BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG

Bernese Mountain Dog

GROOMING PROFILE

 Grooming Demand Rating

 Moderate

 Full Grooming Interval

 6 to 10 Weeks

 Maintenance Interval

Weekly

BLADES & TOOLS

Large slicker & pin brushes, steel combs, natural bristle brush, matt splitter, scissors and thinning shears.
 

COAT & GROOM TIPS

The Bernese Mountain Dog has a thick coat of moderate length with a slight amount of waviness. The coat should have an easily visible sheen. A show coat would not be trimmed except in the least amount and only as needed.

Owners not skilled in brushing and combing both the under coat and outer coat should seek training from their breeder or groomer. Many unskilled owners tend to brush and comb only the outer coat, leaving the under coat subject to potential matting problems.

The outer coat of the Bernese Mountain Dog tends not to matt easily, but that does not mean it will not. The significant under coat requires maintenance grooming removing unwanted hair shed. The breed significantly sheds especially when indoors. Like many other long coated breeds some hair shed can and often does remain in the under coat until it is removed by proper brushing and combing. Hair shed not removed will, with time or immediately upon getting damp or wet, begin to "tangle" and "matt" whereby the hair shed both wraps and compresses around the existing hair coat. Matts and excessive undercoat ruin the beauty of this breed, and severe matting causes any pet discomfort and even poor skin health.

MORE GROOMING TIPS FOR PROFESSIONALS

Using modern high velocity dryers to blow off excess water after the bath saves a tremendous amount of drying time. Some groomers prefer to use a pin brush instead of slicker brush for the hand fluff dry process. You can expect even more loose hair to remove after the bath, and finish with a final comb out.

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Breed Standard Information

American Kennel Club - Breed Information

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America

Continental Kennel Club

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DogBreedInfo.com

Grooming Information

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America

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