Bernese Mountain Dog

These cheerful dogs love children. They are very intelligent, easy to train and are natural watchdogs, but not overly dominant. The Bernese Mountain Dog will be a friend for life. They are self-confident, alert and good-natured. Socialize the Bernese well from puppyhood and they will get along well with strangers and sometimes other pets. The Bernese Mountain Dog is slow to mature, acting like a puppy longer than other breeds which many owners find to be a cute trait of this breed. The Bernese needs to be with people and not confined to the backyard or a kennel. These dogs are sensitive and should be trained firmly, but gently. Owners will only run into issues with this dog if they are not displaying a natural leadership towards the dog. Owners who fail to convince the dog humans are the leader may find themselves with a totally different dog than what is described above. For a dog to feel secure they need to clearly know the rules so they can follow them, thriving in structure, along with a daily walk to satisfy their instinct to migrate. The Bernese Mountain Dog was bred for draft work and can be trained to pull a cart or wagon.

Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
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23 to 28 inches (58.4 to 71.1 cm)


80 to 110 pounds (36.5 to 50.2 kgs)

Life Expectancy:

6 to 8 years



Popular Bernese Mountain Dog Cross-Breeds:

Bernedoodle - Bernese Mountain Dog X Poodle
Bernefie - Bernese Mountain Dog X Newfoundland
Bordernese - Bernese Mountain Dog X Border Collie
Euro Mountain Sheparnese - Bernese Mountain Dog X German Shepherd
Golden Mountain Dog - Bernese Mountain Dog X Golden Retriever
Great Bernese - Bernese Mountain dog X Great Pyrenees
Labernese - Bernese Mountain Dog X Labrador

Available colors:

The dog is tricolor with symmetrical markings of black, rust and white. The base of the dog is black. The dog has a white blaze on the chest, and white on the head, toes and tip of the tail. Rust is on the cheeks reaching to the corners of the mouth, over each eye, on each side of the chest, on all four legs and underneath the tail.


The Bernese Mountain Dog is:

  • Alert
  • Good-natured
  • Intelligent

Health Concerns

Bloating, Cancer, Hip dysplasia

As this dog is prone to bloating it is recommended you feed it in 2 or 3 smaller meals throughout the day. This breed gains weight easily. Do not over feed.

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These are the most wonderful breed of dog. I grew up in the UK and we had one for 10 years. I am now living in Australia and am struggling to find any available. I wish there were more here. Ben gave us so much joy.

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