An often asked question is, How Often Do Bernedoodles Need To Be Groomed? When I was first looking into adopting my Bernedoodle, I wondered how often they needed to be groomed. So, I did some research and now after owning one for just over 18 months, I have learned how often my Bernedoodle needs to be groomed.
Do Bernedoodles need to be groomed?
- Well, the short answer is it depends on the various types of hair. But, ours has a wavy like texture and she only needs to be brushed once or twice per week. You will most likely want to run your hands over your dog’s body and tail to see if you feel any knots.
- Let’s talk about the Bernedoodle and the different aspects you should know before adopting one yourself, so you are aware of how to keep your new Doodle groomed properly.
- Bernedoodles have a variety of coat types depending on the breeding genetics of the parents. Reputable breeders will know the coat type to be expected at around six weeks old. Reputable breeders will have already done DNA testing to be sure that all pups will have proper coats.
The four Bernedoodle coat types are:
1) Curly Hair
- Curly coat types are not as common or as desired as the wavy coat types. The curly coat can come from breeding two Bernedoodles, but it can also happen with the parents being a full-bred Bernes or Poodle. The curly coat type is more like Poodle hair and will need to be treated as such.
2) Wavy Hair
- Wavy coat types are the most common types in Bernedoodles. This coat type is the most common when you breed the Bernes Mountain Dog and Poodle to make the first generation Bernedoodle.
3) Straight Hair
- Straight hair in a Bernedoodle is not considered an improper coat. It just means that straight-haired Bernedoodles got a straight hair gene from both parents, both being Bernedoodles themselves.
4) IC Affected or Improper Coat
- An improper coat in a Bernedoodle are dogs that do not have that signature longer hair on their faces. This improper coat means that they lack the longer beard, eyebrows, and mustache. These are also called furnishings. There is nothing wrong with these dogs genetically; they just were not bred to meet the classic Bernedoodle look. You can determine if two Bernedoodles will produce IC Affected pups with genetic testing.
Do Bernedoodle Dogs Shed?
- The answer to this question lies in the coat type. Bernedoodles, in general, do not shed like a typical short-haired dog. But, the degree at which they shed is determined by their coat types. Typically the curlier the coat, the less it will shed and will allow you to know how often you need to groom your Bernedoodle.
- If you want a Bernedoodle that virtually has no shedding (with proper care), then you would want to get a Bernedoodle with a curly hair type. These dogs tend to have hair that most closely resembles a poodle. With regular grooming, these dogs do not shed as noticeably as others.
- Bernedoodles with wavy coats would be next in terms of how little they shed. With regular brushing and baths, these wavy-haired Bernedoodles have almost no shedding.
- Straight-haired Bernedoodles have a little shedding, but with proper care, it can be hardly noticeable. Since they will need to be kept groomed regularly, the undercoat will shed out with brushing.
IC Affected Bernedoodles shed more than any other hair type
- It is important to remember that though these dogs shed less than a short-haired dog, most people are allergic to the pet dander. Pet dander is the skin that is naturally shed throughout the day. All dogs produce pet dander as all of them shed their skin cells even if they don’t shed hair. So no dog can genuinely be hypoallergenic.
Benerdoodle Grooming Tips
Grooming your Bernedoodle daily will help keep mats away and shedding to a minimum. Grooming is a great way to bond with your dog. You will need to have a few items on hand at home for grooming.
- A brush or comb that is appropriate for coat type and length
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Nail trimmers
- De-matting brush
- high-velocity blow dryer
What about Matted Hair?
- It is important to remember that the curlier the coat is, the more you will need to groom it. In general, the curliest coats will need to be brushed or combed every day or every other day, depending on how active your pup is.
- Straighter hair will not matt as quickly, but brushing often will keep the shedding under control. For all coat types and short to medium length hair, you will want to get a slicker brush. These brushes will keep your dog’s hair tangle-free and shiny.
- For longer coats, you will want to get a wide-tooth comb and a fine-tooth comb. Use the wide-tooth comb first to break up any mats that might be forming, and then the fine-tooth comb for an evening out and detangling smaller knots.
- Having a de-matting brush on hand will help you in case your dog goes a little too long between brushes. These brushes are designed with small sharper edges inside the brushes teeth to help break up mats. These brushes are gentler than brushes because a brush will tug at a matt and pull the skin in return.
- When breaking up mats, always start at the ends with your de-matting brush and work your way to the skin. Brushing this way will cause less breakage and will not hurt your dog.
- If you’re looking for a special brush for specifically dealing with matting, we’ve found this Mat Grooming Tool that works very well to get out those stubborn mats.
- Nail trimming will need to be done every 4-6 weeks, depending on how active your dog is. If you are uncomfortable trimming nails on your own, an experienced groomer or vet will be glad to help. In either case, having nail trimmers on hand is a smart thing to do. Dogs can get broken and snagged nails just as people do. And in that event, you will need to help trim their nail for them to prevent quicking.
- Having a good moisturizing shampoo for them is best to preserve natural oils in their fur. These natural oils give their coats its shine. Using a dog conditioner will also help keep the softness.
- Since Bernedoodles do not shed, it is vital to take them to be groomed every 8-12 weeks. During this groom, they will get a wash, nail trim, and a hair cut at the very least. The groomers will be able to asses the dogs’ coat and give you helpful tips on what it needs, and what you can do at home to keep it healthy.
- It is crucial when visiting your groomer that you have a realistic idea in mind of how you would want your dog’s hair cut. Think of it as if you were to get your hair cut. You would never walk in and say, “Do what you want with me!” Instead, bring pictures that help your groomer see what it is that you would like to have done. Also, when visiting a groomer never set unrealistic goals on how the cut will look. Bernedoodles with wavy hair cannot have a hair cut like a Standard Poodle.
- Visits to the groomer should start after your puppy has had all its vaccinations. Going at a young age will allow your groomer to bond with your pup, even if it’s just a nail trim. It also allows your puppy to get used to these services that it will require all of its life. If you wait too long to get your puppy groomed, it will stress your dog and make it more challenging to groom.
Temperament, Health, And Lifespan
- A Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernes Mountain Dog and a Poodle. This cross means that they are not a full-bred dog and so there are differences in each dog depending on the parent’s temperament and genetics. Generally speaking, Bernedoodles are easy to train, loyal, and have a fun, easy-going character. They have high energy and are great for active lifestyles and kids.
- The Bernedoodle is known for its smart mind and keen ability to train. These dogs are very motivated to make their owners happy, therefore easy to train using simple treats and praise. Bernedoodles have a fantastic memory and will pass with flying colors any training course they are enrolled in.
- The average lifespan of a Bernedoodle is 12-15 years. This is a long time for a larger dog that weighs 70-90 pounds. With proper diet and exercise, it is not uncommon for these dogs to live a lot longer.
- When looking for a breeder, always choose one that has undergone genetic testing for all breeding pairs. This testing will ensure the health and temperament of your pup.
Bernedoodles are an excellent pet for any home
- They shed minimally, are loyal, family-oriented, and are easily trained. With proper care, you will never notice that stinky dog smell or have horror stories of a matted dog that needs to be shaved down. Do you think that a Bernedoodle is the right breed for you?
- Hopefully, this article has helped you to understand a little more about Bernedoodles and their grooming needs.
- If you have a puppy and need potty training tips, visit our article here that covers everything you need to know.
- Bernedoodles are a great addition to any family. They have excellent learning and training abilities, and they are great with children and other dogs. With a little love and care, these dogs will bond with your family and become protective of your family.
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