Original Name : Berner Sennenhund
Type : Molossoid
Other Names : Dürrbächler
Male size : 25¼-27½ inches
Female size : 22¾-26 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Switzerland
Originally employed on the farmsteads of Bern canton as a guard, draft and cattle dog, nowadays Bernese Mountain Dogs are versatile working animals and much-loved family dogs. Well balanced, attentive, vigilant and fearless in everyday situations, they are good natured and loyal to those they know, self-assured and placid with strangers.
Strong, proportionate to the body.
Firm, straight, level back, broad, firm loins, slightly narrower than the chest viewed from above.
Jet black with tan markings on cheeks, over eyes, on limbs and chest, with white markings.
Triangular, medium-sized, hanging at rest and close to the head.
Bushy, reaching at least to the hock.
Long, glossy, smooth or slightly wavy.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a long history in the Swiss canton of Bern, where they were originally known as Dürrbächlers, after a hamlet where they were especially numerous. In 1907 some of the breeders around Burgdorf joined forces to promote the purebred, establishing the Swiss Dürrbächler Club, which published the first standard.These longhaired working dogs are powerful and supple, with strong legs. Their striking tricolor coat and great adaptability have won them a place in the hearts of families around the globe.
On the outside, Bernese Mountain Dogs have the most beautiful coats, but it’s their character that makes them so attractive. Sympathetic and sociable, these giant dogs can tolerate many other dogs without even a grumble.