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Bernese Mountain dogs tend to take on different nicknames, including Bernese, Berner, or Berner Sennen. For this month’s “Breed Spotlight,” we will be highlighting everything there is to know about the friendly giant known as the Bernese Mountain dog.

There are four varieties of Swiss mountain dogs, and this good-natured, calm and strong pup is one of them. Bernese Mountain dogs are quick learners that do exceptionally well with other pets and children making them a great addition to any family.

Bernese mountain dog puppies


  • Bernese Mountain dogs are born with declaws
  • The breed has a cross shaped white marking on its chest (like the Switzerland flag)


Bernese dogs are originally from Switzerland, and they take their name from a region in Switzerland called the Canton of Bern. These friendly dogs worked as farmyard helpers, pulled carts to the market and in some occasions were used as valiant watchdogs. The breed was first introduced in the United States in 1926, however it almost disappeared in the late nineteenth century due to other working breeds being introduced.


  • Height: 25-27.5 inches (Males), 23-26 inches (Females)
  • Weight: 85-110 pounds (Males), 80-105 pounds (Females)
  • Coat: Double-coated, medium, requires regular brushing
  • Colors: Tri-colored (black, white, rust)
  • Personality: Better known as “Gentle Giants” 


Bernese Mountain dogs are susceptible to several medical conditions known in most large breeds. Most common conditions are hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer and joint problems. Risks can be reduced with regular daily exercise, balanced diets and obtaining your dog from a certified breeder. The breed has a lifespan of 6-8 years.


girl in leaves with bernese

If you are looking for an affectionate and loyal companion this may be the right breed for you. Bernese dogs love cold weather, working, hiking and, of course, belly rubs. If you are thinking of getting a Bernese, expect a big lap dog that will love spending time with you and your family.

Have a Bernese Mountain Dog or other furry friend? Make sure they are getting the best care while you are away.


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