Bernese Mountain Dog
Ancestors of the Bernese Mountain Dogs were brought into Switzerland more than 2000 years ago by forces of invading Roman soldiers, and although they can still to be found on farms of central Switzerland today, by the end of last century the breed had degenerated to such an extent as to be unrecognisable.
The Bernese Mountain Dog was mainly used as a drover's dog and a watchdog in the farmyards in the Canton of Berne. Sufficient dogs of correct type remained for a rehabilitation program to be undertaken by fanciers and by 1907 a breed club was formed, and the breed found favour with many Swiss as a pet and companion.
These beautiful dogs can live up to 12 years of age, but fed the right food will usually live up to 14 years.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT
This is a multi-purpose farm dog capable of draught work as well as being a kind and devoted family dog. It is slow to mature, but it is self-confident, good-natured, friendly and fearless and any aggressive behaviour should be stopped as soon as it starts.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
It is essential that the Bernese Mountain Dog be made part of the family if it is to be kept truly happy. It will get along quite happily with other pets so long as it is brought up with them.
An extremely hardy dog, strong, sturdy and alert, the Bernese is jet black with rich reddish brown on its legs, cheeks, spots over each eye, and on either side of his white chest markings. Its coat is of medium length and silky with a slight wave and needs daily grooming.
Please take note:
Because of the Bernes Mountain Dog's strong in-built herding instinct can quickly turn into a dangerous chasing habit if not curbed. Because they are tempted to round up any moving object, this can include traffic - so train your dog to understand that "traffic herding" is not allowed.
If you have decided that the Bernese Mountain Dog is the dog for you and you are prepared to take on a strong and large dog, contact one of the groups listed below: