A Bernese Mountain Dog mix, or Berner mix, is an excellent choice for many pet parents interested in certain traits. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a quiet, versatile breed and originates from large working dogs in the Swiss Alps. Many Bernese Mountain Dog crossbreeds are available so that pet parents may enjoy the Bernese' warm nature, but in a smaller size.
Bernese Mountain Dog Mix
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a working breed known to pull a cart or carry a backpack easily. The breed is both patient and peaceful. Many pet parents are attracted to a Berner mix, as some of the crossbreeds available are comfortable in extreme temperatures, but may live longer than purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs, and with fewer health issues. Dog lovers may also enjoy a Bernese Mountain Dog mix, as a purebred pup tends to be pricey.
The Bernese Mountain Dog's notable markings are a white blaze on their chest, head, and toes, and black with symmetrical rust markings. It is important to understand that when dogs from different lineages are crossbred, their physical traits and behavioral makeup is likely to be unpredictable. These mixes are not similar to breeds, in the sense that they are unlikely to have a uniform appearance, even within a litter, and they may display unusual quirks, markings, and variations from their parents and other members of each particular breed.
Bernese Mountain Dog-Lab Mix
A Labrador Retriever and Bernese mix may be the perfect therapy or assistance dog. Both breeds are calm, and affectionate, and are superb companion animals. Most crossbred lab-berner mixes weigh between 60 and 100 pounds. The unique Berner markings may be lighter overall.
Great Pyrenees-Bernese Mountain Dog Mix
These two gorgeous, giant breeds as a mix are not for every pet parent. A crossbred Bernese-Great Pyrenees may weigh between 70 and 115 pounds or more. The "Great Bernese," as these dogs are sometimes called, is calm and patient. Many pet parents in colder climates opt for this mix, as the double coat makes this cross perfect for extreme temperatures.
Bernese Mountain Dog-Husky Mix
This crossbreed is smaller than some of the other mixes. The Siberian Husky is ideal for cold environments, and offspring of mixed parents may blue eye coloration. The Bernese Mountain Dog-Husky mix weighs between 50 and 100 pounds, most of the time. Keep in mind, with any crossbreeding, puppies can inherit physical and behavioral traits in combinations not seen in their parent breeds. For example, because Huskies tend to wander, this trait may appear in a crossbred pup.
Bernese Mountain Dog-Australian Shepherd Mix
An aussie and Bernese mix is known for shedding and drooling. This crossbreed typically weighs between 40 and 100 pounds, but is likely to fall on the smaller end of the scale. The offspring are affectionate and loyal to family members. Carry a bandana for the drool!
Bernese Mountain Dog-Rottweiler Mix
This Rottweiler-Bernese crossbreed makes for an active dog! The mix weighs between 75 and 130 pounds and needs a job to be happy. The ancestors of both breeds are from a long line of working dogs. Both are known to enjoy a good snuggle, and pet parents need to ensure these gentle giants are kept busy.
Bernese Mountain Dog-Border Collie Mix
This crossbreed is affectionate and easy to train. The "bordernese "weighs between 40 and 90 pounds. The mix is known for its strong work ethic, and pet parents enjoy the dog's easy-going personality. Border Collies are also known for their intelligence, so even though they're easy-going, you may notice a stubborn streak in your mixed breed.
Bernese Mountain Dog-Poodle Mix
This mix is also known as a "bernedoodle." The crossbreed is a mix of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Standard Poodle. This hybrid weighs between 50 and 100 pounds and is generally low-shedding. Both of these are highly intelligent breeds, and any crosbred bernedoodle may need a full-time job.
Bernese Mountain Dog-Beagle Mix
The color patterns of this Bernese Mountain Dog and Beagle mix resemble the Bernese parent's coat. This crossbreed is rare and may be difficult for pet parents to find from a breeder or shelter. This is because difficulties may arise attempting to breed a large dog to a smaller dog. In some cases, the puppies can be too large for the mother to carry safely. This represents a serious health risk to the mother. Because of this, breeding any dogs of vastly different size is highly discouraged, for ethical reasons. The hybrid can weigh anywhere from 30 to 70 pounds, and the dog's temperament may range from lazy to happy-go-lucky.
Bernese Mountain Dog-St. Bernard Mix
This crossbreed between the Bernese and Saint Bernard may weigh up to 120 pounds! This giant mix enjoys the outdoors, and pet parents need to consider if the family is active enough to live with this crossbreed. The "Saint Bernese" is often thought to be calm, patient, affectionate, and thoughtful.
Bernese Mountain Dog-Golden Retriever Mix
Puppies from a Bernese Mountain Dog mixed with a Golden Retriever generally weigh between 80 and 120 pounds. The crossbreed is eager to please and extremely intelligent. The mix is known for high energy and obedience. Pet parents enjoy how affectionate this dog is with family members.
Best Berner Mixes
The crossbreeds with an easy-going personality are the best choice for pet parents.
- Due to their slightly smaller size and less irritating coat, the Bernese Mountain Dog-Poodle mix is an excellent match for some pet lovers.
- The Bordernese, or Bernese Mountain Dog-Border Collie mix is a beloved crossbreed, and their work ethic is off the charts.
- An excellent therapy crossbreed for any pet parent is the Bernese Mountain Dog-Labrador mix.
Berner Crossbreeds Are the Perfect Pet
A Bernese mix may be the perfect companion animal for pet parents. If a large breed is not a good fit for your lifestyle, many Bernese Mountain Dog crossbreeds aren't quite as large as the Bernese parent. Don't give up! Many of these mixes may be at a local shelter, and a reputable breeder is a wonderful resource for pet parents.