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Bernese Mountain Dog

Size: Large

Weight: 80 - 90 lbs.

Height: 23" - 28"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Health Problems: CHD; hip and elbow dysplasia; mast cell tumor; gastric torsion; may not tolerate hot weather

Origin: Switzerland

Also Known As: Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog

Group: Herding

Category: Companion Dog, Herding

Exercise Needs

The Bernese Mountain Dog needs daily vigorous exercise.

Grooming Needs

Weekly brushing is required for your Bernese Mountain Dog.


The Bernese Mountain Dog is easy-going, gentle and family oriented.

Compatibility with Kids

Gentle with children. Gets along well with other pets.


May date back to the Roman invasion of Switzerland when this dog was used to guard flocks.