90-150 lbs
Bernese Mountain Dog
New Mountain Bernese, Bernewfie

The Bernefie is a breed which was developed by breeding the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Newfoundland, both of which are giant sized dogs with coats which allow them to live in colder temperatures as well as some warmer ones.  Both of the parent breeds were developed to work in draft, herding and farm situations.  Both parent breeds are gentle, affectionate, loyal and intelligent.  Both breeds require daily brushing of their long, thick coats to reduce shedding, prevent matting and keep it clean.  The Bernese Mountain Dog was developed in the farmlands of Switzerland while the Newfoundland was developed on the island from which it gets its name, the island of Newfoundland.

Date of Origin
Bernese Mountain Dog, Newfoundland

Bernefie Health

Average Size
Male Bernefie size stats
Height: 25-29 inches Weight: 90-150 lbs
Female Bernefie size stats
Height: 25-29 inches Weight: 90-150 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Histiocytosis
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Urolithiasis
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Occasional Tests
  • Elbow
  • Blood Test
  • Hip & Eye
  • Blood And Urine Protein Screens
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Bernefie Breed History

The Bernefie hybrid is made up of the crossbreeding of two very large purebreds, the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Newfoundland.  Both of these parent breeds were developed for similar purposes of draft, herding, watchdogging and companionship.  Both parent breeds have thick, dense coats which protect them in the colder temperatures and, in the case of the Newfoundland parent, the coat is double coated, flat and oily, making it water resistant for its hunting and waterfowl retrieval tasks.  Both parent breeds also have very similar temperaments, being described as gentle, affectionate, intelligent and loyal.  The Bernese Mountain Dog was developed in the farmlands of Switzerland and the Newfoundland was developed in the frigid island of Newfoundland, from which it gets its name.  The Bernese Mountain Dog is thought to have come, in centuries past, from the crossing of mastiff-type dogs and native flock-guarding dogs from the valley of the Swiss Alps.  It is believed that the Newfoundland was developed perhaps earlier than the 1600’s and that the Portuguese Water Dog and the Great Pyrenees were somehow involved in its development.  Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Newfoundland are recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Bernefie Breed Appearance

The Bernefie has a strong, sturdy body which is proportioned, often weighing from 70 to 100 pounds when fully matured. They have a round head with an average length muzzle and a black nose with open nostrils. Their dark eyes are round and give a facial expression of intelligence, sensitivity and friendliness.  Their silky ears fold over and generally hang close to the head and require regular checking and cleaning to stay healthy.  The coat is very dense and can be short or of medium length, being solid black, solid brown, brown and black, brown and white, black and white or tricolor in color and soft to the touch.

Bernefie Breed Maintenance

The Bernefie requires moderate maintenance.  He will need to be brushed several times each week to keep his hair from matting and to remove debris.  He will not need to be bathed except when absolutely necessary so as not to remove the natural oils from his coat.  As with almost every canine breed and hybrid, regular and routine teeth examinations and cleaning is necessary to avoid periodontal disease and tooth loss.  Regular checking and cleaning of his ears will also be required to keep them healthy.  Your Bernefie will shed at moderate levels with this left increasing with season shedding.  This hybrid is not hypoallergenic so care must be taken if there are asthmatics or family members in the household who have other breathing problems. They have a low or average smell level.

Bernefie Temperament

The Bernefie temperament comes from both of its purebred parents, both having very similar temperaments.  Bernefie dogs are very intelligent, making them incredibly easy to train if done with good human to canine communication that comes from early socialization to help the canine understand what is expected of him. They are affectionate, gentle, loyal, generally cheerful and courageous.  They will protect when the need is truly present but will likely do so by positioning themselves between the endangered family member and the potential danger in lieu of attacking. They have moderate energy levels and need their daily walks to avoid becoming overweight.  They are great with kids as well as with other animals.  They are a bit wary of strangers so it is very important to socialize them as early as possible in their lives. They have plenty of love to give their human family and will bond closely with them. 

Bernefie Activity Requirements

Your Bernefie will need daily exercise to help keep his weight under control as he has a tendency to gain weight.  He will have more energy when he is younger but the need for daily walks and playtime continues even as he ages so that he will remain healthy and fit. The Bernefie is not a sedentary canine so he may not be as well suited to apartment life as he is to the home with a fenced yard.  He can live in rural or urban areas as long as he has access to sufficient space for exercise on a daily basis.  Since he has a thick, dense coat, he can tolerate colder temperatures while that same coat will allow him to tolerate some warmer temperatures as well.

Bernefie Owner Experiences

10 Weeks
3 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
It has been a lot of work but my benefie is very smart and sometimes he looks like he's smiling.
1 year, 11 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd