Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Information

Description: The Bernese Mountain Dog breed stands from 23 to 28 inches in height depending on the sex, with the female being the smaller.

This is an agile dog despite the fact it is a large and sturdy breed. It is slightly longer than its height. The head is flat on the top.

The muzzle is well-built and straight. The teeth meet in a good scissor bite. The eyes are brown with the fur being rust over each eye, making this a very beautiful dog.

The Bernese Mountain Dog ears are of medium size, high setting and rounded at the tips of the ear, they are triangular in shape.

The straight legs are strong and will have fawn on all four legs. Their feet are round with arched toes. Their coat is fairly long, slightly wavy or straight and should be thick.

This is a weather- resistant coat. The coat is tricolor with good symmetrical markings of black, rust, and white. They will have a white blaze on the chest, and white on their heads, tip of the tail and toes.

Rust is on their face reaching the corners of the mouth and under the tail.

History: This dog comes from Switzerland, in the Swiss mountains. Art work dating back to the 18th century shows this dog.

They are working dogs and were used to pull carts to market. In addition, they were used to drive cattle, be a companion to the farmer and a watch dog.

This breed’s gifts are also, tracking, herding, search and rescue and competitive obedience.

Temperament: This is a dog that loves children. With good intelligent brains, they are easy to train.

Here you have a friend that is full of confidence and a great natured dog. It is slow to mature, staying puppy like for longer than other breeds.

Socialize this breed as well as possible, then this dog will be better with anything new in the future.

Firm but kind training will work best. Natural leadership is a must, as a dog is a dog, that way your dog will be much happier.

Due to their slow maturing some owners have not worked with this breed to give clear rules and leadership, this can give many problems later, and so it is best to be the Alpha at all times.

Health issues: Sadly, this dog suffers from cancer and their life expectancy has dropped from 10 to 12 years down to 6 to 8 years.

This is being researched, but for now, is a fact that needs consideration by the buyer.

This breed can suffer from bloat, eyelid problems, hip and elbow dysplasia and weight gain. Portion sizes need to be controlled.

Grooming: For its long coat, daily grooming is required, taking extra care when the dog is shedding. This is a heavy shedder. Bathing is fine but only when needed.

More Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Info

Description: The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, muscular dog. This breed will be 24 to 28 inches at the withers and weigh 85 to 110 pounds.

The bitch is slightly smaller with a shoulder height of 23 to 27 inches and a weight of 80 to 105 pounds.

The coat of the Bernese is of medium length with a dense under-layer. The coat of this breed is always tricolor – black, rust, and white. The Bernese has a broad head with a strong jaw.

This breed only lives, on average, from 6 to 8 years. It is also known as the Berner Sennenhund or Berner.

History: The Bernese Mountain Dog is a native of Switzerland. The name of this dog derives from the Swiss Canton of Bern.

The original purpose for this dog was as a drawer of carts, a watcher of herds, and a companion.

Importation of other herding dogs into Switzerland in the 1800s led to the Bernese Mountain Dog’s “work” being taken over by others.

The numbers of this dog diminished and it was only the efforts of several devotees of the breed that allowed it to survive.

Temperament: The Bernese Mountain Dog is renowned for its loyalty to its family and very good nature.

This is a calm, even dog that is excellent with children. It shows a great deal of affection to its family, and will not be aggressive with visitors.

The potential owner of this dog should be aware that it will be extremely emotionally dependent on you and will require attention from you.

It can sometimes be difficult to train, but will eventually understand what is required if treated patiently.

Despite its working background, the Bernese Dog can be a little lazy.

Health Issues: Sadly, in recent years, the life span of the Bernese Mountain Dog has become shorter. It is believed that this is due to irresponsible breeding practices.

The largest threat to this breed is cancer, and this disease can show up in young dogs, some under 2 years of age.

The Bernese Mountain Dog is also susceptible to bloat, which must be treated immediately, hip dysplasia, and eye problems.

Grooming: The Bernese Mountain Dog tends to shed rather heavily year round.

The dog should a good brushing at least once a week to keep the shedding under control and prevent tangles.

If the dog is going through an especially heavy shed, it can be bathed to help remove some of the hair.

Attention should be paid to the ears, to make sure that they remain clean and dry.

Living Conditions: The Bernese Mountain Dog is not a suitable dog for living in an apartment.

Although it is relatively calm inside, it is intolerant to heat and prefers an cooler, open setting. This dog is very attached to its family and needs to be around them as much as possible.

A yard where this dog can play with its owners is ideal. Unlike many dogs, the Bernese Dog can be kept outside even in the winter.

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