Thinking about purchasing a Bernese Mountain Dog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Bernese Mountain Dog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Bernese Mountain Dog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Bernese Mountain Dog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Bernese Mountain Dog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Bernese Mountain Dog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Profile
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a striking, tri-colored, large dog who thrives in cold weather. These Cattle Dogs are one of four distinct Swiss breeds descended from a cross between Roman mastiffs and the local dogs. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, squarely built animal with dark brown eyes and triangular drop ears that are set high on the head. All of this, along with their deep chest and bushy tail are covered in a long, glossy, distinguishingly tricolor coat. Because of their heavy coat they do not do well in very hot or humid climates. The Bernese Mountain Dog is gentle in temperament and easy to get along with. Sweet in nature, the Bernese Mountain Dogs are outgoing, affectionate canines who love children and are very loyal to their family, and usually to other pets as well. Large as they are, they require sufficient space to run and play. Although Bernese Mountain Dogs may be sloppy in their affections and remain a happy dog most of the time, they do retain some guarding instinct and may not always warm up to strangers at first. They are one-owner dogs and may find it difficult to adjust to a new owner if introduced after 18 months of age. With their sleek look and sweet temperament, Bernese Mountain Dogs are ideal for an active owner in a suburban or rural environment.
Other Names: Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog, Bouvier Bernois
Type: Guardian Dog; Working Dog
Males: 25 - 27.5 inches; Females: 23 - 26 inches
Colors: Jet black
with rich, reddish brown markings on cheeks, over eyes on legs and chest; some
white markings on head, chest, tip of tail and feet are permissible. Usually
a black base with rust and white markings. These are the usual Swiss colors.
there should be distinctive tan/rust markings on each leg.
Mountain Dogs are active, friendly, and very easygoing. They are confident and
gentle, and do well with children. Temperament is often described as "sweet",
and they appear happy. In the 1930s, a popular fad was to breed the Bernese
Mountain Dog into a more fierce guard dog, resulting in some strains of Bernese
Mountain Dogs that are slightly more alert and aggressive than others, for purposes
of guarding. The Bernese Mountain dog may be wary of strangers, but the Bernese
can learn obedience successfully and is easy to train.
Watch-dog: High. Bernese
Mountain Dogs were bred to be watchdogs.
Bernese Mountain Dog Care
and Exercise: Bernese Mountain Dogs need daily brushing of their
long silky coat. Extra care should be taken when the Bernese Mountain Dog is
shedding. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. Regular nail and teeth care.
Bernese Mountain Dogs requires regular daily exercise but it is worth noting
that until they are fully grown they should not be taken on long tiring walks.
Activity: High. Needs exercise,
but enjoys lounging with owner. Bernese Mountain Dogs require a lot of exercise
to keep healthy. Walks and play sessions are essential, although do not allow
them to play with small children as they may knock them over on accident.
Bernese Mountain Dog Health Issues: Due to a small genetic pool, the Bernese Mountain Dog carries the increased risk of genetic disorders, such as stillborn puppies. These problems include hip & elbow dysplasia, hereditary eye diseases, autoimmune diseases, cancers, aortic stenosis and kidney problems. Other health issues may include von Willebrand's disease, skin and coat problems, thyroid disorders and bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Bernese Mountain Dogs can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span: 7 - 10 years
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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