An Australian Shepherd, crossed with a Bernese Mountain Dog, will result in the hybrid/designer dog called a Bernaussie. This mixed dog possesses great work ethics, shows extreme loyalty, and is notably smart. Their overall temperament tends to be calm but playful, making them a great choice for any family dynamic.
These two very popular pure breeds combine the best of their long-established jobs as "working dogs". That being said, Australian Shepherds have strong herding backgrounds. Also, Bernese Mountain Dogs make excellent guard dogs.
It's important to note that mixed breeds do not acquire a single set of personality types. It will all depend upon the dominating gene. One must consider the individual personalities of each breed when considering any mixed breed dog.
The Bernaussie has a life expectancy of 13-15 years.
Size & Activity Level
The Bernaussie can range in size from 40-90 pounds, depending upon their parent's size.
Bernese Mountain Dogs range 80-110 pounds, while Australian Shepherd Dogs range 40-65 pounds
They are active dogs and will need space to run and play. They are large, lovable dogs, that bond closely with their owners. They are indoor dogs and if left outside for exercise, a secure, fenced-in yard will be necessary.
Care & Grooming
Like all dogs, this mixed breed requires proper maintenance. Shedding is eminent, but grooming is easy with weekly brushing. Be prepared for heavier shedding 2-3 times a year, so get ready to vacuum often. Normal maintenance includes brushing, bathing, ear cleaning, nail trimming, teeth maintenance as well. A diet with high-quality food will promote good health.
Always contact your vet or breeder for additional information.