FAQs


What are these “health problems” people talk about?
All dogs can have health problems. Bernese Mountain Dogs, like other large breed dogs, can have hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The breed has a relatively high incidence of Malignant Histiocytosis, and mast cell cancer is not uncommon. Berners can have heart problems and problems with their eyes. Life expectancy for a berner is only 7 – 8 years, although many live past that and some die at younger ages. The best way to maximize your chances of getting a sound and healthy dog is to buy from a reputable breeder who cares about health and soundness.
 
I just want a pet – why should I care about where I buy the puppy?
There are at least two good reasons to care where you get your puppy. First, buying from a reputable breeder increases your chances of getting a healthy and sound puppy. Second and related to the first, owning a sound and healthy berner is WAY cheaper than owning one with health issues!
 
Do Bernese Mountain Dogs shed?
In a word – YES!
 
How big is a Bernese Mountain Dog?
The females are usually 23-26 inches and weigh in the neighborhood of 75-90 pounds. Male are typically 25 – 27.5 inches and 90 – 120 pounds.
 
How much does a Bernese Mountain Dog cost?
A pet puppy on a spay/neuter contract will probably cost somewhere between $1,200 - $2,500.
 
Are Bernese Mountain Dogs good with children?
They certainly can be but like any dog, proper training of the dog and children is important.
 
Can my berner live in the backyard?
Not a good idea – these are dogs that thrive on human companionship and so while it is okay for them to spend some time outside, they do best when they are primarily housedogs.
 
How do berners handle heat?
Not well!! In hot weather they will need to have access to a cool location.
 
How can I spot a disreputable breeder of Bernese Mountain Dogs?
There are some common red flags to watch for and they include:
     - Breeding stock imported from Eastern European countries.
     - Credit cards accepted.
     - No questions asked – you have money, they have puppies.
     - Registered names of dogs do not appear on the web site (so you can’t do research on the dogs).
     - Breeder is not a member of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America.
     - Neither parent is a champion.
     - Breeder offers multiple breeds.
     - No contract involved.
     - You cannot verify health clearances on the dogs.

 

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