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Berner Dane Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Berner Dane so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginSwitzerland flagSwitzerland Germany flagGermany
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Great Dane and Bernese Mountain Dog mix

Berner Dane Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Berner Dane puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Berner Dane in the United States? How much money is a Berner Dane?

Where to buy a Berner Dane with a good pedigree?

$800-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Berner Dane, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Berner Dane for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Berner Dane gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Berner Dane? How many Berner Dane are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Berner Dane is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Berner Dane Size

Size
Is a Berner Dane small, medium or large dog?

How big do Berner Dane get?

What is the average size of a Berner Dane?

LargeGiant
Weight
How much does the Berner Dane weigh? How much should a Berner Dane weight? What is the normal weight of a Berner Dane? How much does a full-grown Berner Dane weight?
Male: 85-110 pounds (38–50 kg), Female: 80-105 pounds (36–48 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Berner Dane?
Male: 97.5 pounds (38–50 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (36–48 kg)
Height
How tall is the Berner Dane? Berner Dane height:
Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Berner Dane?
Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm)

Berner Dane Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Berner Dane have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Berner Dane coats?
Black Blue White Fawn Brindle Merle
Grooming
How to groom the Berner Dane and how often? How often should I take my Berner Dane to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Berner Dane doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Berner Dane is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Berner Dane dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Berner Dane? Do Berner Dane dogs shed a lot?
Berner Dane dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Berner Dane breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Berner Dane need a bath? How often should you give a Berner Dane a bath? Can I bathe my Berner Dane every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Berner Dane Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Berner Dane have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
LovingIntelligentConfidentFriendlyAffectionateLoyalDevotedGentleFaithfulReserved
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Berner Dane? Is the Berner Dane breed dumb or smart?
Outstanding: Berner Dane is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 95% of the time or better.

The Berner Dane is one of the best breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Berner Dane dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Berner Dane?
Berner Dane dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Berner Danes, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Berner Dane sensitivity:
Sensitive: Berner Dane dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Berner Dane a good family dog?
Average: Berner Dane dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Berner Dane need? Berner Dane social needs:
Berner Dane dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Berner Dane dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Berner Dane bark?
Average: The Berner Dane barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Berner Dane good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Berner Dane dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Berner Dane dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Berner Dane dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Berner Dane dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Berner Dane can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Berner Dane will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Berner Dane bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Berner Dane? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Berner Dane? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Berner Dane has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Berner Dane has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Berner Dane? How much bite force does a Berner Dane have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Berner Dane bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Berner Dane, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Berner Dane bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large.

They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400.

It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Berner Dane do?
Berner Dane dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Berner Dane dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Berner Dane to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Berner Dane roam?
Berner Dane dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Berner Dane have high prey drive?
Berner Dane dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Berner Dane dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Berner Dane good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Berner Dane in an apartment?
Apartment-friendly dog the Berner Dane breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Berner Dane dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Berner Dane be left alone? How long can you leave a Berner Dane alone?
Berner Dane dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Berner Dane Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Berner Dane temperament with other people:
Berner Dane dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Berner Dane dogs get along with other pets? Are Berner Dane dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Berner Dane dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Berner Dane dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Berner Dane temperament with children:
Berner Dane dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Berner Dane dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Berner Dane breed live with a cat?
Berner Dane dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Berner Dane good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Berner Dane dogs get along with other dogs?
Berner Dane dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Berner Dane breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Berner Dane breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Berner Dane dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Berner Dane dogs good office canines? Do Berner Dane dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Berner Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Berner Dane dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Berner Dane temperament with senior people? Are Berner Dane dogs good for elderly owners?
Berner Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.

Berner Dane Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Berner Dane dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Berner Dane rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Berner Dane breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Berner Dane breed? Most common health risks of Berner Dane:
Hip DysplasiaPatent Ductus ArteriosisCancerProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Von Willebrand's DiseaseBloatElbow DysplasiaMitral Valve DiseasePanosteitisPortosystemic Liver ShuntSubvalvular Aortic StenosisDilated CardiomyopathyPersistent Right Aortic ArchTricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Berner Dane breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Berner Dane see the vet?
Rare
The Berner Dane should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Berner Dane dogs live? How old can a Berner Dane be? What is the age limit of the Berner Dane? How many years can the oldest Berner Dane live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Berner Dane?

How long is the lifespan of a Berner Dane?

7-11 years
The average lifespan of Berner Dane: 9 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Berner Dane breed hypoallergenic?
No
Berner Dane dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Berner Dane have? What is the activity level of the Berner Dane?
Berner Dane dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Berner Dane need? How much exercise do Berner Dane dogs require per day?

Do Berner Dane dogs need a lot of exercises?

Berner Dane dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Berner Dane breed need?
Berner Dane dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Berner Dane need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Berner Dane breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Berner Dane? How much food should I feed my Berner Dane?
6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Berner Dane risk for obesity:
Average: The Berner Dane has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Berner Dane weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Berner Dane has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Berner Dane drool?
The Berner Dane drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Berner Dane.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Berner Dane As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Berner Dane be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Berner Dane breed is a good choice for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Berner Dane be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Berner Dane be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Berner Dane breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Berner Dane be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Berner Dane is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Berner Dane be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Berner Dane is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Berner Dane be a boat dog?

Not really

Berner Dane breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Berner Dane be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Berner Dane breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Berner Dane dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Berner Dane Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Berner Dane pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Berner Dane breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Berner Dane: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Berner Dane have in a litter? How many puppies can the Berner Dane breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Berner Dane have? How many puppies can a Berner Dane give birth to?
1-14 puppies, average 8

Berner Dane Recognition

AKC Group
Is Berner Dane recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Berner Dane recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Berner Dane Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Berner Dane is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Berner Dane dogs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Berner Dane breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Berner Dane doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Berner Dane dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Berner Dane dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Berner Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Berner Dane dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Berner Dane dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Shedding Level: Berner Dane dogs shed above average.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Berner Dane drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Mouthiness: Berner Dane dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Berner Dane dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Berner Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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