Bernese Mountain Dog Mix

Canis lupus

Last updated: January 15, 2023
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This Bernese mountain dog mix gets very attached to its loved ones and demands plenty of attention.

Bernese Mountain Dog Mix Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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Bernese Mountain Dog Mix Facts

Name Of Young
Puppy
Group Behavior
  • Social
Fun Fact
This Bernese mountain dog mix gets very attached to its loved ones and demands plenty of attention.
Gestation Period
58-68 days
Litter Size
6-8 puppies
Diet
Omnivore
Lifestyle
  • Diurnal
Common Name
Bernedoodle
Origin
United States

Bernese Mountain Dog Mix Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Multi-colored
Skin Type
Fur
Height
18-29 inches
Age of Sexual Maturity
18 months
Age of Weaning
8 weeks
Aggression
Low

Bernese Mountain Dog Mix as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Moderate
Separation Anxiety
High
Preferred Temperature
Warm climate
Exercise Needs
Moderate
Friendly With Other Dogs
High
Pure bred cost to own
$2,500- $5,000
Dog group
Working
Male weight
25-90 lbs
Female weight
25-90 lbs

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The Bernese Mountain Dog is a working dog known for rescue missions and pulling carts. This breed is incredibly patient and peaceful, making them great companions. However, many people are attracted to a Berneses mountain dog mix, as some of these hybrids are comfortable in extreme temperatures but may have longer lifespans than purebred Bernese mountain dogs and with fewer health issues. Additionally, purebreds are more expensive than Bernese mixes.

This article will focus on the Bernedoodle (Bernese mountain dog and Poodle mix), but first, here are some other popular Bernese mountain dog mixes.

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Types of Bernese Mountain Dog Mixes

While the Bernese mountain dog is absolutely breathtaking, combining them with other purebreds is a winning recipe. Here are three of the most popular Bernese mixes.

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Bernesky (Bernese Mountain Dog and Husky Mix)

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The Bernesky is a cross between a Bernese mountain dog and a husky.

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Bernesky puppies have bodies with a double coat and medium-length fur. Thankfully, these hybrids will require much less coat maintenance than the Bernese mountain dog, and they don’t shed as much.

These adorable hybrids are affectionate towards their families and love getting all the attention. In addition, they are eager to please and incredibly loving. While these Bernese mountain dog mixes get along well with children, they might be wary of strangers.

The Bernesky is a moderately active dog and needs to exercise for at least 30-40 minutes daily. Therefore a low-medium intensity walk will suffice. In addition, they love playing fetch and doing obstacle courses.

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Labranese (Bernese Mountain Dog and Labrador Retriever Mix)

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The Labranese is a combination of a Bernese mountain dog and a Labrador retriever.

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The Labranese has reduced risks of developing hereditary diseases because of the enlarged gene pool. Owners can reduce this risk even further by providing them with the best care—for example, their diet and fitness. However, when buying a designer breed, ensure the breeder is reputable. Ask for any medical certificates to prove the dog is healthy, and the parents have been screened for health conditions.

The Labranese was developed in a Canadian guide dog facility in 1991 to create assistance dogs. Since Labradors are loyal and intelligent, and the Bernese mountain dog is pleasant and patient, they thought this mix would be ideal.

Training this hybrid is easy as they are eager to learn and very smart. However, some pups can be aloof and disinterested. But with a bit of patience and plenty of positive reinforcement, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Bernese Collie (Bernese Mountain Dog and Border Collie Mix)

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The Bernese collie is a cross between a Bernese mountain dog and border collie.

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Since Bernese collies are moderately active, they need plenty of exercise and playtime daily. These hybrids need at least half an hour of physical stimulation every day. This can include walks, backyard shenanigans, or obedience training.

The Bernese collie is often referred to as the Bordernese. They are incredibly charming and love to please their owners. Additionally, they are energetic, alert, and fantastic watchdogs!  Their friendly and loyal nature makes them great with children and pets.  

While this Bernese mountain dog mix is generally healthier than its purebred parents, they are still susceptible to the following conditions:

  • Deafness
  • Diabetes
  • Eye problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurological problems

Pros and Cons of Owning a Bernese Mountain Dog Mix

ProsCons
They make fantastic family petsRequires a lot of grooming
These hybrids are hypoallergenicCan be stubborn
Their intelligence makes them great assistant dogsThese designer dogs are expensive

The Best Dog Food for a Bernese Mountain Dog Mix

Providing your Bernedoodle with the best dog food is vital to their well-being. The more owners focus their attention on their dog’s individual nutritional requirements, the less they’ll spend on vet bills and the longer their hybrid will live. While it might be hard to ignore your dog’s pleading eyes when eating, you must not give in. Overfeeding this Bernese mountain dog mix is a surefire way to cause health issues as they get older. So, only feed your hybrid the best-quality food you can afford, and be pedantic about adhering to a regular routine.

There are four types of dog food you can choose from:

  • Kibble
  • Wet food
  • Raw
  • Cooked

While cooked and raw food is all the rage these days and provides a lot of nutritional value, owners should always consult with their trusted veterinarian to ensure they provide their pooches with a balanced diet. However, the most practical way to feed a large dog like this is with a combination of wet and dry food. But, always ensure to purchase brands with high protein content. If meat isn’t the first ingredient on the label, it is not a suitable option.

Bernese Mountain Dog Mix Size and Weight

There are two types of Bernedoodles, and they differ by size.

Mini Bernedoodle

The mini Bernedoodle combines a miniature Poodle and a Bernese mountain dog; thus, they are smaller. However, due to the latter’s large size, they aren’t actually that small. For example, these hybrids fall into the medium-sized category, weighing between 25-50 pounds and measuring around 18 to 22 inches tall.

Standard Bernedoodle

The standard Bernedoodle is a cross between a regular Poodle and Bernese mountain dog, so they fall into the large dog category. These hybrids weigh around 70 to 90 pounds and grow between 23 to 29 inches tall.

Bernedoodle adult laying in the grass
Bernedoodles enjoy cuddling and spending time with their family members.

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Bernese Mountain Dog Mix Common Health Issues

This Bernese mountain dog mix is vibrant and healthy. However, they are still prone to potential health issues inherited from their Poodle and Bernese mountain dog parents. Therefore, hip and elbow dysplasia is possible, similar to many larger dog breeds. Other conditions can include the following:

Life Expectancy

With the proper care, Bernedoodles can live for 7 to 18 years. However, the smaller hybrids, like the mini Bernedoodles, have longer lifespans.

Bernese Mountain Dog Mix Temperament

Unfortunately, there is a lot of variation among Bernedoodles, even in the same litter, so it’s hard to determine what type of personality they might inherit. However, while they can take after their docile Bernese mountain dog parent, they are far from lazy. On the contrary, they are generally outgoing, social, and love learning new skills. Therefore, these hybrids are receptive to training and will probably be the best-mannered pooch you have ever owned. However, they are warier of strangers than other doodle hybrids, so early socialization will significantly benefit them. But, some owners prefer their wariness, as this trait makes them fantastic guard dogs.

This Bernese mountain dog mix gets very attached to its loved ones and demands plenty of attention. Therefore, owners shouldn’t leave these hybrids alone for too long, as it makes them anxious and scared. If they are left to their own devices for extended periods, they can act out destructively by barking, chewing, messing in the house, and hyperactive play.

How to Take Care of a Bernese Mountain Dog Mix

Taking care of the Bernedoodle is probably the most challenging part of owning one. They have a lot of needs that need to be met on a daily basis, including:

Grooming

The Bernedoodle needs a good brush at least twice weekly to keep its knots and tangles in check. However, an outing to the groomer every five months will leave your hybrid feeling refreshed and happy.

Owners should only bathe their Bernese mountain dog mixes when absolutely necessary. Their skin has natural oils that keep it moisturized and healthy, and if you wash them too often, their skin becomes dry and flakey.

Lastly, their nails and ears need clipping and cleaning every three months. Ensure to take them to a professional for these tasks because if you don’t know what you are doing, you can severely injure your dog. Additionally, their oral health is very important, so they need their chompers brushed at least three times a week with dog-friendly toothpaste.

Training

While Bernedoodles can be quite stubborn, they are highly responsive when provided with the correct input because of their eager-to-please, calm, and intelligent nature. However, owners should still expect mischievous behavior from them, along with some additional cheekiness. But with some patience and repetition, you’ll have a well-balanced dog in no time.

Because this Bernese mountain dog mix is incredibly sensitive, yelling or losing your temper will negatively affect their progress. Instead, opt for positive reinforcement, using lots of healthy treats and praise. Socialization is essential in this breed; by exposing them to different places, people, and animals, you are helping them overcome their fear of strangers.

Exercise

Because the Bernedoodle is a hybrid, their energy levels will differ depending on which parent they take after. However, these dogs are considered moderately active. Therefore, they enjoy spending lots of time outdoors, doing activities like walking, running, and especially swimming. A good 30-40 minutes of exercise daily should suffice. Additionally, they require plenty of mental stimulation, so giving them puzzle toys and playing interactive games will keep them out of trouble.

Puppies

Female Bernedoodles can give birth to six to eight puppies at a time. These pups closely resemble the goldendoodle (golden retriever and Bernese mountain dog mix). However, the Bernedoodles tend to be more headstrong but will outgrow this trait with proper training. The size of the puppies will differ, but a breeder should be able to give you an estimation based on previous litters or the parents’ size. These Bernese mountain dog mixes only fully mature at 18 months old.

Bernese Mountain Dog Mix and Children

A properly socialized and trained Bernedoodle is fantastic with children. However, kids should be instructed on how to treat these hybrids, especially when they are fragile puppies. This designer breed is affectionate and enjoys playing with the whole family. Additionally, they get along well with other dogs but will require socialization to ensure they are comfortable around new pets.

Bernese Mountain Dog Mix Cost

Purchasing a Bernedoodle from a reputable breeder will cost between $2,500 and $5,000. However, prices will vary depending on the breeder, location, size, and pedigree. Because this is one of the rarer hybrids, finding a breeder might not be so easy. Therefore, finding a breeder who can answer all your questions about lineage, health, and pedigree is a step in the right direction.

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Bernese Mountain Dog Mix FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What dog looks like a Bernese Mountain Dog but is smaller?

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain Dogs.

Will a Bernese Mountain Dog mix live longer?

Generally, yes. While the Bernese mountain dog has a lifespan of approximately 8 years, a Bernese mix can live between 10 to 15 years old.

What is the best Bernese mix?

While Bernedoodles can take after their docile Bernese mountain dog parent, they are far from lazy. On the contrary, they are generally outgoing, social, and love learning new skills. Therefore, these hybrids are receptive to training and will probably be the best-mannered pooch you have ever owned.

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