11 Reasons To Avoid Getting a Bernese Mountain Dog

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As one of the top trending dog breeds, the Bernese Mountain Dog has emerged as the current sensation, sparking numerous questions and creating a palpable buzz.

We love all dog breeds, but while there is a dog for everyone out there, that doesn’t mean everyone should get a particular dog. Are you capable of handling a Bernese Mountain Dog? Perhaps not, or perhaps it just isn’t in the best interest of you and your family, not to mention the dog’s well-being.

Following up on our comprehensive guide to the Bernese Mountian Dog, a comprehensive guide all about the breed, let’s flip the script and talk about the nitty-gritty. Life’s awesome with a Bernese Mountain Dog, but let’s chat real talk before bringing one home. While I wholeheartedly believe that life is elevated with the companionship of a Bernese Mountain Dog, let’s unravel the layers and contemplate the essential aspects before welcoming one into your home.

The Hairy Situation

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Having a Bernese Mountain Dog means embracing a perpetual snowfall of fur. You might not be the ideal match if you’re not a fan of dog hair decorating your clothes, furniture, and occasionally your food. Consider investing in a reliable vacuum, like the Cordless Dyson, for daily clean-ups or the Bagless Shark for a cost-effective alternative. While regular grooming helps, be prepared to live with the shedding because the long-haired Bernese Mountain Dog is going to shed!

Watch Out for the Slobber

Bigger dogs produce more…stuff. While not known as a drooler, after long walks and active moments, there might be a bit of extra slobber. Certainly, other breeds produce more but be aware that in the summer months, after a cool drink of water, there might be some “wet kisses” coming your way.

Short Lifespan

No dog lives long enough when deeply loved, but the big Bernese Mountain Dog, unfortunately, has an even shorter life expectancy—around eight years. It’s a poignant reminder that while our love for them is immeasurable, our time together is regrettably brief. Cherishing each moment becomes not just a sentiment but a profound necessity with these lovable giants.

Big Lap Dog

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The Bernese Mountain Dog can range from 70 to 120 lbs. But that won’t stop it from trying to sit on your lap and get plenty of cuddle time. It also won’t stop if from tackling you down…so perhaps not the best breed for someone unstable on their feet.

On a side note, though, and perhaps a bit contrary to the point of this article, they will keep you warm and cuddled during the winter months. In fact, they top our list of fluffy canine companions so be sure to grab a good book and a warm drink before sitting down to relax.

Needy Companions

Along with the previously mentioned “big lap dog” complex, the Bernese Mountian Dog is undeniably needy. A Bernese Mountain Dog might not be the right fit if you prefer an independent canine companion. They will follow you around and constantly seek attention from pack members. Prepare to have a constant shadow because the Bernese Mountain Dog will forever be by your side (which could be a good thing).

Heat Wave Alert

Bernese Mountain Dogs have a lush fur coat tailored for colder weather. While many dog breeds boast efficient coats for temperature regulation, opting for a Bernese in warmer climates might be a tad selfish and, honestly, not the kindest move. If you’re basking in the warmth, get ready to crank up the AC and wrap them up for comfort. Throw in a kiddy pool or some cool spot for them to splash around if you’re feeling extra considerate. But, hey, if you’re in a winter wonderland, these snow-loving pals are all in for a visit!

Time To Work: Excercise

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The Bernese is a natural-born working dog with an abundance of energy! These furballs thrive on physical activity and mental stimulation, and treating them otherwise can lead to one unhappy pup.

As working dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs have an innate need for exercise and engagement. A sedentary lifestyle is not their cup of tea (or kibble, in this case). If you find yourself short on time to meet their activity requirements, you might end up with a discontented canine companion.

Small Yard Syndrom

Coupling the previously mentioned need for exercise, let’s talk space – or the lack thereof. If you find yourself in possession of a cozy little yard, the Bernese Mountain Dog might give you a sympathetic paw pat, but the reality is that they’re not exactly built for pint-sized living quarters. It’s not about the dog; it’s about the owner, and a small yard won’t cut it for these larger-than-life, active Berners.

These majestic pups need room to stretch those sturdy limbs and burn off the energy that comes with being a working breed. A confined space might leave both you and your Bernese Mountain Dog feeling a bit cramped and less than content. So, before you consider a Berner, make sure you’ve got the real estate to match their grandeur, allowing them the freedom to roam and play to their heart’s content. It’s a big world out there, and Bernese Mountain Dogs want to explore every inch of it!

Shy Moments

While large in size, don’t expect a Bernese Mountain Dog to be a great guard dog. While all loyal canine companions will do their best to protect the pack, the Bernese can be reserved around strangers. With proper training and early socialization, all dogs can learn new tricks, but the shyness of the Bernese is a trait that is not uncommon. Some may get nervous around unfamiliar faces or even try to avoid crossing paths with strangers. Whether it’s inherited or a unique personality trait, it’s something to consider.

Size Matters: Big Dogs, Big Responsibility

While generally easy to train, an untrained Berner can pose challenges, especially outdoors. Even the common daily walk can be a bit hazardous, depending on your strength and ability to control the pup. Again, an emphasis on early training is necessary for all dogs but especially those with the ability to overpower. Their size, coupled with a penchant for chasing after squirrels, can lead to unexpected tugs during walks.

Mind Matters: Mental Stimulation

Meet the brainiacs of the dog world – Bernese Mountain Dogs! These intelligent pups crave mental challenges, and if you’re not providing it, they’ll find their own, potentially in the form of your shoes or baseboards.

Without ample mental stimulation, Berners might resort to less-than-ideal pastimes. So, if you’re not ready to engage their minds with toys, games, and activities, you might find yourself with some redecorated belongings. Keep their brains busy, keep your stuff intact, and ensure a happy and contented Bernese Mountain Dog!

Think Again Before Getting a Bernese Moutain Dog

I hope these insights help you make an informed decision about whether a Bernese Mountain Dog is the right addition to your family. Remember, finding the perfect match takes time and research, ensuring an awesome connection for your next four-legged companion!

Corey Turner
Corey Turner, owner of FurBallFun.com, draws on a lifelong love for dogs and extensive pet ownership to offer a unique perspective in the pet industry. With a successful background in project management, he excels in critical analysis, precise attention to detail, and quality assurance. This expertise allows him to effectively differentiate true value from marketing hype in the pet sector. Corey’s contributions have been featured in various publications including Rockery Press Guide Books and WealthofGeeks.com. During his free time, he enjoys disc golfing, rock climbing, and bonding with his cherished FurBall friend, Harvey.