How Do Parent Breeds Affect Shedding?
The amount a bernedoodle shed depends on the percentage of poodle versus Bernese mountain dog in its parentage.
If you’re allergic to dogs, avoid the F1 generation of bernedoodles, which is a 50/50 mix of poodle and Bernese mountain dog. With just 50% poodle parentage, the F1 bernedoodle’s hair, like many other dog breeds, may not be curly enough to catch shed hair.
Similarly, F2 bernedoodles, which are two F1s bred together, are not the best option for allergy sufferers.
Instead, if you suffer from allergies, opt for F1b bernedoodle, which is 75% poodle and 25% Bernese mountain dog. Because of the higher percentage of poodle in this generation, the F1b bernedoodle won’t shed as much as F1 bernedoodle.
Another option is the F2b generation, a cross-breed between an F1 bernedoodle (50/50) and an F1b (75/25). This produces a 62.5 % poodle/37.5% Bernese mountain dog Bernedoodle. F2bs are non-shedding or low-shedding dogs.
What Are the Grooming Requirements for Bernedoodles?
Now that you have a low- or non-shedding bernedoodle, you won’t have to worry so much about grooming, right? Wrong. A common misconception is that hypoallergenic dogs don’t shed hair at all.
We’ve already established that curly-haired dogs are low-shedding. That’s because when hair detaches from the dog’s body, it gets trapped in its curls rather than shedding on your couch. Regular brushing releases that loose hair from your bernedoodle’s coat.
A regular grooming routine of either daily brushing for a couple of minutes or longer brushing twice a week helps prevent matting and keeps the coat healthy.
Besides a brushing routine, grooming appointments every couple of months will keep your bernedoodle’s coat in good shape.
A Breakdown of a Bernedoodle’s Coat
A bernedoodle can have a wavy fleece coat, a curly wool coat (like a sheep’s) or straight hair. The wool and fleece coats are hypoallergenic.
A hair coat, on the other hand, is the typical straight coat you see on many dogs. These shed easily, so those who need a hypoallergenic bernedoodle should avoid the ones with a hair coat.
The curlier the coat, the more hypoallergenic the dog. If you’re allergic to dogs, a curly-coated bernedoodle is the best choice.
What Else Can I Do to Help With Allergies From My Dog?
The main cause of most dog allergies is a protein in their saliva that gets on dander and then on you. This can also happen when your dog licks you. While it seems almost impossible to turn down a kiss from a bernedoodle puppy, to reduce the chance of an allergic reaction, give your pup a hug instead.
Also, invest in an air filter. It helps reduce the microscopic dander in the atmosphere, decreasing your chance of an allergic reaction.
If these steps aren’t enough, though, you may want to see an allergist. A trained expert can often help when other methods fail.
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