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Bernese Mountain Dogs, Information About the breed:                                             (provided by the akc )

Bernese are a striking, tri-colored, large dog.  They are sturdy and balanced.  They are intelligent, strong and agile enough to do the draft and droving work for which he was used in the mountainous regions of his origin. 

Dogs appear masculine, while bitches are distinctly feminine. 
They measure from 25-27 1/2 inches; bitches are 23-26 inches.  Though appearing square, berners are slightly longer in body than they are tall.  Sturdy bone is of great importance.  The body is full. The coat is thick, moderately long and slightly wavy or straight.  It has bright natural sheen.  The ground color is jet black.  The markings are rich rust and white.  Symmetry of markings is desired.  Rust will appear over each eye, on the cheeks reaching to the corner of the mouth, on each side of the chest, on all four legs, and under the tail.  White markings will appear on the muzzle, on the tips of the feet and the end of the tail. 

The disposition of a berner is very alert, involved with its surroundings, good-natured and self-confident.  Like so many breeds that still work in their native lands, the berners are a pampered pet in the United States. They are gorgous, loyal companions, and love children making them a popular family pet.  They will stand stead, although some will remain somewhat shy and or aloof when introduced to strangers.

The natural working gait of the bernese is a slow trot.  However, in keeping with his use in draft and droving work, he is capable of speed and agility.  There is good reach in front.  Powerful drive from teh rear is transmitted through a level back.  There is no wasted action.  Front and rear legs on each side follow through in the same plane.  At increased speed, legs tend to converge toward the center line.

They are very people loving animals who are more than willing to work.  They have done well in all areas, from therapy, agility, rescue work, pulling carts, and obiedence.   They are easy to train and have a strong, willing  desire to please their owners/companions.

The bernese are known in its native Switzerland as the Berner-Sennenhund, which litterally translated meands Bernese Alpine Herdsmen's Dog.  Bernese have historically worked as droveers, draft dogs, and watchdogs in the farmlands of the canton of Berne.  Their ancestors are thought to have been first brought to Switzerland more than 2,000 years ago by invading Roman soldiers.  They were brought to the United States in 1926.
 
 

If you are on the waiting list for a Bernese puppy or are wanting one here is some good information for you to read to help you understand the breeding process and complications that can arise.  
 
Breeding Bernese Mountain Dogs is not an easy task.  Every time you breed a female/bitch, you put her life at risk.  It is not unheard of for Berner female/bitch and or some or all of the pups to die, even in experienced breeder's and veterinarian's care during or post whelping.  Losing the female/bitch or the pups under these circumstances is devastating.  Bernese Mountain Dogs are often times NOT "easy breeders".  While some Berner female/bitches breed naturally and free whelp litters of puppies, many breeders encounter difficulty with breeding. Berner females do not want to stand for breeding, the males are heavy and most often not persistent enough to breed naturally.  Often costly time consuming, artificial insemination is done to help ensure a litter is conceived. Berner females face problems with successfully bringing healthy litters to full term.  Female/bitches often miss (are bred and do not get pregnant), some miscarry, some resorb pups and some give birth to pus with serious birth defects.   Pregnancy and delivery are not always simple.  C-sections, emergency or planned, are all too often necessary to save the lives of the dam and pups.  Experienced reputable Berner breeders work with veterinarians who are reproductive specialists since their expertise is helpful to address canine reproductive issues.  Breeding Bernese is and extremely expensive process and requires 24/7 round the clock work by the breeder.  
 
Be prepared to be patient, when waiting for a Bernese puppy.  Reputable breeders do everything they can to get happy healthy puppy for their clients.
Sometimes it can take longer than anticipated.  
So remember, your patience while working with your breeder is needed and greatly appreciated.