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Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Summary

Playful, Intelligent, Devoted, Faithful and Loyal

These dogs originate from Switzerland and are now very popular as companions, pets and working dogs! They are also excellent around children due to their gentle and patient ways. They are very affectionate and loving and potentially one of the most intelligent breeds on the planet, so they are very easy to train.

They make a really good choice for first time owners, however, their high energy means that they suit 'hoomans' who already lead active lifestyles. Additionally, they will need daily walks and playtime.

Fun Fact: They reach maturity a lot later than other breeds, meaning they are playful throughout most of their lives!

Kennel Club Group Working
Lifespan 7 - 8 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 64cm – 70cm, Females 58cm – 66cm
Weight Males 35kg – 55kg, Females 35kg – 45kg
Coat Coats are Silky and Soft with a Natural Sheen. The Hair is Long and Slightly Wavy
Colour Tricolour
Eye colour Dark Brown
Common health issues Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Malignant Histiocytosis or Systemic Histiocytosis (MH or SH or Histio), Osteochondrosis, Hypomyelinogenesis (Trembler), Bloat/gastric torsion
Other Names BMD, Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog, "Berner"

Bernese's are extremely affectionate guys who love to be around their families. Their slow-maturing also means that they are fairly playful and puppylike for the first few years of their lives! Their intelligence does make them a relatively easy breed to train although this needs to be done early so as to produce a well-rounded dog, capable of behaving well in the house! These guys are also fierce protectors of their families and although not aggressive, are wary of strangers. It’s therefore vital you socialise these dogs from a young age so that you can have guests around without your dog acting in an unfriendly manner.

The Bernese Mountain dog breed (or 'Berner') breed can be traced back 2,000 years when the Romans invaded Switzerland, then known as Helvetia, with their cattle drovers and guard dogs. The Roman mastiff-type dogs were probably crossed with flock-guarding dogs who could withstand the severe weather in the Alps and also served to soften their temperaments. Berner Sennenhunds were then used as cart-pullers to transport woven goods or dairy products from village to village.