The Bernese Mountain Dog, named for the Canton of Bern, began as a working companion for farmers and is now growing in popularity as a companion dog in the United States. They are large (up to 27.5” tall and 110 lbs), but known for being calm and gentle, especially with children. As with all dogs, they need their exercise, but Bernese Mountain Dogs also enjoy quiet time with the family – in fact, despite their size, they are known for being “velcro dogs.” While gentle, Bernese Mountain Dogs require steady training. They are a double-coated breed that sheds; their coat requires regular brushing. Keywords: Working, Velcro, Larger Breed
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.