Berners are Huge
While Berners may be large, they are truly gentle giants. Bernese weigh between 80 and 115 pounds for adult males, with females slightly smaller. Their weight is distributed amongst those big bones, making them the teddy bears of the dog world. Although they may not be the most graceful of dogs while they are puppies, once they mature their size lends to a calm demeanor which makes them ideal lap dogs if you don’t mind their size.
Berners should be taught from an early age that jumping on people is unacceptable behavior. This can be done by ignoring them when they jump up or simply getting up and moving away from them when it occurs. However with their size you need to realize that even if your Bernese doesn’t jump on you it will likely nearly knock you over simply because of its size as compared to your own body.
Bernese puppies tend to reach nearly full height by 9 months of age and so while they may seem small in comparison to other large dog breeds at this point, you should expect them to grow rapidly after this time period and so you should plan accordingly when thinking about crate training and other types of training.
Berners are Playful
Berners are very playful and love to play with other dogs and their family members. They are also very gentle, so they are very tolerant of children and other dogs. Berners love to play fetch, or any other game that involves running after something. Berners will happily run after a ball or toy for hours.
Berners are Versatile
A Bernese Mountain Dog’s size and temperament make them great for first time dog owners. While they are a large breed, their calm demeanor makes them easy to train and handle. You can train them to be show dogs, working dogs, therapy dogs, or just family pets. They are great with kids (you could even say they are kid magnets) and other pets. They can live in apartments or houses, but because they were bred to do farm work they will need exercise every day to stay healthy. You can also take your Berner out in the cold weather since this is where they originated from! The Swiss mountains are not always warm and sunny!
Berners Love Their Families
A Bernese Mountain Dog will make a great member of your family. They are devoted to their owners and love to be near them all the time, even if that means sitting in your lap while you work or trying to follow you into the bathroom when nature calls. They also love going on walks and playing with their toys, so they’re great for families who like being active.
A Bernese Mountain Dog is an ideal companion for many reasons. Their temperament makes them a good fit for families with kids, but they are also easy-going enough that they get along well with other dogs and cats.
This breed is known for being intelligent, loyal and loving towards people, which makes them great family pets! But don’t mistake this as meaning they don’t require training; these big guys need plenty of exercise so it’s important not only to provide opportunities for playtime but also teach them how to behave around others such as children or other animals in order keep everyone safe from harm if any accidents do happen at home during playtime sessions by keeping track of food bowls/treats when left unattended (this will prevent choking hazards on top of anything else).
Berner Puppies are Adorable
As if you needed another reason to love Bernese Mountain Dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dog puppies are just as cute as any other breed of puppy! But they are also much bigger than many other breed puppies and very fluffy.
Berners Have Funny Personalities
Berners are highly intelligent and love to play, but also love to be with their family. They are protective of their people as well as being gentle and loving. Berners love to be involved in everything that you do: they are very easy to train. They are sensitive to your mood and will respond accordingly.
Berners have a short lifespan, but often die much too soon.
Unfortunately, Berners have a short lifespan with the typical life expectancy of 7-9 years. This is sad, because they are normally part of our families for a relatively short amount of time.
Rescue dogs are amazing!
Rescue dogs are amazing and there are so many looking for a loving home. If you have room in your heart and home, please consider rescuing instead of buying from a breeder. It is important to remember that adopting a dog isn’t just about finding the perfect breed, it’s about finding the perfect match for you and your family.
There are millions of dogs needing homes in shelters across the country – mixed breeds, purebreds and everything in between! You might be surprised by how many different breeds there are available for adoption at any given time.
If you’re thinking about adopting a rescue pet, here are some of the benefits:
- You give an animal in need a fresh start at life. Who doesn’t want to be part of something like that? And if you don’t know much about where they came from or what they’ve been through, it can really feel even better knowing that your pet was rescued from an uncertain fate or maybe even abuse or neglect! The biggest benefit of adopting a rescue pet? You’ll save their life! That alone should make this decision easy for anyone thinking about bringing another dog into their family as well as helping out one who needs love too.
Only buy from responsible breeders.
First, make sure the breeder you are considering is a responsible breeder. That may sound obvious but make sure they have health clearances on their breeding dogs and that they are testing for all known genetic defects in Berners (Hips, Elbows, Cardiac, Thyroid). If a breeder tests their dogs and posts the results on their web site or shows them to you when you visit then that is a good sign of a responsible breeder. A responsible breeder will only sell puppies to homes where they will get the attention and proper care all dogs need. A good Breeder will never allow one of their puppies to end up in a rescue or shelter. Responsible breeders spend many years doing research, learning about genetics and working hard at producing quality pups with excellent temperaments. The odds are in your favor when it comes to purchasing from someone who has taken this time and effort vs. buying from a backyard dog owner/hobbyist who doesn’t screen potential buyers or do any genetic testing on their breeding stock.
Second, ask if you can see the parents of your puppy? If not then that is not a good sign nor does that mean there aren’t any issues with either parent because if there were why else would the seller not want you to meet the parents? See what living conditions your puppy was raised in (Mom and Dad too!). If you get red flags at this point it should be an automatic no sale!
Responsible breeders put great effort into socializing these large puppies so they don’t become fearful adults which can lead to aggression later in life and biting incidents. Ask how old your puppy was before being sold (8-9 weeks at least) so as much work as possible has been completed by its mother before being separated from her/him.
If you love large dogs who think they’re lap dogs, then a Berner might be right for you.
If you love large dogs who think they’re lap dogs, then a Berner might be right for you. Berners are big dogs with big personalities. They’re goofy and they love to play, but they also have the calm demeanor of a golden retriever. If you have children, the Berner is great with kids. They know how to be gentle when it comes to playing and cuddling with little ones, and they make excellent family pets. They are also great with other animals – not just other dogs, but cats as well! They do well in group settings because they like to have friends around!