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  • Writer's pictureDenise Helmuth

Bernedoodles: "Warm Blooded" Fur Friends

The Warm-Hearted Tiny Bernedoodle: Keeping Your Pup Cool and Comfy

If you've had the pleasure of sharing your life with an F1 or F1B Mini or Tiny Bernedoodle, you likely know that these adorable, fluffy bundles of joy come with a unique characteristic – they can be rather warm-blooded. Often described as "run warm," Mini & Tiny Bernedoodles have a tendency to feel warmer than some other dog breeds. This charming trait is just one more reason to love these delightful dogs. However, it's essential to keep your Tiny Bernedoodle comfortable, especially during hot weather.

a happy little mini bernedoodle pup with his tongue out

In this blog post, we'll explore why Tiny Bernedoodles run warm and offer some tips to ensure your furry friend stays cool and content.

Why Tiny Bernedoodles Run Warm:

  1. Fluffy Coats: Tiny Bernedoodles inherit their coat traits from their Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle parents. These breeds typically have thick, double-layered coats designed to keep them warm in colder climates. While this is a fantastic feature for winter, it can result in Tiny Bernedoodles feeling warmer during hot seasons.

  2. Active Metabolism: Tiny Bernedoodles are known for their boundless energy and playful nature. Their active metabolism generates heat, and they often run warm simply due to their high activity levels.

  3. Poodle Influence: If your Tiny Bernedoodle has a higher percentage of Poodle genetics, they might be more prone to running warm. Poodles have dense, curly fur that can retain heat.

adorable white parti F1B pup in a basket in the sunshine

Tips for Keeping Your Mini Bernedoodle Comfortable:

Regular Grooming: To help your Tiny Bernedoodle stay cool, maintain a consistent grooming routine. Regular brushing and occasional haircuts can help thin out their coat, preventing overheating. However, be cautious not to shave them too short, as their fur also provides protection from the sun.

  1. Hydration: Always ensure your Tiny Bernedoodle has access to fresh water, especially during warm weather. Proper hydration is essential to help regulate their body temperature.

  2. Avoid Peak Heat Hours: Plan outdoor activities and walks during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening. Avoid midday when the sun is at its hottest.

  3. Shade and Shelter: When your Tiny Bernedoodle is outdoors, provide access to shade and a sheltered area where they can escape the sun's direct rays.

  4. Cooling Accessories: Consider using cooling vests, bandanas, or mats designed for dogs. These products help dissipate heat and keep your pup comfortable. They love the cool bathroom floors.

  5. Swimming Opportunities: If you have access to a pool or a dog-friendly water area, let your Tiny Bernedoodle take a dip. Swimming is an excellent way for them to cool down and have fun at the same time.

  6. Limit Exercise on Hot Days: Be mindful of your Tiny Bernedoodle's exercise on exceptionally hot days. Overexertion can lead to overheating. Opt for indoor play or activities that don't involve strenuous physical exertion.

  7. Cool Treats: Treat your Tiny Bernedoodle to frozen doggy treats or ice cubes. These can be a refreshing way to help them cool off.

  8. Provide Ventilation: Ensure good air circulation in your home. Use fans or air conditioning to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.

  9. Consult Your Vet: If you're concerned about your Tiny Bernedoodle's temperature regulation or notice any signs of overheating, consult your veterinarian for professional guidance.

Tiny Bernedoodles are known for their warm-hearted nature, but it's essential to be mindful of their tendency to run warm, especially in hot weather. By following these tips and keeping a close eye on your furry friend, you can help ensure they stay cool, comfortable, and happy all year round. Your Tiny Bernedoodle will thank you for it with plenty of tail wags and affection!


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