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Bernese Mountain Dog

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #29
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 7-9 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 stars
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 stars
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 5 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #22
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: Training will be enjoyable. This dog is inclined to listen to commands and obey its owner. This breed will require fewer repetitions to obey specific instructions, pleasing owners who like to see quick results.
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

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 originated in the Swiss mountains. Many 18th century paintings show dogs that look like a Bernese type dog. The breed was named for the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. They were working dogs particularly good at draft work, pulling carts to market. They also were used to drive dairy cattle, to watch over the farm and as companions to the farmers. By the end of the 19th century many other working dogs were being imported to Switzerland, which brought the numbers of the Bernese down as workers began to use other types of dogs. An effort was made by a group of people including Professor Albert Heim and Franz Schertenleib to preserve the breed. They went around finding what remaining dogs they could in order to stabilize the Bernese. Today the breed makes a wonderful companion and they still to this day enjoy whatever draft work you can give them. The breed’s talents are tracking, herding, watch, guarding, search and rescue, carting and competitive obedience.
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