The Bernese Mountain Dog is considered a working dog. They are strong, large, and have been known to accomplish tasks such as rescue work where heavy pulling is involved. They are smart & fast learners which will thrive in early developmental training.
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a shoulder height of 58-71 cm (23-28 in) and weighs 36-50 kg (80-110 lbs). Bernese Mountain Dogs have low hanging, thick tails, deep chests, and round feet. Males are larger than females, but both are very strong. The Bernese Mountain Dog is slightly longer than it is tall.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is distinguished by its highly recognizable tri-color pattern of their coat. It has a solid black body, legs, head and ears, rust or tan colored cheeks and calves, and white chest, muzzle (with a stripe running up to the forehead), toes, and tail tip. Their coat is highly weather resistant, and they do shed all year round.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are great with children and are protective of their loved ones. They get along well with cats and other household pets.
They will require regular grooming with a brush and comb, particularly in areas that are prone to tangles especially behind the ears, neck, legs, and hindquarters. Bernese Mountain Dogs have an average lifespan of 7-8 years. Even though their lives are shorter than other dogs, the amount of joy of having a Berner in your family can not begin to be measured.