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The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large-sized breed of dog and one of the four well-known breeds that make up the Sennenhund, or ‘Swiss mountain dog’, group. Its name is an indication of the region in Switzerland where it originates – the canton of Bern. Like many breeds that have developed in their native lands over several centuries, the exact history of the breed is difficult to point out, but it is generally believed to be traceable to the Roman mastiffs brought to the region by Roman invaders over two thousand years ago. These dogs mixed with local herding dogs to develop lines of strong dogs that could survive the difficult weather and work as drovers, herders and general-purpose farm dogs. It was only in the 1800s that conscious breeding for specific traits began, saving the breed from extinction. The breed is particularly popular in German-speaking regions of Europe.

Time for some Ruff Trivia:
– The ‘Mountain’ in Bernese Mountain Dog refers originally to which mountain range?
o A: Andes
o B: Alps
o C: Urals
What do you think, give it your best guess in the comments below before we get to the answer! Hang on tight and we’ll get back to this Ruff Trivia Question toward the end of the video.

The height of the adult male Berner is between 25 and 27.5 inches, while that of the female is between 23 and 26 inches. The weight of the adult male is generally between 90 and 120 pounds, and that of the female between 70 and 100 pounds. It is the only one among the Sennenhunds to have a long, silky coat. The coat is also distinctively tri-colored – black with white chest and rust colored markings above eyes, sides of mouth, front of legs and a small amount around the white chest. The skull is flat on top, with medium-sized triangular ears, set high and rounded at the top.

Grooming:The coat of the Berner needs brushing at least twice weekly, and more frequently if the dog is shedding. Ear-cleaning, teeth-brushing and nail-trimming have to be regular.

Temperament: A well cared for Berner tends to be good-natured, self-assured and calm with strangers.It gets along well with other pets and is great with kids. Most dogs of the breed are known to have a special bond with one owner and can be aloof with other family members. The dog needs plenty of room to stretch out, and is not ideal for small apartments.

Training:As is the case with most large-sized dogs, early obedience training is highly recommended for the Berner. It has moderate exercise needs that can be fulfilled by a daily hike or a good walk. These dogs love to pull, and tugging children in a cart can be a unique fun activity.

Health:The maximum life expectancy of the Berner is 9 years. Cancer (of various types) is the most common cause of death. Other major ailments seen in the breed are congenital heart disease, elbow dysplasia, histiocytosis (disorders caused by abnormal increase in immune cells), and several musculoskeletal issues.

One of the ‘gentle giants’ of the canine world, the Bernese Mountain Dogis a hardy, intelligent and versatile breed. Bred in the cold Alps, it can still offer oodles of warmth and devotion to its human family.

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