Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain dogs first strike you with their sheer size- the average weight is 75 to 120 lbs! They are known for their friendly disposition, intelligence, and trainability. This size comes with high energy and handling skills are required. Their shaggy, tri-coloured coats require regular grooming, have a ferocious bark, and like to chase smaller animals. Happiest in a home with a large yard to run and romp in, they require vigorous exercise. They are affectionate, intelligent, calm, and are excellent watch dogs.
Common Health Conditions
- Bernese Mountain Dogs are nearly three times as likely as owners of other breeds to report musculoskeletal problems in their dogs.
- Bernese Mountain dogs are at an increased risk for developing certain types of cancer.
- Due to their size, they have high energy and nutritional needs to maintain overall health and vitality.