Every dog’s fur coat is uniquely different, and they have different grooming needs. Let’s talk about how to groom a beautiful Bernedoodle.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Poodle = Bernedoodle
Have you ever heard the term “designer dog breed?” We all know that a “purebred dog” is a dog that has come from the bloodline of just one breed. And a “mixed breed dog” is a dog that has multiple bloodlines, typically with as least some percentage of their heritage being unidentifiable. But a “designer dog breed” is an intentional mixing of two purebred dogs to make a very specific and desired outcome.
Well, that’s what a Bernedoodle is. It’s an intentional mixing of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Standard Poodle. With this, you get the “active, proud, very smart” personality traits from the Standard Poodle, and the “good-natured, calm, strong” attributes of the Bernese Mountain Dog.
And when it comes to grooming, they both have quite a bit of hair! A Berner—as they are nicknamed—would normally shed quite a bit, and would need weekly or even daily brushings. But the Poodle has relatively no shedding, which is what makes the Bernedoodle a great combination. Because the Bernedoodle gets the non-shedding fur from their Poodle side.
However, with no shedding comes more brushing and trimming. Poodles typically need to be brushed daily, so their fur doesn’t get tangled and matted. And this is why their hair is usually kept trimmed short. So let’s see how this applies to our new combo breed, the Bernedoodle.
Are Bernedoodles high maintenance?
As far as their grooming goes… Yes—Bernedoodles are quite high maintenance dogs. They need regularly scheduled appointments at the groomers, or they need you to regularly cut their fur. And you’ll need to brush them at least a few times a week to keep their fur from getting matted and tangled.
But the nice thing is, you’ll never have to worry about those crazy dog hairs all over your house.
How often do you have to bathe a Bernedoodle?
You can find all sorts of YouTube videos about how to bathe and groom a Bernedoodle. Just make sure to check out the videos and advice done by professional groomers. This video shows the entire process from bathing to cutting.
It’s best to bathe your Bernedoodle every 3 months. This helps to keep them clean, but without washing away their natural oils too often. They need those oils for the health of their skin and fur coat.
How do you brush a Bernedoodle's hair?
Again, make sure to brush your Bernedoodle at least a few times a week, or else their fur can get extremely tangled and matted. And if it gets to that point, the groomer will have to completely buzz their hair down, so their fur can start over. It’s best to brush them every day for the least tangled hair possible.
Here is a video that clearly helps to explain how to properly brush a “doodle” breed. You’ll need to brush in a downward motion. And it’s easier to start from the bottom of one leg, and work your way up. Then repeat the process on the other legs.
Also, pay extra attention to their feet, the insides of their legs, and their fur just below their ears. These are the places where they get tangled the most.
How often should a Bernedoodle be groomed?
It’s best to have your Bernedoodle groomed every 2-3 months. Whether you are bathing and trimming them at home, or you’re taking them to a professional groomer. This time span will help ensure that your Bernedoodle stays clean, trimmed, and detangled, while holding onto their natural oils for an appropriate amount of time.
Is it OK to shave a Bernedoodle?
Yes, it’s OK to shave a Bernedoodle with an electric shaver, but make sure to use a guard attachment to help keep their fur length consistent. And do some research ahead of time, so you’ll know what length you’re hoping for. Usually Bernedoodles have a few different typical hair cuts.
The typical “winter cut” is usually 1.5 - 2 inches long to help your Bernedoodle stay warmer in those cold, snowy months. The “summer cut” is about 1 inch long to help avoid matting and tangles. And the “kennel cut” is the shortest of them all. If your Bernedoodle has to stay in a kennel, the ½ inch length will really help your pup stay clean and untangled.
If you keep these tips in mind, you will soon become a pro at keeping your precious Bernedoodle baby as clean, trimmed, and detangled as can be.
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