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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Working group.

Weight:

65-120 pounds (29.5-54.5 kilograms).

Height:

23-27.5 inches (58-70 cm).

Color(s):

Tricolor -- black, tan/rust, and white.

Coat:

Bernese Mountain Dogs have a long, thick coat with a somewhat dense undercoat.


Overview

Character:

Bernese Mountain Dogs are very loving and affectionate animals. They're also very loyal companions and are pleasant to have around. Although somewhat cautious of strangers, these dogs are very even-tempered.

Country of Origin:

Switzerland.

History:

This breed originated in the mountains of Switzerland around 100 B.C. Bred as a draft animal, Bernese Mountain Dogs were used to carry milk down the mountainside and were also occasionally used as guard dogs and cattle drivers.

Name:

Also known as Berner Sennenhund, Bouvier Bernois, Bovaro Bernese, Dürrbächler.

Temperament:

Bernese Mountain Dogs have a level and stable disposition. These patient dogs get along well with people and other animals.


Care

Training:

Bernese Mountain Dogs are intelligent and trainable. While they don't learn as quickly as some other breeds, these dogs retain what they learn very well.

Activity:

Although not endurance animals, Bernese Mountain Dogs are outdoor dogs and do require daily exercise. Typically, these dogs enjoy walking and hiking with their owners.

Ownership:

Bernese Mountain Dogs are good with children and make great family companions. They enjoy being outdoors, but are also good indoors. These dogs tend to be wary of strangers and are prone to medical problems such as hip dysplasia and metabolic bone diseases.


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