Meet the Breed: The Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, heavy dog with a long, distinctive tricolored coat. The base is black, and the other markings are symmetrical. The chest is white, as are the toes, the tip of the tale, and, ideally, a horseshoe shape on the face. The rust markings are featured on the cheeks reaching to the corners of the mouth, over each eye, on each side of the chest, on all four legs and underneath the tail.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a farm dog developed in the midland regions of Switzerland, mostly around the city of Berne. They would accompany cattle out to pasture, but weren't used for herding over large ranges. They were watchful of the property, and may have been used for cart pulling.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a cheerful, intelligent dog that loves children and makes a delightful companion that is not overly dominant. They mature slowly, so calm confident leadership works well here. They are good natured and sensitive.
Breed Club Links: Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America
BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Any of our good brushes, but probably a FURminator!
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