Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a handsome, gentle giant.
Height: 23 to 27.5 inches at shoulder
Weight: 70 to 115 pounds
Coat: long and thick
Life span: 6 to 8 years
Breed Group: Working Dogs
The Bernese Mountain Dog is an extremely versatile working dog from the farmlands of Switzerland. He was developed to herd cattle, pull carts, and be a watchdog and loyal companion. He is one of four types of Swiss Mountain Dogs, and the only one with long hair. The Bernese Mountain Dog comes from the canton of Bern, hence his name. He's a large and sturdy breed, with a friendly and calm disposition, and he's well suited to conformation, obedience, tracking, herding, and carting competitions.
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General Characteristics
Cold tolerance
Dog friendly
Friendly toward strangers
Heat tolerance
Need for exercise
Predatory tendencies
Tendency to bark or howl
Potential for weight gain
Watchdog ability
Affectionate with family
General health