Bernese Mountain Dog

Other names : Berne's cowboy, Dürrbächler, Berner Sennenhund

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Life expectancy

The Bernese Mountain Dog has a life expectancy of between 8 and 10 years




Adult size

Female Between 23 and 26 in
Male Between 25 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 88 and 99 lb
Male Between 110 and 132 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown
Type of coat
Long Wavy
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Bernese Mountain Dog costs between £1080 and £1100

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More details about the Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog: Origins and history

This dog of Swiss origin (near Bern hence his name) comes, like all dogs of the molosser category, from the Tibetan Mastiffs adopted by ancient Rome before spreading through Europe following the Roman legions. From this dog followed the Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund, the Appenzeller Sennenhund, the Entlebucher Sennenhund and of course, the Berner Sennenhund. The different types vary according to their geographical region.

Originally, the Bernese was used for his guarding and herding qualities; now he is mainly considered a family dog, although he is still occasionally employed in mountain rescue scenarios.

FCI classification of the Bernese Mountain Dog

  • Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

  • Section 3 : Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

Training a Bernese Mountain Dog

Like many sheepdogs, this Swiss Mountain dog has a great ability to concentrate and listen to his master.

However, he matures very slowly (it usually takes 2 to 3 years longer than other dog breeds for the Bernese to reach maturity), so it is necessary to be patient and to repeat training exercises many times so that he can completely acquire them.

Education needs to start early in this dog breed, especially given its large size: up to 60 kg in males!

Therefore, it will be essential to offer the Bernese Mountain Dog puppy a firm but gentle education based on positive reinforcement training and on the dog's personal learning rhythm.

Teaching him to walk on a lead without pulling should be one of the earliest lessons to work on in order to enjoy safe walks.

Bernese Mountain Dog: Purchase price

On average, it takes £1100 to buy a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy registered with the Kennel Club. The price will vary depending on the dog's origins, age and gender.

In terms of monthly budget, you need around £70 to provide good quality food and all the necessary care to keep this great Swiss mountain dog healthy.

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