Bernese Mountain Dog

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Bernese Mountain Dog overview

An ancient breed originating in Switzerland for use as a livestock herder and cart puller. Selective breeding has left a legacy of unreliability and unprovoked aggression in some lines.
Unsuitable for the urban environment or hotter climates. The Bernese prefers to live and sleep outside and prefers the colder weather. Affectionate and sometimes sloppy, they are readily obedience trained but are probably best suited to the experienced owner. 

Other known names for Bernese Mountain Dog

Berner Sennenhund, Berner, Bernese, The Little Bear of Switzerland, Berner

Bernese Mountain Dog foreign names

Berner Sennenhond (Dutch), Bouvier Bernois (French), Berner Sennenhund (German), Boyero de Berna / Perro de Montaña Bernés (Spanish)



Breed Group

Working Group

Biological data

Male: 64-70 cm.
25-27½ inches.
Female: 58-66 cm.
23-26 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
Jet black, with rich reddish brown on cheeks, over eyes, on all four limbs and on chest.
Slight to medium sized symmetrical white head marking (blaze) and white chest marking (cross) are essential.
Preferred but not essential: white paws, white not reaching higher than pastern, white tip of tail.
A few white hairs at nape of neck, and white anal patch undesirable but tolerated.

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Bernese Mountain Dog – Breed standard

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Bernese Mountain Dog references and further reading

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Victoria 

Verein für Schweizer Sennenhunde in Österreich 

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada 

Deutschen Club für Berner Sennenhunde 

Norsk Berner Sennenhund Klubb 

Associaçäo Portuguesa dos Boieiros Suiços

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Russia 

Club Espanol de Boyeros Suizos 

Svenska Sennenhundklubben

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Switzerland


Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain  
Northern Bernese Mountain Dog Club 
Southern Bernese Mountain Dog Club 

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America 
Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Rockies 

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