Bernese Mountain Dog

Large Size

Moderate shedding

Good for first time owners

Used in Switzerland as an all-round farm dog, the Bernese didn't only protect and herd sheep and cattle, but also pulled carts of milk and cheese to market – something some BMDs are still trained for.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Someone looking for a large family dog – and who might need a hand transporting the shopping.

Not the best for ...

Someone not prepared to put in the socialisation and training that's needed for all dogs, but especially larger ones.

Aliases

BMD, Berner

Cross between

None

Origin

Switzerland

Size

Large
Large - but would still fit in a small car

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

Jacket and skinny trousers
Any feathering can get knotty. Some coats self-clean by depositing mud all over the kitchen floor.

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

8 years

Good first dog?

Yes

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