1. Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs that originated in Switzerland, specifically in the Canton of Bern.
  2. They were initially bred as farm dogs for work such as herding cattle, pulling carts, and guarding the property.
  3. Bernese Mountain Dogs are known for their striking tri-colour coat, which features black, white, and rust-colored markings.
  4. Despite their large size (they can weigh up to 115 pounds!), they have a calm and gentle temperament, making them great family dogs.
  5. The breed’s life expectancy is typically 6-8 years, which is shorter than average due to the high incidence of cancer in the breed.
  6. Bernese Mountain Dogs have a high prey drive and should always be kept on a leash or in a securely fenced area.
  7. They are intelligent and eager to please, which makes them easy to train.
  8. Bernese Mountain Dogs have webbed feet, which help them swim and navigate through snow and ice.
  9. They are also excellent at agility, obedience, and cart-pulling competitions.
  10. Bernese Mountain Dogs have a unique trait called “snow nose,” which causes their nose to turn pink or brown during the winter months.
  11. The breed is prone to several health issues, including hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, and cancer.
  12. Bernese Mountain Dogs are social animals and do not do well when left alone for long periods.
  13. They are affectionate and loyal to their families and have a strong desire to be near their humans.
  14. Bernese Mountain Dogs are not typically barkers, but they will bark to alert their owners of potential threats.
  15. They shed seasonally and require regular grooming to maintain their beautiful coat.
  16. Bernese Mountain Dogs are sometimes called “Velcro dogs” because of their tendency to stick close to their owners.
  17. Despite their calm demeanour, Bernese Mountain Dogs have a playful side and love to romp and play.
  18. They are excellent therapy dogs and can bring joy and comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, and other settings.
  19. Famous owners of Bernese Mountain Dogs include actor Hugh Jackman and former US President Joe Biden.
  20. In 2020, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Sully became the first-ever elected mayor of a small town in Minnesota.