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Bernese Mountain Dog

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Dog Breed Group
Working Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Switzerland for pulling weavers' carts 
Life Expectancy
10 - 12 years 
Color
Jet Black with distinctive white and chestnut markings. 
Coat
Glossy soft, wavy medium-length black coat. 
Exercise Needs
This large active dog needs regular exercise. 
Temperament
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)
88 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
88 
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. 

Breed Description

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.

Breed Infobits

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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