Lifespan: 7-15 Years
Pups per Litter: 8
Average Weight: 80-110 lbs.
Average Height: 23-28 inches
Exercise/Activity Level: Moderate
Temperment with: Children
The Bernese Mountain Dog (or Berner) originated in Switzerland and were bred to draft carts for their owners, whom were mostly farmers, as well as guarding and herding farm animals. They also go by the name Berner Sennenhund, and can work in cold climates as their double layered coats provide them with ample warmth. In warmer weather these dogs need to be kept cool because they can overheat easily.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is an extremely affectionate breed with people and animals. They are a devoted dog, great for families or for working purposes because this breed will give 100% of themselves as they are efficient and loyal to their owners. When meeting strangers, the Berner is outgoing and friendly, often leaving a lasting impression on anyone they meet. This breed is especially loving around kids and will tolerate small children climbing all over them. The Bernese Mountain Dog will also show great affection towards the other household animals as they don’t have an aggressive nature for smaller creatures. For the most part, one walk per day is usually sufficient exercise for the breed, but time in an off leash park would be great also.
Weighing in at between 80-110 lbs (39-50 kgs) and averaging 23-28 inches high, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a substantial dog with a very thick fluffy double layered coat. They have a large head, square muzzle, and big friendly eyes. Their legs are thick, yet muscular and they have a toned body that can become overweight easily if overfed. This breed has 1 type of coloring which is primarily black, with white and rust colored patches on their chest, belly, head, and paws. The Berner’s tail is long and very fluffy with a slight upturn at the tip giving them a dignified yet noble look. Their appearance could be a good indicator when choosing a name for your new puppy. There are sites like DogNameHero with for example big dog name ideas.
The Berner is prone to multiple genetic disorders, most commonly are hip dysplasia, bloat, arthritis, kidney disease, skin allergies, cruciate ligament damage or ruptures, cancer, eyelid ailments and elbow dysplasia. Although they are a beautiful breed of dog, one who is interested in buying or adopting a Bernese Mountain Dog should be financially stable as owning a dog of this breed can be expensive. A potential owner should definitely check the parents medical history so they are completely aware of the genetic ailments this breed will be expected to develop.
These dogs are very outgoing and thrive on pleasing their owners therefore training, when done in a positive repetitive manor should not be too difficult. Short lessons done multiple times per day will help this dog understand the commands their owner is trying to teach. Many Berner owners have said their dogs are mostly food motivated, so having small treats available at any time throughout the day will be a good idea when in the beginning to mid stages of training.
The Bernese Mountain Dog will need a significant amount of grooming to upkeep their coat. They will need to be brushed at least 3-4 times per week, so mats do not develop and bathes should be given at least once every month to two months. Nail clipping should be done at least once per month and special attention to their teeth will be needed as they can develop tartar buildup quickly.
This breed is categorized in the Working Group. They can live comfortably in a household environment because they need as much room as possible to roam around in. A big backyard would be preferable as well so they can have an outdoor area to run around in. The average lifespan of the Bernese Mountain Dog is between 7-15 years and they have around 8 pups per litter. When obtaining a puppy Berner, keep in mind that every puppy is different and to research your breed before bringing the baby home!