Bernese Mountain Dogs, often called “Berners,” are known for their large stature, with many adults reaching over 27” high at the shoulder! This breed is truly a “gentle giant,” as their large stature may intimidate, but their nature is sweet and affectionate. Berners love to please their owners and thrive in cold, even snowy weather, as they were originally bred from Switzerland.
The adult Bernese Mountain Dog’s fluffy, double coat requires moderate to high levels of grooming. At the least, weekly brushing is required. This increases to daily brushing during shedding season. Along with their coats, their nails, teeth, and ears require regular grooming as well.
Berners are happy outside and like at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. They love adventures and are easy to train, excelling in canine sports like agility, herding, and obedience.
Berners are generally very healthy dogs. Like all breeds, however, they are susceptible to certain health concerns. Quality nutrition, exercise, and grooming play a large role in the health of these pets.