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Bernese Mountain Dog

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #272015: #292014: #32
Name Bernese Mountain Dog
Other names Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog, Berner
Origin Switzerland
Breed Group Working (AKC:1937)Guardian Dogs (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 7-10 years
Temperament AffectionateFaithfulIntelligentLoyal
Height Male: 24-28 inches (61–71 cm)Female: 23-27 inches (58–69 cm)
Weight Male: 85-110 pounds (38–50 kg)Female: 80-105 pounds (36–48 kg)
Colors BlackWhite
Litter Size 1-14 puppies, average 8
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 starsBernese Mountain Dogs are not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large, fenced-in yard. Because of their thick coats they are sensitive to the heat and would much rather be in cold temperatures.
Barking Tendencies 3 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also very friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 3 starsThe Bernese Mountain Dog must be taken outside regularly because it is very fond of exercise and the outdoors. Bernese Mountain Dogs enjoy cold weather and love to run and play off the leash whenever possible. Avoid strenuously exercising the Bernese Mountain Dog when young as it needs all of its energy to put on weight and build strong bones and joints.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Bernese Mountain Dogs have a thick, moderately long double coat that can be straight or slightly wavy. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this coat sheds heavily, but frequent brushing will help to keep loose hair under control. The best tools for grooming a Berner’s coat are a stainless steel pin brush, a slicker brush, and a stainless steel comb with fine and coarse teeth.
Health Issues 5 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #22. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 4 starsConstant and Seasonal Shedding: Expect this dog to shed frequently. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: The Bernese Mountain Dog must be handled with a loving, consistent approach and on an even keel. The Bernese Mountain Dog is an eager learner and is very responsive to its trainer's voice.
Watchdog Ability 5 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Belle
02 Buddy Dixie
03 Toby Molly
04 Ollie Lola
05 Teddy Kona
06 Rocky Maggie
07 Sammy Lilly
08 Beau Penny
09 Moose Luna
10 Dexter Zoey
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The Bernese mountain dog is slightly longer than tall, though it appears square. It is a sturdy, large, hardy dog capable of both draft and droving work. This requires a combination of strength, speed and agility. Its natural working gait is a slow trot, but with good reach and drive. Its thick coat is moderately long, and slightly wavy or straight, providing insulation from the cold. Its expression is gentle, and its coloring is striking.

The Bernese mountain dog is an easygoing, calm family companion (that is, after it leaves its adolescent stage). It is sensitive, loyal and extremely devoted. It is gentle with children and often reserved with strangers. It generally gets along well with other dogs and pets.

The Bernese Mountain Dog, or Berner Sennenhund in his native Switzerland, was used as an all-around farm dog by Alpine herdsmen in the canton of Bern. The dogs drove cattle to pasture, pulled milk carts to the dairy, and acted as watchdogs on the farm. Generally, Berners hauled milk in pairs, so it was common to see two of them hooked to a cart. Berners are thought to have descended from mastiff-type dogs who came to Switzerland along with Roman armies some 2,000 years ago. There they interbred with local dogs and were developed to help with farm work. With industrialization, however, the dogs almost disappeared. The breed was revived in the early 20th century to become a companion dog, although many still carried out their traditional farm duties as well. The American Kennel Club recognized the Bernese Mountain Dog in 1937.
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