Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog: Mountaineer Par Exellance

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog originated in Switzerland and is named for the Canton of Bern. They are a hardy breed that thrives in cold weather and possesses the strength and agility to excel as a general, all-purpose farm dog.

Berners are adept at pulling heavy loads, herding cattle, and guarding the homestead, and today excel at a number of canine activities like conformation, obedience, carting, agility, tracking, and herding.

Like the other Swiss mountain breeds the Bernese is tri-colored, with black, rust and white patches. However, they are the only of these breeds that has a long, silky coat.

If you’re thinking of getting a Bernese be aware that they need regular brushing, and tend to shed. Moderate regular exercise is also required.

You’ll be getting a dog with a gentle, easygoing manner, that loves being close to people, and makes a excellent family pet.


Group: Working
Country of origin: Switzerland
Date of origin: Ancient times
Originally bred for: Pulling carts /Herding Cattle / Guarding
Current function: Companion
Size: Large
Coat length: Medium
Shedding: Yes
Grooming requirements: At least once a week
Town or Country: Either
Ideal home: Large house
Minimum garden size: Small or medium
Exercise requirements: Up to 1 hour per day
Lifespan: Under 10 years

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