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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bernese Mountain Dog (Berner Sennenhund or Bouvier Bernois)


The Bernese Mountain Dog breed, also called Berner Sennenhund or Bouvier Bernois, cuts quite a dashing figure. Bernese Mountain Dogs have distinctive tricolor (black, tan, and white) coats. The white fur of the dogs' undersides supposedly resembles the white Swiss cross, at least in some animals. But beneath the stylish coat lives a hard-working dog. Sturdy and strong, these dogs at one time were used as draught animals (like oxen). They hauled carts of groceries in the mountains of their native Berne, Switzerland.

Here are the characteristics of the Bernese Mountain Dog breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

Bernese Mountain Dog's Behavior

Recommended for: family pets

Descended from draught animals, Bernese Mountain Dogs need plenty of exercise and outdoor time. The Bernese Mountain Dog breed tends to be affectionate, loyal, faithful and intelligent. They make wonderful family pets. Just don't provoke these dogs. When on the attack, they tend to be swift and efficient. (Source: Wikipedia)

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

The Bernese Mountain Dog's Physical Characteristics

* Size: Males: 25-27½ inches; females: 23-26 inches
* Coat: thick, moderately long and either straight or slightly wavy
* Color: tri-color, jet black with markings of clear white--especially on the underside and chest--and a tan color that the American Kennel Club's breed standard calls "a rich rust"
* Eyes: slightly oval-shaped, dark brown eyes
* Ears: medium-sized, high-set, triangular, with rounded tips
* Skull: broad, flat-topped, and slightly furrowed
* Muzzle: straight
* Nose: black
* Tail: bushy

The Bernese Mountain Dog's Origins and History

The following historical facts on the Bernese Mountain Dog breed are based on information from Wikipedia.

Country/Region of Origin: Switzerland

Original purpose: cow and sheep herding, hauling carts of milk cans and farm goods

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