The Ultimate Alternative to the Goldendoodle & Bernedoodle: Choose a Golden Mountain Doodle Instead!

The GMD: An perfect alternative to the Goldendoodle or Bernedoodle!

Not sure how to choose between the popular Goldendoodle and Bernedoodle breeds? The Golden Mountain Doodle is a perfect alternative!

When people come to Carrier Family Doodles, it’s often because they’ve been considering either the Goldendoodle or Bernedoodle (or both!). Maybe while Googling “Goldendoodles near me” or “Bernedoodles near me,” they somehow stumbled upon the GMD as an “alternative.” 

Once they read about why we chose to breed the Golden Mountain Doodle and why people ultimately choose the GMD, there’s no longer any question about which breed they will pick for their forever puppy. Golden Mountain Doodle for the win! The Golden Mountain Doodle could be the perfect breed you didn’t know you were looking for.

Potential to Reduce Breed-Specific Health Risks

Both the Goldendoodle and the Bernedoodle have breed-specific health issues that may be a cause for concern when choosing a new puppy.  Of course, the standard panels only cover the best-known and most common diseases, so even a careful and tested cross-breed like the GMD is not immune from risk.  However, what can be said is that by carefully pairing our health-tested Bernedoodle and Goldendoodle parents, there is a reduction in the likelihood of genetic disease expression in the Golden Mountain Doodle generation.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The goldendoodle has the golden retriever in its lineage, which is known as the quintessential family dog and sought after because of its gentleness and affectionate nature. On the downside, because of its affinity for people, the Goldendoodle is often known as a “velcro dog.” This tendency can manifest in destructive behaviors for a Goldendoodle often left to himself. [1]

Of course, this is manageable if your Goldendoodle is part of a family and they are always (or often) around people. This could be a terminal trait, however, for a single person or couple who juggle work schedules and the responsibilities of dog ownership.

The Bernedoodle has great looks going for it, and it is known to be a loyal, trainable, and personable family dog. On the down side, the Bernedoodle can be high-energy and therefore demand a little more exercise time than some owners have to give. A common adjective often used to describe the Bernedoodle is “stubborn.” [2]

It may go without saying that cross-breeding the Bernedoodle and the Goldendoodle doesn’t create a Golden Mountain Doodle generation with an ideal personality. Every puppy is going to be different, and a lot of how your dog matures will depend on the home environment and the level of training that you, as an owner, provide.

Some Golden Mountain Doodles will have traits reminiscent of the Goldendoodle, when it comes to wanting to be around people and perhaps experiencing separation anxiety. Others will be more high-energy like the Bernedoodle. But, truth be told, these traits can be manageable if they are known and the risks of resulting bad behavior mitigated. And it is true that the cross-breed may take the “edge” off of some of the breed-specific undesirable traits that are associated with the parent generation.

This is where a home breeder like Carrier Family Doodles can help match you with your ideal puppy! We know our puppy personalities very well. The quiet lap-sitters who follow us around are preferentially recommended for people who spend a lot of time at home (such as retired folks or people who work from home), or as a family dog where they will get pretty constant attention. A higher-energy puppy is recommended for a couple who has an active lifestyle or a family where the kids will play, play, and play some more with their puppy. What one person considers an “undesirable trait” may be just what someone else needs!

The Benefits of a Golden Mountain Doodle

As we’ve already mentioned, one benefit of the GMD cross-breed may be reducing the risk of breed-specific health issues common to the parent breeds.

What we are most in love with about the Golden Mountain Doodle, though, is the potential for some truly unique and and potentially gorgeous puppies! While some are always going to end up “basic black,” there are also parti, Merle, tri-color, Phantom, and a mix of all of the above!

And the benefits of choosing your Golden Mountain Doodle from Carrier Family Doodles are many:


If you’ve been trying to choose between a Goldendoodle and a Bernedoodle, maybe the time is right to consider a Golden Mountain Doodle instead!