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Breed Group: Working Height: 23 – 28 inches at the shoulder Weight: 79 – 110 pounds Life Span: 6 – 8 years
Arriving straight from the Western Alps is today’s cherished and loved Bernese Mountain dog. Originally these gentle giants spent their days working on Swiss farms. From pulling carts to driving livestock to serving as watchdog, these dogs did it all when it came to farm life. Today they are a favorite companion and excellent show dog competing in agility, herding, tracking, drafting and obedience. You might also consider enlisting a Bernese Mountain dog for training as a therapy dog as they are perfect height to keep one company at a bedside. Cold climates are the Berners sweet spot and a romp through the snow will be a real joy. When the cold is not your reality, be sure to provide your Berner with ample shade and plenty of water. Berners are mostly peaceful with other animals and love to play alongside children. They’re steady tempered and patient and love life with their humans. Be warned, they’ll probably especially attach themselves to one specific family member.
Why you shouldn’t adopt a Bernese Mountain Dog: They’ll take up a hunk of space, they shed, and they appear fearful and timid unless properly socialized.
Why you should adopt a Bernese Mountain Dog: They’re powerful and versatile and absolutely love a good romp through the cold.
Learn more about the Bernese Mountain Dog breed here.