Bernese Mountain Dog
Suiza FCI 45 - Swiss Cattle Dogs

Boyero de Berna

The Bernese Mountain Dog the races is more sweet and good with children, despite its large size



The Bernese Mountain Dog (Berner Sennenhund) as well, call Bernese Mountain Dog, Perro de Montaña Bernés or Bouvier Bernois) It is a breed of dog very versatile Bootes that originated in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

The breed was used with the aim of all farm dogs, custody of the goods and to drive dairy cattle long distances from the farm to the Alpine pastures. This type of Bootes Swiss, originally called the Dürrbächler, alluding to a small town (Dürrbach) where were the big dogs especially frequent.

At the beginning of 1900, There was a dog show, in Berne and several fans brought their copies, but they were a very small number, already in 1907 a few breeders of the Burgdorf region founded the first breed club, the “Swiss Dürrbach Club”, and wrote the first standard that defines the Cowbird of Berne as a breed apart. In 1910, there was already 107 registered members.

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Takes its name from the Swiss canton of Bern, where he was a valuable farm dog who was notorious for pulling carts, take the cattle to the fields or at the market, and serve as a watchdog.

Physical characteristics

The name Sennenhund refers to the population Senn, dairy and livestock farmers in the Swiss Alps.

The four breeds of Sennenhund, with the original breed name followed by the version in English, they are as follows:

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a type of Swiss dog, It is characterized by its brown color, black and white. Their fur is white for the gut and the bottom of the legs, black for most of the body and brown for the area of ​​​​the legs and the upper part of the eyes.

Like the other three varieties of Sennenhund (name that are given to dogs Swiss Pastor), Boyero Bern is a large dog, strong, with a distinctive tricolour coat, Black with white chest spots and patches of reddish color on the eyes, and on the sides of the mouth, in front of the legs, and white chest. That "tricolor" is typical of the Swiss Cattle Dogs (Sennenhund).

The height of the Bernese Mountain Dog is of 58 a 70 cm.. The standard does not mention an inclusive weight within the standard, but the average of a healthy Bernese Mountain Dog, is located from 40 a 55 kg. Being female, slightly, smaller than males.

Character and skills

The Bernese Mountain Dog, like all dogs, is a descendant of the Wolf. He was raised as livestock herding dog and guardian of estates although it was also used as a draft animal when the farmer took the milk of the cows that the dog took care of to sell.

Boyero Bern is a dog that brings the outdoors in the heart, although the behavior at home is very good, they need activity and exercise in the open air, not in excess, Since, they have a lot of resistance. They can move with incredible bursts of speed for their size when motivated..

The temperament of Bernese Mountain Dog it is a strong point of the breed. They are affectionate, loyal, faithful, Smart and stable, but sometimes shy.

Races is sweet and good with children, despite its large size, they are patient and loving.

Are slow maturing, and can show notable trends of puppy as to the 2 and a half years of age.

His great intelligence has allowed him use with great success as a rescue dog. His amiable character, quiet, as well as the ease with which it can be trained, they have made him an excellent companion animal. He is a large dog that needs several walks a day.. It is affectionate, and good with children.

education of the "Bernese Mountain Dog"

Because of his size and physical strength, a good education is the beginning and the end of maintaining a Bernese Mountain Dog, otherwise it has been lost. There is not much to oppose his strength, so strict attention must be paid to the observance of orders and rules. The puppy should also be trained as soon as possible, if possible in a dog school, there he learns to deal with other dogs of all sizes and breeds. Then the dog and the owner receive important instructions and advice on how to follow orders., etc. at the dog school. Here too the relationship between man and dog is very important., but also peaceful contact with other dogs. However, it is still important in dog training to be consistent, to enforce rules and orders without any buts.

Care and health of the Bernese Mountain Dog

Coat care takes up a large part of the grooming process. It also, intensive grooming by brushing and styling reinforces the relationship between the two. The Bernese Mountain Dog enjoy the attention, the care, the touch.
Your dense coat should be brushed at least 2 or 3 times a week and the undercoat must be removed. And you shouldn't be surprised how much coat is gathered there. During the change of coat in spring and autumn it is much more. As the owner of a Bernese Mountain Dog you should not be afraid that the hair will be left lying around. Brushing massages the skin and improves blood and air circulation.

In addition to brushing, the dog can be bathed with a moisturizing dog shampoo. This should not be done too often, at most 2 or 3 times a year. If the dog is really dirty, of course more. It is also important to pay attention to ticks, mites and fleas. There are several ways to treat the dog in case of infestation, but also as a preventive measure. If a tick (that can transmit diseases) should have been established after all, it is necessary to use tick tweezers, with the help of which the tick can be removed. You also have to pay attention to dental care. There are also many commercially available aids here, from chewing sticks to toothbrushes. Caring for a Bernese Mountain Dog also includes a visit to the vet to get any necessary shots and a little eye and ear checkup..

Typical diseases of the Bernese Mountain Dog

Like all great dog breeds, the Bernese Mountain Dog is also susceptible to certain diseases. Most of them are genetic and can only be influenced by living conditions., but they cannot be prevented. The first one mentioned is dysplasia of the hip joint (HD). The head of the femur does not fit into the joint socket, the pain caused by this can only be alleviated with pain relievers. To avoid this disease, the puppy should not climb stairs during the first 18 months. It also, Bernese Mountain Dog is susceptible to cancer and also to kidney problems. However, In maintaining, care for and feed the puppy in a manner appropriate to its species, you should try to raise the Bernese Mountain Dog in the healthiest way possible.

Nutrition / Food

Basically, you can make him Bernese Mountain Dog fed wet and/or dry food. BARF feeding (raw food) it can also be a sensible alternative.
With food ready to eat, you should pay attention to the ingredients and make sure they don't contain too many fillers like cereals. You can get a lot of information from specialty stores about what food might be best for your physique and bones. The final decision depends, of course, from the dog's owner. Breeders and specialty stores are happy to give advice. You should also pay attention to a varied diet and not just the same food day after day..

The life expectancy of the Bernese Mountain Dog

Unfortunately, the life expectancy of the the life expectancy of the Bernese Mountain Dog She's not really tall. On average, they live on 6 a 8 years, but luckily there are exceptions. Of course there is also berneses who unfortunately die earlier from disease. But you should know that time with a Bernese Mountain Dog it is very limited.

Buy a Bernese Mountain Dog

In any case, when buying a puppy from Bernese Mountain Dog you must contact a registered and trusted breeder. All breeders are eager to leave the puppy in good hands and make sure people adapt to the dog.. The purchase price is about 1000 euros onwards. Of course, You can also contact local animal shelters or an association: they both try to find suitable people for their animals. In addition to the purchase price, there are many other costs for the owner of a Bernese Mountain Dog and you have to think carefully if you can handle it. Starter kit includes straps, bowls and baskets, all in XXL size, so they are also correspondingly more expensive. The dog tax, it depends on the location, civil liability insurance is advisable.

Food and toys are expensive, as well as visits to the vet. Vaccines should be done once a year, in case of need you have to pay for medications or even operations. When buying a Bernese Mountain Dog, You should take the time to consider the following points before making a decision.: Is there enough space available? Can one spend enough time in the occupation and care? Is one prepared for the Bernese Mountain Dog take a great place in life? Can one bear the costs? If, after considering all the points, decide on a Bernese Mountain Dog, you can be sure you will have a great life partner for years to come.

Characteristics "Bernese Mountain Dog"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Bernese Mountain Dog" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
  • Section 3: Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs. Without working trial..



FCI standard of the breed "Bernese Mountain Dog"

FCIFCI - Bernese Mountain Dog

Alternative names:

    1. Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog, Berner (English).
    2. Bouvier bernois (French).
    3. Berner Sennenhund (German).
    4. Boiadeiro bernês, Pastor de Berna (Portuguese).
    5. Perro de montaña bernés, Pastor de Berna (español).
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