Bernese Mountain Dog - Loving cuddly dog with a large frame

If you are looking for a gorgeous dog that may look fairly intimidating but in reality is a loyal companion with a very relaxed temperament, the Bernese Mountain dog is the one for you. Due to their calmness and self-confidence, this Swiss dog qualifies as a level headed rescue and search dog. As a calm and people-related leisure companion, the impressive Swiss man cuts an ideal figure.

From Farm dog to show darling

The Bernese Mountain Dog was widespread in rural Switzerland. There they guarded herds, house, and yard; their strength was also used for pulling dogs in front of milk carts. The breed has since been systematically bred since 1892, and in 1910 the Bernese Mountain Dog came to England and aroused the interest of dog lovers at dog shows. They have since been the darlings of dog shows ever since.

Character of the Bernese Mountain Dog

The character of the Bernese Mountain Dog radiates cosiness, which is also reflected in its good-nature. Bernese mountain dogs are generally considered to be loving, however, don’t be surprised by the odd act of catty temperament. If you have a young family with small children this dog isn’t recommended, because the Bernese Mountain Dog can also be stubborn and surprises with its own ideas. On the other hand, the character of a well-behaved Bernese mountain dog is characterized by anticipatory obedience: the animal thinks and instinctively makes the right decisions. Your life at the side of a Bernese Mountain Dog will definitely not be boring.

Raising and keeping the Bernese Mountain Dog

Not necessarily seen as an athlete, however, the Bernese Mountain Dog still loves to move around and needs a lot of exercise, mainly in the form of long walks as opposed to running and romping around. They are the ideal companion for long hikes, but not for sporty jogs or a cycling partner. As soon as they see snow they are unstoppable. They love romping around in winter. They also know exactly what they want. When they don't feel like it, they deliberately put their lop-ears down and show themselves as a joker with a penchant for nonsense. When raising the Bernese Mountain Dog, you have to demonstrate consistency, empathy and patience, even if the gentle giant is charming. Moreover, your living situation is important for keeping a Bernese Mountain Dog: the large dog needs a lot of space therefore a home with access to the garden is ideal.

Grooming the Bernese Mountain Dog

The Dog is perfectly comfortable in the cold and winter due to their thick coat that keeps them warm. To keep the coat of the Bernese Mountain Dog in good order, you should brush it out at least every two days, we recommend grooming every day when changing fur. The four-legged friend only needs a bath in exceptional cases. Pay attention, especially with a young dog, to the composition of their food: As with other large dog breeds, the feed should not be too high in protein, as this can promote diseases later in life. Due to its size, the Bernese Mountain Dog is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Gastric twists, kidney failure and an increased risk of cancer (histiocytosis, lymphosarcoma) are further breed-typical diseases.


  • Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Origin: Switzerland
  • Classification: Molossoids, Pinscher and Schnauzer, Swiss Mountain Dogs
  • Size: Male 64-70cm shoulder height. Female 59-66cm shoulder height
  • Weight: Male 45-50kg. Female 35-40kg
  • Anatomy: Stocky limbs, strong muscles
  • Eyes: Almond shaped, dark brown
  • Ears: Large, high hanging lop ears
  • Fur and colour: lush, long, wavy, soft, shiny fur; black, brown-red burn, with white markings on the head and chest and tip of the paws and tip of the tail
  • Particularities: Loves snow
  • Character: Loyal, good natured and cuddly
  • Maintenance: Brush every two days groom every day when changing fur