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
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.