Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Profile


Among the qualities of the Bernese Mountain Dog are that they are cheerful, gentle, loyal, slow to mature, self confident, alert and good natured.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is great with family and children. Also fairly friendly towards strangers.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of the Bernese Mountain Dog is around 10 to 12 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 80 to 110 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog are hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cancer, bloat, and eyelid problems.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking is out of the question for this breed of dog, as they prefer the outdoors. Shedding is heavy, brush daily.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not for the apartment or condo environment. Not for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a large fenced in yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for this breed of dog is around $1,000 to $1,200+. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected. Will have a hard time adjusting to a new owner after they reach 18 months of age.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog.

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