The Bernese Mountain Dog is an extremely friendly dog breed that has a long and storied past. They have been around for over 2,000 years where you can find their origins in Switzerland. This took place in the mountainous region of Bern, Switzerland. Their origins in the colder mountains causes them to have a very thick coat of fur.
This breed was bred as a mix of a mastiff and other guard dog breeds of the time. The Bernese Mountain dog was primarily used as a drover of cattle at the time. If you are not familiar with the term drover it means that they would help move cattle long distances. Other functions for the Bernese Mountain Dog included being a guard dog on the farm and as a drafting dog. Drafting is basically pulling a sled or some sort of wheelbarrow.
The Bernese Mountain Dog wasn’t recognized as an official breed by AKC until the early 1900’s.
Is the Bernese Mountain Dog for you?
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a breed that is very friendly with people and usually other animals. As with all breeds socializing them at an early age is very important. Making sure that they see some unfamiliar faces and other animals is crucial. This is the best way to make sure that your dog is friendly with everyone.
They also like to learn new commands which makes them relatively open to being trained. They are intelligent and learning new commands is a fun activity rather than a chore.
As for energy levels the Bernese Mountain Dog is relatively low when compared to all other breeds. So you will need to take them for some moderate walks but they won’t need to be worked an excessive amount. Trips to the dog park where they can socialize and get some exercise is a great adventure.
With the Bernese Mountain Dog’s thick coat they are a breed that is better suited for colder environments. If you live in a very hot location this is important to take into account. Also they are better dogs for larger households not apartments. This is due to their larger size and their past being exposed to the great outdoors in Switzerland. If you live in a home in a colder climate this could be the breed for you.
Lastly, the Bernese Mountain Dog does shed somewhat so you will need to groom their coat. Also, you may come across a hairy floor or sofa from time to time. This will be especially prominent during the Spring shedding season.
Based on these characteristics the Bernese Mountain Dog received a score of 8.5 out of 10 on the Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker.
The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:
- Willingness to be Trained
- How Comfortable they are around People
- Ability to live in a Household Environment.
Bernese Mountain Dog - Physical Characteristics
As I briefly mentioned earlier the Bernese Mountain Dog is quite a large dog breed. When we compare them to most other breeds they have a quite hefty weight between 80 and 110 pounds. This will be their weight when they reach full size.
In addition, the Bernese Mountain Dog will have a height between 23 and 28 inches when measured at the shoulder. This measurement will be taken when the breed is standing on all fours. Their height and weight will fall higher or lower between these ranges based on gender, diet, and exercise levels.
As I briefly mentioned earlier the Bernese Mountain Dog is quite a large dog breed. When we compare them to most other breeds they have a quite hefty weight between 80 and 110 pounds. This will be the Bernese Mountain Dog’s weight when they reach full size.
In addition, the Bernese Mountain Dog will have a height between 23 and 28 inches when measured at the shoulder. This measurement will be taken when the breed is standing on all fours. The height and weight of the Bernese Mountain Dog will fall higher or lower between these ranges based on gender, diet, and exercise levels.