Bernese Mountain Dog vs Bloodhound

Compare the Bernese Mountain Dog to the Bloodhound. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bernese Mountain Dogs and Bloodhounds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Bloodhound are good for new owners, but the Bernese Mountain Dog is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and Bloodhound are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Bloodhound is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - The Bloodhound bark/howls frequently. The Bernese Mountain Dog has an average level of barking.
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Bernese Mountain Dog vs Bloodhound
Bernese Mountain Dog Dog Breed
Black and Tan Bloodhound
Breed NameBernese Mountain DogBloodhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan6-8 yrs.11-15 yrs.
Height23-27 in.23-27 in.
Weight70-120 lb80-110 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountrySwitzerlandFrance
Origin Year1892 AD1000 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹15°F to 75°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed22 mph20 mph
StrengthVery HighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
SheddingHighMedium
DanderHighMedium
Drool AmountLowHigh

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBernese Mountain DogBloodhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingVery LowAverage
ProtectionVery LowVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchBelow AverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameBernese Mountain DogBloodhound
Lifespan
Lifespan6-8 yrs.11-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesYes
CancerYesNo
Ectopic CiliaNoYes
EctropionNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaYesYes
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
PanosteitisYesNo
Portosystemic Liver ShuntYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBernese Mountain DogBloodhound
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & RustYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, Rust, & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
Rust & WhiteYesNo
Black & TanNoYes
BrownNoYes
Liver & TanNoYes
RedNoYes
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