Welcome to our guide to the Bernefie.
The Bernefie is a mix of two different breeds, the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Newfoundland.
The DogExperts.info website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Bernefie breed of dog.
You can also help too!
If you can answer any of the questions below, then please add your comments to the box at the bottom of the page or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to feature your dog and publish any photos or pictures of your Bernefie you would like to email us.
Are you looking to buy a Bernefie – then see our list of Bernefie breeders.
Why Choose a Bernefie?
What type of owners buy a Bernefie?
What in your opinion are the best things about the Bernefie breed?
Why do you think the Bernefie is special?
What are your favourite things about the Bernefie?
Are you glad you choose to buy a Bernefie and not another breed?
How would you describe the Bernefie temperament?
What advice might you give to people thinking about whether they should buy a Bernefie over other breeds?
History & Origins
What are the history and origins of the Bernefie?
About The Breed
What colors of Bernefie are most popular?
What does the Bernefie look like?
What are the pros/cons of the Bernefie breed?
What can a new owner expect in terms of differences between the Bernefie and other breeds?
Do they attract a lot of interest and curiosity from the public?
What type of typical personality does the Bernefie have?
Is it possible to describe a fairly typical Bernefie?
What is the breed standard/description for the Bernefie?
Were there particular colors people preferred and that maybe you focused on?
Are there any downsides to owning a Bernefie that prospective owners should be aware of?
Is the Bernefie breed of dog suitable for first-time dog owners?
Some breeds can be described as greedy and prone to weight issues, would this apply to the Bernefie?
What are the key differences when compared to other breeds?
Is the Bernefie breed suitable for a person or family that are out at work all day?
Some owners seek a breed suitable for barking and offering a guard dog role – how does the Bernefie match up to that role?
Are there myths about the Bernefie – in other words do new potential owners come to you with misconceptions about this breed?
We asked a number of breeders in the UK and America what essential advice they would give to new owners of Bernefie puppies and this is what they said:
What types of questions do you get once owners get their Bernefie home?
Can you tell us something most owners would not know – tips, secrets etc from your years of experience?
What is the typical temperament of a Bernefie, so people know what to expect from their new pet?
When fully grown how much on average does a Bernefie weigh?
When the Bernefie is full grown in size what is the maximum height and length expected to be?
Is the Bernefie ever crossed or mixed with other breeds of dog?
Does the Bernefie smell or drool a lot?
Do you have a Bernefie growth chart?
What breed group does the Bernefie come under?
What type of coat do they have?
Can they swim?
What does the movement of the tail show, does it mean they are trying to ‘talk to us’ or give us some message?
Are there some types of people that you can suggest the Bernefie is not suitable for, perhaps families?
How is the Bernefie with children?
Do you think the Bernefie is suitable for families with young children?
How does the Bernefie get along with other (existing) pets and do you have any tips or advice for new Bernefie owners in terms of successful integration?
Is it better to buy one Bernefie or two?
Should prospective new owners be aware of any differences between males and females?
Would the Bernefie be suitable as a guard dog?
Can I leave my Bernefie during the day while I go to work?
What is the expected average lifespan of the Bernefie?
In terms of life expectancy, how long on average would the Bernefie breed live to?
Food & Diet
Do you have any special feeding routines or diet?
Do you have any feeding advice or brands that you prefer?
How to handle the Bernefie puppy to start off – how much food, what type, how often?
What feeding routines and types of food/supplements do you recommend?
What to buy in terms of equipment? Bowls etc
Do owners need to consider supplements for their Bernefie?
How about for older dogs?
Buying – How Much Do They Cost?
How much did your Bernefie cost to buy?
Can you offer advice to people looking to buy a Bernefie and how much should they spend?
What advice would you offer new Bernefie owners?
What types of people are buying the Bernefie and why?
Where can I buy Bernefie rescue dogs or find a Bernefie for adoption? Please note that buying or searching for a ‘cheap’ Bernefie can be false economy as they may have health issues that cost you far more in the long-term – always buy from a good and responsible breeder!
Do I need public liability insurance or a license?
How would you describe the Bernefie puppy to potential new owners?
What types of owners are best suited to owning a Bernefie?
What colors and sizes are most popular?
Are there things new owners do that perhaps frustrate you?
What can people expect when they become a new owner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Bernefie?
As a Bernefie breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
Are there specific times of the year that you breed?
Choosing a puppy from a litter, what advice could you offer potential new owners in terms of selecting ‘the one’?
How long does it take to housetrain/potty train a Bernefie?
When can you take them out in public and how do you handle them around other dogs?
Will they run off – when is it safe to let them off the lead?
We invite you to email us your Bernefie’s pictures, in particular we are looking for photos showing Bernefie puppies at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks old as well as early pictures such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 months old to a year old.
Do they have any nicknames or does the Bernefie have popular names?
If my Bernefie is pregnant what might the litter size be?
Could the Bernefie be dangerous around young children?
How do you deal with a problem barker – any tips and advice to new owners?
How do you prevent a Bernefie biting?
How do you prevent a Bernefie chewing?
How do you stop a Bernefie jumping up?
Does the Bernefie have an issue with excessive digging?
Why does my Bernefie keep growling and barking?
Is there a reason my Bernefie dog is often scratching excessively?
Do they suffer from separation anxiety and how can I prevent this?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what can you say about the Bernefie and their exercise needs and do you have any tips or advice for new Bernefie owners?
As a breeder of the Bernefie , do you prefer a collar or harness?
As an expert of the Bernefie breed do you prefer a standard leash or retractable?
Can you offer any dog walking tips for Bernefie owners?
Playtime & Tricks
What games and toys can you recommend for the Bernefie?
Are there toys you suggest avoiding?
How intelligent is the Bernefie compared to other dog breeds?
How much can they understand?
Do you have any special grooming routines or tips and advice for new Bernefie owners?
How much time is involved?
What accessories are required to be purchased for grooming a Bernefie?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning maintenance of nails?
How much do Bernefie shed and how do I maintain their hair and how often?
How can I prevent or cure ear infections?
Do you have any tips for eye care?
Is the Bernefie a hypoallergenic breed?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning cleaning and bathing your Bernefie?
Can you offer new Bernefie owners advice concerning fleas and maybe products you use in treatment and prevention?
What advice and tips could you offer to owners who might wish to follow your path in showing the Bernefie?
What started your interest in showing the Bernefie?
If a new owner perhaps wanted to meet other owners or find out more – perhaps they have an interest in joining a local club or maybe they wonder how they can start showing their Bernefie – where would they begin?
Can you offer any advice to others who may be wondering if they can also start showing?
How would an owner know they have a show-quality Bernefie and how would they start off?
Can you give away any of your secrets?!
Is showing very expensive and why do you think people like to do it?
What do judges look for in a winner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Bernefie?
What official organisations are there for the new Bernefie owner and what benefits or services do they provide?
In buying a Bernefie, can you offer advice and tips to new owners?
How did you go from being an owner to getting into breeding?
Do you think the breed’s popularity has increased, decreased or remained the same?
How did you progress to becoming a breeder and why focus on breeding the Bernefie out of all the breeds you could have chosen?
What do you think makes the Bernefie special to you?
Are there things that you see owners doing that frustrate you?
As a breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what is it like to train a Bernefie and do you have any tips or advice for new Bernefie owners?
How should new owners approach bringing a new Bernefie home, any advice and tips you can give?
Should I allow my Bernefie to sleep in my bed or elsewhere in the house?
Do you recommend crate training and how long does this take?
Should my Bernefie sleep in a kennel or crate?
Health is always a major concern when buying a dog, do you have any advice for new Bernefie owners to be aware of in particular?
Are there any health-related tips you can give to owners?
What sort of health issues should owners be on the lookout for?
What is the recommended schedule for vaccinations for your Bernefie?
Can you offer any advice on how to treat and prevent worms?
What type of health issues can a Bernefie have and how do you deal with preventing these?
Why does my Bernefie have diarrhea?
Do they suffer from itchy and sensitive skin and if so why?
Why is my Bernefie vomiting and do I go to the vets?
When should I take my Bernefie for vaccinations and which ones do they need and how often?
How often will my Bernefie be in heat?
Should I consider getting my Bernefie spayed or neutered and when and how much does this cost and what are the benefits?
My Bernefie is limping, what should I do and should I go to a veterinarian surgeon?
Do they suffer from allergies?
Why is my Bernefie not eating?
How much does it cost to insure my Bernefie?
What healthcare issues or diseases might be excluded from companies that provide Bernefie dog health insurance?
What age would you class as an ‘older or senior’ Bernefie?
Do you notice any changes in their behaviour?
What changes in food and diet would you suggest making for an older Bernefie?
Do you feed any supplements to an older Bernefie – or anything else which helps them as they age?
Are there any health issues particular to a senior Bernefie dog?
Do you have any advice for owners of an older/senior Bernefie or tips you can pass on?
Here is an interesting video on the Bernefie.
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