Bernese Mountain Dog

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Breed Group: Working
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The exact origin of this breed is unknown, but many believe they began their existence as a farm dog in the Swiss mountains. Their large hardy build and calm nature made them ideal for pulling carts, herding cattle, and being a farmer's companion. Bernese Mountain Dogs are a highly versatile breed.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is commonly referred to as the "Berner". This wonderful breed has a long list of attributes. They are strong, agile, and highly intelligent. Their gentle demeanor and stunning appearance has contributed to this breed's growing popularity. There are few dog breeds that can match the Bernese Mountain Dogs striking appearance, work ethic, and companion skills.
This breed is by nature, loving and alert. They are generally tolerant, sweet, and gentle. The Bernese Mountain Dog is typically excellent with children. However, since they are a large breed, they should never be left unsupervised with small children or children unknown to the dog. They thrive on human companionship and activity and may develop behavioral problems if they are deprived of social interaction. The Berner is protective but is not aggressive unless threatened or provoked. They may be aloof to strangers and have a tendency to be shy. This breed is a devoted indoor member of the family and a willing outdoor helper.
The Bernese Mountain Dog requires daily brushing, with extra care needed during their heavy seasonal shedding. A periodic bath or dry shampooing is recommended. They are typically a hardy breed, but may have a tendency to suffer from elbow or hip dysplasia, cancer, bloat, or eyelid problems. Their size and thick coat make them highly susceptible to heat stroke.
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a stunning weather-resistant tri-color double coat. The coat is black with symmetrical markings of white and rust, moderate in length and either slightly way or straight. It is very thick and has a bright natural sheen. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
This breed benefits from early socialization and basic obedience. Bernese Mountain Dogs are extremely sensitive and will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. All training should be done with positive techniques such as respect, reward, love, fairness, and consistency.
The Bernese Mountain Dog needs an inordinate amount of exercise, interaction, and activity. They require a minimum half hour of vigorous exercise daily as well as several outside trips. They are not recommended for apartment dwelling, as they need a securely fenced large yard to run and play. They excel in conformation, obedience, tracking, herding, and agility.
Male: 90-120; Female: 70-100 lbs
Male: 25-27.5; Female: 23-26 inches
tricolored; black with tan markings and white flashings
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Bernese Mountain Dog puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Bernese Mountain Dog varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Bernese Mountain Dog puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Bernese Mountain Dogs sold is $1,390.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Bernese Mountain Dog with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $3,700 upwards to $10,000 or even more for a Bernese Mountain Dog with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Bernese Mountain Dogs sold is $1,200.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,390.00
Average Price: $1,200.00
Top Quality: $3,700.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 10522 Bernese Mountain Dog puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Bernese Mountain Dogs true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Bernese Mountain Dog Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 10522 Bernese Mountain Dog dogs.
  • 1. Bear
  • 2. Bella
  • 3. Max
  • 4. Teddy
  • 5. Buster
  • 6. Daisy
  • 7. Charlie
  • 8. Rocky
  • 9. Harley
  • 10. Bell
  • 11. Chase
  • 12. Tank
  • 13. Buddy
  • 14. Champ
  • 15. Duke
  • 16. Hannah
  • 17. Lady
  • 18. Bernie
  • 19. Molly
  • 20. Princess

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Iron Heart Berners
Member Since: July 2018
Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
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I am a wife, mom, and veterinarian. My family and I run a small mixed animal practice in rural north central Nebraska as well as ranch. We also raise Black Angus cattle and Quarterhorses. I decided to raise my own Bernese females and raise 1-2 litters each year. My kids and husband also help in this endeavor. Our dogs are part of our family and we feel our puppies make the most amazing family pets and companions. Bernese are one of the most lovable, versatile, and people oriented breeds you can find.

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Anonymous asked:
I am concerned about the puppy health during airline shipping. How are the dogs and puppies shipped? Whom is the better carrier? Also are they looked after during the transport phase? Thank You.



Most of these questions can/will be answered if you call the airline. Each airline is different. Some planes have a specific space for animals in the plane, while others are put in with the other luggage. I have imported all of my breeding stock and all have come to me by plane when they were puppies. I have never had a problem importing a puppy. Some airlines, such as Air Canada have a separate fee that you can pay to have someone look after your animal during the transport phase. With two of my dogs, I was able to have them let out during the lay overs. One was once and another puppy had two lay overs. They were taken out (leash + collar attached to the crate) and allowed to relieve themselves before continuing their flight. I never had any pup have a negative health problem due to flying except for a small cause of diarrhea that lasted about 4 hours after I picked up one of my girls from the air port. Puppies need to have a full health exam and they need to fly when the temperatures allow for it to be the easiest on the dog (ie: not during the hottest part of summer or during the coldest part of winter). Please contact several airlines that go to and from your closest airport and ask them about their live-animal shipping, this will give you the peace of mind and best way to chose an airline to ship your puppy.


The best way to find out the answer to this question would be to call the airline. Every airline is different when it comes to boarding animals.

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Are Bernese Mountain Dog's good with cats?



If a Bernese Mountain Dog is socialized with cats at a young age, then they tend to do just fine with cats as adults.


My Berner was a 130lb male. I have pics of our kittens sleeping on him. He would just look up at me as if to say how much longer? He got along with all our cats big or small.


Bernese Mountains Dogs can be great with small animals, including cats, if properly socialized at a young age.

Anonymous asked:
Why aren't Bernedoodles recognized on this site?



The Bernese Mountain Dog/Poodle cross is not a purebred dog and this website is for mostly purebred dogs. The Labradoodle and Goldendoodle are starting to get their own section on this site because of their popularity. However, the Bernedoodle is not as popular of a mix.


Maybe you should consider having a "doodle" option or "poodle mix" option and divide by size "standard doodle" "miniature doodle"


Please be aware of the grooming requirements of a Bernese/Poodle cross, they carry a high priced grooming fee that needs done on a regular basis.


Simply said, the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Standard Poodle are two completely different dog breeds. The Bernedoodle is basically just an overpriced mutt, since it isn't a purebred dog, nor recognized as an official breed.

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How do Bernese Mountain Dogs do in the heat?



The Bernese Mountain Dog is a long, double coated breed of dog. Heat can be very hard on this breed if the owner is not careful. To survive the hot summer, this dog should be allowed inside where there is A.C during the hottest parts of the day. Walks should be done early morning and late in the evening. Taking your Bernese Mountain Dog to the beach is the best way to beat the heat and get them tired during the hot summer. Fresh, cool water should always be available to the dog and when outside, there should be shade. Picking up a $10.00 kiddie pool, filling it with water or ice water is a great way to help your dog cool off if the dog has to be outside for longer than half an hour in hot weather.


I have owned 3 Berners and 2 of them lived with us for 7 years in the UAE. AC is a must, but they still loved to play outside...and swim when it was very hot and humid (over 100 degrees)


The Bernese Mountain Dog has a thick double coat. This breed typically does not do well in heat for a long time, but can tolerate it when you make sure they have a way to cool themselves off, such as water or a kiddie pool.


I own 10 AKC Bernese Mountain Dogs. They are all inside dogs, year round. Direct sunlight affects them more than moderate heat (less than 100 F). Direct sun coming into the vehicle they are riding and/or direct sun coming into the home they very uncomfortable, even with the air conditioning set at 65.

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Are Bernese Mountain Dog dogs good with cats?



The Bernese Mountain Dog is not known to have a high prey drive, however, if the dog is not socialized and trained how to react with cats, then the dog can easily not be okay with cats. Buying a puppy from a good breeder that socializes their pups with cats and then making sure your pup is socialized with dog-savvy cats at a young age will allow your dog to grow up being good with cats.


We have three cats and they love to chase them around, they do need the cat to put them in their place and they get along great.


Bernese Mountain Dogs can do really well with small animals, including cats, if properly socialized to them at an early age.

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Updated: 7/2/2022