Bernese Mountain Dog
- Dog Breed Group
- Working Dogs
- Origin of Breed
- Switzerland for pulling weavers' carts
- Life Expectancy
- 10 - 12 years
- Jet Black with distinctive white and chestnut markings.
- Glossy soft, wavy medium-length black coat.
- Exercise Needs
- This large active dog needs regular exercise.
- Attentive and friendly, this breed is easy to train and makes an excellent family companion. Because it is so loyal, it may have
- Good with Children
- This gentle, cheerful dog loves children and makes an excellent watchdog.
- Grooming Needs
- Vigorous daily brushing of the thick coat is important, with extra care needed during shedding.
- Average Size - Male (in)
- 25 - 27.5
- Average Size - Female (in)
- 23 - 26
- Average Weight - Male (lbs)
- Average Weight - Female (lbs)
- Health Issues
- The breed is particularly prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, genetic eye diseases and cancer.v
- Living Conditions
- Adapts well to urban living but needs plenty of exercise.
The Bernese Mountain Dog originated from the Swiss canton of Bern where they were used as guardians of the farm and cart pullers. It is possible that this dog was brought about by a cross between native Swiss herding dogs and guard animals brought to Switzerland by the invading Roman legions. This breed is the best known of the Swiss Mountain dogs and is easily distinguishable by their coat. These dogs are affectionate and responsive and make good family pets when adequately exercised. They have a slight tendency towards timidity and should be well socialized at an early age.
The Bernese Mountain Dog may often be seen pulling small wagons in Switzerland.
Although the Bernese Mountain Dog has a rather cute appearance, owners should be aware that this animal used to be a working dog.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is also known as the Berner Sennenhund.
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