. In the U.S., any Poodle 15" or taller is a Standard, leaving a very large gap between the Miniature and the Standard.  

Below is a size example of a 17" (at the time) 20lb blue merle parti pattern dog on the left side of the photo (similar to the size of a cocker spaniel) and a 22" (at the time) 38lb black tri-color dog on the other side so you can see about how large they are in comparison to a person.  Height is measured to the withers (shoulder), so the total height to the top of the dog's head will always be much higher.

Moyen/Klein size - 17", 20 lb Aussiedoodle on left and small Standard size - 22", 38 lb Aussiedoodle on right in picture.

Moyen/Klein size - 17", 20 lb Aussiedoodle on left and small Standard size - 22", 38 lb Aussiedoodle on right in picture.