Although bernedoodles are one of the less popular dog breeds, they have seen steady year on year growth over the last five to ten years with more and more people who either already own a bernedoodle or are looking to add one to their family reaching out with questions for the breed. Although we see a huge range of questions from people pretty much spread across anything that you can think of, there is no doubt in our mind that the most frequently asked question that we see is “Do bernedoodles shed?“.
Due to this, we have decided to make this the main subject of this article, we are hoping that we are going to be able to help as many of our readers who are looking to get a bernedoodle as possible. Although some people do say that bernedoodles are totally hypoallergenic, they are not and they do shed but they have some natural advantages to make them shed less than many other popular dog breeds. If you do have allergies to dogs or you like to keep your home as clean and fur-free as possible then the bernedoodle may be the ideal option for you.
Due to the bernedoodle being a mix breed between a poodle and a bernese mountain dog, the type of coat that your dog can depend on the generation of your dog. A first generation bernedoodle can have either of the bernedoodle coat types that include:-
- The straight coat type.
- The curly coat type.
- The wavy coat type.
The straight coat is pretty much a standard coat type that comes from the bernese mountain dog line and tends to shed more than the other two. Although both the curly and wavy coat types technically shed as much as the straight coat type, the curls or waves in the coat from the poodle line trap the shed hair in the coat and can help you minimize the amount of shed around your home from your bernedoodle.
The bast majority of people breeding bernedoodles tend to implement selective breeding for desired traits in their dogs with a reputable breeder usually trying to ensure that their pups will have a curly or wavy coat. In addition to this, the vast majority of people who breed the bernedoodle breed will not sell anything less than a third generation bernedoodle to any customers. With selective breeding being implemented throughout the generations, this drastically increases the chance of these bernedoodles having a curly or wavy coat that will shed much less.
Although some people with an allergy to dogs may still be triggered due to the dog saliva or dog dander, a bernedoodle can make excellent dogs for people who can have allergic reactions to dogs. The low to non-shedding coat type helps keep the breed as allergy-friendly and with proper maintenance that we will cover below, many people with allergies to dogs can often have a bernedoodle in their home without issue. The fact that the breed is less likely to trigger allergies and leave fur around the home is one of the main factors that bernedoodles are seeing strong year on year growth in our opinion.
Dealing With Your Bernedoodles Shedding
In our experience, the quickest and easiest way to manage the shedding of your bernedoodle is to start grooming them on a regular basis with weekly brushing sessions. We know that this may seem like really basic information but the amount of people who use a regular brush rather than a suitable de-shedding brush is sky-high. This is why there are so many people online saying that they brush their bernedoodles and that it has no effect on their dogs coat or shedding, it is simply due to them using the incorrect brush type.
Due to the majority of bernedoodles having either a curly coat or the slightly less common wavy coat, a regular bush will do little to nothing and you need a specialist de-shedding too. If you make sure that you are using our recommended tool then you have the peace of mind that it will be able to help you reduce the shed release of your dog with minimum effort. You don’t have to brush your dog daily, one or two sessions that are around five minutes long per week is usually enough to provide great results and our recommended tool as a ton of great reviews that you can read from other dog owners too.
Once brushed, your bernedoodle is less likley to have the shed in its coat to drop it around your home and make a mess or trigger any allergies. The idea is that you brush your dogs coat once or twice per week to remove all of the shed at once and then place it in the trash. The wavy or curly coat of most bernedoodles should easily be able to trap and hold any shed release between brushing sessions and work with you in minimizing the amount of shed around your home.
Depending on your bernedoodles personality, your dog may either love or hate sitting or laying still for five minutes to be brushed but we have a quick and easy trick that you are able to use to your advantage. If you get yourself a Kong dog toy and some treat paste then you are able to hold the attention of your bernedoodle with ease and often have plenty of time spare after brushing too.
You simply put some of the treat paste in the kong toy and then place it in your freezer the night before you plan to brush your bernedoodles coat. On the day of the brushing session you give your dog the toy and the treat paste holds its attention, due to the paste being frozen, this can often hold your dog’s attention for fifteen to thirty minutes with ease allowing you to get the shed out of your dog’s coat and make it much less likely to trigger allergies or cause a mess.
Take Advantage Of Deshedding Dog Shampoo To Deal With Your Bernedoodle Shedding
Another common tactic that you are able to use to your advantage when it comes to reducing the amount of shed that your bernedoodle will release is to wash it once per week with a good Deshedding Dog Shampoo. These specialist shampoos have drastically improved over the last few years and can now be a solid option for reducing the amount of shedding that your bernedoodle may do.
Different products work in slightly different ways with some targeting a specific cause of shedding in your dog while others may target multiple causes of shedding. Our recommended de-shedding shampoo above has the largest market share in the space right now due to its excellent performance and it is seemingly increasing its lead over the compeating brands with each passing month. More and more independent dog owners are also publishing their own dedicated reviews of their experiences with the shampoo too. We would highly recommend that our readers check a few of those reviews out to see just how effective the shampoo is and how it can make your bernedoodle less likley to shed its coat.
You are able to use these shampoos on straight, wavy, and curly coats without issue and the treatment is able to help with natural shedding as well as parasitic shedding too. In addition to this, the shampoo is also able to help reduce the amount of dander that your bernedoodle will release helping to make it less likely to trigger allergies. So many people always focus on the shed of their dog when it comes to potentially having an allergic reaction but some people can be more likley to have a reaction to their dog’s dander (skin shed) then the actual hair from their coat.
Add A Natural Oil Based Supplement To Their Diet
Although a large number of people who own bernedoodles folk out and purchase their dogs some of the more expensive dog food on the market, a common problem with all dog foods no matter their price point is that they can often lack the required essential Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. As these essential fatty acids are the core building blocks that help your pet bernedoodle grow a health skin and coat, a deficiency in their diet can cause an increase in the shedding of both their fur and their dander.
Before going any further, we just want to quickly say that this is not a fault of the dog food brands, this is often due to regulations on how many calories can be contained in a single serving of dog food. With it usually being a higher priority due to offering more overall health benefits, brands usually prioritize lean protein and vitamin-packed veggies in their food leaving little space required for the essential fatty acids. This is why so many people add a cheap dog oil suppliment to their bernedoodles diet to help top their dogs essential fatty acids up in their diet.
These supplements are able to quickly reduce the shedding of your bernedoodle if the cause is due to a deficiency in their Omega 3 and Omega 6 intake with some people reporting an improvement in as little as only two weeks. Once your dogs essential fatty acids return to normal, it can produce its own healthy skin and coat that can shed at a lower rate making it less likley to trigger any allergy flare-ups. On top of this, ensuring that your bernedoodles essential fatty acid intake is optimal can also offer additional health benefits on top of combatting excessive shedding and improve any dry skin, hot spots, and skin bumps too.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
We would imagine that this next one will be a rate option for the average bernedoodle as the breed is rarely used as a working dog but the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has published some research that definitely shows a link between the levels of shedding of dogs and where they sleep. There is definitely a correlation of dogs who sleep outside tending to shed more than those who sleep indoors and that if you bring a dog who usually sleeps outdoors inside it will likley shed less.
That said though, this is very early research and its going to take a few years before and solid links are made. On top of this, as we mentioned earlier, most bernedoodle owners will likley have their dogs sleep indoors anyway but we just wanted to quickly touch on this as there is some solid research behind it that shows the link and some of our readers may be able to use it with thir bernedoodle depending on their own circumstances.
Why Do Bernedoodles Shed
Although we have touched on the various reasons throughout the article, we just want to specifically cover them one last time all in the same place. The majority of the shedding that your pet bernedoodle will do is totally natural and is due to the hormone in your dogs blood that all dogs have that causes them to shed. The purpose of this hormone is to keep your dogs coat free from dead, damaged, and old hairs from clogging up your dogs coat and to encourage the growth of healthy fur.
The second most common reason that your bernedoodle will shed is due to a lack of the essential fatty acids in its diet as we covered earlier in the article. Thankfully, this one can be quickly and easily treat completely to stop any spike in shedding due to lacking these essential fatty acids in the diet with an oil supplement. The final relatively common cause that your pet bernedoodle may start shedding more than normal is due to having an issue with parasites in its coat. The curly coats of bernedoodles can be prone to infestation from a number of parasites with some potentially causing spikes in its shedding. If your bernedoodle does have issues with parasites then you should seek assistance from your local vet to get professional treatments as soon as possible.
That brings our article going over the question do bernedoodles shed, we hope that you have found our article helpful and that our tips and tricks will be able to help you reduce the potential shedding of your dog. As we mentioned, the majority of bernedoodle tend to have been bred to try and have a poodle coat meaning that they are a minimal shed breed anyway. Many people who would normally have issues with other dog breeds report being able to have a bernedoodle in their home without issue with some not even having to implement our tips and tricks above before being able to have their dog in their home without causing allergy flare-ups.