Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog
  • Size:Large/Giant
  • Ease of Training:Medium/High
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium/High
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walk
  • Energy Level:Low
  • Protection:Low
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:Male: 90-120, Female: 70-100 lbs
  • Height:Male: 25-27.5, Female: 23-26 inches
  • Coat Colour:tricolored; black with tan markings and white flashings

Bernese Mountain Coat

The Bernese Mountain Dog has a stunning weather-resistant tri-color double coat. The coat is black with symmetrical markings of white and rust, moderate in length and either slightly way or straight. It is very thick and has a bright natural sheen. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.

Bernese Mountain Character

The Bernese Mountain Dog is commonly referred to as the "Berner". This wonderful breed has a long list of attributes. They are strong, agile, and highly intelligent. Their gentle demeanor and stunning appearance has contributed to this breed's growing popularity. There are few dog breeds that can match the Bernese Mountain Dogs striking appearance, work ethic, and companion skills.

Bernese Mountain Temperament

This breed is by nature, loving and alert. They are generally tolerant, sweet, and gentle. The Bernese Mountain Dog is typically excellent with children. However, since they are a large breed, they should never be left unsupervised with small children or children unknown to the dog. They thrive on human companionship and activity and may develop behavioral problems if they are deprived of social interaction. The Berner is protective but is not aggressive unless threatened or provoked. They may be aloof to strangers and have a tendency to be shy. This breed is a devoted indoor member of the family and a willing outdoor helper.

Bernese Mountain Care

The Bernese Mountain Dog requires daily brushing, with extra care needed during their heavy seasonal shedding. A periodic bath or dry shampooing is recommended. They are typically a hardy breed, but may have a tendency to suffer from elbow or hip dysplasia, cancer, bloat, or eyelid problems. Their size and thick coat make them highly susceptible to heat stroke.

Bernese Mountain Activity

The Bernese Mountain Dog needs an inordinate amount of exercise, interaction, and activity. They require a minimum half hour of vigorous exercise daily as well as several outside trips. They are not recommended for apartment dwelling, as they need a securely fenced large yard to run and play. They excel in conformation, obedience, tracking, herding, and agility.

Bernese Mountain Health and Life Expectancy

The Bernese Mountain Dog has a life expectancy of around 8-10 years, which is relatively short compared to many other dog breeds. There are a number of health problems associated with this breed, and these include HD and elbow dysplasia, tumours, thyroid problems, PRA, histiocytosis, autoimmune problems, and skin allergies. You should ensure that the parents of the Bernese Mountain Dog puppy have OFA and CERF certificates.