Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesBernese Mountain Dog
and Great Pyrenees mix
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbred
GroupCompanion Dog
Working Dog
Bred ForCompanion Dog
Recognized ByNone
Life Span12 years
Ideal Weight70-115 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height26-28 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeDense, medium length
Common ColorsTan, White, Rust, Black
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBernese Mountain Dog
Great Pyrenees

The Great Bernese is a large-sized dog breed that is created by crossing Bernese Mountain Dog and the Great Pyrenees. They are a very active dog as both of its parents have a working background. So, they need a big area to perform their regular activities. Apartment life is not at all suitable for them due to their high activity level and large body.

As a crossed breed, the Great Bernese can obtain the physical traits from its parent breeds. It is a muscular dog with a thick, furry, medium-length coat. It is suitable for an experienced dog owner who can handle its high level of activity.

Temperament, Behavior, Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Great Bernese depends on the nature of Bernese Mountain dog and Great Pyrenees. It is an active, hard-working, loyal dog that is is very loving and affectionate towards its family. They make an excellent companion for someone who likes hiking and taking a long walk.

Behavior: Great Bernese needs plenty of activities to do and if they are not given the required exercise, they will get depressed and even destructive. So, they should be taken out to walk or hike regularly and also involve them in regular household work.

Personality: The personality of the Great Bernese is friendly, affectionate, and protective. Both of its parents were the Guardian of flocks, so Great Bernese will also get a guardian instinct when around their people. They are great watchdogs as well as guard dogs.

Is Great Bernese Child-Friendly?

The Great Bernese are very loving of children and they adore them They are also protective of them and will be by their side like a nanny. Although they are loving of kids, they have a large body, so they might knock over kids accidentally and hurt them. So, their interaction should always be supervised.

Great Bernese puppy playing with children
Great Bernese puppy playing with children.
Image Source: Instagram-@baconthebernese


Training Great Bernese is not a difficult job as long as you can establish leadership on them. They need a consistent leader who can train them with patient and gentleness.

They respond well to positive methods of training so reward them with treats and lots of vocal praise as a source of motivation. Never be harsh on them and start training from an early age so they grow up to be a well-behaved adult.

Training Great Bernese.


  • Great Bernese is a designer breed and it might be originated in the United States.
  • No major Kennel Club has recognized this breed.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Bloat, Obesity,
Elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate to Heavy Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingModerate Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyLow to Average Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 30%
Fat: 12%
Digestive Enzymes

The Great Bernese is a hybrid dog that can have some genetic health issues.

  • Hip Dysplasia: The condition where the hip joints of the dog are either dislocated or underdeveloped is called hip dysplasia. It is mostly hereditary that they obtain from their parents. So, before taking a puppy, check the health reports and see if it is clean.
  • Obesity: Obesity is the condition that happens due to overweight. It also invites other problems like pain in joints. So while feeding your dog, give it the right amount of dog food and never overfeed them.


The color of the Great Bernese is the combination of the following color:

  • White
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Tan
  • Rust


Cost: The average cost of the Great Bernese is between $800-$1200 USD. The price might rise with the quality of the breed.


Height: The average height of the Great Bernese is between 26-28 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Great Bernese is between 70-115 pounds.

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