Bernese Mountain Dog

About the Breed

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a striking dog breed with its black, white, and rust-colored coat, making it one of the most recognizable breeds. With a gentle, loyal nature and an eagerness to please, it is no wonder this breed has become so popular. In this article we will provide an overview of the Bernese Mountain Dog's temperament and care requirements, discuss its history, ideal weight and health checks that are important for this breed. Temperament The Bernese Mountain Dog is known for being gentle and loyal with its owners. It loves to be around their family members and will often follow them from room to room in order to stay close. This breed is patient and willing to please which makes them great companions or family dogs. They are quite intelligent but can be stubborn when it comes to training - so patience and consistency are key when teaching them new commands or tricks. History The Bernese Mountain Dog originated in Switzerland where they were used as farm dogs for herding cattle and protecting livestock from predators such as wolves or bears. They were also used as watchdogs on the farms due to their alert nature which made them great guard dogs too! The breed was first imported into North America in the 1920s but was not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1937. Today the Bernese Mountain Dog is still popular among many dog owners because of their reliable temperament and beautiful looks! Ideal Weight The ideal weight range for a male Bernese Mountain Dog ranges from 80-120 pounds while female's should weigh between 70-110 pounds depending on their size at maturity. While these may seem like large weights for an adult dog, they should still be fit enough so that you can feel their ribs but not see them clearly when running your hands over their sides. Keeping your pet at an appropriate weight helps ensure they live a long healthy life! Health Checks The Bernese Mountain Dog is prone to certain health issues such as hip dysplasia (a joint disorder), eye diseases like Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) or cataracts, bloat (gastric torsion), elbow dysplasia (another joint disorder) and cancer especially mammary gland tumors which are more common among females than males of this particular breed type. Its important that you take your pet for regular health checks with your vet in order to catch any potential issues early on before they become serious problems down the line! Additionally - keep up with vaccinations as recommended by your veterinarian; this will help keep your pet healthy throughout its life span! The Bernese Mountain Dog is a beautiful dog with a gentle yet loyal demeanor; making them perfect companions or family pets if trained properly from a young age. They have an interesting history stemming back centuries ago in Switzerland where they were used mainly as farm dogs herding cows, protecting livestock from predators & serving as watchdogs. Its important that you keep up regular health checks & vaccinations in order to maintain optimal health throughout their life span; additionally make sure that you ensure they remain within an appropriate weight range so that they can enjoy a happy & fulfilled life without any unnecessary physical strain on joints/bones etc... All in all - if given proper care & attention - these wonderful canine companions can bring joy into anyones home!

Healthy weight:

70-115 pounds

Recommended Food

Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • Black
  • Rust
  • White

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Active
  • Dedicated
  • Loving
  • Responsible

Health Considerations

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Skin Allergies
  • Eye Conditions
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills


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