As with all other Doodles, grooming is an essential part in any Bernedoodle’s routine. Let’s have a look at the cutest Bernedoodle haircuts and discuss everything about Bernedoodle grooming!
Understanding A Bernedoodle Coat
Before you purchase your grooming tools, it’s essential that you understand the type of coat your Bernedoodle has. There are three Bernedoodle coat types and each of them has different attributes and grooming needs.
Bernese Straight Coat
The straight coat resembles mostly the Bernese Mountain Dog parent. If your Bernedoodle has the straight coat, they most likely have an undercoat as well. Even though most Bernedoodle owners rate their dogs non or low-shedding, Bernedoodles with the straight coat type may shed some.
Bernedoodle Curly (Wool) Coat
The curly coat, also called a wool coat, is clearly inherited from the Poodle parent’s side. Bernedoodles with curly coats are super popular amongst families with allergies, as they shed very little or none at all. Typically, F1b Bernedoodles have curlier hair, as they are a mix of 75% Poodle and 25% Bernese Mountain Dog.
However, keep in mind that curly hair is more prone to matting, since the knots are easy to form. If you’ve noticed your curly-coated Bernedoodle has lots of knots and tangles, your pup’s grooming routine should definitely include daily brushing.
Bernedoodle Wavy (Fleece) Coat
The wavy coat is a combination of the curly and straight coat. If your pup has a wavy coat, they might shed some hair, but usually very little. Another great thing about the wavy coat is that it’s soft and smooth, so it doesn’t mat as easily as curly hair.
The F1 and F2 Bernedoodles are most likely to have a wavy coat. However, it’s never guaranteed which type of coat your Doodle gets. It also depends on what genes are more dominant.
Top 8 Bernedoodle Haircuts
To inspire your next grooming session, here are the most popular Bernedoodle haircuts. However, don’t be tempted to choose a Bernedoodle grooming cut just based on which look you prefer the most. Keep in mind other factors like your dog’s coat type, your lifestyle, and climate you live in.
If you’d prefer to spend less time on daily brushing, a shorter Bernedoodle haircut would be more suitable. On the other hand, if it’s winter, your pup might get too cold with a short cut.
Different groomers may have different ideas of what the following types of cuts are. It’s best to show your groomer a picture of exactly what you want to avoid any misunderstandings. If any of these pictures represent what you want your Bernedoodle to look like, be sure to bookmark this page for easy access when dropping them off at the groomer!
1. Bernedoodle Winter Cut
The Bernedoodle grooming cut is the perfect look for winter, as the long hair will keep your pup all warm and cozy. Keep in mind that long hair tangles easily, so you must make time for brushing your Doodle.
2. Bernedoodle Teddy Bear Cut
The distinctive teddy bear cut makes all Doodles look like actual teddy bears. That rounded face is too adorable to handle!
3. Bernedoodle Puppy Cut
A puppy cut is an all-round even cut that is supposed to preserve the “puppy” in your pup. Pretty self-explanatory, right?
4. Bernedoodle Summer Cut
The shaved and summer cuts are perfect for Bernedoodles who live in warm climates. This will definitely keep your pup cool in the summer!
5. Bernedoodle Poodle Cut
The Bernedoodle Poodle cut imitates the classic Poodle look. However, thanks to the longer hair on some body parts, it can become too high maintenance.
6. Bernedoodle Kennel Cut
The kennel cut is when the hair is kept rather short – typically borderline shaved. We recommend this cut for owners who can’t spend too much time on brushing and want to keep matting at bay.
7. Bernedoodle Mohawk Cut
The Mohawk cut is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure does look cool!
8. Bernedoodle Lamb Cut
Even though the lamb cut is super popular in Poodles, Bernedoodles wear it just as well as their parent pups!
Tools You Absolutely Need To Groom Your Bernedoodle at Home
A high-quality, long pin brush is an essential grooming tool for Bernedoodles. Daily brushing ensures that your pup’s coat stays healthy and beautiful. Depending on your pup’s coat type and hair length, you can choose either a slicker brush, pin brush, or a bristle brush. Here you can read more about the best brushes for different Bernedoodle coat types.
2. Comb (For Matting)
A comb is not only great for smaller and more delicate areas like your dog’s face, ears, eyes and paws, it’s the absolute best tool for working through knots, tangles, and matted hair. Click the image above for metal comb recommendations.
3. Dog Hair Clippers
If you’re taking your dog’s hair trimming into your own hands, you will need high quality dog clippers. Here are the best clippers that get the job done.
4. Grooming Scissors
Dog grooming scissors are necessary for trimming more delicate areas like inner ears, eyes, and paws.
5. Thinning Shears
Thinning shears will absolutely transform the way you trim your Doodle’s hair. These scissors blend the different lengths of dog hair, so the result looks smooth and professional. Find some recommendations for thinning shears in the Related Articles box just above.
6. Detangler Sprays
As Bernedoodles are prone to matting, a detangler spray will come in super handy. If you’re struggling with some really nasty knots, use a detangler spray, so you won’t hurt your pup.
Whenever you bathe your Bernedoodle, always use a dog shampoo and never your own human shampoo. There are tons of different dog shampoos on the market for many different purposes and even skin conditions. Be sure to check out our ultimate shampoo guide for Doodles here.
8. Nail Clippers (or a Nail Grinder)
Don’t forget to invest in a high quality nail trimming tool, as overgrown nails can cause your Doodle pain or even injure them.
9. Ear Treatment and Cleaning Products
Since Doodles are prone to ear infections, it’s important you maintain good ear hygiene. This includes proper cleaning and trimming your pup’s inner-ear hair with scissors.
10. Grooming Table
A good grooming table will take your home grooming salon to another level. The dog grooming arm attached to the table will keep your pup safe and still, so you can focus on the grooming. You can either build a DIY grooming table or buy a great dog grooming table.
Tips On How To Groom Your Bernedoodle At Home
Understandably, grooming a Doodle can feel a bit overwhelming at first. So, here’s our checklist with the most important steps that you should include in your Bernedoodle’s grooming routine:
- Tip #1:
Brush Daily: Regular brushing is absolutely necessary for a few different reasons. Firstly, all Doodles are prone to matting. So naturally, brushing will help prevent any knots and tangles before they even get to form into mats. Be sure to check out our article on how to deal with your Doodle’s matted hair. Also, every now and then (or every day!), make sure to thoroughly brush their hair with the line brushing method to prevent matting.
- Tip #2:
Give Baths: Even though you probably don’t need to bathe your Bernedoodle too often, we recommend you give them a thorough wash before trimming their hair. Or when they get smelly… Here you can learn all of our best Doodle bathing tips and tricks.
- Tip #3:
Give Your Bernedoodle Haircuts: Another important part of your Bernedoodle’s grooming routine is giving your Bernedoodle haircuts. But before you start trimming, join our How to Groom a Doodle At Home online course to learn how to cut a Bernedoodle’s hair.
- Tip #4:
Trim the Nails: Regularly trim your Doodle’s nails to avoid discomfort, pain, injury, and infections. This should be done weekly, or in some cases, every 3-4 days. Make sure to check out our ultimate dog nail trimming guide.
- Tip #5:
Clean the Ears: Because of the risk of ear infections, always clean and dry your dog’s ears after every swim and bath. In addition, trim their inner ear hair to avoid dirt and bacteria getting trapped.
- Tip #6:
Clean the Eye Gunk: We recommend you gently clean your Bernedoodle’s eyes every day. This will prevent bad smell and discoloration around the eyes.
- Tip #7:
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How Often Do Bernedoodles Need To Be Groomed?
As all dogs are unique, there is no one-size-fits-all rule. For instance, how frequently you bathe your Bernedoodle depends on their activity levels, skin conditions, coat type, and hair length. Some dogs may need baths every week, while some require bathing only before hair trimming.
Speaking of Bernedoodle haircuts, you should trim your Doodle’s hair every 6-8 weeks.
We recommend that all Doodle owners brush their pets’ hair every day or a minimum of 3-4 times a week. The best way to deal with matting is to prevent it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, like all other Doodles, Bernedoodles’ need regular haircuts. Luckily, you have the option to choose from a variety of cute Bernedoodle grooming styles.
You can take your Doodle puppy to a professional groomer as soon as they’ve received all their puppy vaccinations (around the age of 16 weeks). The sooner you introduce your Bernedoodle puppy to grooming, the easier it is for your pup to get used to it.
Bernedoodles and other Doodles might seem high maintenance to some. Doodles need regular brushing and haircuts to keep that coat looking gorgeous. The best tip is to brush your Bernedoodle daily to maintain a beautiful coat without too much effort.
Professional groomers can charge anywhere from $50 to $100, depending on your location and the groomer you choose. If you decide to groom at home, you will have to factor in the cost of all the grooming tools. We recommend that you don’t buy the cheapest option available and do look for high-quality equipment that other Doodle owners recommend. High-quality Bernedoodle grooming tools usually last longer. They’re generally also more comfortable for both you and your pup, and easier to use.
This indicates that your Bernedoodle has inherited the Bernese Mountain Dog’s undercoat and the shedding gene. If your Bernedoodle is shedding, we recommend you brush them daily to remove the loose hair from the coat.
To conclude, we hope you learned some new grooming tips and got a few ideas for your Bernedoodle’s next haircut.
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The information on this page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional groomer advice. Always seek the advice of your groomer, veterinarian, or other qualified animal health provider with any questions you may have.