"What's it like to have a Bernese?"


So, what is it really like to have a Bernese? I could not imagine life without my Berners. They are extremely loyal, seem to have a sixth sense about people, both good and bad. They love going for walks, camping, anywhere you are, they love to be.

They Love Car Rides, when ever a car door is open here the car is full of Bernese:-)

Our dogs go camping with us, they sleep on our beds and are a huge part of our family, I can't even take a shower without one laying against the shower door. They are exceptional around children or anybody who is small, they get along with cats, horses other dogs just fine.

Are they for everyone? Of course not.

If you require a spotless house, this is not the breed for you.

Bernese are much more energetic than a Newf but do mellow out with age:-)

They are easy to care for. Like the Newf they have a double coat which will blow twice a year. The Spring blow is the worse and you will fill a garbage bag brushing them out. I really enjoy grooming my dogs but you can also take them to a groomer for about $100

I have had Bernese dogs now for 16 years, they do best in homes that someone is around through the day. They are not guard dogs in anyway, sure they will bark when someone comes but thats about it. They don't like to be alone so living outside alone at night would be something that would make the Berners unhappy.

I do not line breed or inbreed for the same reason you can't marry your cousin, never made sense to me to do this, and it would surprise you that Many breeders do this for they are looking for the perfect show dog not the perfect family dog, which is a huge difference.

I don't sell my dog online, I need to meet the families and have them meet the dogs before they are placed on a litter. Reading things on line and seeing pictures of a Bernese isn't the same as meeting them. You need to make sure this is the breed for you for this is a life long commitment.

Obedience is very important right from the get go, these cute little babies grow up to be 100+ lbs ( Trust me when I say they like to throw their weight against you) and can be very strong and stubborn, you need to teach them right from wrong as pups for it's hard to do when they out weigh you.

A lot of People ask me if Berners like water? My experience is they will go in the water if you do but not loving it like the newfy's do.

Feeding a high quality dog food is also paramount. Puppies should be feed Large breed Puppy for 18-24 months Newfoundlands average between 3 to 6 cups a day, provided the kibble you feed is superior. Adding wholesome food is the key to a healthy dog, and less trips to the vet. My dogs eat better than my kids do:-) Supplements are also important, I give puppies and my adults Milk Kefir and pre and probiotics daily, yogurt, table scraps, fruits and cooked veggies, cheese, eggs. I make my own wholesome treats which they Love and I know the ingredients are safe.

If you have many flights of stairs in your home that the Berner will have to use to go outside I would not choose these breeds. Stairs are too hard on their growing bones and can cause damage as adults.


Guard dogs no, protective yes

Obtaining a puppy is a huge responsibility and they should never be purchased because your children want one, trust me I have children, and the novelty wears off and it's usually the Mom looking after the dog. They are not high maintenance dogs but still require a lot of attention. Bernese do not do well being alone in a shop or living outside. They do best on the couch or Very large dog bed in your room.

Both Breeds are so enjoyable. I spend most of my days laughing at the dogs for they are always doing stupid things and goofing off. They have brought so much joy to my life, couldn't imagine my life with out them...









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