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Dogs of this breed are great watchdogs, but that also means they have a tendency to bark — loudly. They may want to chase smaller animals and play roughly, even though they are quite gentle when fully mature and trained properly.
The Bernese Mountain Dog lifespan usually ranges from 6 to 8 years.
In fact, Bernese Mountain dogs are one of the top 10 shortest living dog breeds; they are #3 on the list, only after the Great Dane and Dogue de Bordeaux (also known as the French Mastiff).
Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs are protective by nature. It is an instinctual trait for a Berner to protect their family and property. In some cases, Bernese Mountain Dogs may even be used as guard dogs.
he Bernese mountain dog’s short life expectancy is mostly due to their high cancer risk. Around half of all Berners succumb to cancer, which is much higher than the incidence of death in so many other breeds of dogs.
They’re hardworking dogs that usually become more attached to one person in their family. Bernese mountain dogs are friendly dogs who add love and play to a household. This large breed takes up a lot of space in your home and heart.
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This lovely dog takes its name from the Swiss canton of Berne, where it traditionally worked as a haulage dog for basket-weavers. It is attractive not just in looks but also in temperament, and has become deservedly popular as a family dog. Although large and strong, the Bernese Mountain Dog is highly trainable and has gentle ways that are easy to live with. Generally, the breed is affectionate and reliable with children. The eye-catching tricolour coat needs plenty of grooming to maintain its silky texture and characteristic soft sheen.
Originating in the middle cantons of Switzerland (Berne region), this hardy dog was likely brought to the Alps by the Romans. These dogs derive from ancient Mastiff-type dogs. Almost lost to extinction, rejuvenation of the breed began in the 1900s. Out-crossing to Newfoundland dogs was one of the steps taken to infuse fresh genes. The first dogs were brought to America in 1926, and first AKC recognition was in the year 1937.
The Bernese Mountain dog acted as a drover and guarding dog and also for draft; pulling carts. They are unusually hardy and can live in environments with extremes of temperature and terrain. Today, they are seen in obedience, tracking, agility, and as therapy dogs. They are valued companions.
Height at Withers: female 23-26” (58.5-66 cm), male 25-27.7” (63.5-70 cm).
Weight: females 75-95 lb (34-43 kg), males 80-115 lb (36-52 kg).
Coat: The silky, glossy, thick, straight to slightly wavy and moderately long coat distinguishes this breed from the other Swiss Mountain Dogs. Color is a jet black background with well defined rust markings and white highlight markings for the standard; the tri-color pattern has established marking distribution. Notably, the chest markings in white forms the Swiss cross and a white blaze is usually present. White is also found on the paws and tail tip. When they blow the coat twice per year, heavy shedding occurs; some dogs are low-level shedders year-round.
Longevity: 7-9 years
Points of Conformation: Sturdily built, large, but agility has not been compromised. Heavy bone and musculature are bred into these dogs. The eyes have a gentle expression and are a dark brown, oval shaped and have tight fitting eyelids. Ears are high set, triangular and hang close to the cheek. The skull has a moderate stop and a slight furrow runs up along the midline. The square muzzle ends in a large black nose. Lips are free of flews; they are a dry-mouthed breed. Neck is of medium length, well muscled and the topline is level. The thorax is deep and possesses well-sprung ribs. The tail is carried low when resting and is heavily haired. It reaches to the tarsus or a bit lower. Legs are straight boned, and dewclaws may be removed. Feet are compact and the toes are well arched. Rear dewclaws are removed.
Reported breed characteristics include: Faithful, gentle, affectionate, quick learner, hardy, needs close human companionship, may be aloof with strangers, need adequate exercise. Some lines may have temperament quirks. Good with other children and animals. Low barking, though will alarm bark. They need early socialization and obedience training, and are moderately active. Bernese are sensitive dogs; they respond best to gentle firm correction.