By Josie February 21st, 2023

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Both breeds are super-fluffy and super-friendly, but which one would suit you best?

Bernese Mountain Dog

Size of  Bernese Mountain Dogs

Height: 23 to 27.5 inches depending on gender Weight: 75 to 120 pounds, depending on gender

Size of  Australian Shepherds

Height: 23 to 27.5 inches depending on gender Weight: 75 to 120 pounds, depending on gender

Origin of  Bernese Mountain Dogs

The Bernese mountain dogs are giant-sized dogs that originate from the Swiss Alps.

This breed forms part of the Sennenhund group of dogs, which also includes the Appenzeller, Entlebucher, and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

Origin of  Australian Shepherds

Despite their name, the breed originated in the Western United States in the 1840s and not in Australia, as one might think.

There are various theories, and one contends that they were bred in the US to work on ranches.

Appearance of  Bernese Mountain Dogs

A distinctive feature of these beautiful yet sturdy dogs is their symmetrical markings, mainly on the face, chest, and legs.

The markings are primarily of three colors: white, black, and rust.

Appearance of  Australian Shepherds

The distinctive feature of Aussie is their merle coat that includes a molted pattern of contrasting colors, typically white, rust, and a blue-ish gray.

They often have blue eyes.

Temperament of  Bernese Mountain Dogs

They are well-known for their friendly and playful nature with children, other pets, and even with strangers and younger children.

They tend to be relatively low-energy when indoors and enjoy snuggling with their owners.

Temperament of  Australian Shepherds

They are known for their high energy and intelligence, as they were bred as herding dogs.

Aussies generally have a protective nature and are cautious and slightly reserved with new people.

Training of  Bernese Mountain Dogs

They are quite easy to train, but training should start early before they become too big and potentially difficult to handle.

Training of  Australian Shepherds

Aussies are slightly easier to train but need continuous training and mental stimulation or else they will become destructive.

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Both of these fluffy things make great family dogs, which one would you choose?