Feel free to call me a "friendly little giant"! The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large dog breed filled with goodness!
Excellent family dog
Our breed is known for our distinct kindness, courage, self-confidence, and affection towards all people. We are even friendly towards strangers, so don't be intimidated when we run towards you! We just want to play!
Us Bernese Mountain Dogs have guarding instincts and are happy to let you know when someone is coming. We are calm and have a stable temperament. Our high intelligence and willingness to learn, make us excellent family dogs!
Love to work
We are perfect companion dogs but can also find joy in various dog sports, such as agility. Some individuals do well in obedience and rally obedience. It is not uncommon for Bernese dogs to become therapy dogs in nursing homes, thanks to our patience and calm temperament.
The Bernese love to work, a quality that has historically been of great benefit to farmers. We like heavy carrying for long distances. Berner Sennen dogs can help pull sleds, people on skis and carry a hoof.
People considering getting a Bernese Mountain Dog should live an active life with varied walks and activities. We find joy and meaning in labor.
Also, remember that we love to be outside, so let's spend a lot of time in fresh air.
However, be aware that young Bernese Mountain Dog dogs (puppies included) should not pull anything. The skeleton and joints do not fully develop until we reach 12-18 months old.
Speaking of joints: there are cases of hip and elbow joint dysplasia in some Bernese. Some may also suffer from eye problems. Cancer can also occur, but rarely.
A healthy Bernese Mountain Dog has a life expectancy of 7-10 years.
Remember to comb my coat.
Bernese dogs have a long, thick coat, which requires some care to maintain the quality of the fur. If we are not brushed regularly (at least once a week), our fur may become felted.
We shed twice a year, and during these periods, the coat requires more regular care, preferably once a day. We only need to bathe when needed.
Do not underestimate our size.
We are large dogs that often weigh up to 54 kilos. The male dogs usually weigh between 40-54 kilos, while the bitches often weigh between 31-45 kilos.
The male dogs are usually between 64-70 cm tall, while the bitches are generally 58-66 cm tall.
Our size also means that we have a lot of muscles. We are friendly and calm dogs, but in families with young children, it is essential to supervise us when we play with the youngest ones.