Puppy Price: How Much Does a Bernese Mountain Dog Cost?

August 19, 2021
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August 19, 2021 Bryan Striegler

Puppy Price: How Much Does a Bernese Mountain Dog Cost?

when we got our bernese mountain dog puppy

Bernese Mountain Dogs have a lot of qualities that make them a great pet. They are both cute and friendly, but they also make good watch dogs. The cost of Bernese Mountain Dogs varies based on the age, size and sex of the dog as well as where you purchase it from. In this blog post we will break down all the factors to help you find out how much money you’ll need for your new puppy!

Price of Bernese Mountain Dog

Below are all the questions we will be covering today. Feel free to click each question to jump to that section.

  • Should you get a Bernese Mountain Dog?
  • What is the average cost for a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy?
  • Why are some Bernese mountain dog puppies more expensive than others?
  • Why are Bernese mountain dogs so expensive?
  • How much does it cost to have a Bernese Mountain Dog?
  • Are Bernese mountain dogs good pets and worth it?

Should you get a Bernese Mountain Dog?

Puppies are so cute and so much fun, but it is a big decision to make. Before you go off and buy a Bernese Mountain dog, you need to figure out if this is a good decisions or not.

Male Bernese Mountain Dog sitting outside

Price

Part of that decision is the overall cost of buying a Bernese mountain dog. There are upfront, initial expenses, but there are also ongoing expenses every month. It’s important to think about that total cost. Hopefully by the end of this article, you’ll have that figured out.

Dog Breed characteristics

Another thing to consider is the personality and characteristics of a Bernese Mountain Dog. All dog breeds are different and don’t work in every situation.

Bernese dog giving kisses

Bernese are big dogs that need certain things. One, they need enough space. They are big dogs (roughly 80-110 pounds) and are in the working class which means they want to be active. A large backyard is important and the owner needs to have the time for daily play and walks.

Bernese also have very thick coats because they were bred in the Swiss Alps. They do not do well in extreme heat. Do you live in a warmer environment? Can they stay inside?

Bernese Mountain Dogs also can be a bit protective. They were used with families and farms, so they tend to bond very closely to a few people and be wary of everyone else.

What is the average cost for a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy?

As you will see, the price of a Bernese mountain dog puppy will vary from breeder to breeder and place to place. Overall, expect to pay around $1200. I was lucky with Finn and got him for around $800. Ellie, on the other hand, was $2400.

Why are some Bernese mountain dog puppies more expensive than others?

It doesn’t matter what you are buying, there will always be different prices points, low, medium, and high. The same is true for a Bernese mountain dog puppy.

There are a few factors that play into these differences. The first main factor is the breeder. An experienced breeder is going to be more expensive because they know what they are doing and only breeding high-quality dogs. A novice or backyard breeder should be much cheaper. This might be their first litter and the parents might not come from as distinguished line.

Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy Coming home

Another factor is whether or not you will be getting any kind of paperwork. The first thing is whether your puppy will be AKC registered. The only way to get this is for both parents to be registered. The other thing that might raise the price is full registration. With full registration, you are allowed to breed and pass on the AKC registration.

The last small factor is what you are getting with your puppy. Some will include many things like microchipping, all shots, and even food. Others will give you nothing.

Why are Bernese mountain dogs so expensive?

$1200 is a lot of money for a puppy. You could easily go to a local animal shelter and get one for less than $50 or you could adopt a purebred for $200. Why do the Bernese puppies cost so much?

Like anything, it mainly comes down to supply and demand. If there is a limited supply of something, it becomes rare and costs more. If there is plenty, the price will drop.

Right now, Bernese Mountain dogs are relatively rare. I think I’ve only come across 3 or 4 other Bernese dogs in the 3 years I’ve owned one. When I was looking to buy both of them, it was a struggle to even find any breeders.

As the breed becomes more popular, there will be more breeders and more puppies. In the near future, I imagine the price will drop.

How much does it cost to have a Bernese Mountain Dog?

At this point, we already know that the average cost to get a puppy is around $1200. That’s just the start, though. There are so many other things you need to consider.

Tracking

Every time you take you Bernese out, you might as well be carrying around a giant chunk of cash. It’s sad, but people will steal a purebred if given the chance. Make sure to protect yourself by getting a microchip or tracking device.

baby Berner pups with mom

There are different options that do different things. Some can only be detected at a vet’s office. Other allow you to track your dog with your phone. Average cost varies from $25 to $200.

License

Each city has their own laws regarding dogs. In some cities, you have to buy a license for your dog. Typically these licences are cheap and go from $10 to 20.

AKC Registration

If you bought a dog with AKC papers, you will still have to pay to register him or her. It’s a small fee, but it’s something you still need to consider. Depending on the package you choose, it will be roughly $40 to $55.

What supplies do you need for your dog?

When you buy your puppy, you will most likely need several different supplies like a collar, bed, leash, toys, and bowls. The average price is about $150 to $300.

finn-with-toy-around-neck

Some of these items will last a long time, others will need to be replaced as your Bernese puppy grows. You will go through at least 2 or 3 collars. Also, most puppies will destroy a few things here and there.

The cost to feed a Bernese Mountain Dog

The first thing I noticed about my Bernese Mountain Dogs is that they eat a lot! With Finn, I started off feeding him dog food. I went with one of the more expensive options because I wanted the best for him. I was going through a $60 bag of food about every month. For some, that’s really expensive and for others, that’s nothing.

When we got Ellie, we decided to go even more extreme. Bernese Mountain dogs have a short life-span (roughly 9 years ), so we wanted to do everything we could to keep them healthy and hopefully extend their lives. We then switched to a completely raw diet.

newborn Bernese Mountain dog puppies

A raw diet is very expensive compared to dog food. Right now, we spend roughly $70 a week to feed two dogs. I know that sounds crazy to most of you, but if it helps our dogs live longer, healthier lives, it is worth it.

Basic Vet expenses

It is also important to consider the cost of vet visits. Vet bills can range drastically depending on what you need. Here are some typical vet bills:

– Rabies shot: $25 – 50

– Heartworm test: $45 to 140

– Deworming medication for intestinal worms, tapeworms and roundworms (drug of choice): $30

For the first year or two that your Bernese is in the world, you should be bringing them to the vet at least once a year. For this visit, usually your vet will do blood work and vaccinations as well as check for any health issues like skin conditions or dental problems. It can cost anywhere from $150-$300 depending on where you live and what they find.

new Bernese mountain dog puppy at home

Medical expenses for a Bernese Mountain Dog

I hope that your Bernese dog is wonderfully healthy and has no issues, but it’s important to at least be aware of some of the common issues they have.

Most big dogs have to worry about hip dysplasia and other joint issues like arthritis and elbow dysplasia. The same can be true for Bernese Mountain Dogs.

If a problem develops, you can either choose to live with it or treat it. Treating one of these issues through surgery could cost several thousand dollars. Alternative treatments generally include pain management and physical therapy. While these are cheaper than surgery, it still will add up, possibly $100 per visit. All Berners won’t have those problems but it’s important to be aware of them when considering this breed. For more information go to Mountain Dog.

Training

When you have a big dog, it’s important to train them. It’s not safe for a 100 pound dog to be running crazy and jumping on people.

There are plenty of different options and strategies out there, so do some research and see what is available to you.

Bernese mountain dog looking at bananas

Most people send their puppy to a professional. With this option, you have a better chance of success, but it is more expensive. You can either do group training or personal, one on one training. Group training seminars average between $50 and $130 per week of 1-hour training sessions. Personal training would be around $100-$200.

Another option is to do the training yourself. You can watch videos, buy books and courses. These could range from free to $200. The good thing is that it’s a one time payment. The problem is that you are left to do it on your own.

Grooming cost

Our house is full of dog hair clumps that I like to refer to as tumbleweeds. The Bernese have big thick coats and it comes out in the summer. So far, I’ve only spent around $20 to go to self-service dog wash, but many will choose to do the easy thing and send the dog to the groomer.

Grooming is something you can avoid, but you want to make sure your Berner is taken care of. Except to pay $100 every few months.

Dog health insurance

Another optional cost is pet insurance. Check with your state to see what is available and even allowed. There are options for injury only or to cover bigger things.

I just got a quote for my 3 year old, Finn. It would be $39 a month for $10,000 plan, with a $750 yearly deductible. I’m not really sure if that’s worth it. Possibly. As with all insurance, look at it carefully before signing up.

Miscellaneous costs

Dogs are like children, and there are always unexpected costs. We’ve been hit with supply and snack fees and a bunch of other random things. A dog is the same way, so expect something else to come up.

One common thing is boarding and dog daycare. Do you travel a lot or worried about your pup being alone all the time? Then, you might find yourself spending anywhere from $100 a month to $100 a week.

Bernese mountain dog with hid in yogurt container

I hate to bring it up, but sometimes dogs will hurt or destroy something that doesn’t belong to you. In those cases, you will be responsible to fix or pay for the destruction.

Are Bernese mountain dogs good pets and worth it?

While this question is very subjective and will vary from person to person, I can say it has been very worth it to me to have both of our Bernese Mountain Dogs. They are the most loyal dogs I’ve ever had and so loving, smart, and energetic. Owning a Bernese has made my life fuller and better.

Yes, they are expensive and I’ve spent more on them than all of my dogs combined, but to me it is worth it. You’ll have to make that final decision for yourself.

Where can I find a good Bernese Mountain Dog Breeder?

If you’ve decided to get a Bernese Mountain dog puppy, yay! I’m so excited for you. The next step is finding a breeder that you like, can trust, and is in your price range.

when we got our bernese mountain dog puppy

There are several different ways to go about this. Google is usually the best option. Search for available puppies and breeders in your area. You will find some websites from the actual reputable breeders, but the majority of the results will be from puppy selling websites. Some are legit and some are not. Be careful when dealing with them. Read reviews and make sure there is a way meet and talk with a real person before paying anything.

If you happen to be in the south near Arkansas, I’d love to talk to you about our Bernese mountain dog puppies. Click the link below and reach out.