Berner Laufhund (Small Bernese Hound) Breed Maintenance
The Small Bernese Hound does not require extensive grooming. The wire-haired variety does not shed often because there is no undercoat, the short-haired variety will shed slightly seasonally when their undercoat loosens and comes out. When grooming use a slicker brush or natural bristles brush. A metal comb is needed for the wire-haired variety to comb out their beard and remove any food particles or dirt. Groom them once a week to keep their coat healthy. Because the Small Bernese Hound is prone to skin allergies do not over-bathe them and do not use a harsh shampoo. The wire-coated variety should be bathed with a shampoo formulated for wire coats. Only bathe when needed, every few months, and be sure to rinse them thoroughly with warm water. They do have ears that hang and should be cleaned weekly. After cleaning, dry them carefully so no moisture can become trapped. Their toenails will need to be trimmed every few weeks.