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Bernedoodle Grooming Importance



Before having Bernedoodles, I never had to worry about grooming my dogs. Every now and then, I would get them groomed if there were some big mats, but otherwise, I didn't have to worry about it. As you can see from the before pictures, Bernedoodles need grooming if they want to be able to see and not have matted fur.


What makes a Bernedoodle coat different?


Bernedoodles are a mix of Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle. They inherit unique coat characteristics from both breeds that influence their grooming needs. Here’s what makes a Bernedoodle's coat different and why it requires particular attention when it comes to grooming:


Hybrid Coat Characteristics


Variability:

One of the defining features of Bernedoodles is the variability in their coat types. This can range from straight to wavy to curly, depending on which traits they inherit more strongly from their Poodle or Bernese Mountain Dog parent. Each type of coat has its own specific grooming requirements:

  • Straight Coats tend to shed more like Bernese Mountain Dogs but require less frequent brushing to prevent tangles.

  • Wavy Coats are a mix, with moderate shedding and the need for regular brushing to manage mild matting.

  • Curly Coats resemble the Poodle’s coat, do not shed much, and require frequent grooming to prevent severe matting and maintain the coat's health.


Density and Length:

Bernedoodles typically have a dense coat that can grow quite long if not regularly groomed. This density and length can lead to quick matting and tangling, especially if the dog is very active and enjoys playing outdoors.


Low-Shedding Qualities:

Many Bernedoodles are bred to have the hypoallergenic, low-shedding qualities of the Poodle. While this is beneficial for reducing allergens, it also means that loose hair is caught in the curly or wavy coat rather than falling out, which can form mats and knots without regular grooming.



Bernedoodle puppy getting combed
Gotta start young so they are used to it

Recommendations for Bernedoodle Grooming

To make the grooming process smoother, it’s recommended that Bernedoodle owners:


  • Start Early: Begin grooming routines early in the puppy's life to get them accustomed to the process.

  • Regular Maintenance: Keep up with regular brushing at home to prevent mats and tangles.

  • Professional Grooming Visits: Schedule regular visits to a professional groomer every 4-6 weeks, depending on the dog’s coat type and growth.

  • Communicate and Collaborate: Work closely with your groomer to understand the best care for your Bernedoodle’s specific coat type and needs.


A gray Bernedoodle laying on her back with her paws up
Don't forget to brush the Muzz!

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