About the Bernese Mountain Dog

Originally used as guard and cattle dogs on farms in the Bern region of Switzerland, Bernese Mountain Dogs are versatile working animals and much-loved family pets. Their striking tricolour coat and great adaptability have won them a place in the hearts of families around the globe.

Well balanced, attentive, vigilant and fearless in everyday situations, they are good-natured and loyal to people they know, whilst self-assured and placid with strangers.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

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Switzerland
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FCI Group 2, AKC Working Group
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Very large
Avg life expectancy
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Confident / Loving / Alert / Loyal / Even-tempered / Calm

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  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Requires outdoor space