Golden Mountain Dog

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75-110 lbs
United States
Golden Retriever
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Golden Mountain Dog

The Golden Mountain Dog is a gentle giant of a dog, loyal and affectionate, and very intelligent. These dogs are always willing to please, and are good to train. They tend to learn things quickly so they don’t take hours of extensive training to achieve their skills. They are great family dogs, playful and loving with children and with other pets such as cats and other dogs. The Golden Mountain Dog is better suited to colder climates, extreme heat can be hard for them to tolerate. Best described as a happy dog, the Golden Mountain Dog is an attractive creature with its fluffy thick coat, sparkling expressive eyes and downright pleasant nature.

Companion dog, good at herding or retrieving
Date of Origin
Golden Retriever and Bernese Mountain Dog

Golden Mountain Dog Health

Average Size
Male Golden Mountain Dog size stats
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 80-120 lbs
Female Golden Mountain Dog size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 75-110 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Heart Problems
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cancer
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Blood Work
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Blood Glucose Tests
  • Physical and Neurologic Examination

Golden Mountain Dog Breed History

There is little data available yet about how the Golden Mountain Dog evolved. Looking at the history of the parent dogs, the Golden Retriever was bred into existence during the mid-1800s. A nobleman named Lord Tweedmouth in Scotland started the breed; he wanted a dog that was more attentive to people and a great companion. He was enamoured by the yellow puppies he bred, so he focused on using them, hence the Golden Retriever was born. Known first as just the Retriever, it was adopted by other breeders and became a popular dog. It took until 1911 until the breed was first recognised by the English Kennel Club. Then in 1920 the name was changed to ‘Golden’ Retriever. The Golden Retriever adores people, is affectionate and loyal and makes not only a great working dog but an ideal family and companion dog. The Bernese Mountain Dog originated from cross breeding the Roman Mastiff type dogs with Swiss Alps farm dogs. It was then known as the Berna dog and has been used on farms in the Alps for over 2000 years. They were used as guard dogs, companions and for hauling carts. In the 1800s the need for the dog reduced its lineage, but breeders preserved the breed through staging events and it became well known in Europe. During the early 1900’s the name changed to the Bernese Mountain Dog. After the first World War, they came to the United States of America. The American Kennel Club recognised them in 1981. Since then, they have become a popular dog known as a gentle giant.

Golden Mountain Dog Breed Appearance

The Golden Mountain Dog is impressive as its name, it is a large to giant dog standing up to 26 inches tall. The solid well-proportioned body is quite hard to see under its often-fluffy long dense coat, but it is a dog built for guarding or hauling things around. The head is slightly rounded at the top, and it has a medium sized muzzle and may inherit the drooping lips of the Bernese, or take after the Golden Retrievers neat mouth and scissors bite. Strong legs are made for endurance, and it has large, sometimes fluffy paws. The eyes are almond shaped, and very expressive. The Golden Mountain Dog has floppy ears. Gentle, playful, and great with children and other pets, this is a wonderful family dog of considerable size.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Golden Mountain Dog eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Golden Mountain Dog nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Golden Mountain Dog coat
brown Golden Mountain Dog coat
white Golden Mountain Dog coat
black Golden Mountain Dog coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Golden Mountain Dog straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Golden Mountain Dog Breed Maintenance

The Golden Mountain Dog is quite high on the maintenance list – their thick long coat seems to be in a constant state of shedding although there is some respite through the winter months. They do need daily brushing and your house will require more frequent vacuuming, but for such a lovely natured dog most owners consider it a small price to pay. While you are brushing, remember to check in their ears as a lot of dogs get infections and inflammation in this area. Wipe the ear out with a soft damp cloth, and never insert anything into the ear canal. Train your gentle giant to enjoy having his teeth brushed, and gently trim his nails. He will love all the attention and grooming will keep him looking grand. Only bathe when needed, with a gentle dog soap to preserve his waterproof coat.

Brushes for Golden Mountain Dog
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Golden Mountain Dog requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Golden Mountain Dog Temperament

Affectionate, doting and loyal comes to mind when talking about the Golden Mountain Dog. They are eager to please, playful but quiet calm dogs. These dogs are ideal family dogs, they have a lovely nature that ensures they get on with children, cats and other dogs. If a stranger arrives they may bark to alert you but otherwise they are quiet dogs. They have a low tolerance for elevated temperatures, and feel better in colder climates. The Golden Mountain Dog is intelligent and learns quickly making training a breeze. They enjoy helping out in the fenced yard, excel at games and will bask in all the attention these cuddly giants can get. Food is eagerly wolfed down and they can put on weight quickly, so give them pats and hugs rather than lots of treats. Self-confident, alert and with such a good nature, the Golden Mountain Dog is a loyal friend and a devoted companion.

Golden Mountain Dog Activity Requirements

Big and lively, your Golden Mountain Dog comes from a working background so likes to be active and engaged. A walk twice per day is ideal, whether around the neighbourhood, or on the beach or river. They make an ideal workout dog, running alongside you or beside your bike. Keep their minds stimulated with plenty of play especially where they have a challenge. Games of fetch or tug of war will be fun, or a visit to the pet park will open opportunities to socialise with other dogs. They are not averse to splashing around in water for a bit of a cool down with the kids either.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Golden Mountain Dog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.8 - $3
Monthly Cost
$80 - $90

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