Bernese Mountain Dog

USD $800-$1000 Price Avg.

Working Dogs



Breed Type



7-10 years


Breed Information

Group Working Dogs
Popularity/Rank 25
Origin Switzerland
Other Names Berner, Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $800-$1000
How much does a Bernese Mountain Dog cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $800 to $1000 on your Bernese Mountain Dog if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Bernese Mountain Dog from a shelter.
Size Large
Weight Male: 85-110 pounds (38–50 kg),
Female: 80-105 pounds (36–48 kg)
Height Male: 24-28 inches (61–71 cm),
Female: 23-27 inches (58–69 cm)
Lifespan 7-10 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1937 as a Working breed. And FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Swiss Mountain-
Purpose Working Dog, Guardian, Companion
Date of Origin Ancient Times
Ancestry Mastiff-type, Molosser

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense
Coat Colors Black, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Brown, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Wavy
Recommended Brushes Comb, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush, Scissors
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Affectionate, Caring, Faithful, Intelligent, Loyal
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Yes
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Bloat, Cancer, Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Panosteitis, Portosystemic Liver Shunt, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Von Willebrand's Disease
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.5 cups
Daily Cost $1.75 - $2.25
Monthly Cost $52.50 - $67.50


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Bernese Mountain Dog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 1-14 puppies, average 8 (Once a year.)


The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, strong, and loyal breed of dog that originated in the Swiss Alps. They are known for their striking black and white coat, which is why they are sometimes referred to as “Berner Sennenhund” or “Bernese Cattle Dog”. The Bernese Mountain Dog is an intelligent and friendly breed that makes a great family pet.

Appearance: The Bernese Mountain Dog has a thick double coat that consists of long, silky fur on the top layer and shorter fur underneath. Their coats come in various colors including black, white, rust, tan, and gray. They have a broad head with small ears that hang close to their face. Their eyes are usually dark brown or hazel in color and they have a long muzzle with a black nose.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of the Bernese Mountain Dog is 8-10 years when properly cared for.
Size: The average size of an adult Bernese Mountain Dog is 23-28 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 70-115 pounds depending on gender.
Weight: An adult male can weigh up to 115 pounds while an adult female can weigh up to 90 pounds.
Colors: The most common colors for this breed are black with white markings on the chest, feet, muzzle, neck and tail tip; rust markings over each eye; tan legs; grayish-brown saddle marking; white blaze down face; white socks on all four feet; white collar around neck; tan eyebrows; tan cheeks; rust colored ears tips; light brown eyes with dark rims around them.

Personality: The Bernese Mountain Dog is an intelligent breed that loves being around people and other animals alike! They are loyal companions who will always be by your side no matter what you’re doing or where you’re going! They love being active outdoors but also enjoy cuddling up indoors when it’s time to relax! This breed loves children as well as other dogs making them great family pets!
Friendliness With Other Dogs/Animals/Children: This breed gets along well with other dogs as well as cats if raised together from puppyhood! They also get along very well with children making them great family pets! However due to their size they should always be supervised when playing with small children just in case things get too rough!

Temperament: The temperament of this breed can vary from one individual dog to another but generally speaking they tend to be calm yet alert dogs who love being around people! They make excellent watchdogs due to their alertness but don’t bark excessively unless there is something wrong or someone unfamiliar approaches your home or property!

Health: Generally speaking this breed tends to be quite healthy however like all breeds there are certain health issues that may arise such as hip dysplasia (a condition where the hip joint does not form correctly), elbow dysplasia (a condition where the elbow joint does not form correctly), eye problems such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) which can lead to blindness if left untreated so regular checkups at your vet should help catch any potential problems early on before they become serious issues later down the line!

Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets : This breed adapts very well both indoors and outdoors making them suitable for both city living as well as rural living environments provided they get plenty of exercise each day either through walks or playtime in a fenced yard area if available ! As far as benefits go these dogs make wonderful companions who will always be by your side no matter what life throws at you ! Plus their beautiful coats make them stand out from other breeds so you won't have any trouble finding admirers wherever you go !


The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, muscular dog breed that originates from the Swiss Alps. The breed is also known as the Berner Sennenhund, which translates to "Bernese Alpine Dog". The Bernese Mountain Dog was originally bred as a working dog, and was used for tasks such as pulling carts and herding livestock. However, the breed's popularity began to decline in the early 20th century, and by the end of World War II, the Bernese Mountain Dog was close to extinction. Fortunately, a few dedicated breeders were able to keep the breed alive, and in 1967, the Bernese Mountain Dog was recognized as a official breed by the American Kennel Club.

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large dog breed that can weigh up to 130 pounds. The breed has a thick coat of fur that is black with white and brown markings. The Bernese Mountain Dog is known for being an affectionate and loyal companion. The breed is also known for being intelligent and easy to train.

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