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Bernese Mountain Dog


The Bernese is as pleasing to look at as it is to be around; its amiable nature, kindness towards children and strangers makes it a wonderful companion. Bernese Mountain dogs enjoy exercise, but don't need tons of it, and behave well in the household, taking direction well. They are surprisingly athletic, but don't need too much exercise, and most often enjoy spending time with the family they love, no matter what the activity.

Adult Size

  • Huge
  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Excessively

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long

Breed Group

  • Working Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat
  • Wavy Coat


  • Black Rust & White
  • Black Tan & White


  • Drools Constantly

Energy Level

  • Would Rather Not Go Jogging With You

Exercise Needs

  • Rarely Needs Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 24-26″
  • 27-30″

Full Grown Weight

  • 101-110lbs
  • 111-120lbs
  • 71-75lbs
  • 76-80lbs
  • 80-90lbs
  • 91-100lbs

General Health

  • Breed with Many Health Issues
  • Not a Very Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Great First Dog!

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Can Manage in Cold Weather
  • Thrives in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather
  • Wrong Dog for Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Good with Kids
  • Great With Kids
  • Very Good With Kids


  • Requires Occasional Grooming
  • Requires Regular Brushing


  • Genius
  • Smart
  • Very Intelligent


  • Affectionate
  • Very Affectionate


  • Playful
  • Very Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Congenital Cardiac Database ARCH – ACVIM Registry of Cardiac Health – or – OFA evaluation
  • Elbow Dysplasia – OFA Evaluation
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • von Willebrand’s Disease – OFA VetGen or the DPCA

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Sometimes with Other Dogs
  • Socializes Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 10 years
  • 11 years
  • 12 years
  • 8 years
  • 9 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train
  • Relatively Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately