Bernese Mountain Dog Breed history
The breeder Franz Schertenleib is to be thanked that this race has not ended. He researched the history of Swiss mountain dogs and discovered in the Bern region several good specimens. Its present name for a race 1908th
General information about the Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese mountain dogs are not for dogs especially sports that they abverlangen great agility and speed (eg agility). It is offering Zughundearbeit, a rescue dog or search dog training, and tracking applications, where a kind of unthinking obedience is required in advance. They love long walks, but need a lot of movement. Hot weather makes them because of their long and dense fur garment to create. In winter and cool or freezing temperatures, they will feel on top. One should not keep them as dog floor (no elevator), since with them, as with other large breeds of dogs also may experience joint problems (hip, elbow dysplasia). In addition, kidney disease and cancer at increased risk. Currently the average life expectancy is the Bernese mountain dogs at 7-8 years. (Source: International Symposium on Mountain Dogs, Bernese Working Group in SSV). In the VDH (German Kennel Association) recognized breed breed clubs like the SSV - Swiss Mountain Dog Club of Germany - fight disease using breeding strategies. Transparency over several generations regarding HD, ED, age structure and behavior are prerequisites for this. When one uses the so-called breeding breeding value estimation, reducing the risk of disease is reduced considerably.
As part of the breed now bred with a view of "longevity" to return a life expectancy of 10-12 years to achieve. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a rather massive dog with strong bone. At a height at withers of male dogs up to 70 cm, 50 kg and more. The coat is long and soft, it should be simple (smooth) or slightly wavy. Even the not very large high-set hanging ears are hairy. The main accent of the tri-colored dog is a black cloak over body, neck and head and tail. From the nose to the forehead is a white forehead stripe, the pallor. A white cross chest, white paws and a white tail tip are a real jewelry. Red-brown spots over the eyes gave him the old name "Vieräugler". Brown-red cheeks and the sides of the same kind insignia white chest hair on the legs and round the picture. The more symmetrical the three colors are distributed, the more harmonious image. Front and hind legs should be well bent. The movement should be "freely and expansively."
From the nature of the Bernese mountain dog is confident, good-natured and friendly. He has a strong guard instinct, without being too aggressive here. He is now not only a good house and yard dog, but also a popular family dog.
The Bernese file a garden and a house to guard. Never should the Bernese mountain dog be kept in a kennel, because it requires a large amount of "human contact".