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
Because they were bred to work in the mountains, a Bernese mountain dog loves to carry and pull things. They also are decent herding dogs. They are large dogs and weigh from 80 to 115 pounds and stand
The breed is even-tempered and friendly. They may be large, but they aren’t known for being mean or aggressive. In fact, 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 member of the family.
Once trained, however, they are obedient and loyal dogs.
Big dog, lots of shedding
Because the dogs originally were bred to live in the Swiss Alps, they have long, thick coats. That’s great in the winter, but when spring and summer come, these dogs will shed a lot.
Be prepared to spend money on brushes and other cleaning tools. Plan to brush the dog’s coat at least two or three times per week.
The dogs are not hypoallergenic and could pose problems for people who suffer from dog allergies.