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The breed standard for the Bernese Mountain Dog states that dogs should not be "aggressive, anxious
or distinctly shy," but rather should be "good natured," "self-assured," "placid towards strangers," and
"docile." Temperament of individual dogs may vary, and not all examples of the breed have been
carefully bred to follow the Standard. All large dogs should be well socialized when young, and given
regular training and activities throughout their lives.
Bernese are outdoor dogs at heart, though well-behaved in the house; they need activity and exercise,
but do not have a great deal of endurance. They can move with amazing bursts of speed for their size
when motivated. If they are sound (no problems with their hips, elbows, or other joints) they enjoy hiking
and generally stick close to their people. Also, most Berners are herding dogs, which means when
around other dogs, it tries to form a pack. Many also will not want to fetch a ball or a stick naturally like
Labs or Goldens. It's just not in their nature.
The Bernese temperament is a strong point of the breed. They are affectionate, loyal, faithful, stable,
intelligent, but sometimes shy. They won't get aggressive unless they feel threatened. They also stick
like velcro to their owners. The majority of Bernese are friendly to people, and other dogs. They often
get along well with other pets such as cats, horses, etc. They are trainable provided the owner is patient
and consistent in training; Bernese need time to think things through. They do not respond well to harsh
treatment, although Bernese are willing and eager to please their master. Bernese love to be
encouraged with praise and treats. The breed is sweet and good with children, despite their great size.
Overall, they are stable in temperament, patient, and loving.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are slow to mature, and may display noticeable puppy-like tendencies until 1½
years of age. For example, a consistent playful behaviour feature is to run through the owners legs and
lean elatedly into the humans legs, even when calm.
BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG
The Bernice Mountain Dog stops the crowd with his attractive jet black, rich red and
white coat and his outgoing, good-natured smile. Fanciers regard the Bernese Mountain
Dog as the most friendly and warm-hearted of all Working dogs. His heritage as a
resourceful farm dog and drafting dog recommends him as a handyman about the home
as well as an attractive watchdog. Though successful in the show ring, with his confident
manner, his silky, shimmering coat and striking coloration, the Bernese is primarily a
family dog, kind and devoted. His trainability and affinity for the kids make him one of the
most desirable companion dogs in the world.
This new book provides an insightful look at the history and characteristics of the
Bernese Mountain Dog as well as the breed standard. The author provides everything
an owner needs to know about puppy selection and care, feeding, grooming, obedience
training and health care and maintenance. New owners will welcome the author’s advice
about housebreaking, puppy-proofing the home and preventing puppy problems. In
addition to its comprehensive text, this book presents over 135 color photographs, which
prove to be as informative as they are attractive.
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