Bernese Mountain Dogs

About the Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, sturdy worker who can stand over 27 inches at the shoulder. The thick, silky, and moderately long coat is tricolored: jet black, clear white, and rust. The distinctive markings on the coat and face are breed hallmarks and, combined with the intelligent gleam in the dark eyes, add to the Berner’s aura of majestic nobility. A hardy dog who thrives in cold weather, the Berner’s brain and brawn helped him multitask on the farms and pastures of Switzerland.

Berners get along with the entire family and are particularly gentle with children, but they will often become more attached to one lucky human. Berners are imposing but not threatening, and they maintain an aloof dignity with strangers.

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The Bernese Mountain Dog, or the Berner, belongs to the ancient family of dogs known as molossers.  These dogs have a history that goes back in time for more than two thousand years. They include the powerful dogs developed by the Romans for war. This line includes mastiffs, and the St. Bernard. These dogs migrated throughout Europe as Rome expanded its territories. The large dogs that accompanied them were left in those areas of conquest and remained even after the fall of the Roman Empire. These large dogs were put to multiple uses on the many farms throughout Europe.

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