Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog, called in Swiss German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. The name Sennenhund is derived from the German "Senne" (alpine pasture) and "hund" (dog), as they accompanied the alpine herders and dairymen called Senn. Berner (or Bernese in English) refers to the area of the breed's origin, in the Canton of Berne in Switzerland. Originally kept as general farm dogs, large Sennenhunds in the past were also used as draft animals, pulling carts.

The breed standard for the Bernese Mountain Dog states that dogs should not be "aggressive, anxious or distinctly shy," but rather should be "good natured," "self-assured," "placid towards strangers," and "docile."[1] Temperament of individual dogs may vary, and not all examples of the breed have been carefully bred to follow the Standard. All large dogs should be well socialized when young, and given regular training and activities throughout their lives.

Bernese are outdoor dogs at heart, though well-behaved in the house; they need activity and exercise, but do not have a great deal of endurance. They can move with amazing bursts of speed for their size when motivated. If they are sound (no problems with their hips, elbows, or other joints) they enjoy hiking and generally stick close to their people.

The Bernese temperament is a strong point of the breed. They are affectionate, loyal, faithful, stable, intelligent, but sometimes shy. The majority of Bernese are friendly to people, and other dogs. They often get along well with other pets such as cats, horses, etc. They are trainable provided the owner is patient and consistent in training; Bernese need time to think things through.[citation needed] They do not respond well to harsh treatment, however Berners are willing and eager to please their master. Bernese love to be encouraged with praise and treats. The breed is sweet and good with children, despite their great size. Overall, they are stable in temperament, patient, and loving.

Bernese Mountain Dogs are slow to mature, and may display noticeable puppy-like tendencies until 2 1/2 years of age.



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Bernese Mountain Dog Club Directory


- Information and advice about the breed in the United Kingdom. Articles, photograph gallery, a telephone helpline for dogs in need, and rehoming services.

- Offers breed standards, event schedules, regulations, news, and links to regional clubs.

- Includes photos, event details, directory of breeders, reading list, show results, and information about membership and rescues.

- Features photos, health information, rescue services and reports on lobbist efforts and progress from BMDCA's lobbyist, John Melcher.

- East coast Regional BMD club serving Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine. Club contacts and a resource guide for puppy buyers.

- Offers event schedules, officer and committee member contacts, and news.

- Offers breeder referrals, breed standards, event schedules, and adoption information.

- Contains a photo gallery, breed information, list of activities, membership details, and links.

- Website offers club events information, puppy buying tips, and health and management information for Bernese.

- Organization offering breeder referrals, clinics on obedience training, breed rescue, and fun matches. Club contact information, list of upcoming events, and membership requirements.

- Code of ethics, membership application, rescue information, breed description, health articles, and information on their shows.

- Site offers club events schedule, newsletter, breed information and rescue services. Club members are located throughout Texas.

- Club objectives, calendar of events, message board, photos and breed information.

- Official breed club. Contains breed information, list of Finnish breeders, show results, photos, and links. [Finnish and English]



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