Bernese Mountain Dog Puppies for Sale
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a legendary Swiss breed. Farmers in the Swiss Alps, especially around Berne, used these muscular, big-boned dogs to pull carts, for herding, and as watchful farm dogs.
Although the Bernese Mountain Dog loves the outdoors, his exercise needs are more moderate than many other farm and herding dogs. This gentle giant makes a wonderful family pet and is good with children and other dogs.
Although variations of this breed have been around for hundreds of years, the breed wasn’t formally established in Switzerland until 1907. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1937 and grouped as Working.
- Country of Origin: Switzerland
- Weight: 80 - 110 lbs
- Height: 23 - 28 inches
- Color: The Bernese Mountain Dog’s beautiful coat is often admired and is a core part of the AKC’s breed standards. The Bernese Mountain dog must have a black coat covering most of its body with distinct white markings on the face, chest, feet, and tail. Rust appears in the eyebrows and other areas. Bernese Mountain Dogs with blue eyes or a ground color other than black cannot be registered with the AKC.
Bernese Mountain Dogs genuinely are gentle giants. They have a sweet, docile, nature and are non-aggressive. However, they are watchful by nature and are sure to start barking when new people or animals approach their territory.
This breed has a heavy coat and loves being outdoors in all kinds of weather. This is a cold-weather dog that loves snow. This pup will wither in the heat, so watch for signs of heat exhaustion in the summer.
Because they are docile dogs, they need a gentle hand in training, and may not respond well to harsh training techniques. They are smart and eager to please, so gentle, consistent training should pay off.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is also a good family pet that does very well with children and other animals. While this is a good watchdog, this pup is gentle to visitors, but may be aloof with strangers.
The Bernese Mountain Dog’s life expectancy is between 6-9 years. While most Bernese Mountain Dogs are exceptionally hearty, like all breeds, they occasionally experience health issues. Here are some of the more common health issues:
- Hip dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
- von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD)
- Prone to heat strokes
Food allergies are more common in this breed, so watch your Bernese Mountain Dog’s diet. If your puppy shows signs of itchy or dry skin, check with your vet to see if your pet has allergies. If your pup is vomiting or has diarrhea, call your vet immediately.
Because the Bernese Mountain Dog was bred for life in the Alps, this breed don’t do well in heat. In hot weather, take extra care to keep your dog cool and well-hydrated.
All breeds of dogs should be brought in for regular vet checkups. It’s important for every type of dog to stay current on all shots and vaccinations.
Coat & Coat Care
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a thick, double coat that is woolly on the underside with a long, wavy topcoat.
This breed sheds year-round, but sheds heavier during seasonal changes. Brush 2-3 times a week to control shedding. Brush daily in the spring and fall, during the peak shedding season. Keep ears clean to prevent ear infections. Bathe only when necessary.