Bernese Mountain Dog

Character and temperament

A truly loyal friend. Happy and intelligent dogs. Easy to train and great with children. They are confident and alert and can be slow to mature so puppy behavior can be present for quite a while. They can be sensative and require a social life with company always present. No firm/harsh training advised.


It is thought that the breed may have come from the Swiss mountains and would have been bred as a farm dog.

General description

A large sized tri-coloured dog. Sturdy, heavy dog with a thick double coat.


No special requirements


These are large active dogs and require a lot of excercise.


Daily brushing is important especially when they are shedding.

Other information

The average lifespan of these dogs decreased from 10 - 12 years to 6 - 8 years after the BMD Club of America conducted a survey and found that the average death was 7.2 years. This was mainly due to cancer and the BMD club are researching intensely to try and end this issue.


Average height (dog)
24 - 28
Average height (bitch)
23 - 27
Average weight (dog)
85 - 110
Average weight (bitch)
80 - 105
Average life expectancy
6 - 8 years
Average litter size
1 - 14 average 8
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