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Bernese Mountain Dog

Everything you need to know about Bernese Mountain dogs.

Size
Large
Life Expectancy
typically 8+ years
Shedding
Long length with heavy shedding

Bernese Mountain Dogs are large, moderately active dogs originating from the mountains of Switzerland.  

Once used as farm dogs for Alpine herders, Bernese Mountain Dogs’ thick, medium-to-long coats are typically black, brown, and white in colour.  

When it comes to behaviour, each doggo has their own traits and quirks. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re taking a look at everything Bernese Mountain Dog, bringing you the important facts and things to consider.

Could you give a Bernese Mountain Dog a forever home? 

Caring for Bernese Mountain Dogs

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Bernese Mountain Dog. 

Health issues

Before giving a Bernese Mountain Dog a forever home, consider any possible health issues. Not every dog experiences them, but it’s important to be prepared.

For more advice on potential health issues for Bernese...

How much food does a Bernese Mountain Dog need?

There is no set amount for how much food your Bernese Mountain Dog need. This depends on their: 

  • age 
  • size 
  • activity levels 
  • fitness 
  • weight. 
An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Bernese Mountain Dog need?

Bernese Mountain Dogs are usually moderately active dogs who need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to expl...

How much grooming does a Bernese Mountain Dog need?

Bernese Mountain Dogs shed heavily. To put your dog at ease and help their confidence, introduce handling and grooming step by step. This will make grooming more enjoyable for everyone and ensure a positive experience...

What crate size do you need for a Bernese Mountain Dog?

In their crate, your dog should be able to comfortably:

  • sit and stand at their full height
  • turn around without touching the edges
  • lie down at full stretch
  • comfortably wag their tail....

Bernese Mountain Dog behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Bernese Mountain Dogs, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality. 

What's the temperament of a Bernese Mountain Dog?

Like people, each dog is different with their own individual personality and experience. So, the temperaments of different Bernese Mountain Dogs vary.

Dogs learn all about the world as they grow from puppies to ...

Are Bernese Mountain Dogs easy to train?

Any dog can be taught new tricks, whatever their breed. It’s all about positive learning. Find out what motivates your dog, whether that’s treats, toys or praise. You can use this as a reward throughout training to ma...

Are Bernese Mountain Dogs good with children?

Each dog’s personality is shaped by their experiences of the world and they respond differently to certain situations.  

But there are some universal ways to treat any dog, including Bernese Mountain Dogs, ...

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