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How Often Should You Bathe A Bernese Mountain Dog?

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The Bernese Mountain Dog is a breed of dog whose origins began in Switzerland over 100 years ago. The dog was originally bred to be used for herding sheep on steep slopes and mountainsides, but today they have become one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the world.

Let’s take a look at how often a Bernese Mountain Dog needs to be bathed, as well as some information on their grooming needs. 

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The Bernese Mountain Dog was first developed by Swiss farmers who wanted a dog that could work with them on steep mountainsides. They began breeding these dogs in 1869 and were successful enough to have the first Bernese Mountain Dog show held in 1872. 

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America (BMDCA) was founded in 1908, and the BMDSA was formed in 1929. In 1930, the American Kennel Club recognized the Bernese Mountain Dog as an official breed.

How Often Do You Bathe A Bernese Mountain Dog?

Bernese Mountain Dogs are very clean animals. They do not like getting dirty or having muddy paws.

If you live in an area where there is snow or ice, then you may need to take your Bernese out more frequently than if you live in an area without such weather conditions.

However, even though they are very clean animals, they still only need to be bathed every once in a while.

Bathing Tips for Bernese Mountain Dogs

When bathing a Bernese Mountain Dog, make sure that you use mild shampoo. When using a harsh soap or shampoo, you can irritate the skin and cause dryness.

Also, when bathing a Bernese Mountain dog, try to avoid using scented products. These soaps and shampoos can cause irritation to the sensitive skin of the Bernese.

When bathing your Bernese Mountain Dog, you want to ensure that you rinse off all of the soap from his coat. If you don’t, then you run the risk of leaving traces of soap on your Bernese’s coat that can be damaging to the skin.

Once you’ve rinsed them off, you can apply conditioner to the hair. Make sure that you only use a product that contains no chemicals or fragrances.

If you want to know how often you should bathe your Bernese Mountain Dog each week, here are some tips on what to consider:

  •  How much water does he drink per day?
  • Does he have any problems with allergies?
  •  Is he prone to overheating?
  •  What kind of environment does he spend time in?
  •  Are there any other pets in your home?
  •  How often do you change his bedding?
  • How often do you wash your hands after handling him?
  •  How often does he go outside?
  •  How often is he brushed?

What Does Your Bernese Need To Be Cleaned With?

There are many different types of brushes available on the market, so you can choose whichever type works best for your Bernese’s coat.

Some people prefer using a wire brush, while others use a bristle brush. Whichever type you decide to use, make sure to purchase a quality product.

Why You Shouldn’t Bathe Your Bernese Too Often

While bathing your Bernese too often much can cause them to smell bad, it also can cause the skin to dry out. When you bathe your Bernese too much, they will lose the natural oils that help to protect the skin from drying out and cracking.

Another reason why you should avoid bathing your Bernese too much is that it can lead to matting. Matting occurs when your Bernese sheds excessively.

Shedding is normal for all dogs, but excessive shedding can lead to mats. These mats can cause your Bernese to itch, scratch, and pull at their hair.

You can prevent matting by brushing your Bernese regularly. Brush your pet twice a week and comb through his fur gently.

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Grooming Your Bernese

When it comes to grooming your Bernese, you will need to start when they are young. When they are younger, their hair will be softer and easier to groom. As they get older, the coat will grow longer and become harder to manage.

When you begin grooming your Bernese, make sure that you wash them from head to toe. Start with the face, ears, neck, chest, belly, legs, feet, tail, and back. Then move onto the paws and nails. After washing all of these areas, apply a moisturizing lotion to the skin.

After bathing your dog, dry them off completely with a towel to gently pat them dry. Once your pet is completely dry, comb through their coat. Make sure that you comb through the entirety of the coat. 

If you notice any mats or tangles, then you can remove those with a comb or brush. After you have finished grooming your Bernese, clip their nails with a dog nail grinder. Don’t forget to trim the tips of his claws.

Because of their coat, the Bernese Mountain Dog needs to be brushed regularly. Although they don’t need to be washed as often as other breeds, they still need to be cleaned thoroughly. Make sure to use a soft bristle brush and never use a wire brush.

Brushing your Bernese will help remove the dead skin cells from their coats, which will keep them looking shiny and healthy.

If you notice any signs of bald patches, then you may want to consider using a combing tool to get rid of the hair that is growing out. This will also help prevent mats from forming on your Bernese.

Once you finish grooming your Bernese, give them a bath to clean off any dirt and debris that may be stuck to the fur. After giving your Bernese a good bath, let them air dry before putting them back into their bed.

Final Thoughts on How Often You Need to Bathe Your Bernese Mountain Dog

As long as you follow the guidelines above, you won’t have to worry about how often you need to bathe your Bernese. However, if you do find yourself struggling to maintain a healthy Bernese, then you might want to consider taking him in for an appointment with a professional groomer.

In this way, you’ll be able to receive proper care for your Bernese. 

These dog breeds are known for being gentle, friendly, and loving. Because of this, they are very easy to care for. The only thing that you’ll have to worry about is making sure that you’re keeping up with their grooming routine.

By following the steps above, you’ll be able to take great care of your Bernese Mountain Dog.

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Kerry White is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Kerry has been writing for PetDT for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners.Kerry has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Kerry knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.