Bernese Mountain Dog vs Newfoundland

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and Newfoundland are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and Newfoundland are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Newfoundland requires moderate grooming, The Bernese Mountain Dog has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Newfoundland has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Bernese Mountain Dog is an average barker.
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Bernese Mountain Dog vs Newfoundland
Bernese Mountain Dog Dog Breed
Brown Newfoundland Dog
Breed NameBernese Mountain DogNewfoundland
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan6-8 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Height23-27 in.25-30 in.
Weight70-120 lb100-150 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountrySwitzerlandCanada
Origin Year1892 AD1600 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
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹15°F to 75°F0°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed22 mph22 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium-High
SheddingHighHigh
DanderHighMedium
Drool AmountLowMedium

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 DogNewfoundland
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowVery Low
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchBelow AverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameBernese Mountain DogNewfoundland
Lifespan
Lifespan6-8 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseNoYes
BloatYesYes
CancerYesYes
CataractsNoYes
Cherry EyeNoYes
CystinuriaNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaYesYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
PanosteitisYesNo
Portosystemic Liver ShuntYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Subvalvular Aortic StenosisNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBernese Mountain DogNewfoundland
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & RustYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, Rust, & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
Rust & WhiteYesNo
BeigeNoYes
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BrownNoYes
GrayNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
White & BrownNoYes
White & GrayNoYes
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