When I was looking into adopting our first doodle, I had a ton of questions and one was, do bernedoodles shed and how other will they need to be groomed.
The short answer is…not really. But, let me answer the question in more detail.
The answer is: It varies depending on the texture of the coat and how much they shed. The key to determining whether or not a Bernedoodle is likely to shed is to remember. The curlier the coat, as a result, the less likely to shed. The three texture types are straight, wavy, and curly. For instance, straight being most likely to shed, curly being non-shedding).
The type of coat a Bernendoodle has depends entirely upon the genetic makeup of your pup’s parents. Therefore, after a puppy is born, you will be able to determine their coat type within the first few weeks. However, it is possible for an experienced breeder to know what coat types a litter of Bernedoodles may have based on their parents and previous puppies they’ve had in the past.
A dog’s coat is important to consider when it comes to choosing a breed that is right for you. If your family is anything like mine, you have one or more people who begin to cough, sneeze or become otherwise physically agitated around certain animals thanks to their (pet) dander. For this very reason, a cat has never been in our family’s cards when it comes to having pets. Fortunately, you can choose a Bernedoodle that will bring you and your hours of happiness, years of joy, and the most memorable memories.
The first coat type is straight thus it resembles that of the Bernese Mountain Dog. Although this coat texture is referred to as straight, consequently, it does have the smallest amount of wave to it. Bernedoodles with this coat do shed, making them the least hypoallergenic of all three coat types. In order to combat the shedding, these dogs will require a fair amount of brushing and regular grooming. It is important to note that there are not many Bernedoodles with this kind of coat, making it the least common.
Wavy coats are what give Bernedoodles their “staple” look and therefore are the most common. This coat either sheds a little or not at all and is a safe bet for those who have allergies.
The final coat type for Benerdoodles is curly, however, it looks similar to that of a Poodle. This coat does not shed at all and is the safest coat type for those who are allergic to pet dander. The curly coat consists of soft and tight curls that can easily become matted if not brushed frequently. Since their fur requires great care in order to avoid tangles or matting, curly coated Bernedoodles require the most maintenance.
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As you can see, my Bernedoodle’s coat is wavy. I only brush it every week or so (when I have not succumbed to the habit of forgetting). Even when she goes a while without brushing, her hair remains fine without any knots or tangles. Her wavy coat does not shed at all, thus, my family has not had any troubles with their allergies.
Are Bernedoodles Hypoallergenic?
After diving into information about the soft and oh-so-adorable Bernedoodle coat, it is important to know that there is no dog breed that is 100 percent hypoallergenic. So, Do Bernedoodles Shed? There are simply dogs who are better suited than others for people who suffer from allergies. If you or a family member has a severe allergy to pet dander, the curly-coated Berenedoodle would be best for you. The truth is, sometimes you do not know if a dog is suited for you until you take it home.
How to Deal with Being Allergic to your Bernedoodle
What do you do when you’ve reached the worst-case scenario. As a result, you forgot to ask one question. Do Bernedoodles Shed? You finally bring your pup home, fall in love with it, and find out that your new family member has been causing your newfound allergy symptoms? Your steps for action will depend on the severity of your allergy.
First and foremost, you must create safe zones for yourself. These zones will be where your Bernedoodle is not allowed. One place that must go on your list is your bedroom, as you spend a good amount of time in here (hopefully at least 8 hours a night). In order to make sure no pet dander is moving about in the room, invest in an air filter or purification device. The device will allow for a minimal amount of allergens to be flying around in your safe zone.
Next, do your best to keep up with cleaning up after your pet. For Bernedoodles, this will apply to those who have straight coats as they shed the most. Dusting and vacuuming often will also help to minimize pet dander and allergens throughout your home. If you do not want to do heavy cleaning after your pet, therefore, I would recommend keeping them off furniture.
Lastly, consider medication to help ease your symptoms. You can start with over the counter antihistamines. Another option is to visit with your doctor to discuss other medication such as an allergy shot. Your very last option is to consider rehoming your pet. This is especially true if you or a loved one has severe asthma.
I would like to again point out that with careful consideration and care Bernedoodles are a safe choice and should not cause your allergy symptoms to flare up.
Grooming and Care
The recommended grooming requirements vary from Bernedoodle to Bernedoodle, breeder to breeder, and groomer to groomer. Therefore, the information provided should be viewed more as a guide rather than a rule book.
The general rule in regards to daily grooming is that the curly coat is going to require more brushing. This is again thanks to their tight and soft curls that have a habit of becoming matted. Straight coated Berenedoodles will need to be brushed often. For this reason to prevent their hair from shedding all over the place. The Bernedoodle that can get away with less frequent brushing is the one with a wavy coat which will only need it 2 to 3 times a week.
Bernedoodles are very much like humans when it comes to regular hair care in that they do not need their hair to be washed often because it strips them of their naturally occurring essential oils. Stripping these oils will cause their hair and in turn their skin to become unhealthy. Unhealthy hair leads to dry and irritated skin. With that said, bathe your Bernedoodle every 3-4 months.
Grooming for Bernedoodles should take place after they have had their first set of vaccines. Then they will need to visit their professional groomer every 2-3 months.
In Conclusion and Don’t FUR-get!
The real question is do Bernedoodles shed? Depending on the texture of your dog’s coat, you could be in for a world of roller brushing. Furthermore, you can be completely free of worry about whether or not you’ll come home to a couch covered in Bernedoodle hair. When deciding which Bernedoodle coat works best for you remember. The curlier the coat, hence, the less likely it is to shed and the more hypoallergenic it is. Also, a curlier coat is going to require lots of brushing to avoid matting. I hope this has helped you figure out which Bernedoodle coat is best for you!
Are Bernedoodles good family dogs?
Bernedoodles make for an excellent family dog! They have the intelligence of a Poodle and the happy-go-lucky-personality of the Bernese Mountain Dog. When it comes to dogs it doesn’t get much better than this. With socialization, in addition, they are great with kids and are suitable for family members who suffer from allergies.
Bernedoodles are expensive with a starting price of $800. However, that can reach all the way up to $5,000. The aspects of a Bernedoodle that determine its price include its size, color, generation, and breeder. Other recurring costs that go into a Bernedoodle include vaccination, food, and grooming.
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I actually learned pretty quickly that there was a ton of things to consider and my daughter and I made a video sharing all the details and you can watch it here.
There’s a lot to learn through this process and is why I decided to write the article on what I’ve learned along the way.
Enjoy your fur baby 🙂
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