Weighing up to 120 pounds, they are strong, gentle giants with calm temperaments. Though they were bred to be working dogs, they are consistently working the hearts of dog owners around the world. Read on to learn more fun facts about these big beauties.
The Bernese mountain dog is known not respond well to harsh treatment, however Bernese are very willing and eager to please their master. Bernese love to be encouraged with praise and treats and this gorgeous breed is very sweet and good with children, despite their great size. Overall, they are very stable in temperament, patient, and loving.
The Bernese Mountain dog loves to make their owners happy and laugh. They will find a specific antic or action to make them laugh and will stick to it, repeating it over and over again! I guess you can say their people pleasers, too!
Bernese Mountain Dogs are quirky, loving dogs, craving love and affection. They love to lean against people, sit on their feet, or lie down under their legs while people are sitting.
The Bernese Mountain dog became extinct in the early 20th century, when more modern and expedient means of transportation became accessible to farmers. In 1968, the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America was founded, with 62 members and 43 registered Berners.
The Bernese mountain dog is one of the largest breeds of dog, with the average adult Bernese mountain dog growing to between 50 and 70 cm high. The Bernese mountain dog has a very distinctive tri-coloured coat, that is black, white and tan. It is said that the mark of well-bred Bernese is the horse-shoe shaped white marking that straddles its nose.
Bernese mountain dogs have a lower average lifespan when compared to other dog breeds that are a similar size. The average lifespan of a Bernese is approximately 8 years, where the average lifespan of a similar breeds tends to be around 11 years. The main causes of mortality in the Bernese breed are thought to be cancer and bone problems, such as hip-displacement and arthritis.
These dogs are muscular, under all of their lovely fur. They are able to haul up to 1000 pounds! That’s approximately 10 times their own weight!
Despite their phenomenal physical strength, they are slow learners. Bernese Mountain dogs mature a bit slower than other dogs, so they require consistent and patient training.