The Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix, also known as a Bernese Golden mix or the Bernese Golden Mountain Dog, is a cross between the two popular purebred breeds. This is a large dog, weighing anywhere between 55 and 100 pounds. Specifics of appearance are impossible to know for certain, as this is a mixed breed. But one thing is for sure: this dog will definitely need serious grooming!
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Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix FAQs
Our readers’ most popular and frequently asked questions about the Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain Dog mix.
- Are Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mixes good family dogs?
- How big do Golden Mountain Dogs get?
- Do Bernese Golden Mountain Dogs have any health issues?
Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix: Breed At A Glance
- Popularity: Bernese Mountain Dogs are 22nd and Golden Retrievers are 3rd according to the AKC
- Purpose: companion, working dog
- Weight: 55 to over 100 pounds
- Temperament: friendly, intelligent, trainable
Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix Breed Review: Contents
- History and original purpose of the Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix
- Fun facts about the Golden Mountain mix
- Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain Dog mix appearance
- Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain Dog mix temperament
- Training and exercising your Bernese Golden Mountain Dog mix
- Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix health and care
- Do Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mixes make good family pets?
- Rescuing a Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix
- Finding a Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix puppy
- Raising a Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix puppy
- Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain Dog mix products and accessories
History And Original Purpose Of The Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix
As the Bernese Golden Retriever mix is a cross between two purebred breeds, it is known as a “designer dog.”
Designer dogs have come under scrutiny in recent years. Many devoted purebred fans assert that mixed breeds are potentially less healthy than purebred dogs and that many designer dogs are bred by those only in it for the money without any care for the welfare of the litter. We’ll discuss in greater detail the pros and cons of mixed breed dogs a little later on in this article.
The Bernese Mountain Dog Retriever Mix is a recent up and coming cross with unclear origins. Bernese Golden Retriever puppies may take after a single parent or be a mix of both in any aspect, such as temperament, size, and coat.
Therefore, it is important to be knowledgeable about both parent breeds in order to have a clearer idea of what to expect.
Not a lot is known about how this mix actually got started. But we do know a great deal about the history of the individual parent breeds, so let’s take them one at a time.
Origins Of The Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog hails from Switzerland, specifically a region known as Bern, hence their name.
Along with other mountain breeds, the Bernese Mountain Dog worked on farms by driving cattle and protecting stock from predators.
The breed reached America in 1926, when a Kansas farmer imported a pair as farm dogs.
From there they caught on and quickly became both a popular farm dog and a popular family pet.
Origins Of The Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever was first bred by a man by the name of Dudley Marjoribanks, within the Scottish highlands.
He was attempting to breed an ideal gundog for use at his estate that was suited to both the rainy weather and the rugged terrain.
Eventually, he bred the Golden Retriever which we know and love today.
Fun Facts About Golden Mountain Dogs
This mix is still growing in popularity, so it hasn’t necessarily reached the public eye. But the same can certainly not be said about the Golden Retriever parent breed!
Goldens are in the top three most popular breeds in the United States, and are often a top choice for celebrity owners. Famous faces such as Mike Sorrentino, Colbie Caillat, Jackie Chan, and Betty White all own or have owned Goldens.
Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix Appearance
Both the Berner and the Golden Retriever are rather large breeds.
The Bernese can reach heights of 25–28 inches if male, 23–26 inches if female. On the other hand, the Golden Retriever’s average height is around 23–24 inches if male, 22–23 inches if female.
Due to this, you can count on the cross to be a large dog, at around 22–28 inches tall.
However, the parent breeds do show a significant difference in weight. Berners weigh in at around 80–115 pounds if male, 70–95 pounds if female. The Golden Retriever is a much lighter dog, hitting around 65–75 pounds if male or 55–65 pounds if female.
Due to this difference, depending on which parent the Bernese Golden Retriever takes after, you may end up with a much heavier-set dog.
Appearance Of The Parent Breeds
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large stocky dog with a long wavy coat. Their coat is tricolored: jet black, white, and rust.
They have distinctive markings on the face that show off their dignified nature and floppy ears placed high up on the head. The muzzle is straight, and they sport gentle, intelligent eyes.
The Golden Retriever has a powerful, sporty body. Their distinctive golden coat has two layers: a dense, waterproof overcoat and a soft undercoat. Their coat may be straight or wavy.
An intelligent gaze from dark brown eyes and a powerful, defined muzzle make up the Retriever’s face. They have short, floppy ears.
Golden Mountain Dog Mix Appearance
As mentioned, it’s impossible to know for certain how any mixed puppy will turn out. But we can hazard a guess based on the characteristics of the parent breeds.
Bernese Mountain Dog Retriever mix puppies will likely acquire the defined, straight muzzle and intelligent gaze that both breeds are known for. Their ears will be floppy, and they may end up with a coat that is either wavy or straight.
As for the color and markings on the coat, the Bernese Mountain Dog and Golden Retriever mix may take after either parent. They could acquire the Golden coat or the jet black of the Bernese.
It is hard to predict what markings may be present in Golden Bernese puppies, if any at all. They could have the distinct colored patterns of the Bernese, a portion of the pattern, or they may just have a single solid coat.
Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix Temperament
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a reputation for being a calm, friendly, and affectionate dog. Incredibly loyal and gentle, they make for good family pets and serve as lovely companions.
However, they tend to be rather aloof and wary of strangers.
As for the Golden Retriever, they are also friendly and loyal dogs that fit very well into a family. Intelligent and outgoing, they are quite a playful and energetic breed.
A Bernese and Golden Retriever mix will likely exhibit these positive traits—if they are raised and trained correctly—due to both parent breeds having a similar personality and temperament.
Training And Exercising Your Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix
Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Golden Retriever are very energetic dogs who require a lot of daily exercise to be happy. Therefore, a Bernese Mountain Dog Retriever mix will most likely also require a high amount of exercise.
A long daily walk peppered with some opportunities to up the tempo, such as joining you on a jog or playing fetch, is perfect.
Both parent breeds are also very easy to train, so it is likely that the Golden Mountain cross will be too. They will take well to patient, reward-based training. For some specific guides, check out our articles on potty training and crate training a puppy.
Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix Health And Care
Sadly, both parent breeds are at risk for various health issues that could possibly be passed down to Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain Dog puppies.
Therefore, it’s important to be aware of health issues present in both breeds within the cross.
Again, let’s take a look at each one in turn, and then at what issues might be more likely to crop up in your Golden Mountain Dog.
Bernese Mountain Dog Health Issues
The Bernese Mountain Dog is predisposed to developing epilepsy, as stated by a study taking place in 2008.
Results seemed to show that there was a genetic basis for the disease, meaning it could potentially be passed down.
They are also at risk of von Willebrand’s disease, an inherited bleeding disorder where the blood does not clot correctly, causing serious bleeding from what may be just a minor wound.
Golden Retriever Health Issues
Skin disorders such as bacterial folliculitis, furunculosis, and atopy have been shown to be prevalent within Golden Retrievers according to a survey that took place in 1987.
It’s possible that a Bernese Mountain Dog Retriever mix puppy may also suffer from these conditions if they take after the Retriever parent.
Health Issues Found In Both Breeds
A condition that is prevalent in both breeds is hip and elbow dysplasia. This is where the joints of either the hip or elbow do not develop correctly as your puppy grows, leading to painful arthritis.
Unfortunately, both parent breeds are also predisposed to developing various forms of cancers.
A study that took place in 2013 found that within the study group, 45.7% of Bernese Mountain Dogs died from cancer-related causes. As for Golden Retrievers, this number was 38.8%.
Because these conditions affect both breeds, a Bernese Mountain and Golden Retriever mix is sadly at a higher risk of developing cancer and dysplasia.
Therefore, it is very important to keep this in mind before purchasing Bernese Mountain Golden Retriever puppies. Making sure these conditions have never affected the parent dogs via medical history and evaluations can help lessen the chance that they will appear within a puppy.
The expected lifespan for a Berner is only 7-10 years. It’s typical for larger dogs to have shorter lives.
Goldens have a slightly longer life expectancy, at 10-12 years on average.
A mix of the two could expect a lifespan somewhere in that range.
Grooming And Feeding
Mountain Golden Retrievers do well on high-quality dog food, but be careful not to overfeed them. Obesity can be a real problem, so only give out treats in moderation, and take care regarding the dog’s diet.
Unfortunately, both parent breeds shed a significant amount, with multiple shedding seasons throughout the year. A Bernese Mountain Dog Retriever Mix puppy will be no different. Therefore, regular brushing will be necessary.
Two or three times a week should be enough, usually, although if it is shedding season, you will need to brush daily to get rid of dead hair.
Do Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mixes Make Good Family Pets?
The friendly and eager-to-please temperament of this mix makes for a great family dog, provided that they have been raised well and trained accordingly. They prove to be gentle with children and do well with other pets within the home.
Again, they must be socialized correctly.
This mix is very energetic and needs lots of daily exercise. A home with a secure, sizable yard can be a great place for them to run around and play.
The cross is rather high maintenance in both exercise and grooming. Potential owners must be sure they can put in the time to care for them correctly.
It’s possible this breed may suffer from separation anxiety, especially if they haven’t been trained out of it when young. Therefore, the Bernese Golden Retriever thrives in a home where there is usually someone around to keep them company.
Rescuing A Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix
Are you interested in bringing home a rescue dog?
We always recommend considering this option. Not only does it help to cut down on unscrupulous breeders who are jumping on the “designer dog” bandwagon, it also gives another chance to a dog in need.
If you’d like to learn more about adoption options, take a look at our list here.
Finding A Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix Puppy
If you decide to look into purchasing a Bernese Mountain Dog Retriever mix puppy, there are multiple things you must consider.
For an extensive look at finding a puppy, check out our puppy search guide.
As this cross isn’t very well-known, it may be tough to find a breeder. Looking online and through local avenues such as newspapers can help you to track one down.
When you do find a potential puppy, it’s important to check the health of the parent dogs. If they are happy and well, this is a sign of good health for the puppy too.
Ask to meet the parent dogs, and make sure they do not show any signs of pain or distress.
Health Tests For Parent Dogs
You should also ask if both parent breeds have recently passed the following medical evaluations:
- hip evaluation
- elbow evaluation
- ophthalmologist evaluation
- cardiac exam
The Bernese Mountain Dog in particular will also require passing a Von Willebrand’s Disease DNA Test. Ask to see proof of these tests.
It’s important that you vet the breeder before you agree to adopt a puppy from them. This is because there are lots of irresponsible and sometimes downright unethical breeders out there. Make sure to avoid pet stores and puppy mills.
Mixed breed dogs are growing in popularity, it’s true. But there are a few schools of thought on whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Some of the controversy centers on the health of the dog: whether a mixed breed is more or less healthy than a purebred dog. However, according to a 2013 study that looked at over 27,000 dogs, purebreds were more at risk of inheriting certain genetic disorders in comparison to their crossbred counterparts. Another study within the same year found that on average crossbred lifespans exceeded that of purebreds by 1.2 years.
This is suspected to be because of a concept known as hybrid vigor, where genetic diversity promotes better health within a dog. Crossbred dogs are no less healthy than purebreds, provided that they are bred and raised well.
Unethical breeders are also a common concern. Designer dog breeding is less regulated than purebred breeding practices. Many believe there is a large chance of running into a bad breeder. However, bad breeders still exist in the pedigree world too.
Regardless of whether you are buying a cross or a purebred, we always recommend you check the reputation of the breeder and the health of the parents before making any decisions.
Take a look at our article here that explores other common misconceptions between purebreds and crossbreeds for more information.
Raising A Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix Puppy
Raising a puppy of any breed can be a challenge, not to mention a big responsibility!
There are some great guides to help you with all aspects of puppy care and training. You’ll find them listed on our Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix puppy page.
Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix Products And Accessories
Bringing home a new puppy?
It’s definitely time to get him or her all kitted out with the necessary accessories.
Pros And Cons Of Getting A Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix
- Will require a lot of grooming
- Is a large dog so will need lots of space
- High exercise needs
- Relatively short lifespan
Comparing The Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix With Other Breeds
A natural cross breed to compare this mix with is the Great Bernese, AKA the Bernese Mountain Dog Great Pyrenees mix.
This dog is even larger than the Golden Mountain dog is likely to be, and may have more herding tendencies.
Take a look at our in-depth article to find out more points of comparison!
If you’re not quite set on the Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix, you may want to take a look at these similar mixes.
Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix Rescues
Currently, we have not been able to find any dedicated rescues for this particular mix. However, there are plenty of rescues for each of the parent breeds, so those are a great place to start!
If you do come across any rescues for the Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix, please leave us a comment below!
- Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue
- Almost Heaven Rescue
- BFW Rescue
- Bernese Welfare UK
- North Peace Canada
- Bernation Australia
- Southern Golden Retriever Rescue UK
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