The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. This mountain dog was originally kept as a general farm dog and in the past were also used as draft animals, pulling carts.
His skin, especially on his head, is rather wrinkled, and his ears, which are set low, should be long, reaching beyond the length of his muzzle. He loves to paddle his way through the wet and mud of a winter field, but he cleans up remarkably easily because of his short, close coat. The Bernese Mountain Dog is steady-tempered and easygoing. However, his calmness and willingness to laze about doesn’t mean he can be cooped up without exercise. Indeed, the Bernese loves getting out, especially in cool weather — with his thick black coat, he doesn’t do well in hot climates. His attitude toward strangers varies from friendly to aloof. A Bernese Mountain Dog puppy needs lots of socialisation so that his natural caution does not become timidity. Responsive to obedience training in a slow, good-natured way, this sensitive breed should be handled kindly, with much praise and encouragement. However, they’re not complete pushovers to train.
Breeders/ Rescue centres
- Bernese Welfare UK was established in 1985. It is one of the services provided by ‘The Bernese Association of Great Britain’, in their hope to provide aid to Bernese Mountain dog owners in the UK. The main aim of Bernese welfare UK is to provide help to owners and give advice to possible new owners. Visit their website www.bernesewelfare.chessck.co.uk or call 01787 317940.
- B Mair & C Hartley-Mair from Rochdale have been members of the Kennel Club since 30th November 2008. They breed 3 different breeds including Bernese Mountain dogs. They have been certified breeders since 2014and they have a badge for experienced breeders with at least 5 litters registered with the Kennel Club. Contact them on 01706 649900.
- Mrs L Gorbould lives in Maidstone, Kent and has been a Kennel Club member since 31st January 2006. She breeds only Bernese Mountain dogs and has been a Kennel Club assured breeder since a successful visit was completed in November 2015. She is an experienced breeder with at least 5 litters registered with the Kennel Club. Contact her on 01622737935 for more information.