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Bernese Mountain Dog


Bernese Mountain Dog profile

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Lifespan: 7-8 Years

Avg height: 58-70cm

Avg weight: 32-54kg

Coat type: Long, silky, slightly wavy coat with a long bushy tail.

Coat colours: Tri-colour.

Originally bred for: All-purpose farm dog.

Breed traits: Friendly, loving, faithful, amiable.


A little about the Bernese Mountain Dog


One of the most attractive and friendly breeds, the Bernese Mountain Dog makes an excellent, loving, family member. They have become a popular therapy dog, but their silky coat requires a large amount of grooming. 




Unfortunately, the beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog does have a number of health concerns. Chief among these is Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Mast Cell Tumours and eye disorders (Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Ectropion & Entropian). Less commonly they can experience heart disease (Sub-Aortic Stenosis), hypomyelination, Von Willebrands disease, hepatocellular degeneration, allergies, and hypothyroidism. 

A day in the life of "Zoey"


I huff, and I puff. Do you think mum noticed? Her friend is always talking non-stop out the front of our house making me wait for my daily walk. I just want to follow my nose and sniff my way around the big bushes and see where my friends have been with their owners. It’s time to go on an adventure mum! Although I must admit, mum’s friend is great at giving me hugs and pats. Every time she sees me, she’s always amazed at how big and fluffy I am. I lean into her as she strokes my fur, wag my tail, and lick her hands. What better way to show my affection back!

After pats I tug on the lead to let mum knows it’s time to go, we have much more important things to do. Finally! Off we go, down the hill past our neighbours to the river. So many people, dogs and smells to take in. We walk past other dogs on their leads as we briskly stroll past the river. Every dog we pass ends looking up to me. There are hardly ever any dogs of my size, I hope they’re not intimidated though. I know my fur and bear-like features make me much cuddlier and friendly looking to their owners. I must stop and smell as much as I can, but as soon as mum says it’s time to go I obey. Mum always knows best.

As we head back up the hill back home my tummy begins to rumble. I must remind mum it’s food time as soon as we walk in the house. Once she unlocks the door I run off straight to my food bowl waiting patiently for it to fill up to the brim with food. Mum and I worked up a sweat today! Time to dig in.


Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.