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Bernese Mountain Dog vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs St. Bernard – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bernese Mountain Dog vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs St. Bernard" Compare Bernese Mountain Dog and Pyrenean Mastiff. Which is better: Bernese Mountain Dog or Pyrenean Mastiff or St. Bernard?
Name Bernese Mountain Dog Pyrenean Mastiff St. Bernard
OriginsSwitzerland Spain Switzerland Italy
Group Working Dogs Guard Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank2533048
Reviews101
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Other Names Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog, Berner Perro Mastin del Pireneo, Mastin d'Aragon, Mastín del Pirineo, Mostín d'o Pireneu St. Hubert Hound, Chien St. Hubert, Sleuth Hound, St. Bernhardshund, Bernhardiner
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Foundation Stock Service American Canine Association, Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $800-$1000 $900-$1000 $1500-$1800

General Appearance - Bernese Mountain Dog vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs St. Bernard

Size Large Giant Giant
Weight Male: 85-110 pounds (38–50 kg), Female: 80-105 pounds (36–48 kg) Male: 178-200 pounds (81-90 kg), Female: 200-220 pounds (90-100 kg) 110-200 pounds (50-91 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 97.5 pounds (38–50 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (36–48 kg) Male: 190 pounds (85 kg), Female: 210 pounds (95 kg) 155 pounds (70.5 kg)
Height Male: 24-28 inches (61–71 cm), Female: 23-27 inches (58–69 cm) Male: 29.5-31 inches (75-80 cm), Female: 26-28.5 inches (68-73 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (61-70 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 26 inches (61–71 cm), Female: 25 inches (58–69 cm) Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (71 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (65.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Bernese Mountain Dog vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs St. Bernard

Coat Dense Dense Dense Rough Smooth
Colors White Black White Spotted Brown Grey Black Brown Red White Brindle Tricolor Black
Grooming
Average: The Bernese Mountain Dog requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Pyrenean Mastiff requires a lot of grooming.
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Shedding Level
Bernese Mountain Dogs shed above average.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are heavy shedders.
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Characteristics - Bernese Mountain Dog vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs St. Bernard

Temperament Affectionate Intelligent Faithful Loyal Gentle Brave Noble Docile Protective Friendly Independent Going Social Gentle Happy Quiet
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Bernese Mountain Dog is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Pyrenean Mastiff is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Bernese Mountain Dogs are easy to train.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
Bernese Mountain Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a highly playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Pyrenean Mastiffs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Bernese Mountain Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Pyrenean Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Average: The Bernese Mountain Dog barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Pyrenean Mastiff rarely barks.
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Watchdog Ability
Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Territorial
Bernese Mountain Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential Low
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
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Mouthiness
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pyrenean Mastiffs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bernese Mountain Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Pyrenean Mastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
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Prey Drive
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Pyrenean Mastiffs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
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Apartment Friendly
Bernese Mountain Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
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Adaptability
Bernese Mountain Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Pyrenean Mastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Bernese Mountain Dog vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs St. Bernard

Stranger Friendly
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
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Child Friendly
Bernese Mountain Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs.
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Cat Friendly
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are average friendly towards cats.
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Dog Friendly
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are very dog-friendly dogs.
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Office Friendly No
Bernese Mountain Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pyrenean Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
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Senior Citizens Friendly
Bernese Mountain Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
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Pet Friendly
Bernese Mountain Dogs are generally with other pets.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are generally with other pets.
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Good For First Time Owners No
Bernese Mountain Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Pyrenean Mastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
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Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Bernese Mountain Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pyrenean Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Bernese Mountain Dog vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs St. Bernard

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Bloat Cancer Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Panosteitis Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Bloat Ectropion Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Hip Dysplasia Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Allergies Bloat Cataracts Dilated Cardiomyopathy Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 7-10 years 8-12 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Pyrenean Mastiffs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
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Exercise Need
Bernese Mountain Dogs have an average exercise need.
Pyrenean Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
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Sleeping Need
Bernese Mountain Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Pyrenean Mastiffs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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Avg. daily food consumption 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Pyrenean Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Bernese Mountain Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pyrenean Mastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Bernese Mountain Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
High
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Drooling tendency
The Bernese Mountain Dog drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
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Reproducibility - Bernese Mountain Dog vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs St. Bernard

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 1-14 puppies, average 8 1-10 puppies, average 5 6-8 puppies

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