The Bernese Mountain Dog, also known is Swiss German as the Berner Sennenhund is a large dog breed. Senne means alpine pasture and hund means dog. These dogs assisted herders and dairymen that went by the name Senn. Berner, or Bernese in English is from the location the breed was founded known to be Canton of Bern in Switzerland. The Bernese Mountain Dog has also been used in the past as farm dogs, and draft animals to pull carts.

Bernese Mountain Dog BreedBernese Mountain Dogs have a true love for the outdoors. Even though the breed is appropriate and well mannered inside the home, they enjoy and need to be outside often. If all of their joints and bones are healthy, they enjoy hikes and walking along side humans. The Bernese is loving, trustworthy, authentic, secure, clever, but at times can become timid. They are keen on pleasing their owners, but need time to understand things; therefore the owner needs to be patient. Even though the Berner is a large dog breed, they work well with children. The Bernese Mountain Dog is also known to have a slow maturing process taking up to 2.5 to 3 years to fully mature.

Their appearance is large and heavy. They have one of the most noticeable tricolor coats of any dog. Usually all black, containing some white on the chest, and a brownish orange color above their eyes. Their head is large and extensive. On average the Bernese Mountain Dogs range from 23-27.5 inches in height and weigh 65-120 lbs.

Their coat is slightly course, but to the touch feels smooth. Their coat sheds all year, combing every day is not necessary, but at least once a week is a must.

The average life for other dog breeds in the same size category as the Bernese is 10 to 11 years of age. The Bernese has an average life of 7 years in the USA, and 8 years in UK surveys. This is significantly lower than your average. Over 50% of Bernese Mountain dogs died of cancer, making it the leading disease in this breed.

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