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Originating from Switzerland, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a large all-purpose farm dog that has transformed into a wonderful family companion. Berners are slow to mature and known for their calm, affectionate nature. Historically among their versatile tasks, the rugged Bernese Mountain Dog pulled carts. The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America continues this tradition with their Draft Test program to preserve the Berner’s function. Outdoor loving dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs are also well suited to moderate hiking, backpacking and herding.

Bernese Mountain Dogs look like a big, tri-colored teddy bear which may be why they have become popular as family companions. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, confident, general purpose working farm dog that is also good-natured and affectionate. Some Bernese Mountain Dogs can be reserved or aloof with strangers while other Berners are the sociable therapy dog types ready to be loved on and have their long magnificent Bernese Mountain Dog coat petted, cuddled, and caressed.