The Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix, also called the Bernese Golden Mix, is a cross between the two popular purebred breeds, the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Golden Retriever. Although this crossing is not yet quite popular, it can produce a very affectionate and active dog, which could be a good companion for many owners. However, there are many things you should consider before buying Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain Dog puppies.
Since the Bernese Golden Retriever mix is a mixture of two purebred breeds, it is called a “designer dog”. Designer dogs have been put to the test in recent years. Many dedicated purebred fans claim that mixed breeds may be less healthy than purebred dogs and that many designer dogs are bred by them only for the money without worrying about the well-being of the litters.
Supporters of purebred dogs also state that breeding designer dogs is a riskier undertaking. It can be more difficult to predict what characteristics the puppy will pick up from his parents. Although this is a true statement, some owners love the aspect of randomness that comes from a puppy from a crossbreed. Potentially bad breeders are also a general concern. Designer dog breeding is less regulated than purebred breeding methods. Many believe that there is a great chance of meeting a bad breeder. However, there are still bad breeders in the pedigree world. Regardless of whether you buy a cross or a purebred animal, we always recommend that you check the reputation of the breeder and the health of your parents before making a decision.
Origins of the Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese mountain dog comes from Switzerland, more precisely from a region known as Bern, hence its name. The Bernese mountain dog worked on farms alongside other mountain breeds by driving cattle and protecting the stock from predators. The breed reached America in 1926, when a farmer from Kansas imported a pair as farm dogs. From then on, they began and quickly became a popular farm dog and a popular family pet.
Origins of the Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever was first bred by a man named Dudley Marjoribanks in the Scottish Highlands. He tried to breed an ideal hunting dog for his country, which was appropriate to both rainy weather and rough terrain. After all, he bred the Golden Retriever that we know and love today. The breed was first seen at a dog show in Great Britain in 1908 and was quickly loved by the population for its benefits and friendly, obedient nature.
Bernese Mountain Dog x Golden Retriever = Bernese Mountain Dog Retriever Mix
The Bernese mountain dog Retriever Mix is a cross with currently unclear origin. Bernese Golden Retriever puppies can take after one single parent or be a combination of both, such as temperament, size and fur. Therefore, it is important to know about both parent breeds in order to have a more precise idea of what to expect.
Height and weight of the Golden Bernese
Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Golden Retriever are quite large breeds. The Bernese can reach heights of 25-28 inches for men, 23-26 inches for women. On the other hand, the average height of the Golden Retriever is about 23 to 24 inches for men, 22 to 23 inches for women. For this reason, you can rely on the cross being a large dog that is between 22 and 28 cm tall. However, the parent breeds show a significant weight difference. The Bernese weighs about 80 to 115 pounds if he is male, 70 to 95 pounds if he is female. The Golden Retriever is a much lighter dog and beats between 65 and 75 pounds for men, between 55 and 65 pounds for women. Due to this difference, you may get a much heavier dog depending on which parent takes over the Golden Retriever in Bern.
Characteristics of the Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, undercut dog with long, wavy fur. Her coat is three-tone: deep black, white and rusty. They have striking markings on their faces that show their dignified nature and the floppy ears that are placed high on the head. The muzzle is straight and they have gentle, intelligent eyes.
Characteristics of the Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever has a powerful, sporty body. Their unmistakable golden coat consists of two layers: a dense, waterproof coat and a soft undercoat. Your coat can be straight or wavy. An intelligent look from dark brown eyes and a strong, defined muzzle form the face of the retriever. They have short, sagging ears.
Which Bernese Mountain Dog Retriever mix will probably convey puppies of this crossbreed the defined, straight muzzle and intelligent look that are known for both breeds. Their ears will be limp, and they can end with a wavy or straight coat. As for the color and markings on the fur, the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Golden Retriever Mix can look like both parents. You could buy the golden coat or the black black of the Bernese. It is difficult to predict which markings could be present in Golden Bernese puppies. They could have the unique color patterns known to the Bernese, only parts of them, or they only have a single layer of paint.
Temperament of the Bernese Mountain Dog Retriever Mix
The Bernese Mountain Dog is considered a quiet, friendly and loving dog. Incredibly loyal and gentle, they make good family pets and serve as endearing companions. However, they are rather distant and suspicious of strangers. The Golden Retriever are also friendly and loyal dogs that fit very well into a family. They are intelligent and sociable and a rather playful and energetic race. A Bernese and Golden Retriever mix will probably show these positive qualities if they are properly trained. As both parent breeds have a similar personality and temperament.
Caring for the Bernese Golden Mountain Dog
Mountain Golden Retrievers are well suited for high-quality dog food, but be careful not to overfeed them. Obesity can be a real problem. Therefore, only give out treats in moderation and pay attention to the dog’s diet. Unfortunately, both parent breeds shed a lot. A Bernese mountain dog Retriever Mix puppy will be no different. Therefore, brushing must be carried out regularly. Normally, two or three times a week should be fine. But if it’s shedding season decreases, you have to brush daily to remove the dead hair. We also recommend that you keep an eye on your dog’s nails and cut them off if they get too long. Dental health is just as important. Regular brushing of teeth is recommended.
Health issues of the Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix
Unfortunately, both parent breeds are at risk of various health problems that could possibly be passed on to the Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain Dog puppies. It is therefore important to be aware of the health problems that occur in both breeds within the cross.
Bernese Mountain Dog Health Problems
The Bernese Mountain Dog is predisposed to the development of epilepsy, according to a study from 2008. The results showed that there was a genetic basis for the disease, which means that it could possibly be passed on. They are also exposed to the risk of von Willebrand syndrome, a hereditary bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clots properly, which leads to severe bleeding due to a minor wound.
Golden Retriever health problems
Skin diseases such as bacterial folliculitis, furunculosis and atopy have prevailed in Golden Retrievers. It is possible that a Bernese mountain dog retriever puppy can also suffer from these conditions if he comes after the Retriever parent.
Health problems in both breeds
One disease that predominates in both breeds is hip and elbow dysplasia. Here, the joints of the hip or elbow do not develop properly when your puppy grows, which leads to painful arthritis. Unfortunately, both parent breeds are also predisposed to the development of different types of cancer. Since these conditions affect both breeds, there is an increased risk of developing cancer and dysplasia with a Bernese mountain and golden retriever mix. Therefore, it is very important to note this before buying Bernese Mountain Golden Retriever puppies. If you ensure that these conditions have not affected the parent dogs by the medical history and assessments, this can reduce the probability that they will occur in a puppy.
Training your Golden Bernese dog
Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Golden Retriever are very energetic dogs that need a lot of exercise every day to be happy. Therefore, a Bernese mountain dog retriever mix most likely also requires a lot of exercise. A long daily walk with some ways to increase the pace, such as jogging is perfect. Both parents’ races are also very easy to train. They will go well with patient, reward-based training. We also recommend that your puppy participate in socialization training at a young age.
The ideal home for the Bernese mountain dog Golden Retriever Mix
The mixture of the Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain is very energetic and requires a lot of exercise every day. A house with a safe, large garden can be a great place to walk around and play. Their friendly and sprinkled temperament makes a large family dog, provided they were trained accordingly. They prove to be gentle with children and do well with other pets in the household. They must have been properly socialized. The cross is quite maintenance-intensive both during training and cleaning. Potential owners must be able to take the time to properly care for them. It is possible that this breed suffers from separation anxiety, especially if it has not yet been trained at a young age. Therefore, the Bernese x Golden Retriever thrives in a home where someone is usually nearby to accompany him.