The ancestry of this old Swiss breed may date back over 2,000 years to the days of the Roman Empire. Similar dogs were probably developed in Switzerland to protect supply lines as the empire expanded. The fortunes of the breed declined during the latter part of the last century, however, until a group of breeders sought out the few remainings dogs and managed to ensure their survival.
Coat Type/Colour: Long, Silky; Black, white and tan
Height: 25 – 27 ½ Inch (63.5 – 70 cm)
Weight: 88 lb (40 kg)
Nature: Sound temperament; loyal and alert
Out of the four breeds of Swiss Mountain Dogs, the Bernese can be easily distinguished by virtue of its long, silky coat, whereas the coats of the others are short. All are similar in coloration, being a combination of black with white on the head, chest and toes, and intervening areas of rich tan on the legs, chest and cheeks. The coat is easy to keep in good condition and benefits from daily brushing.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are loyal and alert guard dogs, with a sound temperament that makes them suitable as family pets. They are active and need plenty of exercise, otherwise they can start to put on weight and are liable to become bored.