Crossbreeds are all the rage these days. It’s not just because they look cute, but it’s also because many of these breeds are healthier than their parents while still bringing in the best aspects of both. If you’re a fan of Bernese Mountain Dogs, you’ll absolutely love some of these adorable and handsome hybrids.
The Best Bernese Mountain Dog Mixes
Bernese Mountain Dog + Boxer
This Bernese Mountain Dog mix tends to result in a dog who not only sheds less than a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog, but also one that tends to bring in an awful lot of the personality of a Boxer. Still, a relatively large dog, this mix is an excellent choice for those who have plenty of space in which the dog can play as well as the time and personality that’s necessary to train a larger dog.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Siberian Husky
An affectionate and personable dog, this breed seems to be one that brings in a lot of the Bernese Mountain Dog’s personality while maintaining the looks for a Husky. The cross is well-known for being a great family dog, with a real love for kids and much less of a Husky’s innate suspicion of strangers. Though this breed does love to spend time around family, most of the crosses still need plenty of space in which they can run and play.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Poodle
It should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with designer dogs that there is a cross between a Standard Poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog. Like so many doodle mixes, this cross tends to be friendly, affectionate, and really fond of humans. In fact, this is one cross that you can’t really leave alone too long, as the dog tends to bring with it a very intense kind of personal loyalty.
Bernese Mountain Dog + German Shepherd
Without an exact and well-known history, the history of the parent breeds will help with further knowledge on the German Bernese dogs. In the late 19th century, Captain Max von Stephanitz developed the relatively young breed of German Shepherd for farming and herding. Later on, Stephanitz discovered that German Shepherd dogs can be protectors and guards too. Meanwhile, the Bernese Mountain Dog is an older breed, seen over 2,000 years ago. These dogs served as helps for the farmers and herders. With these two breeds crossed, the Euro Mountain Sheparnese serves as a companion dog for many people.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Beagle
While you might not immediately understand the appeal of this cross, the Bergle is another one of those hybrids that bring in most of the best qualities of both of its parents. With the boundless energy of a Beagle and the size and friendly nature of a Bernese Mountain Dog, this is a popular cross among those who are looking for an active dog that is still a good fit for family living.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Labrador Retriever
Originally specifically bred to work as search and rescue dogs, this hybrid is both a loyal and intelligent crossbreed. Incredibly easy to train but a little less friendly than their Lab parent, these are still very patient dogs who get along great with kids. Consider looking for one of these crossbreeds if you’re looking for a dog who is a good worker and who will be a good fit for a family that has plenty of room to exercise.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Chow Chow
Crossing together the Chow Chow and the Bernese Mountain Dog gives pet owners access to a very unique hybrid. The Chownese is a dog that can weigh in excess of one hundred and twenty pounds, yet plays around like a much smaller dog. Usually friendly and reliable, these dogs need at least a solid hour of exercise every day and really benefit from being able to get outside and run on a regular basis.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Border Collie
Perhaps the aptest word to describe Bernese Collie is ‘charming’. Very amicable dogs who manage to mix a highly energetic personality with the kind of friendly looks that make it impossible to stop playing, these dogs are loyal pups who actually make for great watchdogs. Though they may be a little on the hyper side of things, these dogs often excel around kids and other dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Australian Shepherd
This crossbreed is definitely one of the kinder animals out there, with a real tendency to bond with their humans when they’re properly trained. Though they aren’t necessarily afraid of strangers, they are very much the kind of dog who will follow a specific person around once they have properly bonded. Not a dog that’s going to do well on his or her own, these dogs are a great fit for households that always have someone around.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Cocker Spaniel
Playful and energetic, the Spaniel Bernese takes an awful lot of its exercise needs from its Cocker Spaniel parent. This means that you’re going to spend a lot of time outside playing with the dog, but that’s almost never a burden with a pup that’s this nice. Incredibly adoptable dogs are affectionate animals that do as well with kids as they do with adults and even other dogs. Big snugglers who are happy sitting around on the couch while their owners watch TV, these dogs are also calm enough to live in an apartment as long as you’re able to get them out to the park every so often.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Saint Bernard
In a word, these dogs are huge. With the size of both parents contributing to a truly gigantic animal. The St. Bernese is not a dog for the easily intimidated. Much like the parent breed, though, these dogs are actually big babies at heart and are among the most affectionate hybrids that you will ever see. Generally a bit more healthy than Saint Bernard but with more bulk than a Bernese Mountain Dog, this is definitely an animal that needs a significant amount of training in order to understand that it isn’t the size of your average teacup dog.
Bernese Mountain Dog + American Bulldog
The combination of the American Bulldog and the Bernese Mountain dog is certainly very interesting. Adaptable and quiet, these dogs tend to look a little scarier than they really are. Though they aren’t easy to train, socializing these dogs isn’t as hard as you might think and they can end up becoming great house pets. The dog’s lifespan isn’t as long as one would hope and they are prone to some serious health problems, but with the right care, they can flourish.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Shar Pei
This adorable mix is one of those that seems able to do most things on its own. Fairly independent and smart, the Bernsharpei is relatively easy to train and gets along with people well, though it definitely needs plenty of time on its own to relax and unwind. Not necessarily the best fit for large families. this is a good dog for those who live on their own and who are looking for a pet that doesn’t require constant supervision.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Akita
Bernkitas tend to get big, strong, and hard to control. With that said, they can be a good fit for those dog owners who are already experienced with bigger breeds and who don’t have a problem controlling headstrong dogs. Though they might be a handful, these dogs can become excellent companions for those who feel comfortable being the leader of the pack.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Golden Retriever
One of the more common Bernese Mountain Dog mix, the Golden Bernese is a great house pet who can adapt to living in just about any space. Though they do need some space to run and play, these are dogs who love being around the family and can tend to be really fantastic around kids.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Great Pyrenees
Another Bernese Mountain Dog mix that tends to result in giants, these dogs do require some skill to train. With that said, the Great Bernese is a social animal that does love being around people and that can make a great family pet. You’ll need some space with this one, and it’s vital that you start training early so that the dog doesn’t accidentally get into trouble because of his or her size.
Bernese Mountain Dog + French Bulldog
This mix is another one of those that is the best of both worlds. While the French Bulldog is a very common favorite, it’s hard to argue that the breed isn’t suffering due to congenital health problems. Breeding in the Bernese bloodline takes care of most of those problems, leading to a dog that needs very little maintenance but who loves to spend time around his or her family.
Bernese Mountain Dog + Doberman Pinscher
Smart and easy to train, the Dobernese is a social dog who is far more sensitive than his or her lineage might suggest. Typically happy and eager to play, this Bernese Mountain Dog mix needs room to roam but is far quieter than you might expect. Good with just about everyone when the Dobernese is properly trained, it can be a fun hybrid to spend time with if you love playing with dogs.
Newfoundland + Bernese Mountain
Finally, the Newfouneseland might have a mouthful of a name but this is an excellent Bernese Mountain Dog mix. Loyal, personable, and a hit with kids of all ages, this is a big hybrid that nevertheless makes for the kind of family dog about which most can only dream. It’s always a good idea to make sure that this hybrid has plenty of time to exercise, but most will find that these dogs are relatively easy-going and very easy animals with which to live.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are Bernese mountain dogs mixed with?
A Bernese Mountain Dog mix can come from several amazing breeds of dogs. As you might imagine, a fair number of the dogs with which this breed is mixed are bigger, such as Saint Bernard or the Akita. With that said, it’s very easy to mix this breed with dogs like Huskies or Golden Retrievers, and some even mix them with Beagles.
2. Do Bernese mountain dog mixes live longer?
Some do and some do not. While most of the Bernese Mountain Dog mix get the kind of longevity that comes with having a more diverse set of genes, the truth is that many of the crosses between Bernese Mountain Dogs and other large breeds actually live a shorter amount of time than a Bernese simply because the other parent has an even shorter lifespan. A good example of this is the mix between a Bernese and a Saint Bernard, which doesn’t live as long as a Bernese but does tend to outlive the average Saint Bernard.
3. Is there a smaller version of a Bernese mountain dog?
There are definitely smaller versions of the Bernese Mountain Dog. One of the better small versions is the mix between the Bernese and the Beagle, which tends to be somewhere in the middle in terms of size but that still has an excellent personality.
4. Do Bernese mountain dogs stink?
They definitely can if you don’t bathe them or keep up with their health maintenance. If you’re worried, try to remember that these dogs do need a bath from time to time and that brushing their teeth on a regular basis really can help with the problem of doggy breath.