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Bernese Mountain Dog

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Bernese Mountain Dog
Exercise
Grooming
Appearance
23-28" (58-70 cm) 80-110 lb (36-50 kg) Long, thick soft coat, slightly wavy or straight. Undercoat varies according to the season. Tricolour (black, white, tan).
History

One of four types of Swiss Mountain Dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog (also known as the Berner Sennenhunde) was a working animal, commonly seen driving livestock or hitched to a cart and pulling goods to market. The breed likely originated from the crossbreeding of Mastiffs, brought to Switzerland by the Romans, with local herding dogs. As technology improved, working dogs were no longer necessary, so the breed saw a significant decrease in numbers in the late 19th century. In 1892, a group of Swiss nationals founded a breeding colony in an effort to preserve the Swiss Mountain Dog. The breed was imported to North America in the 1930s and has gained popularity over the years.

Personality

A very loyal dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog is an even-tempered fellow who makes an excellent family dog. He is a good watchdog with a teddy-bear personality. This dog is slow to mature, and retains his playful personality as he grows. As a working breed, the Bernese Mountain Dog benefits from having a job.

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Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders

Goldenbreez Reg’d
Ontario

Goldenbreez Reg’d, Patricia  & Peter Parkinson. Home raised, well socialized, quality pups. Selected for temperament, soundness, and longevity. Parents cleared, many generations of certifications. Several imported champion lines. Pups sold with health and temperament written guarantees. Breeding purebred  Bernese Mountain Dogs and Golden Retrievers  for 27 years. After purchase support. Naturally reared, some raw. Approved families or individuals only. Home; (519) 343-3013. Fax; (519) 343-4482; pat@goldenbreezkennels.com; www.goldenbreezkennels.com

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Dudswelriver Reg’d
Quebec

Dudswelriver Reg’d, Edith Lessard. My Bernese Mountain Dogs are European lineage and Canadian champion. All my breeding dogs are tested for hips, elbows, eyes, heart, dm sod1a, dm sod1b and vwd. My well-socialized puppies are raised at home. (819) 238-3816; info@dudswelriver.com; www.dudswelriver.com

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