Bernese Mountain Dog Vs Saint Bernard Dog vs Dog Which is Better?

Bernese Mountain Dog Vs Saint Bernard Dog vs Dog Which is Better?

At first glance, the Bernese Mountain Dog
and Saint Bernard may bear a resemblance to one another, but there are some striking differences
between these two large, full-furred dogs. Let’s have a look at these two dogs closely
and see where the differences lie, which makes the better pet, and which is the right breed
to add to your family. You’re watching Animal Facts. History The Bernese Mountain Dog originated in the
farmlands around the city of Bern in Switzerland as all-purpose farm dogs. Their main purpose was to be companion dogs
and to provide protection to the farmer and his family, although they were also used to
help drive cattle long distances to pasture and as drafting dogs, pulling heavy carts. The Berner’s pulling weight capacity is
estimated at between 1,000 and 2,200 pounds. We don’t have a date as to when the breed
came into existence, but the Bernese Mountain Dog has roots in the Roman Molossian hound
breeds of ancient southern Europe. The St. Bernard, also called the Alpine Mountain
Dog, is also of the Roman Mollosser-type breeds. The St. Bernard is the large general farm
dog of the farmers and dairymen of the French Alps, livestock guardians, herding dogs, and
draft dogs as well as hunting dogs, search and rescue dogs, and watchdogs. The name “St. Bernard” originates from the
Great St. Bernard Hospice, a traveler’s hospice on the often treacherous Great St. Bernard
Pass in the Western Alps, between Switzerland and Italy. The pass, the lodge, and the dogs are named
for Bernard of Menthon, the 11th-century Italian monk who established the station and later
canonized. There the Saints were primarily used for search
and rescue of people lost in the treacherous pass. It is said that the St. Bernard can locate
a person buried under 20 feet of snow. Appearance Both being of the Molloser type are large
dogs. But, the St. Bernard is a bit larger than
the Berner. St. Bernards stand anywhere between 26 and
30 inches at the shoulder, depending on gender. They can weigh up to 260 pounds. The Bernese Mountain Dog stands 23 to 27.5
inches at the shoulder also depending on gender and can weigh up to 120 pounds. The St. Bernard’s coat can be either smooth
or rough; the smooth coat being close and flat while the rough is dense, flat, and more
profuse around the neck and legs. The color is typically a red shade with white
or a mahogany brindle with white. Black shading is usually found on the face
and ears. The tail is long and heavy, hanging low. Eyes are usually brown, but sometimes can
be icy blue, and should have naturally tight lids, with haws only slightly visible. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a heavy dog with
a distinctive tri-colored coat, black with white chest and rust colored markings above
eyes, sides of the mouth, the front of the legs, and a small amount around the white
chest. Personality Known as a classic example of a Gentle Giant,
the St. Bernard is calm, patient and sweet with adults, and especially children. The biggest threat to small children is being
knocked over by this breed’s larger size. Overall they are a sweet, gentle, calm, loyal
and affectionate breed, and if socialized are very friendly. While generally not instinctively protective,
a St. Bernard may bark at strangers, and their size makes them good deterrents against possible
intruders. Saints can also get along well with other
pets, especially if they’re introduced to them in puppyhood. Supervise them around smaller dogs and cats
just to make sure they don’t accidentally step or lie on them. The breed standard for the Bernese Mountain
Dog states that dogs should not be “aggressive, anxious or distinctly shy”, but rather should
be “good-natured”, “self-assured”, “placid towards strangers”, and “docile”. Bernese mountain dogs are a breed that generally
does well with children, as they are very affectionate. They are patient dogs that take well to children
climbing over them. Though they have great energy, a Bernese will
also be happy with a calm evening. Bernese work well with other pets and around
strangers. They are excellent guardians. They tend to bond with one owner, and are
somewhat aloof and standoffish. Trainability Saint Bernards can be difficult to train,
especially for novice dog owners. They are willful, stubborn and independent
animals who sometimes listen and other times do not. They test boundaries and like to see what
they can get away with and have little regard for the rules you put in place. Because of its large adult size, it is essential
that proper training and socialization begin while the St. Bernard is still a puppy, so
as to avoid the difficulties that normally accompany training large dogs. An unruly St. Bernard may present problems
for even a strong adult, so control needs to be asserted from the beginning of the dog’s
training. A confident, consistent, but gentle hand is
needed with the Bernese Mountain Dog breed. They can be stubborn and slow to learn, so
patience and an even keel are important for anyone training a Bernese Mountain Dog. Despite their initial stubbornness, they do
well in basic obedience training and can be graduated to advanced tricks and agility. Energy and Exercise The St. Bernard does not need a lot of exercise. It’s not a jogging companion and will wilt
in hot climates. Saints suffer from heat exhaustion quite easily
and need access to shade and plenty of fresh, cool water during hot weather. On the other hand, you’ll never find a happier
Saint Bernard than one who’s enjoying a good romp in the snow. Bernese are outdoor dogs at heart, though
well-behaved in the house; they need activity and exercise, but do not have a great deal
of endurance. They can move with amazing bursts of speed
for their size when motivated. They enjoy hiking and generally stick close
to their people. Not being given the adequate amount of exercise
may lead to barking and harassing in the Bernese. Health and Lifespan As large breeds, both dogs share a similarly
short lifespan at about 7-9 years with some dogs living to as old as 10 and rarely living
to 12. The very fast growth rate and the weight of
a St. Bernard can lead to very serious deterioration of the bones if the dog does not get proper
food and exercise. Many dogs are genetically affected by hip
dysplasia or elbow dysplasia. Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) has been shown
to be hereditary in the breed. They are susceptible to eye disorders called
entropion and ectropion, in which the eyelid turns in or out. The breed is also susceptible to epilepsy
and seizures, a heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy, and eczema. Cancer is the leading cause of death for dogs
in general, but Bernese Mountain Dogs have a much higher rate of fatal cancer than other
breeds; in both U.S./Canada and UK surveys, nearly half of Bernese Mountain Dogs die of
cancer, compared to about 27% of all other dogs. Inherited medical problems that a Bernese
Mountain Dog may face include malignant histiocytosis, progressive retinal atrophy, and possibly
cataracts and other eye problems. Bernese Mountain Dogs also have unusually
high mortality due to musculoskeletal causes like Arthritis, hip dysplasia, and cruciate
ligament rupture. Prospective Bernese Mountain Dog owners should
be prepared to cope with a large dog that may have mobility problems at a young age. Conclusion In conclusion, these are both large, loving
and loyal dogs. And both have their caveats. Short life spans and health concerns plague
both breeds and owners should expect that with either comes hefty vet bills. Oh, we should probably mention that both breeds
are heavy droolers due to loose mouth skin and large jowls. Neither is particularly easy to train, but
once trained make excellent family companions and protectors. So, which breed do you think wins? Which would you have in your home? Let us know in the comments below. Any other breeds that you’d like me to compare? Shout them out. Hey, thanks for hanging with us. If you want more dog vs. dog videos, you can
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39 Replies to “Bernese Mountain Dog Vs Saint Bernard Dog vs Dog Which is Better?”

  1. Absolutely love your video style and content. I always appreciate well organized and helpful facts about animals. It's exactly what I love doing on my channel but for plants and herbs.

  2. Well, since I own a BMD, my heart goes to them. But who doesn’t love a St Bernard? The choice between the two would be a difficult one, either would make a perfect large breed family pet.

  3. I had a Bernese therapy dog. She was a work dog and brought joy to lots of children. She was super obedient and knew many tricks. Plus, she was easy to train. She didn't drool at all, so I didn't know that was a concern. She died at age 10 – two days after her 10th birthday, from cancer.

  4. Bernese if you want the best family dog, but you have to know they have the shortest lifespan of ALL DOGS, and when they die….Well, they're like family members, you'll have this feeling since the first moment. They love their family, and families love them.

  5. While the Bernese Mountain Dog is stunning to look at, I think the Saint Bernard would make the better family pet.

  6. Once you get to live with a bernese for a day you dont want any other breed. My.berner is 5month old and i wouldnt want any other breed, hes perfect (yet still learning😌)

  7. I've had 3 different st bernards over 19 years. They truly are great dogs and not only dogs, but as a full time family members. Nowdays I almost desperetly want to get myself a bernese mountain dog. I gues there isn't much different with their personality and all the other great features compare to st bernard.

  8. Bernese mountain dogs are the best dogs especially when they are puppies, they are so cute and u can’t get enough of them they will cuddle with you and like to stick next to you but I still love St. Bernard’s and I love you Luna R.I.P she was the best St. Bernard even though she was really lazy but she was fun to play with and cuddle with.

  9. My Bernese Mountain dog Sally was, apart from my children, the best thing that ever happend to me, period! – she died recently at the age of 12, and that was the hardest thing for me in a long time! – she was a good and beautiful dog.

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