The Bernese Mountain Dog originates from Switzerland and was used as a draft dog. It was also used for herding cattle and sheep. The Bernese Mountain Dog forms part of the working group.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a striking dog with a soft, silky coat. It’s a gentle and placid breed with an affectionate nature. It was bred primarily as a draft dog, and can still be seen today pulling light carts, often taking children as passengers. It’s an old breed that can be traced back over 2,000 years. It’s name is taken from the canton of Berne in Switzerland and also known as the Gelbbacken or the Vieraugen.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a true gentle giant. It is a calm, good natured and placid dog. It is normally good with children and enjoys the company of humans. It normally gets along well with other dogs, and aggression is rare. With early socialisation and training the Bernese Mountain Dog can live happily with cats and other smaller pets. As with all larger dog breeds, vigorous exercise and excessive jumping should be avoided in the first year to prevent damage to joints. The Bernese is also prone to obesity.
The breed comes in just tricolour, a combination of white, tan and black.
Height bitch 58-66 cms
Height dog 64-70 cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 40-55kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 40-55kgs
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a very athletic dog breed that requires around 2 hours of exercise every day.
Yes, but new owners should be aware of the high levels of exercise and mental stimulation this breed requires. Prospective owners should also consider the cost of keeping this breed, as feeding and routine veterinary treatments will be higher than average. The size of the BMD may make it impractical for many households.
Medium. The Bernese requires a weekly brush with a soft slicker brush or good quality bristle brush to keep the coat tangle free. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.
No. The Bernese sheds throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is generally healthy, but owners should consult their breeder about the following health issues that have been found in the breed:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Bernese Mountain Dog should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 8-9 years.
Expect to pay from £750 for a pedigree Bernese Mountain Dog puppy and litters are often available. In fact, 459 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. Litter sizes range from 1-14 puppies.
A bitch or dog weighing 50kgs will require around 509gms of complete dry food daily. A bitch or dog weighing 50kgs will cost around £12.50 per week to feed. Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: