Bernese Mountain Dog Training, Temperament, & More
Dog with lovers
Subscribe to The FREE Bernese Mountain Dog Training Course to learn how you can easily turn your unruly and disobedient Berner into a loving, friendly companion. Step-by-step tips for puppy housebreaking, dog obedience training and stopping bad behavior.
Sign Up

Bernese Mountain Dog: Origin, Personality, Training (Mountain Dog, Berner)

Dog with lovers
About Bernese Mountain Dog

Country of Origin, History of Bernese Mountain Dogs

Bernese Mountain Dog's origin is unknown but they are known to be a native Swiss breed from the Bernese Alps. The “Bernese Alpine Herdsman’s dog” or Berner Sennenhund, was used for driving livestock, draft work and as a general farm guardian to warn the family.

Bernese Mountain Dog Tools

Breed Selector Tool - is the Bernese Mountain Dog the right breed for you?

Is the Bernese Mountain Dog the right breed for you and your family?

Find out by using our Free Dog Breed Selector Tool

Check Your Bernese Mountain Dog's Learning Style

Are you aware dogs also have a learning style that can greatly affect their ability to housetrain as well as be trained correctly. Evaluate your Bernese Mountain Dog's learning style and personality using our free Learning Style tool so that you are better able to provide him with the proper Bernese Mountain Dog training methods.

Is your Bernese Mountain Dog dominating over you?

Does your Bernese Mountain Dog bark unnecessarily? Does your Bernese Mountain Dog come to you when you call? Download a FREE Report on Dog Dominance for you and your Bernese Mountain Dog and learn how to control your dog.

Do you make these mistakes with your Bernese Mountain Dog?

Are you inadvertently snow-balling bad behavior in your Bernese Mountain Dog? Evaluate your Dog Training Style from our Free Tool and learn how best to deal with your dog.

Bernese Mountain Dog Calorie Calculator

Do you know how many calories your Bernese Mountain Dog needs every day and how many cups of food you should be giving it every day? Click here to use our Bernese Mountain Dog Calorie Calculator.

Dog with lovers

A General Appearance of the Dog

This Breeds are large, heavy, sturdy dogs with a full heavy coat. The Berner is a tri-colored dog with the base of black with markings of rust or tan and white. The head is broad with dark eyes. The tail is long and bushy.

The Berner looks like an intelligent, gentle giant. The deep bark of warning is often accompanied by a wagging tail saying, “do you want to be my friend?”

Coat Color

The Dogs are tri-colored with a base of black with pure white chest, feet and blaze. There will be highlights of rust or tan as well. The rust areas should be symmetrical and include two highlights over the eyes.

Coat Type

Berners have a full, long, heavy coat and bushy tail. The coat is slightly wavy but may also be straight.


Male: 24 to 28 inches
Female: 23 to 27 inches


Male: 85 to 110 lbs
Female: 80 to 105 lbs

Dog with lovers
Dog with lovers

Free Bernese Mountain Dog Training Secrets

Free Course on Bernese Mountain Dog Training & Obedience
Stop All Bad Behavior, Excessive Barking and Biting

Sign Up Here

Bernese Mountain Dog Personality Traits

Dog with lovers

Temperament of the Bernese Mountain Dog

The Dog is a gentle, happy breed which makes a great family companion. They are gentle and cheerful. Berners love children. Their instincts provide a natural watchdog warning of anything or anyone approaching, but they are not aggressive. They are a “couch potato” but are capable of high energy when motivated. Due to the very loyal nature of the breed, adoption after 18 months can create a difficult adjustment for the dog.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

This Dogs love the outdoors but they need time inside with their family. Because of their thick coats, they prefer cool climates.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Berners love children. Their gentle, cheerful attitude makes them a wonderful family pet. They can be boisterous when young and, because of their size, can knock youngsters down, but they would never hurt a family member or friend.

Bernese Mountain Dog Activity Level

How Active is the Breed?

Bernese Mountain Dogs are an active breed. They need daily exercise, long walks, runs in an open area. They do best with a large fenced yard. Berners are slow to mature and can remain boisterous and puppy-like for quite awhile. Inside, unless excited, Berners are calm, couch potatoes. If they do not see a need to expend energy, they will often be happy just laying down.

As adults, they do fine in an apartment setting as long as they get a long walk each day and a run in a dog park several times a week.

How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?

Berners are large active dogs, and need regular exercise like long daily walks and extended play time in an area where they can run free.


The Berner’s long thick coat needs daily to weekly brushing. Additional brushing can be required when shedding. Berners are a seasonal heavy shedder.

Dog with lovers

Free Bernese Mountain Dog Training Secrets

Free Course on Bernese Mountain Dog Training & Obedience
Stop All Bad Behavior, Excessive Barking and Biting

Sign Up Here

Health and Care

Genetic Problems

In general this dog is a hardy breed. They can be prone to cancer and hip and elbow dysplasia.

Litter Size: 1 to 14, with an average of 8

Life Span: 6 to 8 years

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs

British – Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain –
US – Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America, Inc. -


Rescue Link:

Group: Working Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 22

Also Known As: Berner, Mountain Dog, Berner Sennenhund

Train Your Bernese Mountain Dog To Listen To You

Get Instant Access to Your Training Now - For Free

Sign up for our Free Bernese Mountain Dog Mini Course to have a housebroken, obedient dog that happily comes to you every time you call.

You'll learn new commands to obedience-train your dog as well as how to housebreak your dog in 6 days or less.

You'll also learn how to eliminate bad habits like barking, nipping or biting, jumping, or pulling on the leash.Here's just s small fraction of what else you'll learn in the course:

  • How to lead and think like a pack dog - the new psychology.

  • 3 dangerous mistakes that most Berner owners make when they are trying to potty train their dogs.

  • The 2 main reasons why your dog barks excessively and how to control its excessive barking.

  • How to obedience train your Bernese Mountain Dog to permanently end behavioral problems like Jumping, Aggression, Pulling on Leash.

  • A surprisingly easy way to teach your dog cool new tricks.

  • How to improve your dog's lifespan and keep it from getting overly heavy with a healthy and nutritious diet.

  • Getting Pro help fast - how to get access to our expert trainers when you need them most.

  • One hidden psychological trigger that all Bernese Mountain Dogs have... that practically allows you to "analyze" and "control" your dog's every action.

  • Priority access to the free online seminars conducted by our training experts.

Whereas other dog training related web sites and books offer generic information for dogs in general, ours is the ONLY web site that offers Berner information specifically, from a renowned panel of experts - because as you probably know, Berners have their own special training requirements that other dogs don't have.

Dog with lovers

Our Dog Experts

The Bernese Mountain Dog training information you will read here was developed by a panel of renowned dog training experts whose combined wisdom represents nearly 100 years of specialist experience training dogs.

Here are a few of our experts:

What Other Dog Owners Say…

Did you know we have over 875,000 subscribers of the FREE Bernese Mountain Dog Training mini course?
You can also subscribe for free, but first...
Read what other dog owners just like you found when they subscribed to this mini course:

Here are a few of our experts: