Just like a big teddy bear, the Bernese Mountain Dog will love hugs and attention. They have a calm and sweet demeanor, but be aware that these dogs are a large breed that is very strong and sturdy. Because of their size, they can at times accidentally knock over small children, so early socialization and and teaching them to be gentle around kids is a key to a successful integration into your family. This breed has an fairly high prey drive also, meaning he/she may not be a big fan of your cat or even some smaller dog breeds. If you have other family pets, socialize them and teach the puppy that the other pets are part of the family, not something they should chase down. That being said, that may not stop him from howling at the neighbor cat. All things considered, you will be hard pressed to find a more versatile and loving companion than the Berner.
The Bernese Mountain Dog loves his family, and needs to be with them and involved in their lives! If you are a person who lives in an apartment, doesn’t have a large yard, and wont be active with your pet, the Bernese Mountain Dog is not for you. This breed requires a strong and present role in the pack, being involved in family picnics, hikes, and vacations if possible. When this breed is left alone for extended periods, or separated from its family, it can develop bad behavior. This is the case with most working class breeds, as they are breeds developed with the purpose to serve their owner. This breed is very comfortable in a cold climate, but will not like extreme heat.
This is a generally healthy breed, but like any canine there are certain things to be aware of. Because of their size, hip and elbow dysplasia are a concern. Ask your breeder about the sire and dam to determine a good bloodline. Being a large, deep chested breed, they can also suffer from gastric torsion as their age progresses.
This breed should work well for most novice owners, but training is key. Obedience training is recommended.
He’s a shedder, so have a good brush and he will love you for it! Begin getting you dog accustomed to being groomed at a young age by handling his paws and brushing him/her three times a week. He will shed in certain seasons, so increased grooming may be necessary at those times. Brushing his teeth at least twice weekly is a good idea, as it will help reduce dental issues. Trimming any dogs nails once a month is recommended, ask you vet for tips on how to do this properly.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is an intense and playful breed, but he is not a high energy breed. He will wear out quickly in warm weather, but will play hard until he is tired.
The Bernese Mountain Dog will range from 23 to 28 inches tall and weigh between 80 and 110 pounds.