About Bernese Mountian Dogs

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a working dog that had their origins in the farm areas of Switzerland, principally the Canton of Bern where most examples of the breed were concentrated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are four breeds of Sennenhunde (mountain dog), the Appenzell, the Entlebuch,the Great Swiss Mountain Dog and the Bernese Mountain Dog, all sharing similar markings, the Bernese having a somewhat longer coat. They are a strong and sturdy farm dog that in their native country were used extensively for herding and also for draft work when carting milk to the local cheese factories or produce to the local markets. They were also watchdogs around the farm and the herds and this required a calm natured, self-confident dog, devoted to his home and his people.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, sturdy working dog with striking black tan and white distinctive markings and the long double coat. They are a gentle and placid dog devoted to their family. Puppies and young dogs are often quite boisterous during their adolescent stage. Bitches are distinctly more feminine in appearance with a less commanding nature. Dogs have a distinctly more masculine appearance with their larger size, bulkier body, broader head and especially coat development over the chest area. They are a slow maturing breed. They  should never express aggressive behaviour but are considered very good watchdogs as they usually bark to announce visitors arriving. Some Bernese may remain aloof to the attention of strangers.

The Bernese Mountain Dog generally gets along wonderfully with other pets. Socialising them in all situations from puppy age is of utmost importance.