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Bernese Mountain Dog
Also known as: Berner Sennenhund
Breed origin: Switzerland
Original purpose: Draft and droving work in mountainous regions.
AKC recognized: 1937
AKC group: Working
Weight: males 80 to 115 lbs;
females 70 to 95 lbs
Size: Height: males 25 to 27½ inches;
females 23 to 26 inches
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Tri-colored, with patches of jet black, rich rust, and clear white markings.
6 to 10 years.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is self-confident, alert, intelligent, strong, agile, and good-natured. They may be aloof to strangers, but their gentle, easygoing manner and the need to be close to their people makes them a good family dog. They are protective but not typically aggressive unless provoked or threatened. A hardy dog that thrives in cold weather, Berners need a moderate amount of exercise as well as consistent obedience training. Behavior problems are likely to develop if isolated and deprived from considerable interaction with people. Given their heavy and black coats, they do not do well in hot weather and are susceptible to heat stroke. They are not usually jumpers or climbers but do still require a sturdy four or five foot fence because of their size and strength. Most reputable breeders will not place a puppy or dog in a home that does not have a suitably fenced yard.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
Good with cats?
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, carting, agility, tracking, herding, therapy work
Regular walks and/or play sessions.
Frequent brushing and a periodic bath required. The thick double coat does tend to shed considerably.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cancer, bloat, sub-aortic stenosis, autoimmune diseases, skin and coat problems, heat stroke, thyroid disorders, eye disorders.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Rescue