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The records of the breed only date back a hundred years, but it is thought that this native Swiss dog owes its ancestors to the mastiff dogs that came to Switzerland some two thousand years ago. Many of the dogs remained, and even though bred with local dogs, remained a large animal that was adapted for the work of sheep herding, draft work and guard duty. By the end of the 1800s they were nearly extinct, and so a group of interested breeders gathered together in the canton or state of Bern, and dedicated themselves to refining the breed... (continued below)


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(continued) ...to fit a set of standards. The first Bernese Mountain dogs did not make their way to the U.S. until 1926. The Bernese Mountain dog has only one pattern, that of tri-color, to be distributed in a very specific manner over the body, and consisting only of black, white and rust/tan. They stand 23-27 ˝ inches, and while there is no set weight requirement, they are a large dog requiring that they have a “full” body, which often means a dog that weighs anywhere from 65-120 lbs. While a dog of great strength, they not suited for endurance pursuits, but will happily fall in with training for draft wagons, an activity that was part of regular life in their native land. Bred for outdoor work, their sweet and loving nature means they will want to be indoors with the family. Outdoor exercise is a necessity to keep them healthy, and to wear off any energy built up while the family is away or busy elsewhere. The Bernese Mountain dog is affectionate with people and other pets, loyal, and not a dog that requires overly harsh treatment or punishments. They are very trainable, but tend to be a dog that thinks, requiring patience during your lessons or exercises. ©DogDecor.com
 
 
     
 


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