Bernese Mountain Dog
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Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs are lovable gentle giants. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed, courtesy of the Bernese Mountain Dog owners in our community.

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What is a Bernese Mountain Dog?

Originally from Switzerland, Bernese Mountain Dogs can be traced back to the Roman invasion over 2,000 years ago. Large in size with a black, tan and white silky coat, they were initially kept as farm dogs to herd sheep and cattle and according to the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain, many still enjoy pulling light carts.

How much exercise does a Bernese Mountain Dog need?

Because they're outdoor dogs at heart, Bernese Mountain Dogs love spending time outside, although they don’t have a great deal of endurance. The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain suggests up to one hour of activity per day.

A large, blank, tan and white dog with a thick coat is out on a frosty walk and looks happy
Gus loves company and is very affectionate, and friendly with other dogs. He can't walk for too long because he tired quite quickly, so 40 minutes is probably the maximum or less.

- Belinda, Owner of Gus

What is the temperament of a Bernese Mountain Dog?

Although imposing in size, Bernese Mountain Dogs are gentle, kind and courteous. Their well-mannered and affectionate personality make them the perfect docile companion dog for children.

Ellie is a very placid dog with a lovely nature, great around children and full of love with the most gentle nature. She has a great little personality and makes us laugh every day with her happy face.

- Emma, Owner of Ellie

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Are Bernese Mountain Dogs easy to train?

According to the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain, the breed is obedient, easy to train and devoted to their families.

Tasha enjoys lots of human affection and loves to be sociable with other dogs where she is always on her best behaviour.

- Karen, Owner of Tasha

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ Bernese Mountain Dogs have:

Owner Tania on her Bernese Mountain Dog, Albie:

I get lots of attention in the park because Albie is such a gorgeous boy, which is nice for me because people walk towards me with a smile on their face and I get to chat to lots of people.

Owner Nicola on her Bernese Mountain Dog, Willis:

Willis’ bad habits include helping himself to food left in his reach and climbing on the settee. But basically, he just wants to please and have lots of cuddles.

Most common bernese mountain dog names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Heidi
  • Willow
  • Boo
  • Holly
  • Toby

Bernese Mountain Dogs love to be outside, no matter the weather. Here’s a trick for a refreshing summer treat to keep them cool when they’re having fun in the sun.

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Bernese Mountain Dogs. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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