The Bernese Mountain Dog is loved by all. And what’s not to love! This huge, man-sized dog is an impressive size, coupled with a friendly face that gives it the appearance of a big, cuddly teddy bear. Discover all the physical characteristics of the Bernese Mountain Dog below.

Bernese Mountain Dog Size

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a giant dog, like the Cane Corso and the Great Dane. In adulthood, males reach between 64 and 70cm, while females usually measure between 60 and 66cm. This size difference is quite distinct, although it can vary from one individual to another. If you want a smaller dog, however, opt for a female pup. The Bernese Mountain Dog, like most large dogs, matures quite late, reaching the end of its growth period between 19 and 24 months old. The growth peak occurs around month 7, after which the curve flattens.

Bernese Mountain Dog Weight

The weight of a Bernese Mountain Dog depends, in part, on its size. The bigger the dog, the more they tend to weigh. Adult males, as a general rule, weigh between 50 and 60kg. Adult females, on the other hand, weigh between 40 and 50kg. A rapid increase in the puppy's weight can be seen until its 7th month of age, after which the growth curve slows. Typically, a puppy is considered to have reached two-thirds of its adult weight by the 7th or 8th month.

Pay special attention to the height and weight of your Bernese Mountain Dog to be sure that they are growing properly. Also, be careful not to put too much stress on your dog's joints, because the Bernese Mountain Dog breed is particularly affected by hip dysplasia. Avoid abrupt movements and rough games, for example. Playtime must be strictly supervised to avoid excess. It’s important to teach your dog self-control through good dog training.

Canine obesity is another reason to keep a close eye on your dog’s weight. Being overweight can permanently reduce the life expectancy of your Bernese Mountain Dog and cause serious health problems, such as diabetes. Try and stick to the recommended weight for your dog—which will of course change over time to take into account their age—and avoid giving them too many treats. Not to mention the importance of physical activity!


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Bernese Mountain Dog Colours

Bernese Mountain Dogs have a gorgeous, glossy, tricolour coat in the following colour combination: black, red, and white. The base colour is jet black with rich reddish-brown on the cheeks, eyes, legs, and chest, and white markings on the head and chest; there is a white “Swiss cross” on the chest when viewed from the front. White markings are also often found on the paws—giving the impression of your dog wearing slippers!—and the tip of the tail.

Bernese Mountain Dog Traits

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a massive dog, with a well-proportioned, compact body and a broad chest. The coat is long, slightly wavy, smooth, and silky. The head is also huge and compact; strong with a flat skull and a well-defined stop. The nose is black. The ears are medium-sized, triangular, and set high on the head. They lie flat in repose and are brought slightly forward and raised when alert. The eyes display a gentle, intelligent gaze. They are dark brown in colour, and almond-shaped. Finally, the tail is long, bushy, and carried high.

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