Do Mini Bernedoodle Shed? Are Mini Bernedoodle Hypoallergenic?

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Updated on 16 December 2021

Do Mini Bernedoodle shed a lot?

That’s a question you’re probably asking if you’ve come across this article in your research on the designer breed.

Mini Bernedoodle have a lot of attractive qualities that can translate to a wonderful canine companion or family pet.

But when it comes to Poodle cross breeds, there’s a belief that all Doodles will be hypoallergenic and won’t shed at all.

While Doodles tend to be low-shedding dogs, there’s no guarantee that your hybrid dog won’t leave a little hair on your clothes or furniture.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at whether Mini Bernedoodles have hypoallergenic qualities or can dog owners expect some shedding.

We’ll speak to Booker (@venice_dood), Lucky (@lj.thebernedoodle) and Bernie (@bernie__doodle) to learn more about Mini Bernedoodle grooming and shedding as well as share some of their photos (with their permission).

Are Mini Bernedoodles Hypoallergenic?

The American Kennel Club write on their website that there’s no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog in spite of claims you may read online.

The organization adds that there are some dog breeds who have more hypoallergenic qualities than other types of dogs.

The truth is, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs, dog breeds, or mixed-breeds, but there are many dog breeds that are less allergenic for people with dog allergies. Dander, which is attached to pet hair, is what causes most dog allergies in people, and these dog breeds have a non-shedding coat that produces less dander.

The Mini Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Miniature Poodle.

The AKC lists the Poodle as one of the dog breeds who could be hypoallergenic given the hunting dog has a low shedding coat with tight curls that catches dander.

But the Bernese Mountain Dog isn’t recognised by the AKC as a hypoallergenic breed seeing as these big dogs are moderate shedders.

If a Mini Bernedoodle inherits the coat of the Poodle, there’s a good chance they’ll have hypoallergenic qualities. But if a Mini Bernedoodle takes after their Bernese Mountain Dog parent, they could shed to some degree.

Even Mini Bernedoodles with a hypoallergenic coat could still trigger a dog owner’s allergies due to their salvia, urine or carrying in allergens such as pollen from outside caught in their coat.

Do Mini Bernedoodles Shed?

Mini Bernedoodle Bernie (Photo: bernie_dood / Instagram)

Mini Bernedoodle Bernie (Photo: bernie_dood / Instagram)

As we touched upon above, there’s a good chance that a Mini Bernedoodle will be a relatively low-shedding dog if they shed at all. However, there’s no guarantee that a Mini Bernedoodle won’t shed to some degree. Bernese Mountain Dogs are moderate shedders so there’s a chance that some Mini Bernedoodle could shed some hair to a certain degree.

Swissridge Kennel founder Sherry Rupke explained a little more about Mini Bernedoodle shedding on her website.

Every Bernedoodle has a different coat. The majority have a wavy coat that sheds minimally, if at all. Most people with allergies to dog dander (i.e., those who experience sneezing and runny eyes) are fine with a wavy-coated dog. It’s rare to see a Bernedoodle with a straight coat. However, the straighter the coat, the more it sheds, and the less suitable the dog will be for people with allergies.

Rupke went on to explain when a breeder can tell whether their Mini Bernedoodle puppy is likely to be low shedding.

Breeders can often tell by the time a dog is a few weeks old what type of coat it will have, and can help match you to the best coat type for your situation…Since there are no absolute guarantees with coat type, responsible breeders will give you some time to see if you are allergic to your puppy and will allow you to return the pup if it is not working out.

Mehnoosh, who owns a Mini Bernedoodle called Booker, explained a little more about the breed’s shedding.

F1 Mini Bernedoodles, first generation crosses where the puppy is 50% Bernese Mountain Dog and 50% Poodle, do have the possibility of shedding a bit, as Bernese Mountain Dogs are dogs that shed. However, the shedding is minimal and is reduced when you breed Bernedoodles with other Bernedoodles.

Rasa has enjoyed a hair-free home with her Mini Bernedoodle aptly called Bernie.

In my experience, not at all! But you do have to keep up with grooming religiously. While most Mini Bernedoodles have the non-shedding poodle coat, without daily brushing and regular professional grooming it can get quite matted. There are some Mini Bernedoodles that have “unfurnished” coats, as well, and those types of coats tend to shed a bit more,

Mini Bernedoodles Grooming

Mini Bernedoodle Booker (Photo: venice_dood / Instagram)

Mini Bernedoodle Booker (Photo: venice_dood / Instagram)

While Mini Bernedoodles may not shed a lot, owners will need to dedicate a lot of time to grooming their Poodle mix.

They’ve often got a curly, wavy coat that requires a lot of maintenance to ensure their hair doesn’t become matted or tangled.

It’s a good idea to brush your Mini Bernedoodle a few times a week – although brushing daily would be the ideal scenario. By doing so, you maintain the appearance and health of your Mini Bernedoodle’s coat. You may find dirt or debris caught in their hair and by brushing daily, you can prevent infection.

Aside from the initial cost of purchasing your Mini Bernedoodle from a breeder, you’ll need to budget for a trip to a professional groomer every couple of months.

Mehnoosh explained that he goes to a professional groomer every 6-8 weeks.

In terms of grooming, it’s really a matter of how long owners like to keep their pup’s hair. Mini Bernedoodles typically have curly hair, a genetic trait from their poodle side, which can get matted pretty quickly. I take Booker in for a grooming session ever 6-8 weeks.

Kate revealed that she takes her Mini Bernedoodle Lucky to a groomer every 4-6 weeks.

Yes need to brush almost everyday and groom every 4-6 weeks.

How Often Should You Bathe A Mini Bernedoodles?

It’s a good idea to bathe your Mini Bernedoodle if they need it – for instance, they may need a wash if they’ve rolled in dirt, mud or something even worse on their daily walk.

However, it’s generally not a good idea to overbathe your Mini Bernedoodle as the result could be irritated or itchy skin.

Mini Bernedoodles Care

Just like any other dog irrespective of breed or mix, owners will need to keep their pup’s ears clean, brush their teeth and prevent their nails from growing too long.

Anything Else To Consider

There are different generations of Mini Bernedoodles that can have an affect on the potential shedding of one of these Doodles.

A F1 Mini Bernedoodle is a first generation Mini Bernedoodle, the result of breeding a Bernese Mountain Dog with a Miniature Poodle.

However, a f1b Mini Bernedoodle is the offspring of a Mini Bernedoodle bred with a Miniature Poodle. The result is a dog that is even more likely to have hypoallergenic qualities as they’re 25% Bernese Mountain Dog and 75% Poodle.

When you breed two F1 Mini Bernedoodles, you get a F2 Mini Bernedoodle.

Wrapping Up – Our Final Thoughts

Mini Bernedoodle Bernie (Photo: bernie_dood / Instagram)

Mini Bernedoodle Bernie (Photo: bernie_dood / Instagram)

We’ve reached the end of our article on Mini Bernedoodles and whether they’re shedders.

As you now know, Mini Bernedoodles are likely to be relatively low-shedding dogs but there’s no guarantee they won’t shed a little.

While their Poodle parent is considered hypoallergenic dog breed, the Bernese Mountain Dog is not.

Even though there’s a good chance your Mini Bernedoodle won’t shed a lot, these are high maintenance dogs that require a lot of care.

So you’ll need to invest in a good brush and dedicate time to grooming your Mini Bernedoodle on a daily basis.

They’ll also require a trip to a professional groomer every couple of months to keep their coat trimmed.

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