Facts & Origin
Profile: Bernese Mountain Dog and Australian Shepherd Mix.
The Bernese Mountain Dog and Australian Shepherd Mix, also known as the "Bernese Aussie," is a fascinating fusion of two different but exceptional breeds. This unique blend combines the gentleness of the Bernese Mountain Dog with the intelligence and work enthusiasm of the Australian Shepherd, resulting in a versatile companion dog for active families and individuals.
Origin of the parent breeds
The Bernese Mountain Dog, originally from Switzerland, was once a working dog on farms and is known for its friendly nature and beautiful tri-colored coat. The Australian Shepherd, although originating in the United States, owes its name to Australian sheep breeders where it first found use. He is an intelligent herding dog, famous for his energy and colorful coat.
|Alternate Name||Bernese Aussie|
|Origin||USA - Switzerland|
|Life expectancy||6 - 15 years|
|Activity level||high - average|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
The Bernese Aussie is an affectionate, intelligent and alert dog . This mix inherits the loyalty of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the willingness to work of the Australian Shepherd. She is easy to train and loves mental challenges. The Bernese Aussie is sociable and bonds closely with his family. It can be a wonderful companion for dog sports such as obedience, agility and even herding.
Suitability and attitude
This mix is ideally suited for active families and individuals who enjoy spending time outdoors. The Bernese Aussie loves long walks, hiking, and active play in the backyard. Due to his loving and friendly nature, he is also well suited for families with children. It is important to make sure he gets enough mental stimulation and physical activity to be happy.
Grooming and health
Grooming the Bernese Aussie requires regular brushing, especially because of its long and dense coat. This mix can be prone to excessive hair loss, so regular grooming is important.
In terms of health, both parent breeds are prone to hip dysplasia, so regular veterinary exams and a healthy diet should be prioritized.
What does this mixed breed look like?
The Bernese Aussie can have a variety of characteristics in appearance as the traits of its parent breeds are combined. They often have the tri-colored coat of the Bernese Mountain Dog, which when combined with the striking eyes and tail hairstyle of the Australian Shepherd creates a unique appearance. Size varies, but they are usually medium to large dogs with a muscular build.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Elbow dysplasia (ED)
Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.
The MDR1 defect is a defect in the MDR1 gene that can occur in some breeds of dogs and in humans. This results in the deficient or absent synthesis of a certain protein which is an important component of the blood-brain barrier, leading to hypersensitivity to some drugs.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.
Often occurs in old age.
May be common in older dogs.
Symptoms of kidney disease in dogs: increased urination (polyuria) increased water intake. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth. Loss of appetite
Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!
Character traits of a Bernese Aussie are intelligent, playful, alert, affectionate, balanced, loyal and energetic.
The average life expectancy of a Bernese Aussie is between 10 and 12 years.
The difference lies in the characteristics inherited by each breed. Bernese Mountain Dogs are usually characterized by a calm temperament, long coat hair and are guarddogs. Australian Shepherds, on the other hand, are very active, energetic and can be effective as sheepdogs or working dogs.