Bernese Mountain Dog

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Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog Overview

Known for their beautiful, distinctive tricolor coats and cheerful personalities, the Bernese Mountain Dog is definitely a crowd-pleasing breed. These large, capable dogs were bred to work on farms in the Bern region of Switzerland, which is how they get their name. This alpine heritage combined with a luxurious coat of hair mean that Berners are well-suited to cold climates.

The Bernese Mountain Dog is an ideal breed for active people who want a canine companion on outdoor expeditions. Plus, their calm and eager-to-please personality means that your Berner will be able to pick up all kinds of tricks! This is a fun and easy dog to train. Truly a family-oriented breed, Berners are great dogs to introduce to kids, and once they’ve bonded with your family they will be a gentle and loyal presence in the house.

Though the Bernese Mountain Dog has a laidback disposition, they’re definitely not lacking in energy, and will be happiest with lots of exercise and outdoor space to explore. They are working dogs, after all. Berners enjoy having a task to complete, and do well in sporting competitions such as carting and drafting events. If you’re looking for a highly trainable breed that will really become part of the family, the Bernese Mountain Dog is an excellent pick. 

Did you know?

The first Bernese Mountain Dogs were likely introduced to Switzerland by invading Romans more than 2000 years ago.

Bernese Mountain Dog Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
23-27.5 in / 70-115 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
7-10 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

4-6 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

1-2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed 2-3 Times Weekly

Dog Food

Feeding your Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs definitely have a healthy appetite. These are large and energetic dogs, and they need the right fuel to keep them going. Your vet can recommend the best type of food for your Bernese Mountain Dog. Food tailored to your dog’s age, whether puppy, adult, or senior, is always best. As with most large dogs, Berner puppies grow very fast, and selecting the appropriate puppy food is essential to ensure their healthy growth and development. Regular small meals can help keep your Bernese Mountain Dog healthy and prevent stomach problems. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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