All About Bernese Mountain Dogs
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The Bernese Mountain Dog is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 25 to 27.5 inches.
Weight: 90 to 120 pounds.
Females – Height: 23 to 26 inches.
Weight: 70 to 100 pounds.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are commonly are tri-colored (black, rust and white).
Easygoing and calm, Bernese Mountain Dogs are ideal family pets. They are sensitive to the moods of their owners and extremely loyal to them. They are hard workers, and their gentle nature makes them excellent therapy dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs require moderate daily exercise, ideally outdoors, as they like being outside. Harking back to their days as work dogs, they enjoy pulling when given the chance.
- Bernese Mountain Dogs have a silky double coat that can be wavy or straight. Their thick coats protect them in cold weather.
- They are a medium-maintenance grooming breed; they shed and require regular brushing.
- They have broad thighs and strong necks, perfect for pulling.
7 to 9 years
The most common health concerns for Bernese Mountain Dogs include canine hip dysplasia and histicytosis. Fragmented coronoid process, gastric torsion and progressive retinal atrophy are less common but still occur within the breed, while hypomyelination is seen occasionally.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a low tolerance for hot climates, and they should be monitored for signs of heatstroke in hot and humid weather. They have a very high tolerance for cold climates.
Patient and calm, Bernese Mountain Dogs are very good with children. They are friendly toward other dogs and very friendly toward other pets, though often reserved with human strangers.
- Bernese Mountain Dogs are the only Swiss Mountain Dog with long, silky coats.
- Historically Bernese Mountain Dogs worked on farms where they helped to pull carts and drive dairy cattle.
- Though the breed dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, Bernese Mountain Dogs did not come to America until 1926.