Bernese Mountain Dogs tick all the boxes: friendly, affectionate, good with children, and not overly energetic.
Their striking good looks and terrific temperament may result in your guests being more excited to give your dog a cuddle than you. Originally from farmlands in Switzerland, this is an incredibly strong and sturdy dog, not to mention big! Classed as giant-size, they benefit from living in large dwellings and having an open yard to exercise in.
Don’t be put off by their size though, as they are wonderful family pets. Calm, friendly, affectionate and patient, children are well looked after. They like to bark when people come to the door, but are otherwise silent dogs. They like when their family is home most of the day to play with them and give them cuddles. Bernese Mountain Dogs live for 7-10 years.
Fun fact: Bernese Mountain Dogs are so strong
they can pull up to 450kgs, or 10 times their own weight!
They are intelligent and relatively easy to train when young. Bernese Mountain Dogs love to work out, go for runs and play games. However, they aren’t so full of beans that they’ll be bouncing off your walls. They are also very accommodating and will accept changes in exercise levels, but daily runs are ideal for keeping them in good health. Don’t exercise them too soon after food or they will bloat.
When introduced at a young age, they will get along well with other animals. Bernese Mountain Dogs shed heavily and you may find yourself covered in fine dog hair. Their long coat is best brushed daily.
Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Common ailments include bone developmental problems, eye issues and bloat. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.
How big do Bernese Mountain Dogs get?
A Bernese Mountain Dog is a giant-sized breed weighing between 40-44kgs, with a height between 58-70cms.
How much space do Bernese Mountain Dogs need?
A big dwelling or yard is ideal for this breed.
How much energy do Bernese Mountain Dogs have?
A good romp in the yard or the park is enough for this breed. Daily walks are a must.
How difficult are Bernese Mountain Dogs to train?
They are intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train when young.
Are Bernese Mountain Dogs suitable for families?
They are great family pets and loyal companions.
Are Bernese Mountain Dogs compatible with other dogs and animals?
Bernese Mountain Dogs will befriend other pets in no time at all.
How much company do Bernese Mountain Dogs need?
They have a high need for company and enjoy spending time with their family. You may find your pet snuggling on the couch next to you, despite their size.
Are Bernese Mountain Dogs a hypoallergenic dog breed?
What coat and grooming needs do Bernese Mountain Dogs have?
They are high-maintenance. Their coat needs to be brushed daily and the hair between their pads trimmed frequently. They have a medium-long, jet-black coat, with patches of white on their muzzle and blaze, chest, paws and tail tips. A rich tan colour separates the white from the black.
Do Bernese Mountain Dogs shed?
They are heavy shedders.
Do Bernese Mountain Dogs have a tendency to bark?
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a low tendency to bark, so don’t expect frequent conversations.