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Bernese Mountain Dog: A Favored Dog Breed

Updated on August 4, 2014

The Beautiful Bernese . . .

Originating in Switzerland, the Bernese Mountain Dog was bred for guarding, herding, and droving. This breed's large, sturdy frame and long coat allowed him to thrive and perform in cold mountainous environments.

But you don't have to live on frigid peaks to have a beautiful Bernese as a beloved member of your family.

Bernese Mountain Dog | Coffee Table Book

The Bernese Mountain Dog: A Dog of Destiny
The Bernese Mountain Dog: A Dog of Destiny

This fabulous coffee table book will be treasured forever. The full range of the Breed is brought to you in full color. Never before have we been presented with such a stunning collection of fine photographs.


What Does A Bernese Mountain Dog Look Like?

An adult Bernese Mountain Dog can weigh between 70 to 100 pounds and stand 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder. A rather large dog breed that is similar to the Golden Retriever in structure, only heavier and bigger-boned.

The Bernese's medium-long, tri-colored coat (primarily black with rust and white markings on the chest, muzzle, feet, and forehead) can best be described as wavy, glossy, and thick... which requires regular brushing to keep it in good condition.

How To Determine If A Bernese Mountain Dog Fits Your Lifestyle

Bernese Mountain Dogs (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
Bernese Mountain Dogs (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)

Reviewer comment: "This is an affordable, readable book that has plenty of pictures to illustrate the author's points. Information is provided to help you decide whether a Bernese Mountain Dog is suitable for your lifestyle. If you already live with a Berner, the book provides helpful hints about diet, exercise, and health care." Henry J.


Life With A Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Temperament

This large, gorgeous, athletic dog is easily trained and makes a great watchdog. Some say, that though playful and gregarious as a pup, he tends to become more reserved and guarded as he matures.

A "well-bred" Bernese Mountain Dog is normally affectionate to his owner, but can be very suspicious of strangers. Despite their great size, the Bernese Mountain dog is generally loving, cuddly and very sweet.

The Bernese is trainable, but patience and precision are a must. This dog breed possesses a dominant, head-strong temperament. And because of the potential for aggression, unless well-trained, the adult Bernese may not be the first choice for the elderly or families with small children. A strong, patient leader is mandatory, as well as early training, handling, and socialization.

Health Concerns: With an average life span of only 10 to 12 years, the Bernese can suffer from hip dysplasia and bloat.

All in all, the Berner is a wonderful, active breed that needs daily exercise and is happier in a suburban or rural environment (in other words, a house with a fenced yard).

Living With A Bernese

Bernese Mountain Dog: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet
Bernese Mountain Dog: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet

Reviewer comment: "Great foundational book for someone looking for useful information on living with a Bernese Mountain Dog. Well written, easy to understand and can be a quick reference." Esther Wilson (Montana, USA)


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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Great lens on these dogs.

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      Khaleeka 5 years ago

      A gorgeous lens on my absolutely favorite breed! I have few regrets about my life so far and one of them is knowing I won't ever be able to own one of these magnificent beasts. Blessings from an angel.