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100+ Bernese Mountain Dog Names: Ideas for Swiss Guard Dogs

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Bernese Mountain Dogs are a relatively large and loyal breed. Also known for being quite the guard dogs, they are great companions for people who live in the country or colder temperatures. This breed is considered a working dog and built with power, strength, and an incredible work ethic. In addition to their kind and affectionate temperament, they are an attractive breed. Their thick tri-colored coat includes an impressive combination of black, white, and rust.

Selecting a name that compliments these gentle giants should be a fun and exciting part of adopting a new dog! With so many endless possibilities, we have taken out the guesswork, and created the ultimate list of names geared just for the Bernese Mountain Dog! Below we have noted the top picks for females and males, a few Swiss options and their meanings, and ideas for large and guard dogs! 

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Female Bernese Mountain Dog Names

  • Heidi 
  • Willow 
  • Giada
  • Lucy 
  • Ingrid 
  • Olive
  • Ruby
  • Luna 
  • Verena 
  • Elena 
  • Ellie
  • Freya 
  • Oakland
  • Molly
  • Geneva 
  • Stella 
  • Harley 

Male Bernese Mountain Dog Names

  • Brenner 
  • Charlie 
  • Wrigley 
  • Buddy
  • Cervin 
  • Hans 
  • Hannibal 
  • Murphy 
  • Yves
  • Hank
  • Wilhelm
  • Bernie 
  • Remy
  • Louie
  • Gus 
  • Luther 
  • Finn
  • Boone
  • Tucker 
  • Gerber
  • Teddy 
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Swiss Dog Names for a Bernese Mountain Dog

This unique and adorable breed originated from the Swiss Alps, so a name that pays homage to their origin is a pretty sweet idea. Bernese Mountain Dogs, also known as the Berner Sennenhund in their native land, first began their work as cattle dogs on dairy ranches that resulted in some of the most decadent exports – chocolate and cheese! if you are looking for a name as rich as these delicious treats – this is the list for you! 

  • Häsli (Term of Endearment)
  • Elvin (Elf)
  • Valai (Land of Mystery)
  • Olov (Heir)
  • Minka (Strong)
  • Nils (Victory)
  • Bleume (Flower)
  • Basil (City in Switzerland)
  • Znüni (Mid Morning Snack – what pup doesn’t enjoy snack time?!)
  • Müsli (Pet Name People use for Eachother)
  • Schatzi (Little Treasure)
  • Hingis (Loyal & Alert)
  • Tova (Peace)
  • Bewundere (To Admire)
  • Weiss (White in German)
  • Kafi (Coffee)
  • Guido (God is Gracious)
  • Pelle (Stone)
  • Didier (Clumsy)
  • Floke (Guardian)
  • Brüele (To Cry)
  • Zurich (City in Switzerland)
  • Adolphus (Noble Wolf)
  • Buschi (Baby)
  • Bärli (Giant Bear)

Big Dog Names for a Bernese Mountain Dog

As we mentioned, the Bernese Mountain Dog is powerful and brisk – with the skill and focus to get the job done. Their stature is complimentary to their work ethic and has helped confirm their spot as a truly incredible breed. Although it may be a bit obvious, we happen to think a name that pays tribute to their sizeable build is a great idea! 

  • Moose 
  • Aspen
  • Arya
  • Goliath 
  • Grande 
  • Bear 
  • Athena 
  • Sully 
  • Axel 
  • Andress
  • Maximus 
  • Kong 
  • Kona
  • Attila 
  • Zeke
  • Bruce 
  • Dakota
  • Thor
  • Everest
  • Duke 
  • Zeus 
  • Guinness 

Guard Dog Names for a Bernese Mountain Dog

These working chameleons, so to speak, also found jobs in keeping a close watch over the farmyards to ensure the cattle remained safe! The Bernese Mountain Dogs are attentive with great attention to detail, which is the reason they are excellent guard dogs. These traits can be seen among owners who find these pooches are loving watchdogs prepared to keep a close eye on their families! A strong patrol name may just be the type of name your new pup deserves!

  • Scout 
  • Zuma
  • Magnum / Magna
  • Maverick 
  • Thora
  • Sniper
  • Ammo
  • Ares
  • Bruiser 
  • Sarjeant
  • Zelda
  • Cadet
  • Brutus
  • Major
  • Saber
  • Rogue
  • Rambo

Intelligent Dog Names for a Bernese Mountain Dog

As you might have already guessed, the Bernese Mountain dog is also quite intelligent. In fact, they are easy to train, receptive to commands once established, and will allow to you be the alpha! Here we have listed the most popular names for the Bernese Mountain dogs that are sure to salute their intelligence!

  • Darwin 
  • Scholar
  • Atom 
  • Newton
  • Genius
  • Apls
  • Beaker 
  • Holmes
  • Whiz
  • Neutron
  • Gracie
  • Watson
  • Urkel
  • Franklin 
  • Da Vinci
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Black, White, and Rust Color Dog Names for a Bernese Mountain Dog

Each Bernese Mountain Dog is painted with a tonal coat of the darkest of blacks, purest of whites and a few tufts of a deep rust color. A name that represents their beautiful thick and silky coat may just be the most simple, yet adorable idea!

  • Domino
  • Silhouette
  • Voodoo
  • Dusk
  • Harlequin
  • Azure
  • Terra
  • Scraps
  • Patches
  • Tuxedo
  • Pyro
  • Raven
  • Mash
  • Merlot
  • Jester
  • Stone
  • Chowder
  • Sable
  • Spade
  • Blizzard

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Finding the Perfect Name for Your Bernese Mountain Dog

There are many exciting things to consider when adopting a new pup and you shouldn’t be clouded by having to tirelessly search for the perfect name. Our one-stop-shop for Bernese Mountain Dog names is hopefully the only place you needed to find that perfect match. 

Pairing your dog with a historic Swiss name, or perhaps one that attributes their size, ability, brains, or even their fur color, are all great options. We are sure that there is one fitting for every Berner Sennenhund – young and old! 

However, if your search continues, you may find additional inspiration in one of the posts we have listed below: 

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