Bernese Mountain Dog

Breed stats

Breed group Working Size Large Life span Under 10 Years Exercise Up to 1 hour per day Grooming More than once a week Coat length Medium Coat sheds? Yes
Bernese Mountain Dogs are loving and loyal and excellent with children. They make a good family pet.

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, strong and agile dog. Their thick coat is slightly wavy and largely black with distinctive tan and white markings.

They originate from the Swiss mountains and were used to pull carts and help with herding and guarding of cattle.

They are intelligent, trainable, quiet and good natured. Good with strangers, they are generally good natured with other animals too. They need plenty of exercise outdoors as they tend to be sedentary inside.

They need regular grooming and bathing to keep the coat in good condition and will shed heavily at certain times of the year. They are prone to bloat, cancer, eyelid problems and hip and elbow dysplasia. They are inclined to put on weight which puts added strain on their frame so is something to guard against.


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