Bernese Mountain Dog

These noble dogs are nothing short of impressive to look at. With silky coats and noble heads, they are simply striking. The Berner typically reaches full maturity within 2 to 3 years and makes a great working dog.

 

 

Other Names
Berner, Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog
Country of Origin
Switzerland
Colour
Predominantly black with white markings, they sometimes have a mixture of tan or chestnut on their legs and cheeks.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Berners measure between 58 - 70cms and weigh between 40 - 44kgs.
Health
Bone, hip and eye problems can cause issues for Berners. For this reason, screening of the puppy's parents are recommended. Exercise should be restricted for a few hours after feeding to reduce the risk of gastric torsion.
Life Span
7-10 years
Intelligence
If trained young, Berners will flourish. If training is left for too long these is the risk of boisterous behavioural issues. They are very smart and eager to please.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
High
Feeding

Ask a breeder to recommend a basic diet for your Bernese buddy in order to prevent any bone and joint issues. This can be slightly modified as the puppy grows and its nutritional needs increase.

 

Feeding Cost
$20+ p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Extra care should be taken when the puppy is under 6 months of age around stairs and the backyard in order to prevent bone and joint issues. Between 6-12 months of age Berner's can transition from walking on a leash to free play in the park. Their daily exercise needs are moderate depending on their fitness ability.
Ailments
Bone, hip and eye problems can cause issues for Berners. For this reason, screening of the puppy's parents are recommended. Exercise should be restricted for a few hours after feeding to reduce the risk of gastric torsion.
Hair Shed
Heavy
Grooming

Thorough daily brushing is necessary in order to control shedding and prevent any matting. Trimming is required to keep the coat in optimum condition.

 

Grooming Frequency
Daily
Trimming
Frequent
Berners call the Swiss mountains home and were named after the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. They were developed as watch dogs for cattle and companion dogs for farmers. This breed excels in herding, search and rescue, carting and obedience training. The Bernese Mountain Dog was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1937.


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