I am the Bernese Mountain Dog, one of the most versatile working dog breeds around. Interestingly, I am one of the four Swiss Mountains Dogs and the only one with long hair. I got my name from the canton of Bern, it is the place where I come from. I was originally bred to be a watchdog as well as herd cattle and pull carts. Moreover, I am a large dog breed, but with a calm and affectionate temperament.
The big size of Bernese Mountain Dog is its most notable feature. This big dog breed can be quite protective of the family, but it is not aggressive in general. In fact, this breed is usually gentle, tolerant, and calm. On top of that, it is an exceedingly intelligent, affectionate, and alert dog breed. Plus, Berner likes to be involved in everything it family does. Actually, it thrives when included in family activities. But when it comes to strangers, this breed is typically shy and can be aloof at times. Hence, it is essential to expose this breed from puppyhood to other people, situations, and animals.
Furthermore, the Berner can be slow to mature and can attain adult size before mental maturity.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is quite good with families, but it doesn't adapt well to apartment living and being alone. In addition to that, this breed has a tendency to bark. However, with proper training, this barking tendency can be controlled. What's more, Berner cannot tolerate hot weather. On the other hand, the cold season is just perfect for Bernie.
Typically, the Bernese Mountain Dog is good with children but may show wary signs with other dogs. Plus, it is easy to train this breed.
As for sizes, the Male Bernese can stand about 25 to 28 inches tall, on average, while the female can be 23-26 inches tall. While the male's weight can be lie between 80-115 pounds, the female can weigh around 70-95 pounds.
Like most working dogs, the Bernese is a highly energetic dog breed. At a minimum, this breed needs 30 minutes of vigorous exercise daily. However, to keep Berner in top shape, three times that exercise is necessary.
Physical exercise is of the utmost importance to prevent the Bernese Mountain Dog from getting bored and maintain a healthy weight. Generally, Berner likes to be involved in activities such as walking, pulling, hiking, swimming, running in the dog park, and digging.