Bernese Mountain Dog

Working Breed

Dan Brodigan’s Bernese

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
Thick and moderately long
Brushing every 2 weeks
Moderate exercise is required.  Good house dog.

Native to Switzerland the Bernese Mountain Dog is a large dog with a predominantly jet-black coat.  Its cheeks, legs and eye areas are a russet color, the feet, tail tip, and chest are white.  It is strong yet agile enough to haul heavy loads in a mountainous land.

The Bernese is a hardy dog, thriving in cold weather.  The heavy coat requires daily grooming.  These are intelligent dogs capable of affection and playfulness.  The Bernese is a great family dog who cannot resist the company of children.  A gentle nature and its faithfulness to the family makes it a great companion for those who can accommodate the size and needs of this breed.

This dog needs quality human contact for emotional development and well-being.  Overall, the temperament of a Bernese is self-confident, alert and good natured.  Neither sharp or shy, although it may be aloof to attention of strangers.

According to the AKC standard, Bernese Mountain Dogs can stand to 27 1/2 inches at the withers (males, 25 – 27 1/2; females 23-26 inches).  Appearing square, they are longer in body than tall.  The head of the Bernese is large in proportion to the body; flat on the top of the skull.  The muzzle is strong and straight.  Because it is a dry-mouthed breed the flews are only slightly developed.  (Flews are the upper lip pendulous.  In wet-mouthed dogs; e.g., mastiffs, bulldogs, retrievers, the flews are large and collect saliva and spittle.)  The neck is strong and muscular; chest is deep; the back is broad and firm with broad and strong thighs.

Although capable of speed and agility, the working gait of the Bernese Mountain Dog is a slow trot.

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Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Description

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada

BEHAF  The mission of the Berner Emergency Health Assistance Fund, or BEHAF, is to provide some financial assistance to the owners of purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs throughout the world who are facing extensive and/or unexpected medical expenses for their dog due to catastrophic illness or accidental injury.

Bernese Mountain Dogs

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America


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