Bernese Mountain Dog
THE BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG IS A GENTLE GIANT
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a Swiss mountain dog that was used as a working dog in the Swiss Alps. In the United States, the breedis mainly a fine family pet. It is a gentle giant and great with children. It can be slow and lumber but does require a great deal of exercise and walks to make it happy. I used to kid clients all the time about this type of dog. Very much like the Newfoundland and St. Bernard, the Bernese Mountain dog can be a “mess” in the summer. In hot weather they tend to salivate and drool more. Shaking their heads, clients will find saliva on the ceilings and walls of their home! I am not kidding! Since they have a long coat, a lot of the medical concerns are due to improper grooming.
DO BEST IN A TEMPERATE CLIMATE
If not given enough exercise the breed can easily get bored. This breed would do better in the temperate climates of the country; although I have seen several while practicing in Florida. Be careful in hot climates, as they are heat intolerant. For those potential owners that can provide exercise and a cool environment plus appropriate grooming, the Bernese Mountain dog is a beautiful animal. Learn more about the Bernese Mountain dog at Animal Planet’s Dog Breed Selector.