Dog Profiles: Bernese Mountain Dog


  • The Bernese Mountain Dog (nicknamed Bernie) was originally bred by the Swiss — specifically in Berne (hence the name.) 
  • The breed was dwindling at the turn of the last century, but thanks to the efforts of Franz Schlertenleib, the Bernese type was reinvigorated and made to thrive. 
  • Unfortunately, saving the breed meant a lot of inbreeding which explains why the Bernese is more susceptible to diseases than other dogs in its class. Cancer is sadly one of the leading causes of Bernese mortality. 
  • Along with being reared to herd cattle and sheep, the Bernese was also used to pull dairy carts. Thanks to its large size, this dog was often considered a beast of burden.
  • Because of their huge size, the Bernese, sadly, doesn’t typically live past 15 years. Their average life expectancy is between seven and ten years. 
  • A Bernese can weigh anywhere between 80 and 110 lbs. It stands between 25 and 27.5 inches tall. 
  • The Bernese Mountain Dog is an amazingly affectionate dog and even needy. The breed needs to live in a larger home than a small apartment and prefers to be in the house as opposed to being relegated to an outdoor kennel.
  • Obedience training is necessary for any dog, but Bernese Mountain Dogs are fairly effortless to train. They are extremely amicable 
  • Apart from inadvertently bumping children over, this breed is terrific with kids
  • A Bernie will act out by barking and chewing up things if they feel they are being isolated from their family.