Bernese Mountain Dog Breed

General Information

Dog Name: Bernese Mountain Dog (Nickname: Berner).

Dog breed Group: Working dogs

Size Category: Large dog breeds

Height: Ranges from one foot, eleven inches to two feet, three inches (measured from the shoulder).

Weight: Ranges from 70 to 115 pounds.

Lifespan: Ranges from 6 to 8 years.

Brief History

By the end of the nineteenth century the Bernese Mountain Dog was on the brink of extinction – originally brought to Switzerland by the Romans, they were used a general purpose dogs and little attention was paid to preserving the breed. If it hadn’t been for a small group of Swiss breeders, the Bernese Mountain dog may have disappeared completely.  Soon after the breed was developed (and named after the town of Bern, where these developments took place), the dogs were exhibited at dog shows around Switzerland and were soon brought to the USA.

Dog Breed Characteristics

A. Protection Ability

Bernese Mountain Dogs will bark and growl to ward off strangers, but they generally won’t bite or become aggressive. They are excellent watch dogs, but simply don’t have the attack instinct needed to be a guard dog.

B. Ease of Training

Intelligent and energetic, Bernese Mountain Dogs are quite easy to train. It’s worth noting, however, that this breed reaches physical maturity long before they reach mental maturity, and so it’s important for owners to be patient when training this breed.

C. Playfulness

The Berner is a gentle giant who loves playing with their family. Their size means that they may need extra training to teach them how to behave indoors, as in their excitement they can often end up wrecking entire rooms. This breed is never short on energy and always ready to play!

D. Exercise needs

As a working dog, the Berner needs lots of daily exercise. A minimum of 30 minutes and maximum maximum of 90 minutes should keep this breed content.

E. Adaptability

Bernese Mountain Dogs need a lot of space, ideally in a large home with a fenced garden. They’re highly sensitive (especially to hot weather) and cannot be left alone for long periods of time. This breed will be a challenge to anyone, and to especially novice owners.

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