Project Description

Bernese Mountain Dog

  • Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
  • Recommended for: Families, singles
  • Maintenance Level: Medium
  • Life Span: 6-8 years
  • Height: 61-70 cm
  • Weight: 45-53 kg
  • Temperament: Friendly, Easy-going, loving, alert, affectionate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Colors: Black, white
General Health
Exercise Needs

Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Overview

This breed is a large dog breed that contains tri-coloured thick double coat. They are perfect for family pets because of great temperament, and in the same time, they adore to be around children.

They have a tri-coloured double coat that is filled with white and black chest and neck, and brown on face and legs. They shed all year round and more during spring and autumn. That meant that you should groom it at least once a week and bathing is recommended for two months.

They are mostly outdoor dogs, but you don’t have to worry because they can easily be trained to live inside. They enjoy taking adventurous exercises and exploring. You have to exercise them frequently in order to keep them healthy and satisfied.

Bernese Mountain Dog can grow up to 70 cm in height and 53 kg in weight.
They don’t have a long life expectancy which is 8 years approximately.

  • Suitability for Children – High
  • Tendency to Bark – Low
  • Energy – Medium
  • Suitability as a Guard Dog – Medium
  • Grooming Requirements –  Every Day
  • Trimming Required – Frequent
  • Amount of hair shed –  Heavy
  • Food Cost –  More than $20
  • Average Monthly Pet insurance Premium – $97
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Origin of Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is similar as German shepherd, and they were used as farm dogs and for herding cattle. They worked on Swiss farms for more than 2000 years. People employed them on farms because of compassion and loyalty. After First World War their popularity increased and they were spread all over the world.

Bernese Mountain Dog Temperament

The Bernese Mountain Dog has a placid and soft-hearted approach to people and that makes them devoted and loyal pets. They are easy to train because they enjoy being the part of the family, and due to their gentleness they are often used as therapy dogs.

You have to exercise them frequently because they are energetic and enthusiastic. If you leave them alone, they tend to bark.

Common Bernese Mountain Dog Conditions and Diseases

Von Willebrand’s Disease – This is the most common disease that can happen to Bernese Mountain Dogs. This problem causes clotting issues in the blood, and that could lead to serious issues and in some cases even fatality. 

Interesting Facts

  • The Bernese Mountain Dog was great for herding cattle and pulling dairy carts
  • The Bernese Mountain dogs love to play outside.

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