Bernese Mountain Dog (-ology)
Canine Zone|June/July 2021
Exuding love and loyalty, a well-trained Bernese makes an excellent family member

The Bernese Mountain Dog is an extremely versatile working dog from the farmlands of Switzerland. They were developed to herd cattle, pull carts, and be watchdogs and loyal companions. They’re one of four types of Swiss Mountain Dogs, and the only one with long hair.

It’s said the Sennenhund breeds came about as crosses between farm dogs in Switzerland and mastiff-type dogs the Romans brought with them when they invaded the Alps about 2,000 years ago. Some don’t agree with this theory because the remains of large dogs have been discovered in Switzerland dating to before the Romans came.

The Bernese Mountain Dog comes from the canton of Bern, hence their name. They’re a large and sturdy dog breed, with a friendly and calm disposition, and they’re also well-suited to obedience, tracking, herding, and carting competitions.

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