A hardy dog that thrives in cold weather, the Bernese Mountain Dog's intelligence and strength originally helped him perform work on the Swiss farms. Today, this versatile breed enjoys playing sports and spending time with his human companions. Although Bernese Mountain Dogs will get along with the entire family, they'll often become more attached to one lucky human.
Small fenced yards should be viewed as a place of convenience and safety but not as a place for adequate exercise for this moderately active breed. Plan a minimum of 30 minutes of moderately active exercise daily. A well-mannered dog is a pleasure and the owner’s responsibility. Basic training is a necessity for all dogs and especially for large breeds such as the Bernese. A puppy kindergarten/socialization class between four and six months of age is recommended, followed by a basic obedience program before the dog reaches one. Positive training methods are recommended for this breed.
Did You Know?
The Bernese is one of four varieties of Swiss Mountain Dog.
The Bernese is known in native land as Berner Sennenhund.
The Bernese shares similar distinctive coloring with the other varieties of Swiss Mountain Dog, but it is the only one of the four to have a long, silky coat.
The Bernese worked as drovers and draft dogs as well as watchdogs in the farmyards, mainly in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland.
The ancestors of the Bernese dogs were brought into Switzerland over two thousand years ago by the invading Roman soldiers.
It was not until 1892 that the Swiss fancier Franz Schertenleib attempted to find good specimens to be used as breeding stock.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black Rust & White||028|
|Black Tan & White||030|
|Black & Rust||015|
|Black & White||019|
|Rust & White||162|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|