Short Bernedoodle haircuts are becoming increasingly popular—and for great reasons! They’re super practical and can be incredibly adorable as well.
Unfortunately, thanks to numerous negative experiences Bernedoodle owners have been through, getting a short Bernedoodle summer cut can be a stressful and anxiety-provoking experience. What if the groomer shaves your doodle without your approval? What if they *gasp* “poodle your doodle?”
In this article we’ll discuss the benefits of this hairstyle for your Bernedoodle, how to effectively communicate what haircut style you want to your groomer, and even share 20 before and after photos that you can use as inspiration!
Short Bernedoodle Haircut Benefits
Keeps Your Dog Comfortable & Cool During Hot Weather
You wouldn’t wear a thick winter coat when it’s warm outside, so why would you force your Bernedoodle to do just that?
If you live in an part of the world where it’s hot in the summer and cool in the winter, you may want to consider a short Bernedoodle haircut a couple times a year during the summertime to keep them cool and comfortable. If you live in an area where it’s hot all the time, you may want to keep your Bernedoodle’s coat shorter year-round.
Bernedoodles don’t have the ability to sweat well like humans do to keep themselves cool. Instead, they rely on panting, drinking water, and releasing heat through the pads of their paws and their nose. This makes them significantly less efficient than us at regulating their body temperature and more prone to overheating. Overheating can be extremely dangerous and result in expensive trips to the vet—just one more reason to get pet insurance!
While innovative products like this cooling harness on Amazon can help keep your Bernedoodle a bit cooler in the heat, another way to help keep them safer and more comfortable is by giving them a short Bernedoodle haircut when the temperature increases.
Easier Maintenance & Cleaning
Bernedoodles in general are a pretty high-maintenance breed when it comes to keeping their coat healthy and looking good. Some generations of Bernedoodles have different coat attributes and can be easier or more difficult to manage. In general, the longer your Bernedoodle’s hair, the harder it becomes to keep it clean and free of matting.
Alternatively, short Bernedoodle haircuts are very easy to maintain. Brushing becomes a breeze instead of a seemingly never-ending chore. Bath time takes half the time. Muddy paws are quickly wiped clean instead of staying a dirty, soggy mess…especially when you have this MudBuster paw cleaner on Amazon! Oh, and you’ll never have to deal with the dreaded poop that can get stuck to long hair around your Bernedoodle’s butt.
Overall, you’ll be able to spend less time maintaining your Bernedoodle’s coat and more time playing with them, cuddling together, or otherwise enjoying their company.
Save Money & Time on Grooming Trips
You likely are well aware by now that grooming appointments for your Bernedoodle aren’t cheap. While prices can vary significantly, I pay around $80 (before tip) each visit.
When you always keep your Bernedoodle’s hair long, you’ll be visiting the groomer pretty frequently for constant trims. All those appointments can add up quickly. With a short Bernedoodle haircut you can go longer without visiting the groomer, therefore saving a fairly large chunk of money over the course of a year.
The key to doing this successfully is making sure you are brushing often in between visits so you avoid your Bernedoodle hair matting. A great brush can help tremendously as well, which is why I recommend the Chris Christensen Big G Slicker Brush. It’s on the pricier end, but it’s well worth it to avoid your pup getting matted!
Even if you decide to groom your Bernedoodle by yourself to save money, choosing a Bernedoodle summer cut instead of keeping their hair long will save you frustration and time.
Come On, It’s Cute!
Call me crazy, but I think a nice, short haircut on a Bernedoodle looks just as adorable as a longer teddybear look. This style looks great on any Bernedoodle size. And let’s be honest—even with the worst haircut imaginable our doods will always be indisputably adorable!
What Are Bernedoodle Summer Cuts?
A Bernedoodle summer cut is simply another term for a short haircut. While some groomers may use it to refer to a particular look, I’ve found that using names or terms of specific styles is risky, as different people have various interpretations of what they mean. It’s best to find one of the before and after Bernedoodle summer cuts photos below to show to your groomer as an example of precisely what you’re looking for!
What is a Bernedoodle Kennel Cut?
Just like Bernedoodle summer cuts, a Bernedoodle kennel cut is often a term used to describe a generic short haircut. Many dog groomers will interpret this as the same length of hair all over from head to tail. However, to avoid a misunderstanding, it’s best to show your groomer a picture of a Bernedoodle kennel cut so you’re both on the same page as to exactly how you’d like your Bernedoodle to look and how long their hair should be.
How to Request a Short Bernedoodle Haircut
There are lots of terms that can be used to describe how you want your dog to look when talking to a groomer. We already discussed “Bernedoodle Summer cuts” and “Bernedoodle Kennel cuts” previously. There are lots of others such as “teddybear cut,” “puppy cut,” “lamb cut,” etc.
From my experience, those terms may do more harm than good when it comes to describing exactly how you’d like your Bernedoodle to look. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
I always bring a picture to show my groomer how I’d like my doodle to look and I highly encourage you do the same. If you have a picture of your Bernedoodle with a past haircut you were happy with, use that. If you don’t or you want a different look than usual, use one of the short Bernedoodle haircut before and after pictures at the end of this article!
As always, be nice to your groomer and take their advice into consideration. Keep in mind that they’re the experts. If your Bernedoodle is matted and needs to be shaved, they’re doing it for the wellbeing of your dog. What matters most of all is that your Bernedoodle is happy and comfortable, even if it’s not exactly the appearance you had in mind.
Want to Do It Yourself?
If you’re looking to save money and have 100% control over your dog’s appearance, you might want to consider grooming your Bernedoodle at home. It might sound intimidating, but there are beginner courses such as this one from Udemy that will walk you step-by-step through the process with video lessons. The instructor of this particular course is a former professional dog groomer and even has a doodle herself that she uses as an example!
While it may seem expensive purchasing a course and grooming supplies, you’d essentially “break even” from the savings you’d pocket from skipping just one or two trips to the groomer!
Want to learn more? Click here to view the DIY dog grooming course!
Short Bernedoodle haircuts are one of the simpler styles to do yourself, so if you’ve ever thought about DIY grooming, now could be a fantastic opportunity to get started!
Short Bernedoodle Haircut Before and After Photos
Here are 20 before and after pictures of short Bernedoodle haircuts. They vary in length as well as style. A few are completely shaved while others are simply a shorter trim.
Sort through them to find the one that best aligns with how you’d prefer your Bernedoodle to look and use it as an example to show to your groomer. By being prepared with one of these pictures, you’ll greatly decrease the odds of being unsatisfied with the resulting haircut and make the entire grooming experience more relaxing for everyone involved!