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Bernese Mountain Dog

Stable, good-tempered, affectionate (other names: Bouvier Bernois, Berner Sennenhund, D?rrb?chler)

Bernese Mountain Dog
origin:Switzerland
life expectancy:8-10 years
classification:Mastiff
height:58 to 71 cm
weight:36 to 50 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Difficultclimate: Coldin/out: Outdoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a herding and farm dog, used  to haul carts containing milk cans and farm goods, and as cattle guardian. The origins of the Bernese Mountain Dog are uncertain. It is believed that its ancestors (mastiff type dogs) were brought into Switzerland by the invading Roman soldiers over two thousand years ago. Paintings from the end of the 18th century show the Bernese type dog but by the end of the 19th century, many foreign dogs were being imported into Switzerland and mixed with the native breeds which nearly led to their extinction. Around the turn of the century two Swiss cynologists (Franz Schertenleib and Professor Albert Heim) decided to join efforts and preserve the native breeds. They found  and rescued the remaining Bernese specimens, brought them into the Canton of Berne and stabilized them as a distinct breed. The present name of this breed was given after this Canton in 1908. Its talents are herding, guarding, tracking, carting, watchdogging, search and rescue and competitive obedience and because of his gentle, full of bonhomie temperament, the Bernese Mountain Dog makes a fine member of a country household.

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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Bernese Mountain Dog is an intelligent, strong sturdy, and very agile tri-colored dog of medium size. Dogs have a definite masculine appearance, while bitches are distinctly feminine. The body is massive, with a wide, deep chest, powerfull shoulders and robust, straight and strong legs. The chest is deep and capacious with well-sprung, but not barrel-shaped, ribs. The topline is level from the withers to the croup. The loin is strong.The broad head is flat on top and has a slight furrow down the middle and a well-defined, but not exaggerated stop. The muzzle is long, with a medium-sized, black nose. The triangular, medium-sized, gently rounded at the tip, ears are pendant, and set high. The top of the ear is level with the top of the skull. The ears hang close to the head when in repose and are brought forward and raised at the base when the dog is alert. The eyes, dark brown and slightly oval in shape with close-fitting eyelids have a gentle expression, reflecting the cheerful nature of this breed. The tail,  long, fluffy, feathered, and white-tipped  is carried low when the dog is in repose having a slight upward curve when the dog is alert. The coat is glossy, moderately long, smooth and abundant, slightly wavy or straight. The breed comes with a beautiful weather-resistant tri-color double coat of black with symmetrical markings of rust and white. The ground color is jet black with rust over the eyes, on the cheeks reaching to at least the corner of the mouth, on each side of the chest, on all four legs, and under the tail. The white blaze and cross on the head and chest forming an inverted cross is typical to the breed.

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Temperament [ edit ]

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a courteous, good-tempered, affectionate, stable and intelligent dog  and  though well-behaved in the house it is an outdoor breed at heart. They can move with amazing bursts of speed for their size, but do not have a great deal of endurance. They are not overly aggressive but despite the stability of its personality, they may occasionally loose their temper if given cause. Their attacks are efficient and powerful but as this breed is quick in learning obedience they are easily trainable. However, being sensitive dogs, as they are,  they should be trained gently by an experienced handler. When properly socialized they are very patient with children, generally good with other pets and dogs and make wonderful family pets. They need to be with people though and owners are strongly advised not to relegate the Bernese to the backyard or kennel run.

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Health [ edit ]

The Bernese Mountain Dog has a somewhat narrow genetic base, and is prone to inbreeding depression and some hereditary diseases such as cancer, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, osteoarthritis, and autoimmune and kidney problems.

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Dog trivia [ edit ]

The Bernese shares similar distinctive coloring with the other varieties of Swiss Mountain Dog, but it is the only one of the four to have a long, silky coat.

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