Bernese Mountain Dogs

The Bernese Mountain Dog, often simply referred to as Berner, is a large and beautiful breed known for its friendly nature, intelligence, and strength.

Breed Info

Berners are known for being affectionate, gentle, and good-natured. They are excellent family dogs, being very patient and gentle with children. They are generally good with other pets too. Due to their friendly nature, they may not make the best guard dogs, but their sheer size and deep bark can be intimidating to strangers.
70 - 115 pounds
23 - 27 inches
7 - 10 years

Frequently Questions

Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs are excellent family dogs. They are known for their friendly and affectionate nature, making them wonderful companions for both adults and children.

Bernese Mountain Dogs are generally considered to be moderately easy to train. Their intelligence and eagerness to please their owners contribute to their trainability. However, like any breed, individual differences can exist, and some Berners may be more challenging to train than others.

Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs are known to shed quite a bit. They have a thick double coat that consists of a longer outer coat and a soft undercoat, which helps them stay warm in colder weather. While this coat is excellent for protecting them in the Swiss Alps, it means they shed consistently throughout the year, with heavier shedding occurring during seasonal changes in spring and fall.

Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs do require a fair amount of exercise to keep them healthy, happy, and mentally stimulated. While they are not excessively high-energy dogs like some working breeds, they still have moderate exercise needs due to their history as working dogs in the Swiss Alps.

Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs are prone to certain health problems, as is the case with many purebred dog breeds. While not every Berner will experience these issues, potential owners should be aware of the common health concerns associated with the breed.

The average lifespan of a Bernese Mountain Dog is typically around 7 to 10 years. However, there can be individual variations, and some Berners may live slightly shorter or longer lives. Unfortunately, the breed's average lifespan is relatively shorter compared to smaller dog breeds.

Bernese Mountain Dogs are large-sized dogs with a sturdy build. On average, adult Berners stand around 23 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder. The height is measured from the ground to the highest point of the withers, which is the ridge between the shoulder blades.

Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs can make excellent therapy dogs. Their gentle and affectionate nature, along with their calm demeanor, makes them well-suited for therapy work. Many Berners possess a natural ability to provide comfort and emotional support to people, which are essential qualities for a therapy dog.

Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs are generally good with children and are known for their friendly and gentle nature, making them excellent family dogs. They often form strong bonds with children and can be very patient and tolerant with them.

Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs can be good with other pets when properly socialized and introduced to them in a positive manner. Like any breed, individual temperament can vary, but Berners are generally known for their friendly and sociable nature, making them more likely to get along well with other animals.

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