The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large breed of dog that originated in Switzerland. The FCI has the Bernese Mountain Dog in Group 2. The breed was originally bred as a draught animal and guard dog and is characterized by a balanced and self-confident nature.
The height at withers of the Bernese Mountain Dog is 64 to 70 centimetres for males, while females are slightly smaller at 58 to 66 centimetres.
There is no standard for weight, although it is usually between 38 and 60 kilograms. The life expectancy of the Bernese Mountain Dog at 10 to 12 years is normal for large dogs.
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a powerful yet balanced physique. His strong head shows a clear stop. Lips and nose are black, eyes dark brown.
The coat of the Bernese Mountain Dog is long and slightly wavy. Its basic colour is black, with reddish-brown markings above the eyes, on the cheeks and the legs. Characteristic is also the white colouring on the muzzle, larynx, chest, paws and tail tip.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are well-balanced and good-natured and are also very relaxed towards strangers. Their attention and courageous character make them an excellent watchdog, but they should not be kept in a kennel. For the Bernese Mountain Dog, attention and attachment to the family are very important.
The affectionate animals can be educated with some consequence very well and prove themselves with sufficient affection as faithful and extremely child-love family dogs.
Due to its size, the Bernese Mountain Dog lacks mobility for many dog sports.
However, the teachable animals are always happy about physical work, be it as a draught dog or when searching for tracks. These characteristics make them an ideal rescue dog.
Even if dog sport such as agility is not one of their strengths, there are some sports that are very suitable for Bernese Mountain Dogs.
As with practically all large dog breeds, there is also an increased risk of hip and elbow dysplasia in the Bernese Mountain Dog. These chronic joint diseases are often associated with severe pain and progressive loss of mobility.
In addition, various causes can lead to chronic kidney problems or even complete renal failure in Bernese Mountain Dogs.
For the well-being and health of your Bernese Mountain Dog, it is of course important to ensure that you feed it according to its needs. Due to their size, these four-legged friends need a comparatively large amount of food to cover their energy requirements. At the same time, it is of course important to ensure that the dog food is of the best possible quality.
To help you with this, we have put together a special set of dog food and other Bellfor products for Bernese Mountain Dogs, which you can buy in our shop at a special price.
In order to reduce the known increased risk of life-threatening gastritis in large dogs, the food set for Bernese Mountain Dogs contains Bellfor Wiesen-Schmaus, a cold-pressed dry food. The cold-pressed croquettes swell up less in the stomach, so that it is not unnecessarily burdened.
The savings set also contains our deer tongue cubes and Bellfor Joints & Bones Complete-Snack. The latter is a very special dog snack that provides your Bernese mountain dog's joints with numerous valuable nutrients thanks to the innovative Ovopet active ingredient complex.