Bernese Mountain Dogs are friendly, docile and good natured. They are great with kids and other dogs. They love a good romp in the yard and even more so when their masters are playing with them! This breed tends to stay in the “puppy stage” a bit longer than other dogs. Bernese do well with a stern but gentle tone.
This breed has a shiny, long, think & wavy coat.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is tricolor with symmetrical markings. Their base is black white tan/rust & white markings. The white markings are on the face, chest and toes, while the tan/rust is on the legs, above the eyes and legs.
This breed sheds year round, but shed heavier during seasonal changes. Brushing 2 – 3 times a week is sufficient when they are not shedding heavily. Daily brushing is suggested during those times. Bathe only when necessary.
The Bernese Mountain Dog life expectancy is between 7 - 10 years. A leading health concern in this breed is cancer. Here are some of the different cancers to watch for:
• Malignant Histiocytosis
• Mast Cell Tumor
Another major concern is musculoskeletal issues including:
• Hip Dysplasia
• Cruciate Ligament Rupture
The Bernese Mountain Dog was originally used for guarding property, draft work, pulling carts or driving cattle long distances. They were first named the Durrbachler. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1937 and grouped as Working.