Fascinating Bernese Mountain Dog Facts 

Bernese Mountain Dogs originated as all-purpose farm dogs in the Swiss Alps, used for drafting, herding cattle, and guarding property.


Bernese Mountain Dogs are best recognized for their unique black, rust and white tri-colored coat pattern. No two have the exact same markings.  

Known for

These dogs typically stand between 23-27 inches tall and can weigh 80-115 pounds. Their substantial size makes them slow to mature.

Powerful Breed

Despite their giant size, Bernese Mountain Dogs have a calm, patient temperament. They form especially close bonds with their owners.

Affectionate Nature

Bernese Mountain Dogs have a thick double coat they shed moderately year-round. Expect lots of hair around the house!

Moderate Shedding

Sadly, this breed tends to have a shorter lifespan and is prone to elbow/hip dysplasia, cancer, bloat and other issues. 

Health Issues

Originally rare outside Switzerland, the Bernese Mountain Dog has grown very popular in the last 20 years, now ranking as the 22nd most popular breed. 

Gaining Popularity 

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