Bernese Mountain Dog
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 25-27½ in (64-70cm) Bitch: 23-26 in (58-66cm)
Weight: 88 lb (39.5kg)
Coat: Thick, moderately long, and straight or slightly wavy, with a bright, natural sheenThick, moderately long, and straight or slightly wavy, with a bright, natural sheen
Color: Jet black, with reddish brown markings on cheeks, eyes, legs, and chest; some white markings on head, chest, tail tip, and feet are permissible
|The Bernese Mountain Dog is named after the canton
of Berne in Switzerland, where it arrived with the
Roman army and was subsequently bred. Like other
Swiss mountain dogs, it has mastiff characteristics.
The breed is believed to descend from the Molossus
dog of ancient Greece and Rome, with some
Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, and Newfoundland blood
discernible in its ancestry. The Bernese has worked
as herder and flock guardian in its native land, and
is still used to pull milk carts up Swissmountainsides.
The Bernese Mountain Dog makes a good pet for
Those with sufficient space, being amiable toward
children and other pets. It needs regular brushing
and plenty of exercise.