General Size: Extra Large
Country of Origin:Switzerland
The Bernese mountain dog is a large breed and its coat has
a thick under layer with a soft and silky overcoat. Black in color with white and tan
markings, this is one of the most striking breeds of dog around today. Their main original
purpose in life was to be an all-round working dog, though over the years they have
become more domesticated, and are now used mainly as man’s faithful and loving pet.
The Bernese mountain dog is an intelligent breed and it always
wants to please its owner. They are easy to train and they have an extremely loving
nature. They make really good family pets and they are excellent with children. Although
they do bark to alert you of any strangers, they soon settle down and they also get along
with other family pets, though occasionally they can become dominant with other dogs.
As they thrive on human attention they are better suited to a home where somebody is
always around. They do not need too much exercise and they prefer to be indoors with
The Bernese mountain dog has been around for over 2000 years and
it was originally used to herd cattle and as a guarding breed. They started off looking
like mastiffs and it is thought that they were crossed with flock-guarding dogs. Not only
did this help their coats to withstand the bad weather, but it also helped to soften their
After their temperaments had softened they were commonly used to pull carts which
transported woven and dairy products from village to village. During the 1800’s the breed
nearly became extinct when the more popular St Bernard became the center of attention.
It was at the turn of the century when a Swiss cynologist named Herr Franz Schertenlieb
found all the remaining Bernese mountain dogs and started a breeding program. It was
successful but it wasn’t until a Zurich professor named Albert Heim joined up with Herr
Franz, that the program was a complete success. By 1908 the breed had a lot of support
in Switzerland and it was finally recognized as a breed in America in 1936. However in
places such as Great Britain, the breed is still fairly rare, even today.
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