AKC PuppyFinder: Bernese Mountain Dog Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Good-natured and calm
- Energy Level: Not Very Active; Berners aren't exactly up-tempo, but they do need daily exercise
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: Yes
- Shedding: Frequent
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 25-27.5 inches (male), 23-26 inches (female)
- Weight: 80-115 pounds (male), 70-95 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 7-10 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
The traits that make the Bernese Mountain Dog such a good farm helper are the same that make him a confident and friendly companion. Your adorable Bernese Mountain Dog puppy will grow up to be a loving, big fellow of 80-100 pounds. And while he likes to have a job to do and daily exercise, at home he'll be happy to relax. He's a calm, affectionate family companion at work, play or just hanging out.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1937
Breed History & Job Description: Berners are farm dogs that originated in Switzerland and are named for the Canton of Bern (a Swiss state). Their large, sturdy frames and calm, confident attitude made them perfect for the jobs of pulling carts (which they still like to do today!), driving dairy cattle, watching the farm, and acting as companions to farmers. In the ’20s a Kansas farmer brought a pair to the United States, which kick-started their popularity in America.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. BMD health issues include hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, bloat, sub-aortic stenosis, autoimmune diseases, skin and coat problems, thyroid disorders, von Willebrand's disease, and eye disorders (ectropion and entropion, cataracts, PRA). Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but many Bernese Mountain Dogs are healthy dogs.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Cardiac Exam
- Von Willebrand's Disease DNA Test
- Breed Club