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Bernese Mountain Dogs are beautiful, sweet, loving, family dogs. They are generally laid back but always up for play time with their family. Berners get along with the entire family and are particularly gentle with children, but they will often become more attached to one lucky human. Berners are sensitive and live to please and are intelligent, making them fairly easy to train.
Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
Height: 25-28 inches (males), 23-26 inches (females)
Weight: 80-115 pounds (males), 70-95 pounds (females)
Life Span: 7 to 10 years
Common Health Concerns of Bernese Mountain Dogs: like most big dogs, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia,gastric torsion or bloat, heat stroke, and cancers are unfortunately health concerns for Bernese Mountain Dogs. Bernese Mountain Dogs are also prone to certain genetic disorders such as: Willebrand’s Disease Type I (VWD1), SOD1B Degenerative Myelopathy (SOD1B), and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
See more about health concerns & preventions on our health concerns page.
One of four varieties of Swiss mountain dogs, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a smart, hardy dog that was originally bred to work on alpine farms in a variety of capacities, including watchdog, and herder.
Ancestors of the Bernese Mountain Dog were brought to Europe upwards of two thousand years ago by Roman invaders. However, the breed, as we know it today, originated in the early 1900s in the Canton (state) of Bern, Switzerland.
The Bernese Mountain Dog first arrived in the United States in 1926, and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937. It has since become a favorite among dog owners thanks to its easy going personality, family suitability, and love of all things outdoors.
True to their lineage, Berners are fundamentally outdoor dogs, but do well in household settings provided they receive enough daily exercise; the American Kennel Club recommends a minimum of 30 minutes.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are social dogs that love interacting with every member of the family, including children and other pets. Berners are known for their gentleness with small children and other small animals. With proper socialization and training, Berners will be everyone's best friend.
We recommend exposing your pup to new friends at an early age to help socialize them to not just other dogs and humans but other pets you have in the house. We brought our Bernese around our Guinea Pigs at an early age, after she had learned the commands for "down" & "stay".
Penelope (Our Mama Dog) loves the Guinea Pigs and treats them as if they are her babies! Although it takes time, patience, and training, a Bernese is the perfect dog for a family who has multiple pets.