The Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog breed originated in the mountains of Switzerland where they were working dogs that pulled carts and drove cattle. This is a wonderful breed that has recently been prone to health problems. So if you are considering this, or any dog, you may want to look into pet insurance.
This large breed dog is good with children and other pets, as well as being an excellent watchdog. While they are protective of their family, they aren’t overly aggressive or dominant.
The Bernese is a large, strong, but agile dog. His head is broad and flat on top. Their ears are medium, triangular, and set high. They has a bushy tail and his coat is a gorgeous, distinctive tricolor of black, rust and white. Their coat is rather long, is weather-resistant, and needs regular grooming, as it is quite thick.
This breed is very intelligent and will respond well if his owner has the leadership role in the relationship. He likes knowing the rules and does best with structure. If socialized well as a puppy, they are tolerant of strangers and bond well with their family or owner.
The male Bernese stands 24 to 28 inches high and weighs between 85 and 110 lbs. Females are 23 to 27 inches in height and weigh between 80 and 105 lbs.
Pet Health Issues
Unfortunately, this breed has recently developed a rather high occurrence of cancer at a relatively young age. This has decreased the average lifespan from 10 to 12 years down to 6 to 8 years. Like other large dogs, they are also prone to pet health conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia.