meet theBernese Mountain Dog


Training &Temperament

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.

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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