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Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs are a large, lovable breed of dogs. This breed was originally developed to work the herds in Switzerland. While the Bernese Mountain Dog is very large and attentive, they are also very gentle and friendly. They are very good around children as they are minimally aggressive. Because of their size, the Bernese Mountain Dog requires regular, but not overly stressful exercise.
These dogs need lots of human companionship and must be allowed inside the house.

Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Outline

Dog Group:Working
Height:23-26 inches
Colors:Black with white and tan markings
Other Names:Berner
Litter Size:2-14
Life Span:10-12 years
Personality:Bernese Mountain Dogs are intelligent, eager to please, protective, and quiet. They are reserved around strangers but not shy or fearful if given proper socialization when young.

Grooming Requirements:Low. These dogs are natural and need only occasional brushing.
Shedding:Heavy seasonal or year round.
Social skills:Berners must be socialized with other small animals at an early age.
Suitable for Children:Berners are very patient with children of all ages and are usually protective of them.
Exercise Needs:Medium-High. Bernese Mountain Dogs are strong and powerful dogs and need daily exercise for at least 60 minutes.

Train Ability:These dogs are very intelligent and extremely trainable, although training must be approached with a gentle approach.

Health:Brain disorders, inflammation in blood vessels, cancer

Negative Characteristics:Berner truly suffers from separation anxiety which is expressed in destructiveness.

Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue Groups and Organizations
NATIONAL Potomac Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club

Serves Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, S. Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. Provides rescue contact infromation and pictures of dogs available for adoption.

Chattahoochee Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club

Serves Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana. Provides rescue contact infromation.

ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO Grand Canyon State Bernese Mountain Dog Club

Serves Arizona and New Mexico. Provides rescue contact infromation.

CALIFORNIA Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northern California California

Serves Northern California. Provides rescue contact infromation.

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southern California Southern California
Serves Southern California.

KANSAS Bernese Auction Rescue Coalition

BARC, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Bernese Mountain Dogs from dog brokers, dog auctions, puppy mills, and any other dangerous, exploitative or abusive situation. Based in Kansas.

KENTUCKY Apollo Bernese Mountain Dogs Rescue Division

Based in Lexington, Kentucky.

MARYLAND Mason Dixon Bernese Mountain Dog Club

Serves Pennsylvania and Maryland.

MICHIGAN Heart of Michigan Bernese Mountain Dog Club, Inc.

Based in Linden, MI. Serves Southern Michigan.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Greater Twin Cities

Serves Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.

OREGON, WASHINGTON Pacific Northwest BMD Fanciers

Serves Oregon and Washington.

WASHINGTON Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Greater Seattle

Based in Rochester, WA. Serves Washington and Oregon.

WISCONSIN Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeastern Wisconsin

Serves Wisconsin, Illinois, Northern Indiana.

Bernese Mountain Dog Owners Talk...
Bernese Mountain Dog Owner Reviews 1

"...I agree that Bernese are wonderful dogs; they will steal your heart as mine have done. They can also break your heart. As puppies they are all cute, fuzzy, loving and cuddly but this is a breed that can be prone to particular health problems such as hip dysplasia, cancer, bloat and autoimmune problems, some of which may be genetic in origin...."  All Reviews [...]
Bernese Mountain Dog Owner Reviews 2

"...Possibly the best looking breed of dog. Kind of like a slightly smaller, slimmer Saint Bernard that doesn't drool as much. Seem very good-natured, too..."  All Reviews [...]
Are Bernese Mountain Dogs Really Good with Kids?

"...The dog interacts very well with not only my children, but also those of friends, who the dog does not see very often..."  All Reviews [...]

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