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Bernese Mountain Dog


To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
- Aldous Huxley

Bernese Mountain Dog puppy

Bernese Mountain Dog adult

Bernese Mountain Dogs trace their ancestry back 2,000 years to the Roman invasion of Switzerland. Roman mastiffs interbred with local herders to produce a dependable breed that could withstand severe cold while guarding livestock. 

This dog was also used to transport goods to market, drive cattle, track, and as a rescue dog. 

He takes his name from the Swiss canton of Berne where he was most popular.

This is a large breed, standing up to 27 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder. This is the only one of the four different varieties of Swiss mountain dogs that has a long coat. The Berner has a heavy, long-haired, shiny black double coat with striking reddish brown and white markings that requires regular grooming and does shed. Because of his coat, very hot and humid climates are not good environments. 

A sweet-natured, affectionate dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog is devoted to his family and eager to please. He is naturally territorial and makes an excellent watch dog. The Berner is dependable and good with children, as well as cats or other small pets. He is a very fast learner and will do well in obedience training. The Berner is friendly, outgoing, loyal, and resourceful.

Although the Bernese Mountain Dog is a large breed, he is very laid back. Not considered one of the more active breeds, the Berner's exercise needs can be easily met if he has a field or yard in which to run and play. One of his most endearing characteristics is his tendency to curl up at and on his master's feet!  


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Christy Hartley, Heaven on Earth


British Columbia 


Ian Harrower
5325 Knoedler Street
Prince George, BC   V2K 5V7
(250) 962-4662

*European Champion lines; eyes, hips, elbows certified. Temperament tested. Von Willebrand tested, Show and pet puppies,
written guarantee. Stud service


Catherine Mellalieu
10915 - 272nd Street
Maple Ridge, BC  V2X 8X8
(604) 462-9454


Kelly and Randy Saunders
Mission, BC
(604) 820-8943

Enstone Reg'd

Greg and Sharlene Whittaker
26962 20th Avenue
Aldergrove, BC   V4W 2P1  

Arina Reg'd



Christy Hartley
Box 10 Site 16 RR#2
Red Deer, AB  T4N 5E2
(403) 347-7684

Heaven on Earth Bernese Mountain Dogs





Geraldine Brouwer
3911 Fifteen Road
St. Anns, ON  L0R 1Y0
(905) 957-2717

BigCountry Berners

Karen McKortel
Perth, ON    K7H 3C9
(613) 264-1919

Glenbern Reg'd

Swiss Guard
(519) 828-3136

Swiss Guard




Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada National Rescue
Maureen Greaves

BMDCO Rescue

Teddy's Canine Railroad

North Peace Bernese Mountain Dogs
Tricia Ouellette
Fort St John, BC

Christa Duff
BFWrescue Inc.
(we are a 501(c)(3) public charity)




Did you know?

The puppy in the 2002
movie, Equilibrium 
was a 
Bernese Mountain Dog.



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