Bernese mountain dog

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  1. BerneseLand

    BerneseLand New Member

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    History
    This ancient breed was developed near Bern, primarily in Duerrbach and Burgdorf. The Bernese Mountain Dog is descended from the Roman molussus fighting dog brought with the Roman legions, and later used to guard the flock. This breed began appearing in dog shows in 1902, and a standard was published in 1907. In 1949, Newfoundland blood was introduced. The Bernese Mountain Dog is now the most common of the Swiss mountain dogs. In 1990, the Bernese Mountain Dog was crossed with the Labrador, creating the still experimental Boulab.
    Description
    This hardy, well-balanced, peaceable dog naturally has a sweet, happy temperament. He is loyal and affectionate with his owners, but is wary around strangers and will courageously defend his owners and their property if necessary. Yet he is not aggressive and does not bark often. This breed dislikes being left alone. Firm, but gentle, training must be undertaken with patience because the breed does not reach emotional maturity until eighteen months to two years of age.
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    The Bernese Mountain Dog does not like to be locked up in a house. He loves wide open spaces and exercise. Weekly brushing is sufficient.
    Function
    Herder (large animals). Guard dog. Police dog. Draft dog (light carts). Pet.

    Description (1993)

    Head : Powerful. Slightly domed skull. Well-defined stop.
    Ears : Set on high, triangular, drop when at rest.
    Eyes : Almond shape. Dark brown color.
    Body : Thickset. Broad chest is well let down. Belly not tucked up. Straight, solid back. Slightly rounded croup.
    Tail : Bushy, carried low at rest.
    Hair : Long, straight or slightly wavy.
    Coat : Tri-color. Black background with tan (rich rust) markings on the checks, above the eyes, and on the legs and chest. White markings on the head (flare), on the neck extending down the forechest, on the feet, and tip of the tail.
    Size : Male: 64 to 70 cm (25-27,5 in).Female: 58 to 66 cm (23-26 in).
    Weight : 40 to 50 kg (88-110,5 lb).
     
  2. bubbatd

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    I think they are very handsome dogs !!
     
  3. SummerRiot

    SummerRiot Dog Show Addict

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    we have three puppies in the house.. and some fish
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    OK I have a question..

    Are Berner coats supposed to be curly??
     
  4. BerneseLand

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    Yes,but not too much!
     
  5. RetrieverLove

    RetrieverLove Golden Love

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    Emma, my Golden. Moco, family pet.
    They are gorgeous dogs!
     
  6. BerneseLand

    BerneseLand New Member

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    Thank you,they realy are gorgeus dogs!

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  7. stevinski

    stevinski Int CH - $uperBitch

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    my friend has a bern and a border collie, they are gorgeous, like a big bear lol,

    do you have the rum barrel thing that they were?
     
  8. BerneseLand

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    No we dont have the rum barrel!That is more like st.bernard ,not bernese mountain dog!
     
  9. Aussie Red

    Aussie Red Rebel With Cause

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    they are pretty dogs
     
  10. BerneseLand

    BerneseLand New Member

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    Thanks!

    Thanks!They are pretty!:cool:

    Here are some pictures of our bernese Dona!

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  11. Sheka

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    Some ppl have told me that kya might have some bernese in her.

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    wat do u think?
    (the black dog with her in the 1st pic is her sister, go figure lol)
     
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    Sheka,

    I would want to see her hind end. That's how I can often tell the true Berner mixes. There butts often will be kind of rounded, and often they have the tell-tale gait of a Berner. Their butts kind of roll back and forth. Its sort of a "I know it when I see it" kind of thing. Also, their coats are often a little bit fuzzy, and usually quite soft to the touch. The black will often be jet black, with a hint of the Berner sheen. (If you have ever closely compared a Berner to a black lab standing next to it, then you know what I am talking about. If it is possible for black to be "vivid," a Berner's black coat is just that.) A lot of this stuff doesn't show up well in photos, though. So its hard to tell sometimes unless you can see the dog in person.

    And, of course, some mixes look nothing like their parent. So, even though you might think you know what type of dog a mix's parent was, unless you actually really know the lineage, you are just making an educated guess.
     
  14. LizzieCollie

    LizzieCollie Collie Crazy

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    Arent Bernese Mountain Dogs extremely short lived? Maybe Im confusing breeds. They are such gorgeous dogs but I couldnt bear to have a dog that dies of old age at 6!
     
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    Yes. They are known to have short life spans. Often they die of cancer, not old age.
     
  16. mamamedeo@hotmail.com

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    cutie

    :cool: very cute
     
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    My daughters friends family have one..........lovely dogs :)
     

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