Royal Oak, Michigan
A Six Acres Litter
This Site Updated on: 1/28/2016
Below: Yellow pup "Liberty"
The Berner is a large dog that is intelligent, strong and agile. Male dogs are usually 25-27 inches in height and weigh anywhere between 90-110 pounds. The females are generally smaller weighing 70-90 pounds. They have thick heavy coats that should be brushed often to prevent matting, and they should never be cut. Their coats keep them warm in winter, and also protects them from the sun's harsh rays in summer. The Bernese Mountain Dog is quite sturdy and can be multi talented if trained properly. They are well known for pulling carts and herding instincts. You will see them in draft competition and search and rescue.
Charlie (Ella's Boy)
History of the Breed
It is believed but not certain, that these dogs were brought to Switzerland by the Romans and were basically used as general purpose farm dogs. Little attention was put into preserving the breed, and they almost became extinct. However, in the early 1900's some Swiss dog fanciers decided to promote interest in these beautiful dogs. They were exhibited in shows and their popularity began to grow. It is believed that the first pair was brought to the U.S. in 1927. Ten years later, in 1937, they were officially recognized by the AKC. It wasn't until 1968 that "The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America" was formed.
Above:Charlie Freya and Winston Ella's 2013 pups Below: "Harley"
Bernese Mountain Dogs are self-confident alert and good natured. They are very affectionate and they are especially good with children. They do tend to shed a great deal but this can be minimized somewhat with proper care and grooming. They are not a drooling breed.
They are somewhat susceptible to a few disorders, including hip and elbow displasia. Having them tested in early adulthood is highly reccomended and a must if you intend to breed. Slight defects in vision are also common in the Berner.
"Dane, Izzy and Ella"
Their energy level is fairly low and while they do enjoy a long walk, they also do well in smaller homes and yards. Adults can require as much as 4-6 cups of food a day. It is also a good idea to provide, especially the young dogs, lots of acceptable chew items.
It is always reccomended to get proper training for a large breed dog so that when they grow into an adult they will be a loving companion instead of a problem that no one wants to deal with.
Bridget and Bohdi