All about the Bernese Mountain Dog

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Named after the Swiss state of Berne – this breed is one of the four standard Swiss mountain dogs. Bernese is similar to the other three except for its long, smooth coat. These dogs have worked on farms in Switzerland for centuries – guarding property and pulling carts. They were introduced to the United States in the 1920s and have been popular pets ever since.

This breed has a large and sturdy frames with long, silky, tri-color coats. Their broad heads have furrowed brows, dark eyes, straight muzzles, dark noses and hanging ears. Their long, sometimes wavy coats come in black with white and brown markings.

Bernese dogs are calm and gentle companions. They are a little rowdy as puppies but will become mellower and easygoing by adulthood. These dogs have a tough, working dog exterior, but they truly love being at home, surround by his family. They are wonderful companions to children and sometimes take other pets under their care. They are also know to be very loyal and will become so attached to their masters and will have a hard time switching to a new family.

This breed has a life expectancy of 10 years with common health issues including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and eye problems.


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