Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Shed?
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Bernese Mountain Dog Shedding 101
Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs shed. They are considered to be heavy shedders in the dog community.
The Bernese Mountain Dog sheds more heavily than many other dogs because they have a double coat. They have a wooly undercoat that is insulated and helps them deal with weather changes. It is water resistant and keeps them warm during the winter months! The topcoat is silky, thick, moderately long and shiny. It can be wavy or straight.
When Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Shed?
Throughout the year, the Bernese Mountain Dogs shed a moderate amount. They will shed heavily during seasonal changes. This happens for the first time at the beginning of fall when the weather starts to get colder and we lose some hours of sunshine. This happens for a second time in the spring when the weather changes again and we have more hours of daylight per day.
During the two shedding seasons, the Bernese Mountain Dogs shed out their undercoat and replace it with a newer coat. This dead hair will stay on them and fall off wherever they go! This is why it is important to brush out your Bernese Mountain Dogs weekly throughout the year and daily during the shedding seasons. If you brush them out with a soft-bristled brush, you can get rid of all the dead hair that had piled up on top of their skin and is waiting to shed before it actually sheds all over your furniture, clothes and carpet! While brushing a Bernese mountain dog, please make sure to brush in the direction of hair growth instead of against it. This way, you will not hurt your dog’s skin and it’s wonderful coat.
Managing Your Bernese Mountain Dog’s Shedding
It is a myth that Bernese Mountain Dogs need to be bathed according to how much the Bernese Mountain Dogs shed. They should be bathed once in a month of two, depending on how dirty they have gotten from their active lifestyle. This has nothing to do with their shedding. If you shower them too often, you can take out all their essential oils that are crucial for keeping their tricolored double-coat healthy, soft and shiny.
If you own a Bernese Mountain Dog, you will also need to vacuum your house up to three times a week depending on how much your Bernese Mountain Dogs shed. It is also useful to keep a lint remover handy so that you can roll it on your clothes, couches and other fabrics that might be covered with the beautiful Bernese hair!
Bernese Mountain Dog Grooming Tips
If you don’t have the time, energy of facilities to groom your shedding Bernese Mountain Dogs, you can also take them to the pet groomers. In our area, it costs about $100 to groom them but the prices will vary depending on your region. Just so you can compare prices, grooming the pug costs about $40.
Sometimes, Bernese Mountain Dogs shed because they do not have all the essential nutrients and vitamins in their body. Shedding is their body’s way of signaling that help is needed. At other times, Bernese Mountain Dogs shed because ticks and fleas are attacking them. Additionally, the Bernese Mountain Dogs shed if they are allergic to something that is in their food (such as corn or dairy) and they are eating it regularly. In all three of these cases, take your Bernese Mountain Dogs to the vet so that they can prescribe some easy fixes (such as diet change!) for your dog.