The Bernese mountain dog originates from the mountains of Bern, Switzerland. These majestic dogs were bred for work in the Alps.
The Bernese is one of four varieties of Swiss mountain dogs. The dogs share the distinctive tri-coloring of the other Swiss mountain dogs, but it is the only one to have a long, silky coat. That means the dogs shed a lot.
Bernese mountain dog facts
The breed is even-tempered and friendly. They may be large but aren’t known for being mean or aggressive. They rarely bark. The dogs are known for being especially good with children.
You can also adopt the dogs through Petfinder.com and related rescue organizations, including Animal Rescue Squad International in California, Melissa’s Menagier’s Second Chances in Kansas, and New Hope Rescue in Alabama.
Take time to socialize your puppy and consider working with a professional trainer or taking the dog to obedience classes so your Bernese will obey basic commands and be a well-behaved family member.
Once trained, however, they are obedient and loyal dogs.
Big dog, lots of shedding
They have long, thick coats because the dogs originally were bred to live in the Swiss Alps. That’s great in the winter, but these dogs will shed a lot when spring and summer come.
Be prepared to spend money on brushes and other cleaning tools. Plan to brush the dog’s coat at least twice or thrice weekly.
The dogs are not hypoallergenic and could pose problems for people with dog allergies.